Britt Pop

GOP Sen. Katie Britt speaks during a news conference on border security at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 27, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Political analyst Mark Halperin was recently asked who he thought Donald Trump would choose as his running mate.

The menu of shortlisters is small. There’s Kari Lake and Marjorie Taylor Greene, slavish loyalists who’d never decline the boss’ invitation to join him in a coup plot like Trump’s last running mate did. There’s Kristi Noem and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, young governors whose visibility on the trail might render him a bit less toxic among women. There’s Nikki Haley and Tim Scott, experienced pols whose elevation could signal to Trump-curious nonwhite voters that the new GOP will welcome them in.

There’s J.D. Vance, the foremost populist ideologue in the U.S. Senate. And there’s Elise Stefanik, a member of the House Republican leadership who’s fashioned a unique brand as a Harvard-educated, center-right woman willing to say literally anything, no matter how stupid and humiliating, to ingratiate herself to the party’s leader and his fans.

Halperin chose to order off the menu.

“I think Katie Britt is going to be who Trump picks. I’m going all in on that,” he told Newsmax. “I just think you compare her to the other alternatives, her upsides are huge, her downsides are very minimal, and above all else, she can go into the suburbs of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Phoenix. Most of the other people who are talked about would have trouble doing that, and she speaks fluent MAGA.”

When I heard that, I snapped to attention. Not because Halperin is an oracle but because it wasn’t the first time lately that Britt’s name has been mentioned, seemingly out of the blue, as an unlikely VP frontrunner by people who are tapped into politics.

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