9/9/08 at 3:38 PM
The media may have thought that Mitt Romney was a finalist for the job of John McCain's running mate. But Romney himself recently told NEWSWEEK that he wasn't so easily fooled. "I had a sense it wasn't going to be me," he said in an interview with Stumper and assorted colleagues last week in St. Paul.
For months, speculation to the contrary was intense. On June 30, the Politico's Mike Allen reported that "Romney is at the top of the vice presidential prospect list for John McCain," and 50 days later, on Aug. 20, both Time's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann wondered aloud--or, rather, online--whether McCain's ongoing flirtation with pro-choice pols like Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge was really "a bit of elaborate gamesmanship designed to make Evangelicals more grateful than they otherwise might be for the selection" of Romney, "a running mate who, despite being pro-life, the religious right has some qualms about."
But as it turns out, Romney knew he wouldn't get t...