I find this 100% plausible:
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) July 15, 2016
Sources tell me @realDonaldTrump was on phone till midnight making calls, asking if he could change course on VP pick
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) July 15, 2016
Early this morning, Trump’s campaign boss, autocrat-whisperer Paul Manafort, was on TV saying Trump would not make an announcement today out of respect for the victims of last night’s terrorist attack in France. Then, a few hours later, Trump tweeted the announcement about Pence. What gives?
I think Pence caught wind of Trump’s Hamlet act. Pence doesn’t seem very bright at all, but as a long-time pol, he likely has a well-honed instinct for self-preservation. He was hard up against a filing deadline to run for reelection in Indiana (noon today), so maybe he forced Trump into a shotgun marriage.
Or maybe Trump just got bored with the whole thing and settled on Pence to shut everyone up. Either way, let’s hope it stokes tensions and magnifies insecurities all around. With any luck, this could become even more of an epic fail parade.