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As Vice President speculation enters a fever pitch just days before the Trump National Convention, the New York Times just released the speaking schedule for the event.

Aside from the mind-boggling array of second rate politicians, B-list celebrities, washed up sports “stars” and other non-leaders, a very curious schedule appears for Wednesday night:

Night 3: Ms. Bondi; Ms. Collins; Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Eric Trump; Ms. Gulbis; and the nominee for vice president.

So Newt Gingrich, “a former House speaker” is going on before Ted Cruz and a few others…before “the nominee for vice president” ends the evening.

But we’ve been told that essentially the “who’s more willing to sell their soul” search was down to Gingrich and Mike Pence. So if Gingrich is speaking earlier in the evening BEFORE the nominee for vice president…wouldn’t that mean that Pence would be the guy?

If nothing else it almost certainly eliminates Gingrich as an option.

Looks like Pence is the guy and Trump caved in to his children’s recommendation over his own gut instinct.

UPDATE: Politico just released the “official” speaking list. Flynn, Christie and Gingrich are all listed. Pence is not. This adds further fuel to the speculation that Pence is a “surprise” speaker, which would be the case of he was the VP pick.

UPDATE 2: Here’s the full list of speakers (notice who’s missing):

Phil Ruffin
Congressman Ryan Zinke
Pat Smith
Mark Geist
John Tiegen
Congressman Michael McCaul
Sheriff David Clarke
Congressman Sean Duffy
Darryl Glenn
Senator Tom Cotton
Karen Vaughn
Governor Mike Huckabee
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Melania Trump
Senator Joni Ernst
Kathryn Gates-Skipper
Marcus Luttrell
Dana White
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Michael Mukasey
Andy Wist
Senator Jeff Sessions
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Alex Smith
Speaker Paul Ryan
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Kerry Woolard
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Ben Carson
Co-Chair Sharon Day
Natalie Gulbis
Kimberlin Brown
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Peter Thiel
Eileen Collins
Senator Ted Cruz
Newt Gingrich
Michelle Van Etten
Lynne Patton
Eric Trump
Harold Hamm
Congressman Chris Collins
Brock Mealer
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Governor Mary Fallin
Darrell Scott
Lisa Shin
Governor Rick Scott
Chairman Reince Priebus
Tom Barrack
Ivanka Trump
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Chris Cox
Senator Mitch McConnell
Tiffany Trump
Governor Chris Christie
Donald J. Trump Jr.
Governor Scott Walker

UPDATE 3: What a bunch of losers. Aside from Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and mayyyyybe Tom Cotton or Jodi Ernst, which of these speakers would be appealing to a real conservative? Jeff Sessions? Paul Ryan (no doubt with a gun to his head)? Important corollary to that – remove anyone who hasn’t been relevant for the past 10 years. This is the most radioactive nominee we have ever had. And anyone who voted for Trump in primaries should be ashamed of themselves.