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Portman: Best of the Boring White Guys

By Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg - May 16, 2012

The minute Senator Rob Portman, the Republican from Ohio who helped Mitt Romney win his state’s primary, walked into the room, I knew that he would be the Republican vice presidential candidate.

As he conceded proudly, he is a Boring White Guy, which is the phrase of the moment after “a Republican official familiar with the campaign’s thinking” told Politico that’s what Romney is looking for in a running mate. (The actual phrase was “incredibly boring white guy,” but for our purposes the initials BWG will suffice.) What could be more perfect? Every steel-gray hair is the right length and in place. The blue shirt is unrumpled. He doesn’t try to talk and eat lunch at the same time. He couldn’t be more affable and well spoken.

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