Update: Big Media misses the story yet again. We’ll repeat what should be remembered: “The medium is the message.” This is what Big Media mistakenly focuses on in Donald J. Trump’s VP game of Apprentice:
The search to fill Donald Trump’s ticket appears to have whittled the field down to three main prospects, and one candidate got some serious face time with the Trump family this morning.
Campaign sources told ABC News that Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul Manafort joined Donald Trump Sr. and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at Pence’s home in Indiana this morning.
The sources said ABC News that Donald Trump Sr. was not supposed to stay in Indiana last night but that after his campaign had some technical issues, he and his team were forced to spend the night after a rally in Westfield, where he was introduced by Pence. Eric Trump was already with his father in Indiana but sources tell ABC that Trump Sr. had the rest of his family fly out this morning for the meeting. [snip]
The other two top contenders are former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who has publicly announced that he is being vetted for the job, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who ABC News confirmed is being vetted.
Trump and his family will also be meeting with Gingrich later today, ABC News can confirm. Sources also tell ABC that Sen. Jeff Sessions is on his way to Indiana for a similar meeting.
Big Media stupidly focuses on the names of those visiting Trump. What is the important “medium is the message” NEWS? What really matters from Trump’s masterful control of Big Media? It’s one word. Rather, it’s one place.
What is the big news from today that Big Media misses with the focus on names Trump interviews? One word, one place: INDIANA!
Donald J. Trump is dragging all the attention to Indiana. Trump could have held these meetings anywhere. Could have been New York. Could have been Nevada. Could have been Florida. Could have been Oregon. Could have been Wisconsin. But no, it’s Indiana.
Ignore that nonsense about “technical issues” that determined the location. Trump could hopscotch around the country on his plane and “interview” candidates in many states while in flight. No, Trump wants to bring attention to the region he will focus on. It’s the rust belt.
Trump won’t utilize Mitt Romney’s Great Lakes Strategy (see below), nor the Latino strategy (see below). It’s the rust belt strategy. That’s the big news. Names of candidates? Eh, people come and go. Strategy is forever.
Scott Walker? Carly Fiorina? Kanye West? Lt. General Michael Flynn? Newt Gingrich? John Kasich? Joni Ernst? Gov. Fallin? Who do we think Donald J. Trump should pick as his VP? We have not written about this before so today we provide the definitive answer.
Four years ago, around this time, we had our breakdown. Mittens Romney was a mess we could not help because Mitt Romney himself was the problem. Romney’s strategic decisions were entirely stupid too. It was the weekend when Willard “Mitt” Romney selected Paul Ryan as his VP. We went into a rage because as we wrote, Mitt Romney lost the election the moment he selected Paul Ryan for his VP.
Why was the selection of Paul Ryan the exact moment when Mitt Romney lost the election? Because it explains what we think Donald J. Trump should do, we’ll briefly post some quotes from our “breakdown” article:
It’s not only the timing, it’s not only the stupidity of thinking a major announcement could be made to compete with a international sporting event. (By Sunday even DrudgeReport was headlining the Olympics). The timing was symptomatic of a campaign at sea taking on new duties to distract from its inability to fight effectively against the previous attacks. [snip]
The carriers of 2012 are Florida (and Ohio) and they are at sea also. Mitt Romney and his campaign somehow think that the way to win Florida and Ohio is with an intelligent discussion of the “issues” and explaining how Barack Obama grabbed half a trillion dollars from Medicare to pay for Obamacare and that Romney wants to preserve Medicare. As if Barack Obama is going to allow that discussion.
What do we see? We see that there was a perfectly viable candidate that answered the Florida question and whatever his downsides they could have been defended with some ease.
We see a total strategic surrender by Mitt Romney on the central, and only, question of campaign 2012. It’s now no longer a referendum on Barack Obama’s tenure – now Mitt Romney thinks it is a choice. A choice! He might as well join Planned Parenthood and become an abortion. A choice! The central strategic fight and now there is total surrender. Perhaps instead of the USS Wisconsin Romney should have held this weekend’s event on the USS Missouri.
