Jan Brewer for VP?

The media is obsessed with a handsome Latino senator from Florida. It's time we paid attention to a combative conservative warrior in Arizona, too

Edward Morrissey

On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tried to persuade the media to stop speculating on Mitt Romney's next task — choosing a running mate. Rubio, who is often mentioned as a likely candidate for the role, told CNN that Republicans need to "respect the process," and that Romney didn't need "the peanut gallery to be saying what we would or would not do." Of course, just the day before that, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Newsmax that Romney should pick Rubio, which led to another round of speculation about the freshman senator.

One can understand why Rubio would get tired of answering the question. That doesn't mean the media — including myself — will get tired of asking it, or analyzing the potential candidates. After all, thanks to the withdrawal of Rick Santorum two weeks ago, the drama has dissipated from the Republican nomination fight, which Romney has unofficially won already. The general election won't get started in earnest for another four months, when the conventions take place. So between now and then, there will only be so many dog-eating and cookie-insulting molehills to blow up into mountains, and even Newt Gingrich's quixotic resistance to the reality of defeat won't fill the void.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.