(Salon) -- Now that we have a clear sense of the players in the forthcoming general election, and one of those two players is Donald Trump, I suppose it’s germane to have a serious conversation about vice presidential running-mates.
The so-called “veepstakes” is among the most obsessively observed events in all of American politics. Americans love the concept of mashups, and the pairing of two political heavyweights in a presidential ticket is not unlike the forming of a cinematic universe featuring unlikely heroes joining forces to stop the super villain of the day. Prior to the official announcement and the first appearance of the ticket on stage together, we like to imagine the formation of an unstoppable political Voltron — the snapping together of a team which, when its forces are combined, are virtually invincible. Of course, it doesn’t always turn out that way, but it’s fun to speculate.
Along those lines, who knows who the hell Trump will choose. Rumors this week pointed to John Kasich as an obvious choice to assuage the GOP establishment. There are other, shall we say, less conventional names being tossed around, too, which make sense in the age of Trump, but which also seem unlikely. (Whomever suggested former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Meat Loaf deserves an award.) There’s also Mary Fallin, the governor of Oklahoma, and perhaps the worst sitting governor since Sarah Palin.
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