Trump Is Considering Four Women for Veep
Axios has a
on who Donald Trump is considering for his running mate. According to Axios' sources, Trump knows he has a massive
problem with college-educated suburban women and is thinking about how he can fix that, especially since the Democratic
veep candidate is almost certainly going to be a woman (i.e., Kamala Harris). The sources say Trump is seriously looking
at these women, each of whom has different strengths and weaknesses from his point of view.
- Kari Lake: Her biggest plus is that she claims he won the 2020 election and she won
the Arizona gubernatorial election. She is clearly willing to mouth any lie he wants her to mouth. That is a huge plus,
at least from his point of view. If he makes his preference for her known during the primaries, that could be a plus with
blue-collar women, but probably not so much with college-educated women because they are largely registered as independents or
Democrats these days and thus don't vote in Republican primaries. Maybe Trump thinks Lake will help him in the general
election, though. However, those college-educated suburban women are one of the smartest demographic groups out there.
Are they really going to vote for Trump because he picked someone who is clearly lying through her teeth as his veep? We
doubt that they will fall for it. Also, if Lake becomes veep, she will instantly start her 2028 campaign for president
and may try to upstage Trump. He hates anyone upstaging him.
- Nikki Haley: On paper, Haley is probably the most qualified of the bunch to take over the
big job if Trump has one portion of fries too many. She was a member of the South Carolina House, governor of the state,
and ambassador to the United Nations, so she has legislative, executive, and foreign policy experience. She is also the
daughter of immigrants, which might get him some votes among immigrants (although that is somewhat neutralized by
Harris' immigrant background). He biggest liability is that she is not 100% MAGA and Trump won in 2020 rah rah rah. She
could suddenly become that, but it would be noticed and people would see here as a phony. As far as we can see, Trump
does not really like her the way he likes Lake. But the #1 doesn't have to like the #2 (see: Kennedy, John Fitzgerald).
- Kristi Noem: Another governor, like Haley, but she is already auditioning for the job by
saying exactly the things Trump love to hear. She also has a decent résumé: member of the South Dakota
House, U.S., House, and governor, but Trump doesn't really care about that. What he likes is her very aggressive
Trumpishness. Also, he probably rates her much higher on a scale of 1 to 10 over Haley because her ancestors came from
Norway, not some "sh**hole country, like Haley's did." Note that we're not meaning to imply here that Trump is kind of
racist. We're trying to state it outright.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders: We can't believe this is serious. But the Axios report is from
Mike Allen and he is plugged in as well as anyone in D.C. this side of Maggie Haberman. So, Trump is undoubtedly at
least considering her. Her biggest plus is her amazing ability to lie about anything with a straight face, something she
demonstrated as White House press secretary. She also demonstrated that nepotism is alive and well in Arkansas. After
all, her only qualification for being governor is that her father used to be governor. That is one step below Sarah
Palin, who was at least a mayor before she became governor. Nepotism is something that Trump well understands and no
doubt she gets points for taking full advantage of it. If he picks her, the Democrats are going to say that she makes
Palin look like a heavyweight.
Our take is that Lake is a sore loser, which Americans don't like, Haley is unlikely to be Trump's choice because of her lack
of enthusiasm for election denial and her heritage. Sanders is totally and completely unqualified to become president on a
moment's notice if it comes to that. That leaves Noem as the most logical choice, since she is both very Trumpy and has
both legislative and executive experience. She doesn't have any foreign policy experience, but she can surely pick a suitable
secretary of state and let the secretary handle foreign policy. Or she can just leave Trump's pick in place. (V)
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