As Veep Week quickly approaches (the New York Times wonders if it’s this week and many believe it will involve his bus tour which begins on Saturday), every little thing will be analyzed. If conventional wisdom holds true, those announced as speakers to the RNC Convention already are out. That would disqualify Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Mike Huckabee (all of whom were pretty much out to begin with) along with the more buzzworthy potentials, Nikki Haley, Condi Rice and Susana Martinez.
So what new evidence do we have to read into? Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is getting top billing on Romney’s website for his Op-Ed slamming the Obama administration on their attacks on welfare reform. Here’s a tidbit:
The Obama administration’s recent decision was both unexpected and unexplainable, defying what we have learned from history and what we know about good government. Our nation was built on a commitment to the dignity and necessity of work. That commitment and its rewards have been passed down from generation to generation. And, in the 1990s, welfare reform ensured that value remained part of the laws governing our nation.
Building on successful state programs, like our groundbreaking legislation here in Virginia that I was honored to carry in the legislature as a delegate, Congress strengthened the welfare safety net by adding a requirement that individuals receiving financial support must also look for and find work. It’s known as “welfare-to-work” for short. And while some were concerned that the measures in this reform were too tough, their doubts were soon erased.
Welfare caseloads that had remained unchanged for 40 years were quickly cut in half. The poverty rate among welfare recipients, especially children, plummeted. The percentage of single mothers with a job grew from 58 to 75 in less than a decade. Millions of Americans were moving off the welfare roll and moving up life’s ladder.
It’s a great editorial from McDonnell, and one that highlights his work as a Virginia delegate as well as his positions as the Commonwealth’s Governor. The story isn’t as much the Op-Ed itself as it is about McDonnell’s face being the first thing you see when you load up MittRomney.com (after the splash page of course). Should we read too much into it? I say no, and I actually anticipate seeing one potential VP highlighted each day until the announcement. It’s starting to get fun though!