-- And if Perry is really going to start skipping debates, he'll need to get in at least one strong performance first. What's more, if he is really serious about Iowa, ducking even one of three debates there in December won't look good. -- If Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is really uninterested in running as the vice presidential nominee in 2012, then Republicans may look to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is positioning himself to be the next most logical choice. He lauded Romney this week in Fairfax for his understanding of the free market and his executive experience as governor. Yet, McDonnell did not endorse him, aware such a move would be a snub to his predecessor at the Republican Governors Association, Perry. McDonnell has repeatedly said he is partial toward a former or current governor receiving the GOP nod and has not ruled out being selected for VP himself. Also consider this: If Romney won the nomination, selected McDonnell for his running mate and won the general election, that would ascend Virginia's Republican lieutenant governor Bill Bolling, the chairman of Romney's Virginia campaign, into the governor's mansion in Richmond. -- Chances are, if you were wandering around Capitol Hill this week with a suitcase and looking vaguely lost, there is a good chance your name will be on a ballot somewhere next year. Democrats brought over 100 of their House recruits to D.C. this week for strategy sessions, meet and greets and training with party leaders. The parade was impressive and Democrats need to flood the zone in dozens of districts if they're going to have a shot at winning back the House. But their biggest liability is still Obama at the top of the ticket in the Midwest and the South. If Obama's approval rating stay where they are now this time next year, Democrats may make gains, but not enough to take back control.
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