The headline read in the Washington Post: "The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president."
The byline read: Chris Cillizza.
That is when I realized these people have no chance in hell of getting that nomination because Cillizza has so far seems to have gotten everything wrong this campaign, at least on the Republican side.
The names of the doomed five:
Marco Rubio ("Rubio could help Trump with outreach to establishment Republicans and in Florida. As a Cuban American, he also might be able to blunt some of Trump's sharpest edges on immigration and avoid an electoral disaster in the Hispanic community.")
John Kasich ("Kasich would represent an olive branch -- of sorts -- from Trump to the establishment and might carry the sort of résumé -- member of Congress, Midwestern governor - that would appeal to Trump. And Kasich, who is in the middle of his second term, might find the chance at a vice-presidential nomination -- even if it meant sharing a ticket with Trump -- impossible to resist.")
Joni Ernst ("Ernst has proven she is a gifted communicator and someone who might help sell Trump to the Midwestern voter he badly needs if he wants to be competitive with Clinton.")
Rick Scott (" Scott has been consistently supportive of Trump for months now, endorsing him as soon as the real estate billionaire won the Sunshine State in early March. Scott's profile is also likely appealing to Trump -- a wealthy businessman who ran and beat the Republican establishment to get elected governor. Plus, he's from a big swing state.")
Chris Christie ("No one has risked more with his support for Trump than Christie, who has been roundly mocked and dismissed by the GOP establishment for the decision. Personality-wise, Christie and Trump seem to be an obvious match. And Trump has said before that he would want a politician as his running mate. From a geographic/ideological standpoint, Christie doesn't add a ton to the Trump ticket. But who knows if Trump even cares?")
No one in the Trump campaign has talked to Cillizza. He is spitballing. And he is doing so from the traditional, establishment manner of thinking, One of these five may be the nominee but not for any of the reasons Cillizza cited.
Trump is more likely to pull a Nixon. The running mate will not be as big as Trump, and will be in fact as small as possible. Think of the American most like Spiro T. Agnew. There is your running mate.