In spite of the Cruz and Kasich rhetoric in the aftermath of the New York wipeout, Trump is clearly the presumed GOP Presidential candidate for 2016.
The #NeverTrump crowd is losing steam and bravado after the Big Apple’s humiliation for their cause.
While Trump & Co. have to keep winning through California, and keep working the delegates to be on call and committed should they need allies in the first convention ballot, Trump could “seal the deal” by naming a near perfect Vice Presidential running mate.
Who Should Trump Select as his VP?
My nomination would be none other than Speaker Newt Gingrich! Why Newt?
The Speaker led the GOP House of Representative from 1995 through 1999 capping his 20 years of legislative experience.
The Speaker is well-respected by many within the GOP as well as the Democrat party.
The Speaker is arguably one of the most knowledgeable persons in US politics when it comes to the “art” of the legislative process.
The Speaker was the Co-Architect of the 1994 “Contract with America” which could morph into the “2016 Make America Great Again Agenda”. (Ok, the sound-bite needs a little work but it would set the agenda before Ryan and McConnell can try to co-op a Trump agenda!)
The Speaker is a premier coalition builder who can shepherd Trump’s ideas to legislative fruition.
The Speaker has been privy to years of intelligence and can provide Trump with the counsel of history as Trump traverses the mine field of foreign policy that will have to be rebuilt from scratch.
The Speaker has been around the block and understands the need for a powerful President, with a supportive Vice President, to lead the nation out of the morass of the post-Obama failure.
The Speaker has always been “on the edge of acceptability” and pushed the envelope when trying to change the party, the legislative process, or even our culture. He and Trump would be on the same page in terms of approach.
There are many more advantages that I could include but the bottom line is that Newt brings a lot of positives to the Trump table. Typically, the VP is selected based on what State the presidential candidate needs assistance to win. Trump carried Georgia in the primary and would probably repeat in the general election. Trump is strong enough on his own in the Mid-Atlantic region and Eastern seaboard so someone like a Kasich would be more of a detriment than an asset.
Choosing someone like the Speaker would also pretty much assure that the GOP closes ranks around Trump sooner rather than later. Cruz and Kasich would cease to exist the day after the announce by Trump to name Gingrich as his VP.
At this point, it makes no sense for Trump to wait to name his VP unless Newt would not want to serve. This move would allow Trump to back his closest advisor, Jeff Sessions, as the Majority leader in the Senate! He could tap Christie and Giuliani for Homeland Security and the Justice Department. The balance of his cabinet can wait but these two departments sets the tone for law enforcement, anti-terror, border security, and immigration. Gingrich, Christie and Giuliani would be excellent surrogates throughout the balance of the primary in through the general election.
If you have a better VP candidate, let me know!