In an interview with the Boston Globe, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, indicated that her short list for potential running mates will definitely include women. “We’ll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it. But there is no question that there will be women on that list,” Podesta said.
Because it’s the Boston Globe, the paper speculated about the possible nomination of their own senator, Elizabeth Warren:
The development immediately injects liberal darling Senator Elizabeth Warren’s name into the growing speculation about who Clinton will choose as her running mate now that she is almost certainly on track to become the nominee.
Any female pairing would double down on the historic nature of Clinton’s candidacy, and Warren adds the obvious benefit of providing a bridge to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders who are wary of Clinton’s ties to Wall Street.
Podesta didn’t offer any specific names, but Warren is popular with the base and, recently, she’s been doing the work of a surrogate, taking both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to task on social media.
Sure, a Clinton/Warren ticket would be historic and great. The prospect also seems incredibly unlikely, as does the nomination of another woman on the undercard, generally. Two women on the same ticket seems to go against the traditional formula for a presidential ticket: a little bit of delusion, coupled with a nod to geographical diversity—a choice that brings a niche, yet important, ideological group into the fold.
In that respect, so-called insiders usually mention a handful of (very qualified) men as potential running mates for Clinton: Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and Housing Secretary Julian Castro. Castro had a very Obama-like moment during his keynote address the 2012 Democratic National Convention and is a favorite in the Obama coalition. Still, given the nature of vice presidential picks, there’s a strong chance that Clinton will choose the most boring white man—the kind of man conjured up by the gods of Sunday morning talk shows—that she could possibly find.
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