We don’t see the applauding seals ask simple questions like “What happened to the focus on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS????????????????” What happened to a referendum on Barack Obama??????
What we see: “The Romney campaign has not had the best of weeks. They needed to get their act together not take on new duties and launching a VP campaign when they can’t manage the P campaign. The response to the Obama attacks were so badly handled by the press secretary that this Ryan pick looks like a band-aid to distract from the bleeding. The Romney campaign should have shuffled the incompetents out, get Sununu to do tutorials on how to respond to the attacks that will only get worse, then after they have righted the ship and slammed Obama as a nasty man running nasty ads – then launch the VP.”
What we see is Mitt Romney whining about Obama and asking Barack to take his campaign out of the gutter and the foolish follow with applause as if Romney had said something worth applauding. We’re not applauding. This is sheer stupidity from Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney should be is that Obama is the gutter. Romney has to start saying that the Barack Obama campaign is nasty and dirty because Barack Obama is nasty and dirty. Instead there is a whine and the fools follow with applause.
What we see is risible. [snip] The Obama campaign slogan after this weekend’s events is “No Dirt Left Behind.”
What we see is Candy Crowley as a moderator in this fall’s debate and Mitt Romney acquiescing in allowing her to ask him questions when he should be asking her questions about her bias and Big Media bias.
What we see is that this has been a very bad weekend for opponents of Barack Obama. But we’re supposed to be polite, keep our fingers washed in the finger bowls and applaud like circus seals – as so many of the dimwitted are doing. [snip]
We’re supposed to shut up because a strategic surrender on this 2012 election being a referendum on Barack Obama but is now a “choice” between Obama and Romney, is to be ignored – if not applauded. The Romney campaign has to be made to answer for this strategic surrender not coddled and cooed as so many want to do. Why the strategic surrender?
AND WHAT ABOUT JOBS? WASN’T THE ROMNEY ARGUMENT THAT BARACK OBAMA WORRIED ABOUT HIS OWN JOB NOT THE JOBLESS????? Now Mitt Romney wants to talk about entitlements?????? What about jobs Mitt? Did the Bain attacks make you run away and think that distraction is going to keep the Obama mud slingers from going after you on JOBS? You can’t run away from this fight Mitt. Fight or get the hell out.
We have been proven correct on every point we made in our article full of rage. Notice the bit about Candy Crowley? In the debates later that year our observations in August were proven entirely correct.
We were also right in suggesting Marco Rubio as VP. Up to that point Rubio had not proven himself a liar with his Gang of Eight treachery on immigration. Up to that point Rubio could have helped Romney win Florida and the Latino vote. And that was our point entirely which is important today: it’s about the strategy.
Mitt Romney’s strategy and tactics were stupid. Romney praised Obama instead of denouncing him as a pit of lies and nastiness. Romney surrendered the “referendum on Obama” election and instead put the bull’s eye on himself and Paul Ryan’s stupid economic plans. Romney named Ryan to distract from his campaign woes. Romney did not understand the 2012 election was about JOBS. Romney did not understand anything. Romney’s biggest mistake in his choice of Paul Ryan was “why” he choose Paul Ryan.
Romney chose Paul Ryan because he thought he could win with a Great Lakes strategy. Romney thought Ryan could help him win states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Ohio. That was so stupid. Romney’s #1 problem was Florida and the Latino vote. Romney’s problem #2 was that the Great Lakes strategy would not work because voters in states like Michigan did not remember Romney’s dad was a former governor of that state and the selection of Paul Ryan did not help win anything, not even Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. Romney was a relic that did not understand the times.
WHAT ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP’S CHOICE FOR VICE PRESIDENT???
Donald J. Trump only has to remember one thing and that is from the Harry Potter books. The famous wand maker and seller in those books about wizards and witches tells his young customers the same thing: “The wand chooses the wizard.” The same for wizard Donald J. Trump: THE STRATEGY CHOOSES THE VP!!!
If Donald Trump decides to try to win the Latino and women vote he can choose New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. We think that would be a mistake.
