Quick Takes: The Veep Question

* Now THIS is how you build enthusiasm for the big announcement of your VP … NOT!

Despite making clear that he was nearing a decision on his running mate, Trump seemed to play down the influence any such pick might have. “History has said nobody ever helps,” said Trump, citing the selection of Lyndon Johnson as John F. Kennedy’s running mate as the last VP pick that truly mattered. “I’ve never seen anybody that’s helped.”

In other words, we mustn’t let this important decision interfere with the attention that the narcissistic bully requires.

* There are a lot of things for Hillary Clinton to consider in her choice for vice president. To the extent that a good relationship is one of them, look who’s got the inside track:

Perez had only met Clinton in passing before last summer, when he happened to get scheduled ahead of her at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) conference in St. Louis—just a typical day for a Labor secretary, he mock-complained to staff, with all those cameras arrayed to see him…

But something clicked, between those encounters and the clutches he was pulled into before hitting the spin rooms at the debates he attended.

That’s how a low-profile Cabinet secretary who’s only ever been elected to the Montgomery, Md.,County Council ended up near the mix of Clinton’s running mate prospects. It’s largely a reflection of the relationship that he’s struck up over the past year with both the former secretary of state—who doesn’t make new friends easily—and former President Bill Clinton, and what they’ve seen him do.

* It looks like it’s going to happen tomorrow … finally.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is making it official: Former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders will join her at a New Hampshire event on Tuesday where he plans to endorse her.

Sanders on Monday also acknowledged what had already been widely reported: He plans to join presumptive Clinton on the campaign trail in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

* We have a presumptive Republican presidential nominee that Richard Nixon would be proud of.

Donald Trump declared Monday in a wide-ranging speech on veterans reform that he was the “law and order candidate” in the 2016 race…

He added that the United States needs to “maintain law and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country. One hundred percent.”

“I am the law and order candidate,” Trump said.

* Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is on the “virtual wall” bandwagon.

Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the expanse of the United States’ border with Mexico is not going to happen, as far as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is concerned. At least not in the physical sense.

“I’m for Donald Trump, and he says we’re going to build a wall, the Mexicans are gonna pay for it,” Perry told Snapchat’s Peter Hamby on “Good Luck America.”

Hamby remarked, “It’s not going to happen.”

“Well, it’s not,” Perry said, explaining, “It’s a wall, but it’s a technological wall, it’s a digital wall.”

To the extent that Trump’s supporters pay any attention to this kind of thing, perhaps they’d be interested in hearing Gov. Perry describe how a “digital wall” keeps undocumented immigrants from entering the country.

“They don’t care, you say?” Color me surprised.

* Important moments in history are usually captured by an iconic image. It looks like this one from Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman of a Baton Rouge protestor standing firm against riot police will come to represent the response to the police shootings last week.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .