There was a report last night that “Romney is the pick.” I suppose that is eventually possible (although the “housing war” may have put a stake in Romney’s chances), but this strikes me as wrong in the sense that John McCain has no reason to make his final decision now–let alone to tell a bunch of people. (It is interesting that the sources are “Republicans” and not McCain officials.) VP candidates, like Tim Kaine, sometimes make the fatal error of having overly enthusiastic backers. The result is that the candidate appears too grasping, too indiscreet, and plain untrustworthy. The VP contenders’ backers would do better to pipe down and let the process work, but the temptation is overwhelming to blab and try to create a groundswell of excitement for their guy.
It rarely works, but it can confirm the worst suspicions about a potential pick.