My thoughts on Trump’s pick of Mike Pence
The NY Times reports that Trump is going to pick Mike Pence as his running mate. This has been reported by all other major news sources.
So what do I know about Mike Pence?
For starters, I commend Trump on avoiding the gimmicky vice presidential pick that so many other Republicans have made in the past. Pence does not appear to be a Dan Quayle or a Sarah Palin. I even thought that Paul Ryan was a gimmicky pick; like Quayle he was young and allegedly good looking. I have always said that voters want experience in a Vice President and not youth or excitement. Pence is properly old (57), boring, and experienced.
Mike Pence graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and then practiced as a private attorney. So he’s at least smart enough to pass the bar exam, putting him far ahead of Sarah Palin in the IQ department. But I should remind you that one doesn’t need to be a genius to pass the bar exam. I don’t know much else about his educational accomplishments. I hope it doesn’t turn out that he graduated at the bottom of his class and failed the bar exam the first time. On the other hand, I think that Donald Trump, who is used to being around smart people, wouldn’t pick a dummy. Notice how he distanced himself from Sarah Palin after the Iowa caucus.
Pence is a conventional conservative who is said to be associated with the Tea Party. Trump has decided that he needs to secure the party base. Normally presidential candidates don’t need to do that, but as I’ve explained in previous posts, this year is different. A conventional conservative like Pence will placate the #NeverTrump conservative traitors who have been sabotaging Trump’s chances of winning, and hopefully they will now stop doing that.
Although Pence is a conventional conservative and not a Trumpist, remember that it’s far more important for Trump to win the election than for him to pick a Vice President who matches his political philosophy. Vice Presidents don’t do anything besides attend funerals and other events that aren’t important enough for the President to attend himself. I am cautiously optimistic about Pence. Based only on his Wikipedia profile (which will probably expand greatly over the next few days), he seems like the best vice presidential pick by a Republican nominee since Bush picked Cheney sixteen years ago.