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VP Martinez? Don’t mention it

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By Hal Rhodes

Presidential election years are fraught with traditions masquerading as “news” and Gov. Susana Martinez has been caught up in one of the most durable of them.
They take many forms, these traditions, and they assert themselves at different stages in the selection of the major parties’ presidential nominees. Their persistence, however, is because political journalists attached to major news outlets dutifully resurrect them on cue every four years.
With Mitt Romney having now nailed down the 2012 Republican nomination, we are once again at that point where the Great Mentioners of Mediadom entertain themselves with speculation about the  putative GOP nominee’s options for a vice presidential running mate.
In the course of that speculation names galore are floated. The Associated Press even reckoned as how Romney might tap that old billionaire sour puss Donald Trump for the number two spot.
(There was a time when the Associated Press was far too serious-minded for silliness of this sort.)
 But the fact that someone like Trump could make the list tells you a great deal about the zeal with which the Great Mentioners throw themselves into this quadrennial ritual.


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