If Donald Trump decides to win the women’s vote with a VP choice, Governor Mary Fallin is a possibility. We think that would be a mistake.
Senator Joni Ernst is a woman that conceivably could help Donald Trump win the women’s vote. This is an interesting choice. We don’t think Ernst is the best candidate for Trump but strategically speaking it is not a bad idea. First Joni Ernst can remind voters, especially women voters what Hillary Clinton said, which at the time we wrote was one of the dumbest things Hillary Clinton ever said:
“I would also add, it’s not enough to be a woman. You have to be committed to expand rights and opportunities for all women,” Hillary Clinton said at a Wednesday campaign event for Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley, Joni Ernst’s opponent in Iowa.
Joni Ernst can also help win battleground Iowa for Trump. Senator Joni Ernst did not support Donald Trump in the Iowa primaries so she might even help to further cement party unity. Do we think Joni Ernst should be the VP for Trump? Nah, not really. She’s a good choice on a strategic level, the right wand, but we don’t think the personal chemistry is right. Trump himself has a better sense of that and if he feels personally comfortable with this smart choice… it would be a smart choice.
If Donald Trump decides he has a problem with party unity and wants a tough guy next to him then Newt Gingrich is a smart choice. We’re not the biggest fans of Gingrich for president but as a VP he has many strengths. Newt would destroy the #NeverTrump nuts. Newt would punch his good friend Ohio Governor John Kasich in the face too. Newt is a good talker and knows how to attack Big Media without fear. Newt would be a great choice… but only Trump knows what the personal chemistry and the message that would send.
Who on a strategic level makes sense but we think would be a disaster? John Kasich, Susana Martinez, any candidate that is not prepared to fight no-holds barred and attack the anti-Trump Big Media, would be a disaster.
Who do we think is the best VP for Donald Trump? Donald Trump’s best strategy is to win the rust belt states with the white working class vote. That’s the strategy. The strategy picks the VP.
Mike Pence fits the strategic bill although Trump is the only one who knows if the chemistry is right. Chris Christie does not fit the bill but his state is the northern neighbor to Pennsylvania and might be a help there. Lt. General Micheal Flynn? It’s a dangerous choice because he has little to no experience fighting political wars and he might be too Admiral Stockdale, the Perot VP disaster pick, when push comes to shove. Ben Carson? Nice guy, black, but we think too soft for the fight to come. Carly Fiorina? Yuck. She makes no sense on the personal or strategic level because the only thing she offers is that she is a woman and we doubt she will influence women on their vote one way or the other. Jeb Bush? Double yuck with nothing on top. Governor Fallin? Trump is going to win Oklahoma so we don’t see what strategic value she brings although she is a woman and that might be of some help. Ted Cruz? Trump is going to win Texas and we see no value in Ted Cruz other than to unify the party which Newt would do much better and with less trouble. An outsider? The peril with an outsider is lack of political speaking skills.
A Donald J. Trump supporter should trust Donald J. Trump’s choice for VP. Donald J. Trump is not Mitt Romney. Trump will not heap praise on Obama. Trump understands his issues such as illegal immigration and immigration and the impact on jobs for the working class. Trump will make this a referendum election on Obama politics and policies not pick a doofus like Paul Ryan and turn the election into a referendum on Paul Ryan.
Donald J. Trump will make his decision on his VP pick at a time of his choosing, to maximum impact, not as a way to avoid troubles like Mitt Romney did. Trump is doing a buildup to the GOP convention next Monday and has been careful not to compete with major events like the Dallas death of five cops, unlike Romney who tried to compete with the Olympics.
Donald J. Trump will make his decision either on a personal level like Bill Clinton did with Al Gore – two young men from southern states with vim and vigor – or on a purely strategic level like JFK did when he selected his hated enemy LBJ.
Donald J. Trump will select his VP and likely announce his choice at the end of the week. The choice might be a total surprise. What won’t be a surprise is that Trump will select someone from strength, not weakness, like Mitt Romney did.
Donald J. Trump will let the strategy pick the VP. Harry Potter would be proud.