Saturday, February 13, 2016

A VP for the Trumpster?

In the reprinted piece below, Cruz is designated as Trump's VP, which I think is a mistake, both in speculation and as a choice. I'm one of those persuaded that Cruz is disqualified to be President or VP because of the circumstances of his birth. And if he isn't, the ambiguity of it all is sufficient to pick somebody else. So, if Cruz is off the table, who should it be? Thinking in terms of the dynamics of the election as opposed to fitness to actually serve, Chris Christie is at the top of the list. He demolished the Menudo boy so beautifully, it's delightful to think about him debating whatever VP nominee the Democrats might come up with. Thinking in the same terms, Kasich wouldn't be too bad, either — note that I'm talking about their campaign talents, not their political positions, which is horrible in both cases. There's not much point in even thinking about Carson, because his only talent would be to maybe get a few Black votes, but not very many of those, considering that Hillary and Bernie are both promising to give Blacks anything they want, and things they would want but haven't though of yet.

As for the other dropouts, none of them particularly appeals, except maybe for Huckabee, who might get some votes from people who think he's Kevin Spacey.

My vague suggestion is that Trump pick somebody with credible military experience. Somebody, I can't remember who right now, suggested Jim Webb, who is of course a Democrat, but who is maybe the only living conservative Democrat. I suppose Petraeus is too tainted to consider. A lot of people has pointed out that because Trump has never held elective office, should balance the ticket with someone who has. That makes sense, and eliminates Fiorina and Carson, who have other points against them as well.

Having said all this, my choice is General James Mattis [link].

I have no idea how well he'd help the ticket, but for being the number two guy, ready to step in if needed, he'd be a great choice. He's famous for taking care of his men in Iraq, and I believe he'd take care of Americans as President of the United States.

And assuming all this works, here's what Gavin McInnes has to say at Takimag [link]:

Future Letter From a Socialist to President Trump

It’s 2019 and the fact that you and Vice President Cruz have decided to run for a second term deeply disturbs those of us who still care about this country. Like many true patriots, my wife and I voted for Sanders in 2016 and considered moving to France when you and that creepy Canadian won. We stayed and we regret it.

In just under four years, you have irrevocably changed this country for the worse. You said you would be hard on immigration and you lied. You let more people in from Western Europe, Canada, and Australia than any other president. While opening the floodgates to the Aryan barbarians, you shut the doors on those who really needed to be here—most notably, Mexicans and refugees. This lead to the death of thousands of Syrians in their home country, not to mention the slaughter of possibly millions of people all over Africa and the Middle East. Angela Merkel picked up the slack and it appears to have driven Germany into a civil war. When asked to atone for these sins you asked the chancellor, “What’s the German word for brassiere?” and added, “DasShouldStopEmFromFloppin.” This is likely the most ridiculous thing said by any president in history. My wife and I are very well educated, by the way, and we are both familiar with many European words. The German word for brassiere is likely something remarkably similar as English has its roots in German.
Without the affordable labor of undocumented workers, our youth were torn from their social lives and forced to do menial labor like a sad horde of indentured servants. In the summer the streets are barren as adolescents mow lawns, clean pools, flip burgers, babysit kids, and do all the other jobs Americans shouldn’t have to do. You point out that the working and middle classes have never been wealthier without mentioning that the top 20% have grown at a much larger rate. This might be the biggest gap between rich and poor in American history. We all—rich and poor—need to go back down to a fairer income until we can get all the discrepancies worked out. That was Bernie’s plan and that’s what’s fair.


  1. I've been pimping for Mattis for a month or so now. Wouldn't it be great to see him in the VP debate in khaki??

    1. Scratch "khaki." Enter "MARPAT utilities."

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  3. I have to count Cruz as being of greater value to the republic right where he is: in the U.S. Senate. Same for Rand Paul. My objections to selecting General Matthis as the vice-presidential candidate lie in the fact that he has no potential for carrying the electoral votes of any particular one of the several states (he entered the Marine Corps from Washington State, but it's unlikely that his presence on the ticket could improve Trump's chances of getting those 12 Electoral College votes from the Left Coast), in the likelihood that "Mad Dog" Matthis (callsign "Chaos") would not have sufficient recognition in the general population to attract votes outside the ranks of military veterans, and due to his lifelong bachelor status, because men of his age who have evaded the paterfamilias role are automatically suspect in our society.

    That having been said, he'd be hellacious "assassination insurance." It's hard to imagine anyone whom the powers-that-be would want *less* in that chair behind the _Resolute_ desk than a former general officer whom his peers describe as "The Warrior Monk."

  4. Quite. I doubt he'd help the ticket much in the election. Paradox is that a VP that WOULD help wouldn't me my (or your, I'm sure) first choice to take over as President.