While appearances can be deceiving, by all appearances Donald Trump will not throw a curveball regarding his VP pick.
It has been reported that Trump will introduce Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate tomorrow morning.
Could it have been Pence’s tepid endorsement of Ted Cruz last April that got Trump intrigued?
Compared to Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich, Pence is dull and presents no threat to overshadow or embarrass Trump. Christie looks too much like a man servant when he stands next to Trump and Gingrich’s intelligence dwarfs that of Trump. Come to think of it, Pence kind of looks like Trump’s former advisor Roger Stone. Maybe Trump wanted somebody who looked like Stone.
Whatever Trump’s reasons, Pence has been given a second act. Often mentioned as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2012, he instead left Congress to run for Governor of Indiana. However, his handling of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year lowered his stock considerably. But if Trump’s supporters can forgive Christie for embracing President Obama or forget about Gingrich’s fees from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac then they can surely forgive Pence for the RFRA or, for that matter, his ill-advised proposed state run news agency for the Hoosier state.
If nothing else, there will invariably be new term introduced into the American lexicon: Trumpence (i.e. Trumpence gets their comeuppance).
Pence or no Pence, it really doesn’t make much of a difference who Trump picks as his number two. With this in mind let’s think of another New York business icon – George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees. Before John McMullen bought the Houston Astros, he was limited partner with the Yankees. As McMullen famously put it, “Nothing is more limited than being a limited partner of George’s.” I suspect that Pence will feel much the same way if he is to spend the next four to eight years with Trump.