First off, be skeptical. First public word of this apparently came from Barack Obama.
|CIA Director David Petraeus|
Petraeus would also give Romney an out for not picking a well-credentialed conservative or someone with Tea Party values. Hard to diss the guy who masterminded the Iraq war surge.
But there would also be danger in picking Petraeus. We know nothing of his personal politics. By saying that, I'm not knocking him. A lack of partisan politics, or failing to disclose them, may be good thing in the kind of key posts Petraeus has held to-date.
However, if Republicans pick someone without a clear political record, they run the risk of putting yet another person high position not knowing if he's really aligned with their principles.
Is the GOP ready to risk another shocker like the one it got from Justice Roberts?
I applaud General Petraeus and his exemplary service to our country. But entry into the political arena just months before a crucial election probably wouldn't be the best use of his talents. And Republicans would be better off with someone already possessing a solid GOP identity.