No Rob Portman Magic

If America was looking for a Republican with a long resume and was part of the Bush administration it missed out on a big opportunity.  Senator Rob Portman has announced he will not run for President.  On paper Portman looked like a strong contender – moderate in demeanor, solid conservative credentials, from the biggest swing state.  His problem is that those are all strengths in a general election.  In a primary he’s a disadvantage because he doesn’t really light a fire under people.

Bush Republicans will have to look elsewhere. Although Portman will definitely resurface as a likely VP choice.