Donald Trump has chosen Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana to be his running mate, although he has postponed the announcement given the country’s attention currently focused on the attack that left dozens dead in France.
We think the decision to pick Pence is a blunder, not because he is not suited, but because Trump needed a maverick like himself to solidify his underlying platform of radical change. As it stands, Trump will have to shoulder the onerous task of spreading his message, particularly to those Independents who are presently uncommitted. Pence lacks the spark and maverick-like personality to inspire independent voters– to any significant degree beyond what Trump already has.
Speaker Newt Gingrich or Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey would have been a wiser choice. Either one of these candidates would draw voters that Trump has been unable to seduce into his camp. If Trump’s decision is ego based, and an unwillingness on his part to share the limelight with a charismatic running mate, he has made a serious and likely fatal mistake.