Multiple reporters Thursday, including one by the the Wall Street Journal, say Donald Trump has settled on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his vice presidential running mate.
It looks like the deal is sealed, but I don’t put it beyond Trump to change his mind or send out false signals so he can surprise everyone.
Pence is a solid choice with strong conservative credentials. The pick is likely to help Trump perform his most difficult task, unifying the Republican Party behind him. Pence, though, is an unexciting selection, far less colorful than the alternatives Trump was mulling, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie.
But Pence is a former congressman who unlike Christie will be able to influence lawmakers on Capitol Hill to adopt Trump’s agenda. And as a governor, he has executive experience that Gingrich lacks.
What’s more, he won’t be a pain in the Trump rump. Gingrich would have been a far more opinionated and independent vice president, and ultimately would have gotten under Trump’s skin and gone off message and even off the reservation.
And of course, Pence’s projection of steadiness will help reassure average voters concerned about Trump’s projection of, well, not steadiness.