Say it with me: Running mates should not outshine presidential candidates. Running mates should not outshine presidential candidates. Running mates should not outshine presidential candidates.
Of course, in Willard Romney’s case, a loaf of Wonder Bread could upstage him.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — He had received a phone call just that morning from a supporter furious about yet another newspaper story suggesting that he was boring. It was not the best of days for Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a man thought to be on Mitt Romney’s list of possible running mates. “I told my staff that I’m so boring that I didn’t even know I was boring,” he said at a large conference table, surrounded by several expressionless members of his staff.
…Stephen Colbert had declared that a Romney-Portman ticket would amount to “the bland leading the bland.” One description of Portman in the Wall Street Journal article particularly nettled the senator and some of his close friends: “dry as dust.”