Donald Trump has a reputation for being a showman. You would think that if he really wanted to be President, he would do a better job of showmanship.
But like everything with his campaign, he is not surprising us with anything and what he is doing is very disappointing.
What has Trump done?
Word is now leaking out that Mike Pence of Indiana is going to be his Vice Presidential nominee. We can only hope the delegates at the Republican convention put an end to this insanity.
To call Mike Pence a disaster is an understatement. Movement conservatives remember him well. He is a guy who would never stand and fight for anything. He would never run for anything unless he was assured of victory. Some conservatives in Indiana are already mocking him because many believe he will not win reelection as governor this year and the VP slot is an easy way out.
Movement conservatives will neither forgive nor forget what he did when Indiana passed its religious freedom restoration act. As soon as there was criticism of that bill, he immediately went into back flips and contortions to appease critics.
Pence is probably the kind of VP that Trump wants. He will not overshadow Trump, nor will he contradict Trump. Newt Gingrich was allegedly under consideration but Gingrich has shown he is willing to stand up to Trump, and that is one quality Trump does not like.
Trump could have reached out to a respected movement conservative to build a bridge. But no, he didn’t do that. He is more interested in reaching the supporters of Bernie Sanders than he is in reaching conservative voters.
Pence is totally milquetoast. The VP is supposed to be an attack dog. As bad as New Jersey governor Chris Christie is, he would have been a far better attack dog.
2016 should have been a banner year for the GOP.
Instead it just keeps getting worse.
At this point, the only question is, how bad will the loss be this November? And will there even be a Republican Party in 2020?