Portman Come Monday Morning?

Portman Come Monday Morning?

“Nobody knows nuthin'” to paraphrase Peter Clemenza from Godfather: Part I, Save Jerseyans

But all indicators suggest Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate announcement is close. Very close. We just don’t know how close (three days versus three weeks).

Or who it will be.

A little harmless speculation to keep your brain turning? Exhibit A: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who recently confirmed that he’s being vetted, was in Boston this week for a series of closed-door meetings with the Romney campaign team. Exhibit B: Portman’s Ohio hometown of Cincinnati will receive a presidential campaign visit on Monday. Governor Romney typically attempts to piggback on these Democrat battleground visits by showing up, too, and chipping into the President’s media coverage. Exhibit C: Mitt’s campaign rolled out a fundraising promotion today, stating that “Sometime soon, Mitt will be announcing his choice for VP.” Duh! Donating $3 wins a chance to hang out with the GOP ticket. Still… could the timing be significant?

Might Romney show up in Ohio this Monday morning on Obama’s heels and standing arm-in-arm with his fresh vice presidential pick… the hometown senator?

Again… who knows. There’s plenty of other good reasons to think Portman is the pick (Romney has yet to break out in Ohio polling). Some good arguments against this possibility as well (could he motivate the base?). But it’s sure fun to speculate!

Here’s a little Portman preview from January 2012 for your viewing pleasure. He was Romney’s point man in the post-South Carolina primary debate spin room. The Tea Party Patriots picked his brain on a number of issues including Bain Capital…