Rule Five VP Gabbard Friday

Issues & Insights, you guys know I love you, but sometimes you just plain get it wrong – like suggesting, for Donald Trump’s 2024 Veep pick, former Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.

Donald Trump either has a short list or a long one, depending on the media source, in his search for a running mate. Either way, he could do a lot worse than Tulsi Gabbard. At least she knows, unlike many establishment Republicans, just how malicious Democrats are, since she used to be one and saw the depravity up close.

Maybe Trump will choose Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, or New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. He might turn to Ben Carson, a Cabinet official in his previous administration, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, or South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. All would be acceptable, as would other Republicans not named.

It’s possible, however, the best candidate isn’t even a member of the party.

Gabbard was for eight years a Democrat representing Hawaii’s second congressional district in the U.S. House. She ran for the White House in 2020 as a Democrat, but has since left the party, declaring her independence in October 2022.

Yes, I know, Donald Trump was himself a Democrat until not long before he ran for President in 2016.  Yes, I know, Ronald Reagan, the Gipper himself, was once a Democrat.  People can change.  I’m just not buying that Tulsi Gabbard – and yes, I recently saw her speak at CPAC, which isn’t a bastion of the Left – has been all that red-pilled.

The 42-year-old pointed out that her former party is at perpetual war with First and Second Amendment rights, and the current administration is focused on “discriminating against people of faith, especially Christians, arresting peaceful pro-life protesters.” More recently, at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, she declared “our democracy is under attack,” and identified “the perpetrators” to be “those who in the name of saving our democracy are destroying it.”

OK, yes, I&I points out that the United States is a republic, not a democracy, but hell, everybody seems to get that wrong; I won’t get wrapped around the axle over that.

Look, I like Tulsi Gabbard. I like her grit. I like that she doesn’t mince words.  I respect her military service, in which she didn’t shy away from duty in a combat zone.  But she ran for President as a Democrat.  She endorsed Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud, that daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont.  I have a hard time believing that someone can change their spots that quickly and that thoroughly.

Trump’s VP pick is going to be key.  He needs to pick someone with untarnished conservative or libertarian credentials, someone who will be ready to pick up the torch in 2028 and keep things moving forward, and preferably someone who will bring a swing state along to the Electoral College count.

Tulsi Gabbard ain’t that person.

This election, this 2024 contest, is rather a big one.  Oh, I know, it’s common enough for politicians and pundits alike to thump their chests and shout about how “this is the most important election in our nation’s history!” But this election, while maybe not the most influential – I don’t think it will be as potentially huge as, say, the 1864 election, which, if McClellan had won, may have seen a negotiated end to the Civil War with the Confederacy retaining its independence as a separate nation – but this is a big one. The future direction of our nation for a generation or more is on the table.  Trump needs to pick his sidekick carefully.  Tulsi Gabbard would be the wrong choice.