For a variety of reasons, the roll out of Trump/Pence was anything but smooth.
First there were the leaks, then the postponement of the announcement and finally the mockery of the awkward ticket logo on social media.
There was blowback from the SJW’s as well, predictably based on Pence’s notoriety for his failed effort to defend religious liberty in Indiana. What could not have been expected however, was the massive blowback from conservatives that erupted across the internet.
And now, even Trump appears to be having second thoughts.
First, it has been reported that the Pence camp was responsible for the early leaks, presumably designed to box Trump in. There is also the admission from a top Romney aide that Pence “commiserated” with him about how unacceptable Trump was as the Republican nominee.
It was reported, even before these facts had surfaced, that Trump was asking aides as late as Friday night if he could make a course correction.
Now, a day later and yet another massive, foreign policy story fresh on his mind Trump is reportedly deeply regretting his initial decision which now appears to have been pushed on him by establishments operatives within his campaign.
With the rapid increase in ISIS-inspired terror strikes highlighting President Obama’s baffling refusal to respond with leadership, this election appears to be shaping up as a referendum on applying political correctness to foreign policy.
An underwhelming performance from Pence on Hannity revealed his remarkable lack of insight, particularly on foreign policy, as his scripted platitudes fell flat on the largely conservative audience. Meanwhile Newt Gingrich, largely believed to be the runner-up, issued a strong statement questioning the compatibility of Shariah Law with Western Civilization.
The concern with Pence is now two-fold. First, and perhaps most importantly he does not appear battle ready for the leftist media apparatus which many conservatives feel will eat his lunch.
Second, a man once presented to Trump as a loyal family man may now appear to him as a duplicitous and manipulative opportunist. The “Never Trump” cabal has placed a cloud over the upcoming Republican convention.
It is believed that Trump may consider using this cloud as an excuse to do a VP swap, claiming that his hands were forced in a backroom deal to satisfy the demands of party elites that he balance his ticket with foreign policy experience.
Altering a ticket at a convention would certainly be a radical development, but hardly one without precedent. By using the convention process to justify the switch Trump (in theory) would turn what might otherwise be reported as the indecisiveness of a chaotic campaign into yet another exciting twist in the story of his campaign.
In other words, the intrigue surrounding Trump’s VP selection may be just beginning!