Anything is possible with the unpredictable Donald Trump. But underneath the bombast and blarney, Trump is a clear-eyed, calculating realist.
With his acute political instincts, Trump has an innate ability to perceive “the big picture” -- but “a big picture” that is usually very different from one broadcast by the mainstream media.
For example, while Obama and Hillary wanted, and fully expected, Britain to remain in the EU, Trump understood that there was a much more powerful populist, nationalistic, anti-elitist story at play. He correctly predicted the Leave forces would triumph.
Examples like that are the reasons why, despite Hillary's support from the mainstream press, Trump has driven the political agenda for the last six months. Hillary knows it. Her lackeys know it and the American people know it.
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, most Americans believe that Trump could better manage the economy and fight terrorism than Hillary. Many Americans may not like Trump, but clearly they don't trust Hillary, either.
But there's a catch:
Even Hillary’s supporters agree that while she is unlikeable, she at least has tons of political experience. Whereas Trump's lack of experience in the realm of Washington lawmaking makes many Americans nervous.
Hence, Newt Gingrich is Trump’s obvious choice for vice president.
Prior to running for Congress, Newt, who has a Ph.D. in history, was a university professor. Since then he has authored and co-authored 27 books. His knowledge of Europe and Asia is encyclopedic.
Of course, he's best known as the Georgia congressman who, in 1995, led the GOP to majority control of the House of Representatives for the first time in four decades. He then took over as Speaker of the House.
All that to say that Newt Gingrich knows how to get things done as a federal legislator. He helped bring about welfare reform and the capital gains tax reduction, while blocking the First Lady's Hillarycare health care reforms.
Newt also led the push for Bill Clinton's impeachment after the President lied under oath about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
All this is music to Trump’s ears.
Newt is no choirboy. He has his personal flaws and defects, like having a wife or three and some scandalous extra marital affairs under his belt. But then, who doesn’t have a few skeletons in the closet?
That said, Newt, like Trump, has great political instincts. To his credit, he had the cojones to come out for Trump publicly, articulately and persuasively, well before Trump secured the Republican nomination.
And most importantly, Trump and Newt seem to get along. That's a nice-to-have element with any presidential ticket.
Newt will get the nod from Trump within days, well before the GOP convention. With Newt in his corner, Trump can argue that he's addressed concerns about his lack of Washington experience.
There will be a smart, competent and experienced political hand on the rudder with Captain Trump.
The Donald and The Newt will be a formidable dynamic duo.