When Senator Scott from South Carolina made his announcement, Clay Travis verbalized what I had been thinking for some time.
The GOP field for the presidential nomination has expanded considerably. I think most of these folks are running for VP– not the top office.
Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, Mike Pence, Asa Hutchinson– none of these are presidential material. But I would argue none are vice-presidential material, either. It is a bit distressing that Trump has been engaging in mating calls with Tim Scott. It is pretty clear that both Scott and Haley are running for vice-president.
An article recently suggested that Trump might choose a woman— Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kari Lake or Kristi Noem. Choosing a woman because she is a woman– or a black guy because he is black– might theoretically be the right move politically.
But it is the wrong thing to do substantively because these people need to be prepared to be a good president. They need to have strength of character and be principled. And they need to have the right ideas. Those factors would disqualify nearly all of these folks at the outset.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t be chosen.