Vice President Joseph R. Biden, in a moment of levity, looked into the TV cameras at an Aspen, Colorado, event at which he and possible Donald Trump running mate Newt Gingrich were featured speakers on Saturday. As if addressing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Biden said of Mr. Gingrich, “Donald, I’m not endorsing him. He’s bright as hell, but I disagree with him.”
A wide assortment of Republican officials and activists not only share Mr. Biden’s esteem for Mr. Gingrich’s IQ but do what Mr. Biden didn’t do: give the former House speaker a nod as a vice presidential candidate, a slot Mr. Trump may fill this week.
Why Mr. Gingrich?
A reliable, knowledgeable and relatively colorless conservative like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — said to be a favorite of Mr. Trump’s family — or an equally reliable conservative like Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, also a former U.S. House member, would seem a safer, more logical choice than Mr. Gingrich.