Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal on picking Dick Cheney Mitt Romney probably won't select a running mate until shortly before the August nominating convention, meaning we face four more months of pundits handicapping the race. "This exercise is largely useless," writes Rove, both because pundits rarely guess correctly, and history has shown that running mates are rarely, if ever, decisive in an election. Rove reveals that George W. Bush knew to focus on governing capability not political benefit when he picked Dick Cheney over Rove's many political objections. "There's a lesson there for Mr. Romney. Choose the best person for the job. Leave the politics to the staff."
Ezra Klein in Bloomberg View on money in Congressional races Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may raise more money than any presidential campaign in history, but it is far less likely to have an impact on their race than the money that will pour into Congressional elections. "Money is least useful in contests where news coverage is most intense and opinions are most entrenched. ... how many people do you know with a strong opinion on their congressman?" Klein asks. He retells a story featured on an episode of 'This American Life,' in which Ami Bera launched a long-shot campaign against Rep. Dan Lungren. He nearly overtook him utnil a last minute campaign of negative ads funded by a Super PAC took him down. Congressmen know this can happen and they listen when a Super PAC calls to tell them their opinion on an issue. "The result, then, isn’t just that moneyed interests can throw congressional elections. It’s that they wield more influence after the election."