Four years ago, when Sarah Palin was tapped for the GOP’s number-two slot, her inexperience on the national stage was seen as an advantage by many Republican consultants. She was a fresh face from Alaska and a self-styled maverick, and in a campaign where both parties ran against Washington, her selection fit the times.
The times have changed. Many senior Republican politicos, including some who were burned by the Palin backlash, are now urging Mitt Romney to consider inside-the-Beltway experience as a plus rather than a minus as he mulls his veep pick. Mild-mannered federal lawmakers with long résumés are in; fiery rising stars are out.