Ann Romney is on the record: She would like to see a woman as her husband’s running mate. And so would any number of Republicans who are concerned about their party’s standing with female voters. But for all the excitement that the topic stirs up, don’t hold your breath: It’s unlikely a woman will share the spotlight at the top of the GOP ticket.
It’s not for lack of qualified candidates — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman are often mentioned — but because of the tortured legacy of one former nominee: the inimitable, unpredictable, irascible and, oh yeah, female former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.
This is the quote that turns up most often in response to the female veep question, from a source typically identified as an “unnamed informal Romney advisor”: “Unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that.”