By mid-week, his A-list had included ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a tattered hitchhiker these days for anything promising TV coverage; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose off-ramp affair as a married man was never a closely guarded secret; Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a roly poly guy who stopped traffic with his schemes; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence , who is said to have deep religious convictions that would clash with Trump’s soaring ideas about manhood.
Yes, a charade. One of the articles of faith among seasoned politicians over the years is that running mates can’t really help a candidate, but should be chosen on the assumption that they won’t hurt you. After John McCain agreed to share some of the stage with Sarah Palin, it made any choice possible. In her own way, she was bizarrely entertaining, if not particularly profound.
CNN may have gotten it right in its coverage of the Trump search. Yes, drama and intrigue in Trump’s game. But I, for one, would prefer to wait for the movie.