Top Five Better Vice Presidents Than Paul Ryan

On Saturday, Bland White Dude in Waiting Mitt Romney announced super-aggressive youngster Paul Ryan as his running mate in the 2012 presidential election. Ryan's platform of hard-core Catholicismguns are greatgays don't matterwomen are silly, and fruitcake ideas about how to manage our budget aside, I would not have chosen Ryan as my running mate if I were Mitt. Why? Because he could have done better. That's all I'm saying.

Top Five Better Vice Presidents Than Paul Ryan


1. Michael Phelps. Right?? I know!

The only job of the Veep, besides hiding a hopeful grin whenever POTUS trips on the carpet, is breaking a tie in the Senate, and Phelps wouldn't ever let it get to a tie in the first place. He'd either hand them their asses out of the starting blocks or he'd out-touch them at the wall with that albatross wingspan of his. I have no idea what that means in the Senate, but I guarantee you this: Phelps is gonna win whatever it is hands down. That is one winningest motherfucker and Romney needs a piece of that action.

2. A gun. Admittedly this choice would upset some people, but those people weren't going to vote for Romney anyway. Bonus: the Take Our Country Back-ers who've been on the fence about the Mitt-ster would be so excited to see someone they recognize up there on the campaign float next to the horse-owning, boat-sailing, northeastern millionaire that they don't. A shiny Smith & Wesson would do the job. No need for an actual assault rifle. That would just be dangerous and unnecessary overkill, right? No? Oh. OK. Sorry.

3. Sarah PalinIf you thought she was a surprising pick for McCain, imagine how surprised everyone would be if Romney picked her too. I for one LOVE a good, heart-attack-inducing, no fucking way surprise.

Romney's campaign could use a jolt of the paddles to the chest and Palin could be it. She's still super maverick-y on things like basic facts and what's an appropriate use of Facebook and – bonus! – she doesn't have any pesky un-vetted secrets anymore now that Bristol's got her own show and Levi's shown his, um, colors in Playgirl.

Besides, 30 Rock is coming up on its last season, so we all could use a little more Tina Fey in our lives this next year. 

4. RafalcaRoy Rogers had Trigger, The Lone Ranger had Silver and Mitt Romney has Rafalca. I know a horse is kind of a stretch for the vice presidency, but come on: it's a dancing horse. That shit is Uh. Mazing.

I know Rafalca’s been a bit of a Richie Rich problem for Romney, so putting her on the ticket would be the ballsy, own your bling, and call out the haters move. Plus, she’s a girl, so he might win some ladies back to his side. Or some twelve-year-old girls.

While we’re on the subject, I honestly can't fathom why Romney won't just release his tax returns: with a dancing horse and a car elevator, we all know he's just one chocolate waterfall away from Willy Wonka wealth, so he should just post his, “I’m a crafty, paid-no-taxes bastard,” docs on WikiLeaks and let's all move on the Rich Man's Carnival also known as the Republican National Convention. Bring your horse. I'll bring the hookers.

Which brings us to our fifth awesome candidate:

5. Gene Hackman from The FirmHackman is the whole package. He’s like the second coming of Dick Cheney without the pacemaker and that weird man-sized safe.

First, if Romney really doesn’t want to release his tax returns, Hackman’s got him covered. He already has a condo in the Caymans chock full of super secret off-shore documents. What’s another box or two? Also: good place to hide bodies or "ladies of the night" or whatever else you got going on.

Bonus: Hackman's got that guy from Quaker Oats on his payroll and that that dude has some hidden security skills, no Secret Service required.

See? Five super duper, perfectly viable candidates I bet Romney didn't even consider. All of them right up on that "notice me" edge. I'm not saying Paul Ryan is a bad choice, I'm just saying Romney could have done better. He's got a couple of weeks before the Convention to reconsider, so have at it. You're welcome.

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