Five (plus one?) for the Trump VP short list

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post serves up his list of the five people he judges most likely to wind up sharing the GOP ticket with Donald Trump. I don’t know whether Cillizza’s picks are all in Trump’s top five, or even whether they are all under consideration. However, the list seems plausible enough to present to our readers for comment on a slow news day.

Here are the five and my very brief take on each:

5. Joni Ernst.

I like her. She was a Power Line Pick when she ran for the Senate on 2014. I’m not sure she’s shown that she is ready to be second in line for the presidency.

4. Bob Corker

Not conservative enough. See, e.g., Iran deal; AFFH defund vote.

3. Chris Christie

Big strengths, big flaws. Trump could do worse, but we should hope for better.

2. Mary Fallin

The Oklahoma governor could be a good pick. I need to know more about her.

1. Newt Gingrich

Say it ain’t so. Too flaky; too much like Trump.

Meanwhile, Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker mentions Tom Cotton as a potential Trump running mate. I don’t know whether the Senator would run with Trump or whether Trump is considering him.

Sen. Cotton hasn’t been in Washington long, but I believe he has already demonstrated that he has what it takes to be president. Sen. Ernst is a quality legislator, but she hasn’t made anything like the mark Cotton has.

Readers are invited to weigh in.

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