Opinion
Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Trump's VP pick

Although not really germane or pivotal in deciding the final outcome of America's general election and race for the presidency, their MSM has been abuzz with chatter about potential running mates either side of the politikal aisle. Republican outsider Donald Trump's choice has garnered more attention than the Democrats. That in itself is not surprising.

With Hillary's email scandal and subsequent whitewash by the FBI barely behind her the media talking heads provided Clinton with time to deflect by instead focusing on Donald Trump's 'short/long list' of VP candidates. Pundits know by now that the final say as to who he conjoins to his ticket ultimately rests with 'The Donald'. Nonetheless that fact has not prevented them from guessing, sometimes wildly as to who will join him in the spotlight (but as a lesser billing).

The usual suspects

They trot out the usual suspects: Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, and Rudy Giuliani. Also slated are a host of lesser-known aspirants like a lieutenant general and newcomer Indiana Governor Tom Pence. There are others too. Some have already shied away out of their own volition; more than a few did not pass the first hurdle or vetting process. Of the more familiar names two have stood out; more so in the media's eyes than in Trump's revelations. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has much to offer. In addition, a history teacher by profession, Gingrich brings a font of insider knowledge on how Washington operates, especially along Congress' beltway.

That is where his positives end though. Already on record for criticizing his future boss during the primaries, Gingrich as House Speaker in the 90s was known to have wandered off on his own too much to the detriment of his party. In mitigation, his proponents rebut Newt meant well. Not good enough in today's climate. Trump will not tolerate a loose temperament when it comes to disseminating his Administration's policies. That leaves Chris Christie as a potential favorite and front runner.

Party in-fighter

Like Gingrich, the former New Jersey Governor, is an experienced party in-fighter. Not that long ago, Christie delivered the knockout blow that sent then presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio, crashing from the podium. Donald Trump could not thank Christie enough. For his loyal tour de force, Trump welcomed him to his campaign. Christie falls short of the winning post. Laden with much heavy baggage from his own state's politiks, Christie will fare no better in the Trump Administration other than with a cabinet position; maybe he becomes Secretary of the Interior. Indiana governor Tom Pence certainly is still 'hot' in some fellas' eyes; he just does not have enough sheen or energy for Trump to take a second look after their well publicized dinner date together. The same can be said about Rudy Giuliani and the lieutenant general. All three share a common trait: they lack excitement.

That spells failure in Trump speak. As the marquee persona, Donald Trump cannot risk making continued energized appearances at his rallies with a 'number two' that looks and acts out of touch with his meme: Make America Great Again.

There is another way; it is a viable though courageous option. Before deciding, Trump should do his due diligence; he should search 'outside the box'; consider a 'dark-horse' candidate. Former Louisiana Governor and Indian American, Bobby Jindal, has the right stuff. Bright, articulate and logical, Jindal could deliver the swing vote. Hispanics, African Americans and Muslims all respect him. Moreover, independent voters might view this choice as a savvy move; the GOP's 'balanced team' would be more palatable to the 'undecided' and female vote. Picking Jindal comes with a bonus: he lacks Washington experience. Perfect! Adding the Louisianan to the GOP ticket gives Trump an edge; together they are a winning combination.

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