Think of whatever strange act I’d have to do if I’m wrong. Shave my head? Go streaking through a college campus? Get a tattoo of Bill Clinton on my forearm. Whatever you want me to do, I’d wager against a crazy action of your choice if Hillary Clinton selects Elizabeth Warren as her Vice Presidential running mate.
To quote some movie somewhere (I’m sure), “It ain’t gonna happen.”
After a meeting that lasted over an hour following Warren’s official endorsement of Clinton, speculation started.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) June 10, 2016
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 10, 2016
Harry Reid likes the idea…
— The Young Turks (@TheYoungTurks) June 10, 2016
…and Hillary herself had nice things to Tweet about her…
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 10, 2016
Nevertheless, it ain’t gonna happen.
We know that the Clinton campaign will vet out, background check, and field test people who seem most likely able to help her win the general election. What that person looks like is currently unknown, though we have some ideas.
While we can’t know what she wants in a nominee, we know for sure what she doesn’t want. There are certain things about a person that will likely disqualify them from consideration:
- Boat Rocker – Hillary will not want a controversial pick. That doesn’t mean that her pick would be mild-mannered; it’s not about personality but rather experience with bucking the system. An example would be Joe Lieberman, Al Gore’s running mate in 2000. Lieberman was known to go against the Democratic party at times, even opposing Bill Clinton’s policies. It made sense for Gore who was trying to promote himself as not being a Clinton 3rd term and Lieberman added to that. Clinton needs people to reminisce in order to see her as appealing, so no Liebermans.
- Moderate – While Clinton seems to be very left-wing, the reality is that she’s only aggressively liberal on a handful of issues. She’ll want someone who can rally to the left while she pivots towards Independents and moderates for the general election.
- Caucasian – This isn’t a deal-breaker but more of a preference. She’ll want a minority to be her running mate, but if the right Caucasian stands out, she’ll take him.
- Old – Age is an issue in this race. Trump will be 70 if he’s inaugurated and Clinton is only a couple of years younger. She’ll want the contrast of someone under 65 (preferably under 60 and even better if they’re under 55).
- Long-term Politician – Hillary has been in or around DC politics for nearly three decades. She needs a fresh face who doesn’t necessarily have decades of experience but who has passion to breath life into the campaign.
- Female – Contrary to reports from the campaign that they’d consider an all-female ticket, they won’t. She’s the alpha female and there’s no room on the ticket for another one.
All of this could change if it seems like the only way she could unify the party is to bring Bernie Sanders onto the ticket, but that’s unlikely. The last component – her alpha female mentality – means that Warren is out, too. I’m ready to shave my eyebrows is I’m proven wrong.