For Donald Trump’s sake …

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)


For Donald Trump’s sake, I hope the leaks from Ben Carson about potential running mates for him are not accurate. Let’s take them one at a time.

I like Sarah Palin’s toughness and unwavering adherence to her values, but, fairly or unfairly, a large percentage of the electorate thinks she’s a dingbat. Trump doesn’t need to give the media any more ammunition with which to belittle him.

Notwithstanding the fact that Ted Cruz is a smart, strict constitutionalist, Trump would be making a horrendous mistake if he tapped him as his running mate. For all his good qualities, Cruz is who he is — nasty, a bit shady, and the possessor of an ego that matches Trump’s.

If Cruz were vice president, he would not be completely incapable of subordinating himself to Trump, and a messy and embarrassing public split would be inevitable. That said, Cruz would make a great attorney general or even a Supreme Court judge.

Like Cruz, John Kasich is a nasty, bullheaded guy, but he’s also part of the establishment, notwithstanding his protestations to the contrary. With years of experience in government and his Cruzlike ego, he would treat Trump with visible disdain, which, as with Cruz, would lead to an ugly public split.

I can’t believe anyone is still talking about Robo Rubio, an opportunistic, establishment snake from whom Trump should keep his distance. I’m concerned that it’s only a matter of time until Rubio becomes president, and I can tell you years in advance that if that happens, it will be a dark day for America. But for now, he should be kept on the sidelines.

Chris Christie would be a bearable choice for VP, but Trump can do much better than him. If Cruz doesn’t get the attorney general job, Christie would fit that bill just fine.

Jan Brewer (mentioned by Trump, not Carson) is a tough and enthusiastic advocate, but I don’t know she’s probably not a great fit for Trump. I get the impression that her best days are behind her.

I don’t know enough about Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (also mentioned by Trump, not Carson) to opine, but she certainly doesn’t have much name or face recognition, so other than being a woman, she wouldn’t add much to the ticket.
In my view, common sense boils it down to two possible choices, neither of whom were mentioned by either Carson or Trump: Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Newt Gingrich.

Martinez is a no-brainer — a woman, a Latina, relatively young, and a governor. And to boot, she’s very likeable and incredibly funny. Because she brings so many political pluses to the table, I’d have to make her my first choice if I were Trump.

Gingrich, though he can be a bit nasty and arrogant at times, brings major-league brainpower and experience to the table. As minority Whip in the House, he became something of a legend when he introduced his now-famous Contract with America and succeeded in maneuvering Bill Clinton into balancing the budget. While he has strong opinions, his experience suggests he would not step over the line and try to upstage Trump. But he definitely would push the Democrats around, and that is sorely needed in Washington.

That sums up my take on possible VP choices. What’s yours?

Robert Ringer

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20 responses to “For Donald Trump’s sake …”

  1. ◄Dave► says:

    I concur with most of yours, RJR. As much as I am still smitten with Sarah Palin, you are right about the public perception, and she doesn't have the DC experience he needs. Neither does Martinez, unfortunately.

    He should avoid the treacherous Canadian Born Lawyer like the plague. I used to think he would make a good SCOTUS justice; but I don't even want the scoundrel there now.

    Everything Trump has said about his criteria, suggests that he has likely already chosen Gingrich. The fact that Carson didn't mention him, is in itself rather telling. Newt already acts like he has it in the bag, and seems anxious to get on the trail with him to engage Hillary. I think they would make a very simpatico team, which could be a marvelous tandem wrecking ball in DC. I will be rooting for Newt. ◄Dave►

  2. RealitySeeker says:

    Newt, like Trump, is a big believer in Empire, so the two are compatible. Moreover, if Trump was assassinated, the Washington elites would have a good man in Newt to take over The White House. So, yeah, picking Newt would be a good choice for Trump because it would allow the Elites to communicate with Trump via Newt and Newt would be an insurance policy for the Elite just in case Trump doesn't want to play ball.

    Newt would be a good way in which to offer a deal to the Washington Cartel, much like Reagan had to allow Bush to run as VP.

  3. Charles says:

    Trump should win the election so he doesn't need to play political games just go for the best.

    Vice President – Rand Paul. He can help Trump fill in his many gaps. His platform in all areas is complete and workable.

    Secretary of State – Newt Gingrich. He only needs to do one thing. Let all foreign countries know that the United States will no longer take money away from the American people and give to your country.

    Secretary of Interior – Sarah Palin. 99.99 percent of all Americans don't know anything about this position. This is a chance to make a name for herself. She only needs to privatize everything.

    Secretary of Defense or Secretary of the Army – Alan West. Too good a man to not have in your cabinet.

    Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare – Ben Carson. He only needs to do one thing. Get rid of all government involvement in these areas.

    Attorney General – Chris Christie. Two jobs:
    1. Eliminate all unconstitutional laws
    2. See that the criminal politicians change from a business suit to a orange jumpsuit

    Secretary of the Treasury – Warren Buffett. Four jobs:
    1. Come up with a workable solution to Social Security
    2. Create a plan to balance the budget
    3. Reduce the Internal Revenue Code from 73,000 pages to 7.3 pages
    4. Get us back on the gold standard

  4. Sheila says:

    RR, I'm not sure of whom you are speaking when you use descriptors like "nasty," and "shady." You throw that word "nasty" around often and it certainly applies to Trump way over Cruz. Rubio may be "opportunistic" but I wouldn't say Trump is worth 10 B's because he was humble and ethical. You make him sound like a sheltered monk.

    "He should avoid the treacherous Canadian Born Lawyer like the plague. I used to think he would make a good SCOTUS justice; but I don't even want the scoundrel there now."

    This loathing and animosity for Ted Cruz is a derangement syndrome, I'm convinced of that now. It's nazi-like. He's out of the race and all you hate-mongers are still on his case. After Ted Cruz posted the "No regrets" video, the responses on You Tube contained some of the most vile, hateful speech I've heard or read since the Third Reich. This election cycle taught me one thing: When it comes to Cruz, Trumpsters are filled with vile, vitriolic, unjustifiable hatred. Not pretty. Since Cruz is not good enough as a Justice, if Trump wins I hope he sticks it to his supporters with a horrendous nominee. Heck, I'd like him to pick a radical like Hillary or even Bernie to the SC. It would serve y'all right.

  5. zach says:

    Gov. Martinez has a very high approval rating despite New Mexico ranking last in the US in job growth. Popularity even with a mediocre record is one sign of a good politician so she would probably be an asset on the ticket.

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