Have you ever had an idea that was a really good idea, but when you finally came up with the idea, it was too late to make it become a reality?

I know I have. I did just this week.

When I heard that Hillary Clinton had selected Pennsylvania Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, it shocked me. I wasn’t shocked because Sen. Kaine is a bad choice. He is a great choice.

I was shocked because the two least popular major party candidates in history have each made great selections for Vice Presidential candidates.

That’s when the idea hit me, we should get rid of Donald Trump and Clinton and just make a new ticket with Mike Pence and Kaine.

Thinking I have great ideas isn’t a new phenomenon in my life. In fact, I learn more about what I never really knew every day.

When I was a junior in high school, I took Chemistry. During that course, I was excited to learn about the chemical makeup of rust and used different formula ideas that we were learning during the class to try to rid the world of all rust.

I composed a formula to remove rust — oxidation — from iron. My teacher was impressed and encouraged me to share my idea with a college professor from our local university. It was obvious that I had just discovered something that had eluded modern science and I would soon be rich and famous.

The professor was mostly kind, but a bit condescending when he explained to me that I had just discovered steel. I was only a few centuries late to make the “discovery.”

He did say some nice words about how — with my limited knowledge in the field — that I had put the formula together pretty well.

Limited knowledge? That hurts as much now as it did then.

Like my invention of steel, I am sure I am not the first to come up with the idea to get rid of Trump and Clinton and keep their running mates.

Pence is a true thoughtful conservative. He is a little bit too TEA Party for my taste, but Kaine would be a great balance for him. Kaine is basically a thinking liberal but he has been known to oppose late term abortions primarily due to his Catholic faith.

Neither man has been the center of controversy or the focus of 23 hours of a 24-hour news cycle.

When Clinton and Trump debate, everyone will be watching to see what will happen. There will be a lot of sizzle and very little steak in those debates. They will be made for prime time and have a reality television feel to them.

When Pence and Kaine face off in their debate, it will be more like a late night NPR discussion.

Both sides will make solid points without any thirst for blood.

Watching the Democrats try to top the Republicans for the most internal problems during a political convention, I wish I hadn’t been too late to come up with the Pence-Kaine ticket.

I think we would all have been better off.

— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.