More on Trump’s VP pick
For starters, let me remind you again that the VP is entirely a symbolic role as far as his executive powers. His only constitutional authority is to break ties in the Senate. Otherwise, he just attends funerals that aren’t important enough for the President to attend himself. So I don’t understand why some readers get so concerned nitpicking hypothetical VPs’ policy views.
I wrote in the previous post that Kasich could be the VP pick if needed to unify the party. That means if Trump has slightly less than 50% of the delegates and needs Kasich’s delegates. Or if Trump has a sit-down with the GOPe bigwigs and he agrees to take on Kasich in return for their support. Or something else like that.
Would Kasich take the job? George H.W. Bush took the job after calling Reagan’s economic plan “voodoo economics.” Kasich wants a powerful political job. So why not? We recently saw how Christie went from attacking Trump to being his best buddy. That’s how politics work. That’s what politicians do. Politicians care more about their personal power than the policy views they pretend to have. Running for VP with Trump makes Kasich relevant, and sets him up to be next-in-line for the nomination next time around. Kasich, like all politicians, is too greedy for power to pass that up.
As for Christie: It was pretty obvious to just about every pundit there is that Christie looked like a vice presidential pick introducing Trump and standing behind him. (And then it was noted that he did a bad job of standing behind him. I will discount that as just a one-time bad night for Christie unless proven otherwise.) This situation didn’t happen by random accident. Trump intentionally wants us to think Christie might be his pick for vice president, and Christie knowingly agreed to be used in that manner.
Kasich and Christie are both much better picks than Sarah Palin or even Paul Ryan. And I think that Trump has better political sense than McCain or Romney.
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And there’s a rumor today that Fox News is pulling its support for Rubio, because he sucks at winning anything (as we know, he mostly comes in third place), and because Roger Ailes is mad about the Gang of Eight New York Times story. So I’m not the only person to notice that Rubio is doomed and will not be the guy to rally the establishment vote.