I had been hearing this gossip about Richard Burr as a possible VP candidate for Donald Trump for weeks now. I blew it off — assuming it was something floated out there by Paul Shumaker & co. to generate some buzz about their anemic candidate and his campaign. But the buzz is not going away, and it’s getting to the point where this site is going to have to slap some sense into people.
I am still trying to understand WHY in the hell Team Trump thought it was a good idea to have their guy make a robo-call for Renee Ellmers. She’s arguably one of the most despised political figures in the state and the country. Her polling numbers have been in the tank, and it was pretty clear she was going down the drain. It was also pretty clear she was an opportunist. A week before the NC primary, ol’ Nee-Nee trashed Trump (indirectly) in the driveby media. Then, on election day, as Trump was winning the state big., she was trumpeting her support of him.
So, WHY stake your political rep to someone who is already damaged goods and is clearly clinging to you to save her political skin? She needed The Donald more than he needed her.
Decisions like the Elmers robo-call make me wonder if Team Trump might seriously be considering Burr. Picking Richard Burr as his running mate would make Dan Quayle look like Thomas Jefferson. Burr is a lightweight in every sense of the word. There is an amazing amount of apathy toward him by his own voters — a Republican two-termer in a Red State. (*Can’t have that ACLU woman. Guess I’ll vote for whatzisface.*) Burr is way too chummy with Lindsey Graham and John McCain. And he’s racked up a pretty disgusting voting record.
By all accounts, Burr had to be talked into running again this year. He was three-quarters out the door headed to retirement from the Senate. (Shumaker & co. must have been sweating over cash flow.)
If Trump is set on a North Carolinian, Mark Meadows would be a great choice.
Personally, i think he needs someone with conservative street cred and some ideological / intellectual heft. (At one time, I thought Ted Cruz would work. But I think that relationship is beyond repair. (Then again, Bush and Reagan savaged each other in 1980 but went on to eight years of harmony.) Alabama’s Jeff Sessions would be a great choice. Though, I’d hate to lose his vote in the Senate.
What about Jim DeMint from the Heritage Foundation? He has House AND Senate experience. He would excite southern conservatives. Picking him would also NOT cost the GOP a vital Senate seat.
Richard Burr really doesn’t deserve six more years in the Senate. (Word IS that he plans to step down shortly after reelection to allow Pat McCrory and the GOPe to appoint a replacement — most likely Richard Hudson.) Like Tillis, he might survive because of voter fear over what the alternative in the race might bring.