Lion of the Blogosphere

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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

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  1. “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.”

    I’ve done some research, and discovered that some people think that the Vice President is sort of a back-up President, who would become President if anything happened to the elected President. Apparently this has actually happened nine times. Is there any truth to this?


    March 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    • I believe people are getting this idea from an obscure Philip K. Dick science fiction story:

      MEH 0910

      March 2, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      • Until and unless the big man dies the Vice President just mopes around in a constant state of humiliation and mortification. If you were a candidate for the big role yourself and chosen by the big man to be his VP, you are by definition a loser, and everybody knows it. Except for your own tiny staff – who are just happy to have a job – nobody pays attention to you or cares what you think. You are just an unwanted piece of furniture that gets in everybody’s way.

        We can blame Clinton for trying to make the VP role into something relevant. Before Clinton, no President, as far as I know, gave the VP any important role or responsibility. And things started to get really out of control with Bush and Cheney.

        I can recall one televised encounter during Clinton’s presidency where Clinton addressed Gore on some matter. Clinton was sitting at his desk, pointing to some documents and interrogating Gore on whether everything in the documents was in order. One had to behold the contempt and disdain in Clinton’s voice and body language and the inversely craven and toadying body language of Gore. It had to be seen.

        Unless one is a psychologically damaged man, every VP must lust in his heart for that moment when he gets the urgent call from the Secret Service: “The big man has just keeled over with a fatal heart attack, Mr. President.”


        March 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm

  2. And like clockwork, I heard Hannity trashing Rubio today. I didn’t get the full gist of what he was saying because work interfered, but the little I heard was a surprise, since Hannity has avoided trashing any of he candidates. Ailes can really turn it on or turn it off at will.

    …and just as I was writing this, I had the TV on in the other room and I heard Dennis Miller on O’Reilly trashing Rubio! Wow Fox really have their TV people on a short leash!

    Mike Street Station

    March 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    • It really is faux “news.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      • Coyote news has really damaged their brand this election. But Murdoch will be 85 next month. When he has a heart attack banging Jerry Hall they can blame the bias on the old man and get a clean slate.

        PS: I’m starting a dead pool to see who’ll croak first — Murdoch or Soros. Any takers?


        March 3, 2016 at 6:37 am

  3. @Mike, that giant sucking sound you hear is the sound of Marco Rubio being un-personned.


    “The 2015 figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with South and Central America ($37.4),
    Hong Kong ($30.5), Australia ($14.2), Singapore ($10.4), OPEC ($6.6), and Brazil ($4.3). Deficits
    were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China ($365.7), European Union ($153.3), Germany ($74.2),
    Japan ($68.6), Mexico ($58.4), South Korea ($28.3)
    , Italy ($27.8), India ($23.2), Malaysia ($21.5),
    France ($17.6), Thailand ($17.3), Canada ($14.9), and Taiwan ($14.8).

    * The deficit with China increased $22.6 billion to $365.7 billion in 2015. Exports decreased
    $7.5 billion to $116.2 billion and imports increased $15.1 billion to $481.9 billion



    March 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  4. You convinced me. In addition to your good reasons for Kasich, he might be reasonably expected to deliver Ohio in the presidential election. Ohio sided with the winner in10 out of the last 10 presidential elections.

    Mark Caplan

    March 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  5. “@Mike, that giant sucking sound you hear is the sound of Marco Rubio being un-personned.”

    Suddenly I’m very interested in Fox News. Tuned in to Hannity and Geraldo is on calling Rubio a snot nosed punk.

    This is hilarious!

    Mike Street Station

    March 2, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    • Coincidentally I was thinking of the concept of zig-zag parallelism for the first time in years today. Back in the day, when you had fellow travelers of the Communist Party, the Party would give out a directive, and magically all the fellow travelers would change their minds about something. Yesterday yay, today nay.

      (A neighbor of mine, total leftie, does this all the time. Last year she was a dedicated recycler. But the NY Times had an article skeptical of recycling, so she’s critical of recycling.)

      Fox News has dumped Rubio. Soon he’ll be flipping houses in Florida. Maybe he’ll get a degree from Trump U.


      March 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

  6. Well it looks like GOPe may be dusting off Romney for possibly one more run at it.

    My God, can’t these people at least find someone who was natural born in America?

    Andrew E.

    March 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    • Mittens was born in Detroit. It was his father who was born in Mexico.


      March 3, 2016 at 6:44 am

    • Romney is natural born — born in Detroit to two US citizens. But your point is well-taken, Neither McCain, Obama, Cruz nor Rubio are natural born citizens. It really pisses me off.


      March 3, 2016 at 6:47 am

      • McCain never had citizenship in any country besides the United States, and both of his parents were American citizens, so I grant him natural born status.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 3, 2016 at 9:21 am

      • That may be ~your~ standard for natural born but it’s not what Vattel’s The Law of Nations says. That’s one of the primary texts used by congress at the time constitution was written. Since it’s the only text I know of that defined “natural born” I give it the final say.


        March 3, 2016 at 11:58 am

  7. Trump just released a more detailed healthcare plan. It’s trash, and very disappointing. Orthodox Republican blather about the “free market” and “economic liberty.” It’s no policy at all. I think at this point he has a lot of orthodox Republican stooges working on the policies other than trade and immigration, which are probably all he expends any thought on.


    March 2, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    • His trade and immigration policies are clearly ghost-written as well. They don’t really match his rhetoric. For example, the Official Plan details that “Mexico will pay for the wall” through taxes on Mexican trade and expats. Trump never, ever mentions this when asked. He always just says he’ll make them pay through the sheer force of his personality.

      Martin F.

      March 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    • “Trump just released a more detailed….”

