Activist Monday: Who Will Hillary Pick as VP?
Posted March 7, 2016on:
Good Monday, all! Now that Super Tuesday and this weekend’s primaries and caucuses are over, it seems pretty clear, even to the disappointed dummies on MSNBC, that Hillary’s delegate lead would be “challenging” for Senator Sanders to overcome. And since we aren’t the Republicans, who very well might end up with a brokered convention or some other mess, once Hillary wins Florida and New York, that should be the final hurrah for this year’s brogressive unicorn.
Now it seems like we can stop worrying about Bernie Sanders pulling an Obama from 2008, and start a fun game called, “Who Will Be Hillary’s VP?” It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate!
We have many different guesses already. From the lesser-known but intriguing (Tom Perez, the current Labor Secretary) to the 2008 option (Could she Feel the Bern too?) to the ZOMG She Wouldn’t Dare option (Elizabeth Warren – an all-female ticket!! Gyn-tastic), minds are whirling and lips are flapping all over the Beltway.
Here are some of my thoughts on these, and the list of 19 at PredictIt:
- Could be: Any prominent Democratic Latino male. Whether it’s Perez, Julian Castro, the current HUD secretary, or someone else we don’t know about yet, a Latino male brings a lot to the ticket. If Cruz or Rubio end up being the Republican nominee, an alternate to vote for would be an excellent thing for Democrats to offer. This is not to say that I think Republicans are all that attractive to Latinos – but they’re likely to continue to put a huge amount of effort into gaining some ground in that community, since Repubs are not likely to win any other non-white voter groups.
- Could be: A prominent Democrat from a key swing state, like Ohio or Virginia. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, brogressive darling, and former Democratic governor of Virginia Tim Kaine, are being floated around. I favor Sherrod Brown, just because Hillary is perceived as centrist, and that’s Kaine’s political orientation as well. A centrist white guy doesn’t do a lot for her in the general election, but Sherrod Brown’s liberal creds would be very appealing to the Sanders holdouts. Only thing here is that he’s 63…in 8 years he’ll be 71. As we know, Hillary is always thinking about the future of the Party. A younger man would be a smarter pick.
- Nagahapin: Bernie Sanders. Really? A 74-year-old Socialist? I don’t care how many people suggest this, it’s an incredibly dumb idea. See above.
- Nagahapin Part Deux: Elizabeth Warren. I see her in a Cabinet position IF the Democrats retake the Senate and we don’t need her there any more. Otherwise, another white woman who is actually LESS liberal than Hillary, who is a one-issue candidate, who is only two years younger, and who is from a state that Our Girl will win hands-down…sorry, what was the point of this again?
What do you all think? This is an open thread.
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