The Washington Post has reported that Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, will be heading up the selection of Vice Presidential candidates.
From the WP:
Political adviser Beth Myers headed up the process for Mitt Romney. Washington lawyer A.B. Culvahouse managed the selection for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Now, Corey Lewandowski will have that responsibility for Donald Trump.
— Lavonne Garrett (@paronlulu) May 10, 2016
On second thought, he seems a perfect choice for Trump to reach, and for his totally not misogynistic and racist followers to latch onto.
Meatloaf, Gary Busey, Amarosa, Donald Trump, Brett Michaels, Donald Trump.
— TheGiantHogweed (@TheGiantHogweed) May 10, 2016
There is no telling if the two “top ranking Republicans” who outed Corey Lewandowski as leading the Vice Presidential search were just aiding the mogul in creating more controversy and free media or not. However, what seems to be clear is that, even according to GOP strategists, Lewandoski is not qualified to head up this search.
Corey Lewandowski is completely unqualified to conduct a VP search
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) May 10, 2016
He seems to forget, choosing a VP is supposed to have the function of NOT hurting your campaign:
The ultimate goal of vice presidential candidate selection is to help and not hurt the party’s chances of getting elected. A selection whose positive traits make the presidential candidate look less favorable in comparison can backfire, such as in 1988 when Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis chose experienced Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen, and in 2008 when Republican candidate John McCain picked dynamic Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. However, Palin also hurt McCain when her interviews with Katie Couric led to concerns about her fitness for the presidency. In 1984, Walter Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro whose nomination became a drag on the ticket due to repeated questions about her husband’s finances. Questions about Dan Quayle’s experience and temperament were raised in the 1988 presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, but he still won. James Stockdale, the choice of third-party candidate Ross Perot in 1992, was seen as unqualified by many, but the Perot-Stockdale ticket still won about 19% of the vote.
Yet again, Trump is trying to make voiceless racists and misogynists feel validated by choosing a bully to be the person who chooses his running mate. Trump surrounds himself with people who reflect the values of the “oppressed” angry white racist demographic, anti-LGBT+, anti-woman, and anti-equality. However, he really is known for listening to only one person, himself.
It is no wonder he would choose his traveling confidant and testosteronic avatar Lewandowski to pick the person he is gonna ignore anyway.
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