“Christie as Trump’s Veep?,” by Calvin Trillin of the Nation. Published on March 3, 2016.
Calvin Trillin’s article, “Christie as Trump’s Veep? (2016),” concisely questions the probability of a Trump-Christie campaign. Trillin supports his argument through the use of two questions, actively criticizing them in the process. The use of this and other strategies, such as tone, explicitly reveal Trillin’s purpose: to softly rebuke the political figures and anyone who supports the likelihood of a Trump-Christie presidency. Considering that background knowledge of the 2016 presidential race complements the effect of Trillin’s humorous poem, it is assumed that the audience consists of general news readers, especially those with a moderate to high political interest.
Upon reading the title of the poem, the reader, hopefully “in the loop” for politics, should sense that due to Christie’s recent endorsement (after dropping out of the race) of Trump, it is likely that Trump could pick him as his vice president. It is indeed ironic, as their bickering of each other in the debates showed them as adversaries; the picture can show the irony that I feel is present.
The first line of the poem (“If…team”) informally introduces the political figures by their first names as the two members of a team. The second line (“Would…it?”) puts the reader in the metaphorical position of an athlete, or more actually, a voter, asking him or her if she would vote for this disastrous duo. The use of background knowledge is vital in the last two lines, in which Trillin asks a similar but more condescending question, “Could there be folks who might support / A schoolyard-bullies ticket?” Trillin’s use of critical humor in the last line conveniently provides his view on this plausible pair of men: he disapproves.
Comment on Original Post (I can’t comment because I am not a subscriber):
It was a delight to read your latest poem regarding the notorious GOP candidate. Personally, I find it ironic that Christie endorsed the notorious candidate because of the scathing comments Trump made about him during the debates. However, at the same time, I am somewhat unsurprised; if endorsing Trump has the possibility of advancing a political career, the offer is hard to turn down. Do you believe that Trump will campaign with Christie as his “vice president” partner in crime?