Alright, it’s time to stop the primary games and realize something drastically important: our general election is going to be between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and entertainment mogul Donald Trump. We look at the presidential candidates, but what about the possible vice presidents?
We have a faux-progressive versus a fascist, and that speaks miles about our American foundations. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Hillary Clinton is the far better option when compared to Donald Trump: she’s got more experience, she’s got a more level head, and she’s not going to hit the big red button the moment she gets her ego hurt. I’m a Sanders supporter, but I will support Clinton as long as she doesn’t swing so far right that there is no real difference in the final days of this political journey (which I’ve been watching since two years before it ever even began).
For those of you who don’t know me, I closely align with the political ideologies of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein. According to the website isidewith, I’m only 4% Republican — so take my political breakdowns and analysis with a grain of salt if you’re a center-right Democrat or far-right conservative. I’m a liberal, but I’m also a historian: I see politics under a wide umbrella of perspectives and details. My own perspective aligns closely with where history has gone wrong, and how the future can be better for all of humanity, rather than an oligarchic few or a fascist lucky ethnicity.
Today and tomorrow, I’ll be talking about Vice Presidents. They are more important than you think. Vice Presidents are not the Luke-warm bucket of spit of the 19th century, they are the basic foundations of any good general election campaign.
A good VP will get a campaign into the White House, while a bad VP will cause horrific failure. Look at Richard Nixon as a “good example”: a bad cop to counterbalance Eisenhower’s positivity who helped carry California and used his own tricky strategies to bring the ticket to success. Look at Sarah Palin as a horrendous example: a far-against-the-ideology, insane politician from a state that doesn’t matter on the large scale of things who looked unprofessional and sounded crazy. John McCain didn’t have a chance.
So, with that in mind, Hillary Clinton’s VP nominee might be what completely dominates the election in November…or it may be what allows even more progressives and independents to swing towards either vote for Trump or not vote at all. Many Clinton supporters can’t believe this fact, but a Vice Presidential failure on the Clinton ticket could very well effectively kill her momentum: a tragic end to the establishment success story in this election season. So, lets break down some of the names she’s been floating around as her possible Vice President. Here are Hillary Clinton’s possible Vice Presidents.
Elizabeth Warren: The Female
Sorry to break it to you, progressives, but it won’t happen. Elizabeth Warren will not be put in Clinton’s cabinet to sooth the Bernie or Bust crowd. It’s been basically already shown that Clinton is abandoning the progressive front, running center-right to snag up Jeb Bush donors on Wall Street. Progressives will most likely be represented in her cabinet in some way, shape, or form.
A duel-female ticket would be horrendous in terms of politics as well. We’ve never even elected a female to this position (yet), so imagine a public reaction when both positions are fueled by females as well. Conservatives would shudder, and Republicans would see the highest turnouts since the Vietnam War. Realize this isn’t my personal opinion, but political fact when it comes to picking a Vice Presidential candidate to balance the entire campaign. She’s playing with Warren’s name to create a sense of political influence within the party base, but it’s incredibly unlikely that either Clinton or Warren would go through with this political deal.
The most important thing to realize here, however, is that taking Elizabeth Warren out of the Senate would be drastic for the progressive movement. But, we have to realize that Warren would be more effective and more vocal in the Senate than anywhere else in politics. When we look at the big picture, a Vice Presidential progressive — taking away from a Congress desperately in need of progressive candidates — would be the end of this century’s progressive movement. Yes, it would be nice to have Warren sitting in the briefing room when the topic of declaring war gets floated around.
Sherrod Brown: The Progressive
With Trump winning the Republican nomination, many Democrats are pulling for a Vice President that can counter Trump’s “populist” appeal and idealism. Counter-acting the duel-female buzz and shaping himself to be a bit of a progressive in the Senate from Ohio, he seems like a rather interesting and popular pick when it comes to the Vice Presidency. However, like Warren, he’s got some problems.
Senator Brown is a champion when it comes to unions. He’s a bit of a carbon copy of Bernie Sanders, representing a crucial swing state in the form of Ohio. This pick would be much better and more realistic that Senator Warren of Massachusetts. He, for the most part, has a higher approval rating. He’s more politically vocal for his own party. He’s higher ranked in terms of productivity. He wouldn’t turn away conservatives simply because of his sex (again, not my personal opinion: this is a political complex).
But…he — just like Warren — suffers from the progressive problem. Take him out of the Senate, and progressivism will suffer. He would be much more effective, much more vocal, and much more efficient in a Congress seat during a time period which is fighting to keep progressivism alive.
While Brown has been campaigning around Ohio with both Hillary and Bill Clinton, he’s insisted he doesn’t want the promotion.
