Even though this article was written by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post two years ago, it is definitely worth a second look. The column was about why Rob Portman was not a good pick as Republican John McCain's running mate for the 2008 election. Here are some excerpts from that Washington Post column:
...Portman's ties to the Bush family go all the way back to then Vice President George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign on which Portman worked before joining the White House general counsel's staff after Bush's victory.
His connections carried over to George W. Bush as Portman became chief liaison between the Bush campaign -- and eventually the Bush White House -- and Capitol Hill. Of Bush, he told the New York Times in 2003: ''He has a clear sense of what makes this country great. It makes it worthwhile being here to be with someone who has that passion.'' (You can be sure that Democrats will dredge that quote up over and over again in the fall if Portman winds up on the ticket.)
And then, of course, came Portman's stints as U.S Trade Representative and director of the Office of Management and Budget. In both posts, Portman was the face of the Bush Administration on two issues -- trade and the economy -- on which the American public has diverged sharply from the current president over the last several years....
When you see Republican Rob Portman, just remember his close ties to the Bush family and both Bush administrations. (pic from NY Times)