Trump’s VP possibilities include Fiorina to attack Hillary and Romney as a Republican who is ready to step in as President in case of tragedy.Ted Cruz strikes me as the most likely pick.
- His voice has been conspicuously absent from the attack Trump candidate chorus, even when there has been almost nothing to lose from piling on. Cruz even refrained from going after Trump following his assertion that being captured by your enemy doesn't necessarily indicate heroism.
- The two held a dual rally condoning the Iran deal.
- Cruz is Hispanic. So an affluent, well educated white Cuban who can't speak Spanish doesn't win identity points with semi-literate Mexican peasants? That's not the point. The point is to make whites feel better about supporting a guy who continues to pledge that he'll shut down illegal border crossings on the day he is sworn in, and having a Hispanic senator from a border state on the ticket helps accomplish that.
- Legislatively, Cruz has been better than anyone else in the GOP field on immigration.
- His approach and demeanor serve as counterbalances to Trump's. Trump is bombastic, pugilistic, dismissive, and condescending. Cruz is measured, genteel, and wonkish.
One thing working against Cruz as vice president is the issue of eligibility. Cruz was born in Canada. Given Trump's previous vociferous skepticism regarding Obama's eligibility, that could present a problem.
Parenthetically, descending into this level of celebrity political gossip makes me queasy, but it can't be said emphatically enough that the Trump phenomenon is the most consequential political occurrence in my lifetime with regard to the effects it has had on mainstream accessibility to and receptivity of the ideas that animate the dissident right.
Specifically, his candidacy has done two great things:
1) Provided a real life example--example after example, really--of how to respond to the cultural Marxists when they come for blood in response to a disparaging remark against some designated sacred group or concept. The formula he's running is to stick up a middle finger with one hand and throw a right hook with the other. Nothing apologetic. On multiple occasions, extending back to his initial campaign announcement, the subsequent narrative has been "he's gone too far! Now he's done!" and every time it hasn't just been overstated, the opposite has occurred--he's drawn more attention and support. When it comes to political correctness, he's a single-man wrecking ball. A lot of water is going to flow from behind the floodgates that he is busting open.
2) He's made ending illegal immigration the centerpiece of his campaign. His official platform position on immigration is, almost literally, incredible for a serious presidential campaign in 2015 America. Though he spouts the conventional elite opinion on legal immigration, the reality is that there is now the real possibility of an Israeli-style border barrier between the US and Mexico being constructed. Things have come a long way since the lonely songs sung by Tom Tancredo.