There's precedent with Admiral Stockdale and Curtis Lemay! Though some say military types lack political finesse. pic.twitter.com/FOFDFNunKe
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 11, 2016
Amazing precedents. Just tremendous, jaw-dropping precedents. https://t.co/E1JtOVq1MV
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) July 11, 2016
@AnnCoulter yeah how'd they work out?
— Dan Daniels (@dan_themandan) July 11, 2016
The Hill, Sunday afternoon, “Report: ’95 percent probability’ of Pence as Trump VP“:
A Donald Trump campaign stop in Indiana scheduled for Tuesday is raising speculation that the presumptive Republican nominee will announce Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
The Washington Times reported Sunday evening that Pence has a “95 percent probability” of being Trump’s choice, according to sources close to the campaign and to the governor…
The first-term Indiana governor’s name has surfaced in recent weeks as a contender for the position. Pence tepidly endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas before the state’s May primary, but later backed Trump, praising the chance to “take a new direction” in Washington.
“The kind of leadership that I truly do believe, to borrow a phrase, will make America great again,” Pence said during a Thursday campaign stop, according to The Associated Press…
And there you have Pence’s primary attraction for Lord Short Thumbs: He’s a cliche-spouting dimwit who’ll never challenge Trump for the limelight.
… Trump has said he will make an announcement before the Republican National Convention, which begins on July 18. Pence, who is seeking reelection to a second term as governor, would have to withdraw from that contest by noon on July 15 if he’s going to run as Trump’s vice president.
Former Trump adviser Michael Caputo said Sunday he’s putting all his chips on an announcement at the event next week…
Of course, President Obama will be visiting Dallas Tuesday, and Trump can’t stand the thought of anybody not named Donald Trump monopolizing media attention, so no doubt there will be some kind of announcement at the Indiana event. Any bets on The Donald taking this opportunity to prank the GOP by announcing a VP pick who’s not Mike Pence? Any bets on whether Pence would burst into tears on the platform, if so?
On the positive side, per the AP, a “summer time withdrawal by Pence… could provide an opening for Democrats. Pence has been locked in a contentious campaign against Democratic former House Speaker John Gregg, whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.” (And if Pence gets pantsed Tuesday, Gregg’s campaign presumably gets material for another attack ad.)
Despite Coulter’s and her fellow warhawks’ hunger for a man in uniform, last week’s Hot Pick, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, probably shot down his chances by affirming he’s pro-choice during a Sunday interview. As the WSJ reminds us, he’s also a registered Democrat:
… Lt. Gen. Flynn’s comments are the latest complication for Mr. Trump’s efforts to recruit a running mate after several prominent Republicans removed themselves from consideration or said they weren’t being vetted.
Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, a rising Republican star, said she was focused on her job in the Senate, while one of the Senate’s top foreign policy experts, Bob Corker of Tennessee, removed himself from the running last week. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said she wasn’t being vetted…
cowards run for cover politicians who still have their futures to consider withdraw, looks like it’s down to Pence, Gingrich, Christie (hahaha), maybe Rick Scott if he’s not indicted first. Rick Perry and Joe Scarborough both hunger for the job, and the nation’s political cartoonists and comics would no doubt add their prayers in support of either one. And then there’s this guy…
Wait but how does this work pic.twitter.com/h8Fn28wVoP
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) July 7, 2016
"I'm here speaking at a convention to nominate for the presidency this guy who I may or may not support for the presidency"
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) July 7, 2016
“But if you all change your mind, and need someone to run, just let me know” https://t.co/SIACtXIh53
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 7, 2016
I would put the chance of Trump offering Cruz his underticket as approximately equal to chances of the Combover Caligula giving up his elaborate hirsute pretence and going full-metal Lex Luther. On the other hand, per Buzzfeed, the #NeverTrump/Rule 40 delegates are still trying to appoint a vice-president of their preference at the convention, and Ted ‘God-King’ Cruz has a natural affinity for fanatics and rules-lawyers…
Speaking of rules-lawyering fanatics, anybody been monitoring the Paulistas? They seem to have dropped under the media radar, but I can’t believe they don’t have any plans to (further) screw with the RNC in Cleveland.