The liner Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage Wednesday, April 10, 1912. (AP photo)

Setting Sail on the Trump Titanic: The Problem With A Vice Presidential Pick

One of the most notable things about Donald Trump’s endorsements so far is how almost every single one of them is from someone whose career in the Republican Party is at an end. Whether it is Huckabee or Gingrich, regularly introduced on TV as “former” this and that (and still unwilling to claim formal endorsements even though they are on the team), or Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, Rick Scott, Scott Brown, etc., etc., etc. — these are all people whose advancement in the party has come to an end.

The other notable thing is that, like the examples of Huckabee and Gingrich, along with a number of others on TV and radio, many ardent, prominent Trump supporters cannot bring themselves to actually say, even at this point, that they are actually fully Trump supporters. This all weighs on a problem for Trump: picking a Vice President.

If you haven’t read this New York Times story you should. Many of the people who could interject something positive into the Trump campaign realize that doing so would be the end of their careers in the GOP.

A remarkable range of leading Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, have been emphatic publicly or with their advisers and allies that they do not want to be considered as Mr. Trump’s running mate. The recoiling amounts to a rare rebuke for a front-runner: Politicians usually signal that they are not interested politely through back channels, or submit to the selection process, if only to burnish their national profiles.

Jeb Bush? No.

Lindsey Graham? No.

Scott Walker? No.

Marco Rubio? No.

Nikki Haley? No.

Susana Martinez? No.

Ted Cruz? No.

John Kasich? No.

Bobby Jindal? No.

The list goes on and on. The future faces of the GOP want nothing to do with Trump’s campaign and do not want to risk being labeled a “Trump Republican.” That leaves the has beens of the party as Trump’s best hope for a running mate. That elevates the odds of a Newt Gingrich, who has the respect of many in the party, but otherwise no further career within the politics of the party.

It’s just another sign of how bad a general election campaign for Trump will be. The people Trump would need on the campaign trail persuading the 42% of Republicans who actively do not like him are within that 42% and unlikely to lift a finger to help Trump. They know getting on the Trump train is actually more the Trump Titanic.

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Erick Erickson

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