Senator Susan Collins (R – ME) has voiced what a lot of people are holding close to their vests. Her support of GOP nominee Donald Trump hinges on who he chooses as his running mate.
“This evolves daily. There are surprises daily. And I’m going to see what happens at the convention,” Collins told David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by CNN and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. “It’s going to be very important to me whom Donald Trump chooses as his running mate. That is arguably the most important decision that a candidate can make.”
The feelings of many, including Collins, is that the right veep could fill in the gaping policy holes where Trump is lacking in knowledge and experience.
To put that another way: once Trump announces his running mate, close your eyes really tight, then imagine that person as president, since, if the desired result is that he/she will fill in the blanks of knowledge left by Trump, then that person will be doing all of the work.
That’s not really much of a leap, since Trump has already signaled (while showing his utter lack of understanding about the role of president versus vice president) that he will leave all the actual work of the presidency to his VP, and himself simply serve as the “face” of the office.
Collins isn’t exactly a conservative icon, herself, but she’s not wrong in her concerns.
“I don’t like that Donald Trump calls anyone names,” she said. “I think that is un-presidential and not worthy of the kind of public discourse that we should have. And I have been critical of him for criticizing Hillary Clinton for ‘playing the woman’s card.’ I think that demeans her accomplishments and, as a woman, I’m particularly concerned when someone demeans the accomplishments of someone who has done a lot in her life, even if I don’t agree with that person.”
“And I should make clear,” she added, “that Hillary and I have very different philosophies when it comes to the role of government and we disagree on some major issues, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t work well with her when she was in the Senate. I did.”
As the GOP convention is right around the corner, we’ll soon learn who that VP pick will be. Barring a revolt by the delegates, we can only hope it’s somebody with strong credentials, thick skin, and broad shoulders. It’s going to take at least that much to begin to undo all the damage Trump has done, thus far, if that’s even possible.
From that point, we can pray for several things.
1 – That Trump shuts up and let’s him/her do all the talking.
2 – That Trump/Superman wins, and within days, some Nixonian event drives the orange buffoon to resign.
Or am I reaching, here?