It appears to be the case that after the Indiana primary Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have effectively sewn up their parties’ nominations. 1 So of course we are all wondering now what signals, stratagems, and shore-ups the nominees will address by way of selecting running mates.
At the same time, we need to raise some money to keep our bills paid. Hosting fees are expensive and there are indications that they are about to increase on us because of a variety of circumstances. So here’s the game.
Above, you’ll see a chart I put together today with what seem like the names getting the most play for either presumptive nominee. The chart is 10 x 10, and divided into ten color-coded groups.
You play by pledging to donate to the site’s operating funds for one (or more) of the groups. You’ll notice that each group contains a unique combination of each of the ten possibilities on each side. To win, the running mates selected by each nominee must match up to one of the combinations in your group.
The winner splits the proceeds 50/50 with the site. If a candidate goes off this board, then the site will keep the funds pledged. 2 I will also write a post on the subject of the winner’s choice; subject need not be specified in advance.
But it’s not quite first come, first served. It’s an auction. The opening pledge for each group is $30.00. If you’re convinced, for instance, that the choices will be Chris Christie and Julian Castro, that’s Group E. If someone bids $30 for group E before you, you can edge that person out by bidding more for that group. But you’re biding on the combinations in a particular group, not just a single combination. So if you were thinking it would be Christie and Castro, and it turns out that Clinton picks Tim Kaine and Trump picks Tom Tancredo, then you’d still win because both combinations are in Group E. But if it turns out to be Kaine and Christie, then whoever was holding Group H would win.
Bidding will stop when the first running mate is announced. That’s when the pledges are due, by PayPal or some other method we work out. The winner will be announced by the candidates themselves.
Make your pledges in the comments thread below. Of course, feel free to argue the merits and strategies of the various VP choices. So here’s your chance to enjoy political banter of the airiest sort and to support your favorite website!
UPDATE: By special request, we’ve swapped out Nikki Haley, who took herself out of consideration, and swapped in John Kasich, who left an opening for God to tell him it would be okay to accept an offer from Trump to be his running mate and thus keep on eating all that delicious food out there on the campaign trail.
- Yes, I know that Sanders got more votes than Clinton in Indiana, but if he continues to beat Clinton by those margins through California, she’ll have sewn up a win thanks to the Democrats’ system of proportional delegate allocation.
- This is a fundraiser, after all. Also, it’s not gambling because there is skill involved — specifically, the skill of political prognostication.