“I do not want to be vice president,” Brown said in an email interview with The Hill. “I love working for the people of Ohio, and I have a lot more work to do as their senator.” He wouldn’t be the first candidate to refuse a Vice Presidential bid before taking it with a smile, but the fact remains: he’s needed in the Senate right now.
Corey Booker: The Minority
A horrendous choice. Now we’re out of the progressive base, and we’re swinging so center-right it burns. This would not be a choice Clinton would need to unify her own party. Trying to steal from conservatives who have repeatedly already told her that she’s much better than Trump is a terrible plot twist in an election that has proven to destroy historical precedent.
Senator Cory Booker is an energetic politician from the rather center-right state of New Jersey. Coming to fame during his time as mayor of Newark, he’s your typical black tie politician who’s proven time and time again to care more about his public image than the state of the city. He’s not necessarily a politician that cares about the people — he cares about a promotion. And, unfortunately for him, the Democratic Party has a base that needs something that has been proven to be for the people.
But lets look at the good out of him. Corey Booker would instantly soak up the minority vote…oh wait; that’s something Clinton already has locked up going into an election against Donald Trump. Corey Booker as a choice in an election simply for a vote Clinton already has would be like Donald Trump picking Ted Cruz for the evangelical vote — a vote he already has locked up.
There’s one thing we can say about Booker; he’s charismatic and charming in a political sense. Compared to the Republicans nonstop ‘shrill’ campaign against Clinton, him as a choice might finally be able to end the faux hatred against her once and for all. But, again, moderate Republicans and minority votes are already locked up in the Clinton camp simply because of Trump’s external factor. Not necessarily a proper choice when you compare him to countless of vice presidential examples before him.
Bernie Sanders: The Independent
Time to get a few more death threats from the Bernie or Bust crowd: no.
This won’t happen.
In a million years.
Sound clear enough to you?
Clinton would not pick Sanders just as Obama would not pick Clinton back in 2008. Not only does Clinton need Sanders voice and votes in the Senate — much like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown — the two candidates are so far politically different that the ticket wouldn’t be able to stay afloat: neither would listen to each other for six minutes and the ticket would crumble as the two contradict/disagree with each other in cross statements. That would be as if Ted Cruz, an evangelical and God fearing man, picked an openly atheistic and misotheistic liberal. The ticket needs to be united, and not by force.
I don’t even believe Bernie Sanders would agree to being Clinton’s Vice President based on a wide variety of internal and external factors. He’s needed in the Senate, especially at the heel of this progressive movement throughout Congress. His fanbase — the dreaded Bernie Bros — wouldn’t even fall for this vice presidential tactic. They don’t want Clinton near the White House, let alone Bernie’s direct boss. This choice wouldn’t sooth the progressives, it would only anger them beyond belief.
It’s important to realize that Sanders isn’t the final step for progressivism: he’s just a major jump in the political staircase within the left wing. It doesn’t happen overnight, especially when the voting base doesn’t know their local and state leveled representatives.
Julián Castro: The Bundle
Probably the highest and most likely choice in the Clinton camp’s mindset. He’s actively campaigned for Clinton since basically the beginning. Castro endorsed Clinton on October 15th, 2015, immediately receiving Clinton’s praise and gaining national media attention.
He is a center-right candidate, being criticized for facilitating the sale of thousands of foreclosed homes to Wall Street firms and being, basically, a puppet of the establishment market. Forty-five members of Congress recently wrote to him, demanding reform of the Distressed Assets Stabilization Program (known as DASP).
He is currently the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, assuming office in 2014 after being appointed by Barack Obama. Now, the list of possible voting groups Castro would draw in is literally massive. He’s a Hispanic male Democrat from Texas. The minority vote, which is basically already locked up; the group of sexist males who would shy away from a female ticket based merely on gender relations; perhaps the center-democrats who are interested in Trump’s message; and the Texan vote. In an election where Texas is a huge electoral state that usually swings Republican, a Texan on the Democratic ticket might actually swing the vote back in Clinton’s favor. Much like how Johnson did so for Kennedy’s ticket back in the 1960s.
Perhaps the final signature on a Clinton-Castro deal? Castro has been an open advocate for LGBT rights. As mayor of San Antonio, he opposed the law in Texas that denied legal recognition to same-sex marriages way before it was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Honestly, Julián Castro very well might be the best choice for Clinton’s campaign. Out of all the possible Vice Presidents, it seems that Castro might (rather unfortunately) be the best bet for a Clinton campaign. But we shall see what happens as the general election gets closer and closer.
UPDATE: Clinton chose Tim Kaine, an establishment (and moronic) member of the Democratic Party.