Who Will Be Trump's VP?
Donald Trump has a problem.
Lapping the Republican field with by far the most votes anyone has ever garnered in GOP primaries and already edging past Hillary head-to-head, while the clueless La Raza crowd does everything in their power to get him elected, Donald is in serious danger of peaking too early.
We should all have such problems, you say. Well, yes. Trump has clearly all but won the Republican nomination much sooner than many expected and, unlike Hillary Clinton, who may have to rely on her super delegates, he has done so without cheating -- unless you consider the force of his personality cheating, which, in a way, it is, compared to the dullness of most politicians.
So I sympathize with my #NeverTrump friends, but they will have to decide for themselves how to deal with this. I would point out, however, that if there is the equivalent of a third Obama term, Canada is no longer the alternative it once was and the UK is headed for insanity.
Therefore those of us who intend to stay stateside have already turned to the next important question -- who will be Trump's vice president?
And who better than those lovable scamps at the New York Times to start the ball rolling in the proper (i. e., politically correct) manner with an article titled "Run on a Ticket With Donald Trump? No, Thanks, Many Republicans Say." In fairness to the Times, they have (kinda, sorta, maybe) evidence:
It’s a time-honored tradition for politicians to deny any interest in the vice presidency. But this year, with the possibility of Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee, they really mean it.
“Never,” said Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who is still running against Mr. Trump. “No chance.”
“Hahahahahahahahaha,” wrote Sally Bradshaw, a senior adviser to Jeb Bush, when asked if he would consider it.
“Scott Walker has a visceral negative reaction to Trump’s character,” said Ed Goeas, a longtime adviser to the Wisconsin governor.
Or, as Senator Lindsey Graham put it, “That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic.”
Note that not one of these candidates -- other than Lindsey Graham who has about as much chance at the vice presidency as my dog (sorry, Henry) -- is speaking for himself here, but never mind. None of them are particularly inspiring choices anyway (Bush borders on the absurd at this point), and at least two of them -- Kasich and Walker -- would most likely accept the nomination if asked. I mean, c'mon, a lot of nasty words have been exchanged but have Kasich or Walker ever called Trump's tax plan "voodoo economics" as George H. W. Bush did of Reagonomics before he became The Gipper's VP? All can be forgiven in a heartbeat. This is politics, people. Winning is everything. You don't need Vince Lombardi... or even Bobby Knight... to tell you that.
So with that properly cynical or realistic (call it what you will) attitude, on to a quick annotated list of some Trump VP possibilities. (You are absolutely free, indeed encouraged, to come up with your own. Who knows -- someone of influence might be reading.)