Eli Stokols of Politico writes that, in picking Gov. Mike Pence to run as his VP, Donald Trump proves he wants to win:
In picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump showed he’s capable of listening to more than his own gut, that he can forgive past sins and, most of all, that he actually wants to win.
A businessman who has carefully built a public image of himself as an instinctive decision maker, Trump clearly labored over this decision, appearing to vacillate as he ran his final choices through a weeklong made-for-TV melodrama of public appearances, private meetings and family get-togethers, all of which were leaked to the media.
The final episode that played out over the past 24 hours was, not surprisingly, crammed full of twists and turns: Trump hastily canceling Friday’s scheduled rollout after Thursday’s terror attack in France, pushing back on myriad early reports of Pence’s selection in television interviews Thursday afternoon, then tweeting the news Friday morning (10 minutes before the canceled news conference with Pence was originally set to take place).
In the end, though, the final scene belied the setup: a no-drama politician emerging as the winner of Trump’s drama-filled veepstakes.
Ultimately, despite his closer relationships with Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie, Trump listened to his closest advisers and went with the least flashy choice—not that there were any breakout stars or stellar performers in his final three of B-list Republicans.
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