07/31/2012 12:59 pm ET | Updated Sep 30, 2012

Veepstakes: The Pros and Cons of Picking Your Horse

Ann Romney's horse Rafalca is a member of the U.S. Olympic dressage team competing this week in London. Some have speculated that Mitt Romney may postpone announcing his vice presidential running mate until Rafalca's competition is over and Ann can return home.

But what if Ann Romney's horse was Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick? Here's a look at the pros and cons of a having a famous horse for a running mate:

PRO: Less prone to overseas gaffes than Mitt Romney.

CON: A high potential for scandal once voters realize "dressage" is a French word.

PRO: The vetting process involves simply going to the vet.

CON: Feeds right into the media's obsession with the presidential horse race.

PRO: Always has the correct response to any Democratic idea: neigh.

CON: The affable horse further highlights how stiff and unrelatable Mitt Romney is.

PRO: There's a precedent for high-ranking horses: some say Roman Emperor Caligula planned to make his horse a consul.

CON: Unlike other politicians, Rafalca can't hide the fact that she's full of shit.

PRO: As a U.S. Olympian, she's a true American hero.

CON: As a German, she's technically not qualified to be Vice President. Also as a horse.

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