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H.L. Mencken

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Veep Pick

Trump will pick an establishment pol, but probably one that has no current connection to Washington, DC.  My guess is Newt Gingrich.  He will be Premier to Trump's General Secretary, running the day to day government.

Clinton is in an interesting position.

She will need someone dynamic, but not too dynamic.  The buzz is Elizabeth Warren, but she is really to valuable in the Senate.  Bernie is too old and also belongs in the Senate.

I love Chris Murphy, but he isn't ready yet, and Kristin Gillibrand can't run, because the President and Vice-President can't be from the same state.

If there was a popular, young, liberal governor, that would be perfect, but there really isn't anyone like that.  The various drubbings that the Democrats have taken in midterm elections have shortened the bench.

Given her age, the Veep pick matters.  Can she reach out to Sanders supporters, even though it looks like some of the pro-Bernie vote was really just anti-Hillary?  Can she peel off more Republicans?

I have no idea who her pick will be, so it's an interesting moment for signaling how she will govern.

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