      The other day Trump praised his economic adviser, the TV economist Larry Kudlow. This does not bode well for the country if Trump can’t distinguish competent advisers from charlatans. Kudlow has long been by nature and economic philosophy an open-borders extremist, which is consistent with his deep libertarian faith. Only the jihadi terror threat has convinced Kudlow to temporarily adjust his stance on immigration.

      Mark Caplan

      March 3, 2016 at 5:23 am

  8. Scott Adams wants Mark Cuban, although thinks it’s likely to be Chris Christie. I’m guessing that it won’t be Mitt Romney 🙂 What on earth does he hope to achieve? He thinks Trump is messing up the GOP, in fact he’s saving it from the elites and evangelicals who have been ruining it well enough themselves.


    March 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    • Mark Cuban is the exemplar of the shrewd and very lucky businessman. Do you recall how he make his billions? He had this dopey idea to audio stream a few college basketball games over the internet. In the insanity and recklessness of the dot.comm boom circa 1998, Yahoo paid $5.7 billion for this silly idea. Cuban, being shrewd, sold every last dime of his overinflated Yahoo stock and put the money into truly valuable assets. Cuban is no genius businessman. Certainly a hard worker, but he also got very lucky.


      March 3, 2016 at 12:22 am

      • The show “Silicon Valley” had a character based on Mark Cuban that they constantly mocked “he put radio on the Internet and hasn’t done anything since.”

        Mark Cuban basically fleeced Yahoo. He sold them almost nothing for 6 billion.

        His company, was streaming radio sports over the Internet, but they didn’t actually have the rights from the content providers to do that. Immediately after the sale proved that streaming radio was wort real $$, content providers started to enforce their broadcast rights (which got snapped up by other companies) and the was worthless. doesn’t exist anymore & yahoo doesn’t stream local radio anymore

        Also Cuban is a sort of a media whore as opposed to Trump who the media obsessed over even as a private citizen because he is the alpha male real deal.


        March 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

  9. Spiro Agnew was the very model of who the Vice President should be, his psychological makeup and how he should behave in office. Too bad he committed a bunch of felonies while governor of Maryland before he took the job.

    For the 6 years of the Nixon presidency hardly anybody knew or cared what Agnew was up to. Occasionally, Agnew would have a little fun, giving speeches making fun of leftists, hippies and long hairs. He was the perfect man for the job and had the perfect personality to be Vice President. I don’t know if the tale is apocryphal but it has been said that Nixon considered Agnew as assassination insurance. Nixon apparently stated that an assassin would have to be out of his mind to kill him knowing that Agnew would take over.


    March 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm


      “In the privacy of the Nixon White House, however, the President’s estimate of Mr. Agnew was mocking and dismissive, said John Ehrlichman, who was the President’s counsel and domestic affairs adviser. In his 1982 memoir, ”Witness to Power,” Mr. Ehrlichman described why Mr. Nixon kept Mr. Agnew on the re-election ticket in 1972 even though he despised him as a fool and an idler and would send him off on speaking tours of Indian reservations.”

      ”No assassin in his right mind would kill me,” President Nixon liked to joke, Mr. Ehrlichman said. ”They know if they did that they would wind up with Agnew!”

      MEH 0910

      March 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

      • One interesting thing about the Agnew pick is that Nixon had been Vice President himself. Some historians are puzzled, thinking Nixon would have had more respect for the position than to pick someone like Agnew.

        Agnew holds the distinction of the being the only modern running mate who could not carry his home state while his ticket was WINNING the election. The choice did no favors for Nixon electorally.

        Nixon was in Dallas the same day Kennedy was assassinated, and reported to be really interested when he was President in finding out exactly what happened that day. Kennedy’s own Vice President was not only a perfectly plausible President himself, but had been Kennedy’s chief rival for the nomination.


        March 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

  10. I thought Christie was gunning for AG in the Trump Administration.


    March 3, 2016 at 1:36 am

  11. Not a chance of Christie. NY and NJ on the same ticket with matching accents? Come on.

    Trump will need to balance the ticket geographically, if not ideologically. My pick would be either WI Gov. Scott Walker (my first choice for pres before he dropped out even before the first vote was cast), NM Gov. Susana Martinez, who is just as feisty as Trump, or former AZ Gov. Jan Brewer, who gave Obama a dressing down in person over his immigration enforcement failures.


    March 3, 2016 at 1:38 am

    • Does Susana Martinez have some kind of major flaw that I don’t know about? You never here the media suggesting her for VP to add diversity – but there’s a lot of buzz for Nikki Haley.

      Greg Pandatshang

      March 3, 2016 at 10:13 am

    • You gotta admire Jan Brewer, she didn’t put up with any of Obama’s arrogant finger-wagging.


      March 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

  12. McCain could have died, and you would have an average IQ prole being President, unless you think there is going to be some kind of military coup against Palin.


    March 3, 2016 at 2:54 am

  13. The report about Fox pulling ties to Rubio is so much BS. They are just trying to appear objective before the debate, which will again favor Rubio.

    As for Trump, he needs to play pick somebody level headed with experience in Washington and who will not give his enemies an excuse to kill him. His weakness is “true cons,” who may stab him in the back.


    March 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

  14. If Trump is assassinated, then having an open borders shill like Kasich would be a disaster.


    March 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

  15. Chris Christie doesn’t bring anything to the table except the bridge scandal. I expect him to say a lot of stupid thins on the campaign trail. And unlike Trump, he doesn’t have the Teflon effect.

    Kasich is a good pick. He has been vetted and he won’t be as gaffe-prone on the trail.


    March 3, 2016 at 11:32 am

  16. No. The ultimate Trump pick for VP is another non-politician: General Petraeus. Just think about it. Solid foreign policy experience, nice contrast on Benghazi, American hero.

    Feel free to air you objections in a debate, Madame Secretary.


    March 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

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