The Republican National Convention opens in just 24 days, which means that sometime within the next two weeks — and maybe as soon as next week — Mitt Romney will almost certainly reveal the identity of his vice presidential nominee.
Discussions of who that person might be remain a tightly held secret although preparations — a swing state tour, an app to announce the choice — are well underway.
As the decision nears, Romney’s list of potential picks is, naturally, getting shorter as he narrows down the list to people who might actually be the one. In keeping with that list-shortening, we are trimming our Friday Veepstakes Line from 10 candidates to five.
In doing so, we are operating under the belief that while Romney could make a surprise choice — David Petraeus, anyone? — it seems increasingly likely that the Republican vice presidential nominee will be one of five people.
The toughest person to leave off of our Final Five? Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He brings lots to the table — we once said he was the Lionel Messi of the Veepstakes — but the buzz around Rubio as the pick has subsided considerably over the past month or so (Jeb Bush’s hard push nothwithstanding).