Rule Five Trump Veep Friday

Yeah, it’s way too soon for this, but what the hell. The ruminations about who Donald Trump might pick for his running mate and VP candidate have been going on for a while, and I admit it’s an interesting question. Why? Because Trump, assuming he Grover Clevelands himself into a non-consecutive second term, is a lame duck from the moment he takes the oath.  His Vice President, on the other hand, is in the catbird seat for 2028, unless he or she pulls something incredibly boneheaded.

Fortunately, there’s no history of any Republican Vice President doing that before…  uh… wait. Shit. Yeah. There was that one guy.

Anyway.  I’m sure our current crop of politicians is much more honest and upstanding.  Right?

Anyway.  A Center Square Voter’s Choice poll recently released gave some results on who folks thought Trump’s VP pick should be.  The results aren’t surprising.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis narrowly edged out the other potential candidates. DeSantis was once seen as a serious threat to Trump for the presidential nomination, but after Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was raided by the FBI, Trump’s poll numbers soared. DeSantis was left behind in the polling and never recovered.

Now, according to the survey, 18% of Republicans want DeSantis to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate.

In a close second place is former Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who received 17% support from Republicans as Trump’s vice president.

Haley was the last Republican contender to drop out of the primary. She was able to win nearly 100 delegates, and put up a fight in states like Vermont and South Carolina. But, ultimately, she dropped out after Trump roundly defeated her on Super Tuesday.

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott are tied for third place with 15% support among Republicans.

Notably, Democratic former Congressman Tulsi Gabbard received 7% support, the only Democrat to get that kind of backing from Republicans.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received 6% support among Republicans to be Trump’s running mate. Many analysts have said Trump should pick a female vice president to persuade Haley supporters and suburban women to support the ticket.

Noem, I’d remind you, may have harmed her chances with a recent description of a dog-shooting incident. Not sure why; Barack Obama ate a dog and it didn’t seem to hurt his chances.

Personally, I’d be keenly interested in a Trump/DeSantis ticket, for one reason: As anyone who has been reading these virtual pages knows, I was on Team DeSantis until he dropped out.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ll vote for Trump this fall if he remains the candidate because the alternative is unthinkable.  But I would have rather had the Florida Governor, and I think (and hope) he will be President one day – why not 2028?

But Nikki Haley?  No. And Tulsi Gabbard?  No. If I had to pick alternatives, I’d go with Tim Scott, then Vivel Ramaswamy, mostly because Vivek is an engaging speaker and he pisses off all the right people.

It’s a long way to November.  I expect we won’t see this question answered until the Republican National Convention.  But what the hell – speculation is always fun.