Election 2020

Cruz/Carly—It's Official

In this photo taken March 11, 2016, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks to Carly Fiorina in Orlando, Fla., Friday, March 11, 2016. According to an AP Source: Cruz has picked Fiorina as his running mate (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Via Reuters:

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch bid to slow front-runner Donald Trump’s momentum, on Wednesday named former business executive Carly Fiorina to be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the nomination.

After suffering a series of crushing losses to Trump in nominating contests on Tuesday, Cruz praised Fiorina as a principled fighter for conservative values who knew how to create jobs and would be a valuable ally on the campaign trail.

“She is careful. She is measured. She is serious,” Cruz said. “She doesn’t get rattled.”

Here’s another one for the “2016 is Weird” election list. It’s not every day you see the second place candidate in a primary announce a running mate the day after getting trounced in several primaries. At this point they may as well pick the slogan too: “Ted and Carly 2016-Because It Was Already Weird.”

Seriously though, this is one ticket I’ve thought since last fall might be workable for the GOP. Sure, it may never happen, but Carly has proven her worth for attacking Hillary. Should these two make it to the general, she can be the point-person for destroying Granny Pander and give Cruz some cover from the inevitable “war on women” nonsense that the eternally whiny Mrs. Clinton is sure to throw out there.

I had a lot of dealings with people who worked both for and against Fiorina in the 2010 California Senate race. She was truly an awful candidate then and I didn’t have much hope for her this year. Honestly, even though she dropped out of the crowded field, she showed those of us who remembered the 2010 debacle that she has gotten much, much better.

Next up: Gov. John Kasich will announce that he is choosing Representative John Kasich from 1998 as his VP pick.