Let the Speculation Begin: Who's Trump's VP?

Maybe Nikki Haley or Sarah Palin?
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2016 1:23 PM CST
Let the Speculation Begin: Who's Trump's VP?
Donald Trump speaks at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 24.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The phrase "presumptive nominee" is starting to emerge as a descriptor for Donald Trump, which has all kinds of story lines percolating:

  • It's time to begin pondering names for a Trump VP candidate, writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. Cillizza's early short list includes Nikki Haley, Rick Scott, Carly Fiorina, and, yes, Sarah Palin.
  • A blogger at the Daily Beast makes the case that delegate math points clearly to Trump as the inevitable winner.
  • But a stats pioneer at Sabermetrics says otherwise: "I don’t think that Trump can win, frankly, because I don’t think there are enough morons to elect him."

  • Maybe the only way to stop Trump now is a Rubio-Cruz ticket, suggests Jonah Goldberg at Real Clear Politics.
  • The Upshot blog uses game theory to explain why John Kasich is hanging around. Formally, it might be called the "anti-coordination game," but it really boils down to a game of chicken.
  • Academic Noam Chomsky attributes the rise of Trump to a "breakdown of society" and "fear." His interview is at AlterNet.
  • One key factor to keep in mind about Super Tuesday: None of the 11 states in play are winner-take-all, meaning Rubio and Cruz will be able to collect delegates if they fail to win outright. The Wall Street Journal has a more detailed look.
(Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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