Ah spring, when during presidential election years political pundits’ fancy lightly turn to thoughts of possible running mates. Usually these speculations try to construct so-called ‘dream tickets’, combinations that its advocates think would either increase chances of victory due to providing balance or satisfy a felt need for ideological consistency if the presidential nominee’s credentials are suspect. Campaigns at this time float many names as trial balloons in order to gauge reactions as well as placate the various factions in their parties that they are being respected and included, and so these rumors should not be taken too seriously.
But despite those reservations, my heart leaped up at the rumor that Ted Cruz was considering Carly Fiorina as a possible running mate. These two are clearly soul mates when it comes to advocating ghastly policies in the most hateful way possible. I took an instinctive and deep dislike to both and I am sure that I am not alone in having that feeling.
Rather than being a dream ticket, it is more like a nightmare ticket. The both have such grating personalities and speaking styles that the only redeeming feature is that if we can just get through the election, that we can hope that they will suffer such a catastrophic defeat that they will be consigned to political purgatory where we will not have to encounter them ever again.
Samantha Bee has more to say on this and other recent political developments.