As I said earlier, I’m surprised that the Romney campaign let it get out there that they’re not even considering Marco Rubio as a vice presidential pick. I’m less surprised about the substance (he’s got a lot of vulnerabilities) than the fact that they let it get out there and then confirmed that they’re not looking at him.
But now it’s buzzing around on Twitter that a ‘Romney advisor’ said that women aren’t being considered because after Sarah Palin it’s too dangerous to choose a woman. But this is just a bad rap. That’s not really what anyone said.
Here’s the passage in question …
In particular, few women except for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte - a freshman lawmaker from New England with only scant federal experience - are thought to be under consideration by Romney.
“I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. “I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they’re worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny.”
Note that it says an ‘informal advisor’. That can mean almost anyone in the general orbit of the Romney campaign. Second, we don’t see the actual question the person is responding to. Finally, the ‘informal advisor’ suggests that he or she is speculating on why so few women seem to be getting a close look.
Romney will need to answer for why the folks he’s looking at seem like such a non-diverse group. But this nugget already seems to be spreading through the interwebs as ‘Romney advisor admits they’re not looking at women because Palin made it to dangerous.’ This is one of those times where it pays to slow down and see what was actually reported. Because that’s not it.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.