Ted Cruz is no more going to become Attorney General than I am.
Trump has a reputation for not being able to separate the personal from the political, something which I think he wants to live down. There is no more perfect way to promulgate the pretense (even if not the reality) of political maturity than having Cruz come to the palace for five hours of meetings, including an hour with The Big Frog up on 26. The same Ted Cruz whose very presence in the race after SEC Tuesday was nothing more than his attempt to monkey wrench Trump’s eventual nomination, the same Ted Cruz who Trump sandbagged at the RNC by knowingly letting him go out there and deliver a non-endorsing prime time speech, and even when he went on the campaign trail in the last days, only went out there with Mike Pence and never mentioned Trump by name. The propaganda is that the meetings were productive and everyone was impressed with everyone else. I think the reality is that it was all a dog and pony show for the benefit of Trump showing that he can get over personal slights, and everyone directly involved but Cruz knows this. It wouldn’t be the first time Cruz so leisurely walked into a trap that Trump set for him.
If there’s any political calculus to this, it was already fulfilled by making Mike Pence the running mate. Whatever Cruz could do as AG, Jeff Sessions or Kris Kobach could do just as well. Those two names are also said to be on the finalist list, which I believe.
Speaking of which, I’d be happy with either one, but picking Kobach would set him up beautifully for a future national campaign. His long term political problem is that the current version of himself couldn’t punch through the Slippery Six like Trump did. But, that’s easily fixable in eight years, and being USAG is a very good way to fix it. Furthermore, if Trump knows what I’ve known for four years, and I’m sure by now, Trump knows it, him picking Kobach would be him flipping the bird to one Willard M. Romney.
There’s also talk about Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn for Education Secretary. Personally, I don’t think it needs to exist as a cabinet level department; whatever the executive branch does on education can just as well exist under HHS. But if we’re to continue to have that department and the need continues for an Education Secretary, in so far as the people that Trump would seriously consider, Arnn is as good as it gets.