Now that’s encouraging for the Clinton camp, but it’s still hardly an endorsement … remember that 60 percent of registered voters say they don’t like either candidate. Given the high unfavorables and the unpredictable demographic swings, this race is still as wide open as a Kentucky Derby where the horses all have jetpacks.
AND given that, it might be a race where the vice presidential pick plays a bigger role than it normally does.
Since Trump has already locked down the GOP nomination, he’ll probably name a running mate first. (Clinton might still be fighting Sen. Bernie Sanders off at the convention.) So forgive the indulgence of some a suggestion.
There are a couple of big concerns with Trump that a VP pick could resolve. One is that he’s offended a lot of women (Bloomberg said a whopping 70 percent of married women dislike Trump), and another is that he might be a bit unpredictable on the military front. Solution? Pick a female general as vice president.
Now there are not a lot to choose from, granted. This is one of the (perhaps) unintended consequences of not sending women into combat roles, while simultaneously making combat service a pre-requisite for promotion. However, the Navy and the Air Force – which doesn’t have the boots on the ground role of the Army or the Marines – has several options.
Gen. Lori Robinson, head of the US Northern Command and the first female combatant commander.