7-8: Please Pick Newt

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

If Only …

 

No doubt about it. Newt Gingrich would love to be on the Republican ticket as Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate. He is the original glory hound and his presence would not be eclipsed by the Trump ego.

Like it or not, Trump proved his legitimacy by knocking out 16 bona fide opponents for the nomination. Like it or not, Gingrich was Speaker of the House back in the day. Given those positive credentials, the fun starts when digging beneath their one-line resumes. Trump is a buffoon with a limo-sized clown car. Gingrich is a has-been, self-promoting bloviator. Place a tent over any dais they might share and enjoy the show.

The facts that Trump won the popular vote in this year’s primaries and that Gingrich actually was two heartbeats away from the presidency make me shudder. But just the idea of them running together on the Republican ticket thrills me. A proper vetting by the press will expose these phonies as the charlatans they are.

Trump tells us what a great businessman he is–the press has already revealed his four bankruptcies. Gingrich had his “Contract with America” (Remember that?) which he completely ignored when Republicans took control of the House. Both members of the “Party of Values” have been married multiple times … not that there is anything wrong with that … BUT … Trump routinely makes crass remarks about women in general and some women specifically. Gingrich asked his first wife for a divorce while she was in a hospital bed dealing with breast cancer, then he asked his second wife if she would be interested in an “open” marriage.

There are other names being floated as possible VP-nominee choices. For me, NJ Governor Chris Christie–who would also love the job–carries too much baggage, especially Bridgegate, which will begin litigation soon. The person I think Trump is looking at most seriously is Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Anyone Else out There?

Pence has great appeal with the Christian right–that’s a plus. But, CNN reports:
Pence … has had trouble in his four years in the governor’s office — struggling to grasp the reins of state government after spending 12 years as a congressman more often reacting to events than setting an agenda.
… 2015 proved to be disastrous for Pence politically, laying the groundwork for an opening for Democrats.
The first signs of trouble appeared when The Indianapolis Star scooped Pence on his own plans to launch a state-run news service. Pence’s response, including allowing the debacle to overshadow his rollout of a state-crafted Medicaid expansion, foreshadowed the crippling fight he would face on “religious freedom” just a few months later.

Trump has to seriously consider Pence as his running mate, but at the end of the day I think he will toss him into the same trash bin as Christie. Which brings us back to Gingrich.
In truth, VP nominees rarely, if ever, influence the outcome of a presidential election. In my opinion, Trump is not as ignorant as he sounds and Gingrich is not as intelligent as he would have us believe. Together they resemble a Jeff Dunham act, except this vaudevillian duo has two dummies and no puppet master to pull the strings.

One thought on “7-8: Please Pick Newt”

  1. Never thought I’d see the day that a truly vile, despicable person would be running for president of the US. And who will she pick for her VP? She’s a career criminal, and a born liar. Those are her good qualities. Goes downhill from there. Compared to Hillary, everybody else starts looking pretty good.

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