ticket would cover
all the bases
Hillary Clinton could tap Elizabeth Warren as her running mate in 2016.
The question of whether America is ready for a female president is seldom heard these days in discussion of a Hillary Clinton run in 2016.
But, is the country ready for a ticket topped by two women? One can dream!
But a noteworthy item in The Washington Post this week raises this possibility: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is getting a rousing reception for her populist message with Democratic audiences.
Clinton is anything but not a populist. She is staunchly corporatist, an unabashed friend of Wall Street.
She is also a brilliant strategist. She might just see, as others are beginning to, her complement in Sen. Warren, whose strengths (and support) are Clinton’s weaknesses.
It is not too early to speculate that a Clinton-Warren ticket in 2016 would cover all the Democratic bases.
The Clinton-Warren idea was floated by amongst others HBO host Bill Maher two months ago in an interview with Larry King reported in Politico.
“Elizabeth Warren [is] one of the most gutsy people I’ve seen in politics in a long time … I’d love to see her run with Hillary, how about that? A granny ticket,” Maher said.
A run by Sen. Warren at the top of the ticket has long been a subject of conjecture in Democratic circles.
It became a serious topic after a front-page story Oct. 1 in The New York Times headlined Populist Left Makes Warren Its Hot Ticket.
The Times acknowledged her rising profile and increasing support amongst Democratic activists.
The story in The Washington Post noting Sen. Warren’s rousing reception on the campaign trail. Click image to enlarge.
Reporter Jonathan Martin wrote:
“In Democratic circles, disappointment in the promise of the Obama presidency and unease over a possible restoration of the Clintons have made the senator, who was sworn in just 10 months ago, the object of huge interest and the avatar of a newly assertive, fervently populist left eager for a more confrontational approach to politics.”
This was reinforced Tuesday by the story in The Washington Post Progressives turn from Obama to embrace Warren about her appearance in West Virginia in support of US Senate candidate Natalie Tennant.
“Populist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) got a rock-star reception during a standing-room-only campaign rally here Monday, as hundreds of liberal activists cheered her broadsides against corporate interests,” wrote Robert Costa.
In the accompanying video, several members of the crowd said they came to see the incumbent, not the candidate.
While the senator remains coy about her ambitions, the blogosphere is not so bashful.
The latest entrant, Ready4Warren was launched on Tuesday.
The newest entrant in the draft Warren for president movement, the web site ready4Warren.
“It’s time that the American people had a lobbyist of our own, and that lobbyist is Elizabeth Warren,” says the new site. “By standing up to Wall Street to defend Main Street, Warren has proven herself to be the spine that the Democratic Party forgot it had.”
Reporting on the new development in Group launches website urging Warren to run for president Noah Bierman wrote:
“The fledgling effort is another sign that liberal activists will continue to float a possible campaign, despite Warren’s persistent denials that she will run.”
The story carried the obligatory denial from Sen. Warren’s staff.
While the grassroots effort to draft Warren expands, an alternative scenario might become more feasible.
If the senator stands firm in her reluctance to toss her hat into the rough-and-tumble of the primary season, she may just position herself perfectly as vice presidential material.
Perhaps she’s even considered the possibility.
By staying out of the race, she avoids a confrontation with the front-runner and a bruising primary battle. No one wants to be on a Clinton enemies list.
Come convention time in summer 2016, Sen. Warren might then find herself in top position to accept the vice president slot.
The big unknown, of course, is the Clinton calculus. Would this be a political marriage made in heaven or hell?
There is no chance the sitting vice president would be a contender, whether he runs in the primary or not. Inviting Warren onto the ticket would cover many political bases Clinton lacks.
It would energize the base and give the progressive wing of the party a reason to get out and vote.
And it could have a salutary effect on a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Is it too much to hope for?
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