It should happen in a heartbeat but won’t.
The so-called ‘veepstakes’ is among the most obsessively observed events in all of American politics.
Americans love the concept of mashups and the pairing of two political heavyweights in a presidential ticket is not unlike the forming of a cinematic universe featuring unlikely heroes joining forces to stop the super villain of the day.
Prior to the official announcement and the first appearance of the ticket on stage together we like to imagine the formation of an unstoppable political Voltron — the snapping together of a team which when its forces are combined are virtually invincible.
Of course it doesn’t always turn out that way,but it’s fun to speculate.
Along those lines who knows who the hell Trump will choose.
Rumors this week pointed to John Kasich as an obvious choice to assuage the GOP establishment.
There are other shall we say less conventional names being tossed around, too – which make sense in the age of Trump but which also seem unlikely.
(Whomever suggested former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ contestant Meat Loaf deserves an award.) (ed:..heh..!..)
There’s also Mary Fallin the governor of Oklahoma and perhaps the worst sitting governor since Sarah Palin.
We’ll circle back to more of Trump’s options another time but for now let’s talk about the Democratic side.
So far we’ve been hearing about two obvious choices: Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren.
Castro – the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is young Latino and a Texan — a killer combination to back Hillary – especially knowing how the Democrats are champing at the bit to turn Texas blue.
In that regard he’s the obvious choice.
Elizabeth Warren on the other hand might be problematic simply due to the fact that it doesn’t seem like she wants the gig.
I’ve had the sense for several years now that Warren wants nothing more than to be a liberal lioness in the U.S. Senate — the next Teddy Kennedy — a colossus who’s tapped into the most powerful legislative body in the world.
And she seems perfectly comfortable there.
For what it’s worth and in the interest of full disclosure if Warren had run for president I would’ve likely ended up a Warren-bot.
Shy of Hillary and Bernie she’s the Democratic rock star and I can’t help but fantasize what it would’ve been like if she had run for the top of the ticket.
In fact if she ends up relenting and accepts a running-mate offer from Hillary I suspect many voters myself included would wish the names on the ticket were reversed.
And that’s bad.
(ed:..i have long been a warren fanboy..and was not a happy camper when she rejected the idea of running for the top job..
..i wanted elizabeth warren to be the first female president of america –
a person of proven integrity..and a light years better option than that corrupted/rightwing/neoliberal/war-mongering-hack clinton..
..and now sanders/warren would be my dream-team…or warren-sanders..the order matters little..
..they are the two i see both fixing/healing america..and becoming a force for good in the world..)