The Paul Manafort wing of the Trump campaign reportedly pushed for the selection of Mike Pence as VP almost because he wasn’t the candidate that Trump liked best. That was the point! Manafort and the others who’ve tried for months to professionalize Trump’s operation wanted to signal to donors and party leaders that Trump was capable of making a safe, responsible pick rather than following his id and selecting Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie. The message of a Pence pick is that Trump is indeed capable of delaying gratification like an adult and potential president.
But did Trump really commit himself to Pence? Or did the campaign get him to say okay, Pence I guess and then crank the process into motion before he had the chance to change his mind?
CNN reporter Dana Bash set Twitter ablaze Friday afternoon by dropping this absolutely perfect nugget of gossip: