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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, March 7, 2016

I've Wondered About This, Too

Tad Devine, Sanders' top campaign strategist, floated a trial balloon about Sanders being Clinton's Vice Presidential candidate. As the path to winning the nomination narrows, it will come up.  It came up with Obama and Clinton in 2008.

I was having a sort-of discussion with a Sanders supporter on Facebook last night, because he hates Hillary Clinton.  He's quite liberal and her career has given him a lot to dislike.  Putting Sanders on the ticket can help assuage those angry (young) voters who - I'm going to just be that Old Man Shouting At Clouds - are a bit naive about politics and a bit spoiled into thinking that earnestness matters.  Having a Clinton-Sanders ticket would energize those who have responded to his message and Sanders' integrity gives Clinton a seal of approval.  Plus, there is no way the GOP House impeaches Clinton to make Sanders president.

The downside is a bit more esoteric.  Clinton is 68, Sanders is 74.  Bringing Sanders on to the ticket is a dead end.  Maybe she reaches out and taps a next generation of leaders for cabinet posts.  Maybe Chris Murphy becomes Secretary of State.  Maybe Kristin Gillibrand becomes Secretary of the Treasury.

But a ticket that old - while it might paradoxically rally some young voters - is not a pathway to the future.

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