Observe the White House communications team in action:
Bush favors Romney as vice-president, reports Fred Barnes, the same Fred Barnes who penned the Bush valentine, "Rebel-in-Chief." (Sample passage: "Success in at least laying the foundation for representative government in Iraq had many authors … but one in particular stands out. That's Bush.")
The next day, human GOP talking point Sean Hannity "interviews" Romney, who affirms his desire to be McCain's running mate.
“I think any Republican leader in this country would be honored to be asked to serve as the vice presidential nominee, myself included. Of course this is a nation which needs strong leadership. And if the nominee of our party asked you to serve with him, anybody would be honored to receive that call … and to accept it, of course.”McCain hates Romney, of course, but picking him might help assuage crotchety right wingers. I'd rather he told them to go fuck themselves.