Romney Adviser: After Palin, Women Are Disqualifed From VP Search

An informal adviser to the Romney campaign told msnbc.com today that the reason there are so few females in the vice presidential discussion is because Sarah Palin’s 2008 bid “poisoned the well” for Republican women. The advisor, who was not named in the story, went on to say that the Romney campaign might be concerned that any potential female nominee — like New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has been on several speculative short lists — would be subjected to greater scrutiny and could therefore pose similar risks to the ones that sunk the McCain/Palin ticket four years ago.