Sunday, July 17, 2016

vice-presidential candidates

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a man who has sold passion as principle and heaped shame on his nation, chose Mike Pence, governor of Indiana as his vice-presidential running mate in the run-up to the Republican convention in Cleveland starting tomorrow. Pence, as I get it, is a steady-eddy Republican with connections to donor money and an iffy run to be re-elected governor... a much-less unacceptable quantity among the Republican stalwarts than Trump. But his back-burner vice-presidential slot puts him clearly where Trump wants him -- on the back burner -- the warm bucket of spit the vice president generally represents. I wonder what Trump will do when he loses ... don the martyr's raiment ... swallow hemlock ... colonize the Caribbean....

This morning, for reasons unclear, I woke up thinking about Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and whom she might choose a week hence for a running mate. And the person who came to mind was Colin Powell -- an unlikely candidate who has been secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. A man with his credentials would probably see the vice-presidency as a come-down from where he had already been. Still, he insisted in my mind. He may have been taken in by the lies that led the U.S. to invade Iraq, but if I'm not mistaken, he was good enough to admit it. A man of consequence, somehow.

Just some useless noodling.

1 comment:

  1. Powell may have regretted drinking the kool-aid, but i believe he's still a republican, even if moderate. Folks keep running on a 'unite the country' platform. It sounds good but i suspect our owners don't really want to see a large organized block of voters. There's never been a split party ticket, but who knows. I imagine we'll keep eating ourselves from the inside out, but what do i know?