The 2016 presidential election is in a bit of a mid-season doldrums; nominees are all but sorted out now, and the only thing left to really wonder about is who they will pick as their running mates. Here are the most likely candidates on the Republican side of the aisle:
— Salon.com (@Salon) July 11, 2016
PROS: Mainstream conservative bona fides might reassure GOP base voters.
CONS: Has to decide between running for VP and Governor, this week.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2016
PROS: Name recognition, 1990’s nostalgia, hates everyone named Clinton.
CONS: Effectively doubling down on bluster, bullying, and confidence artistry.
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) July 8, 2016
PROS: Knows all the lyrics to “Stand By your Man,” how to shout down the media.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 9, 2016
PROS: Bulletproof foreign affairs CV, loads of executive experience.
CONS: Michael who?
— AL.com (@aldotcom) July 6, 2016
PROS: Looks great in a bright red ballcap.
CONS: Too perfectly matched; doesn’t balance out the ticket in any significant way.
— New Republic (@NewRepublic) July 7, 2016
PROS: Strong with evangelical voters, who are generally lukewarm on Trump.
CONS: Ted Cruz.
And here is the PredictIt chart, as of
lunchtime today early morning 7/13:
As you can see, the safe money is on Mike Pence. I’m betting thruppence and sixpence that we’ll know for sure before the week is out.