For those of you who have been living in the jungle being raised by wolves and a singing bear, it’s an election year, and Donald Trump is the clear favorite of Republican voters after a string of victories in the northeast of the country. After naming himself the presumptive nominee, speculation has been rife about who he will pick for his second in command. And he’s not the only one at the center of speculation. Hillary Clinton has been well ahead of her rival for a long time, and rumors are flying that the Clinton campaign is already vetting vice presidential contenders. Finally, mathematically ousted candidate Ted Cruz decided to jump the gun on everyone and named his own strange choice of VP this week, Carly Fiorina, in a preemptive move that has yet to pay off. With so many options to choose from and so much pressure riding on picking the perfect veep, such a crucial decision could make or break a campaign.
When looking at the characteristics and abilities of a good VP, the bare necessities include balancing the ticket, capturing the voters that the presidential candidate can’t, inspiring the rich to dig further into their pockets, and generally making the presidential candidate look good. So based on all of this who would Trump pick? Unfortunately during his campaign he has managed to alienate a number of very good candidates; Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Nikki Haley and Scott Walker have all rejected outright or laughed out loud at the idea of being on a Trump ticket. Of those who might be willing, Ben Carson brings no experience, Chris Christie comes with a Bridgegate scandal and Marco Rubio couldn’t even win his home state. It could be slim pickings unless Trump chooses someone relatively unknown with the right qualifications and temperament, but being the unpredictable candidate that he is, who that will be is anyone’s guess.
There are two things every presidential candidate needs to consider when deciding on a deputy: who would be good to help win the election, and who would be good to help run the country? Obviously the best choice is someone who fits both of those categories. Clinton however needs to consider a third category: who would be good to help unite the party (i.e. bring in Bernie Sander’s voters)? Elizabeth Warren and Tom Perez are two of the names floating around, but Clinton is refusing to give out any clues thus far. But whoever she chooses, hopefully they have another characteristic which is essential in the dangerous political jungle: a thick skin.
Too many names to remember? Never fear, an elephant never forgets. Movie for your mood: The Jungle Book