Republicans are apparently increasingly seeing Donald Trump vacating the White House prior to the end of his term, so much so, that they are already betting on who Mike Pence will pick as his Vice President once Trump is gone.
Axios reports that “one of the parlor games Republicans are playing in the shadows of the Russia investigation is this: Who would President Pence pick as his vice president?”
Trump and his White House are increasingly embroiled in the Russia probe with numerous members of the administration and even Trump confidants who are not in his government retaining lawyers in recent days. Earlier this week, it was also reported that Trump, himself, is now officially the subject of a criminal probe for obstruction of justice.
While talk of impeachment is premature and still highly speculative, based on facts already revealed from the various investigations and Trump’s uncanny propensity for self-inflicted wounds, it is still the subject of significant talk in Washington.
GOP insiders have different perspectives on what will likely come if Trump suddenly left office. Some are predicting a move by Pence for more normalcy. For those, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are among those who top the list. Some are floating former South Carolina governor and current U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley.
Axios also reports a group which it labels as “reassurance.” Those include picks who would “ease the nerves of an anxious nation.” Among candidates in this category are bob Gates, Mitch Daniels, or even a John Boehner.
Then, there are potential VP picks that would be geared toward calming the country, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Independent former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Both of these seem to be longshots, particularly considering the highly conservative Pence.
And then there are those who think that Pence is likely to go to the right with picks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani, or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.