As most people who follow me are aware, I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter. I like Bernie Sanders and I certainly don’t believe Clinton is a flawless candidate, but I do actually like her and I think she gives Democrats their best chance to keep Republicans out of the White House in 2016.
Honestly, that should be everybody’s top priority. I’m not going into 2016 hoping for a certain candidate to win, I’m going into 2016 understanding that within the next 2-10 years up to four Supreme Court Justices might be retiring and I damn sure don’t want a Republican president replacing those spots.
Well, the last couple of days I’ve come across some rather interesting rumors that could shake up the entire Democratic party and deal a huge blow to Hillary Clinton’s chances. If these rumors were to become true, I could very well be persuaded away from the “Clinton for President” camp and I know many others (both Clinton and Sanders supporters) would be taking a second look at things as well.
It’s no secret that Vice President Joe Biden is mulling a run for president. Well, apparently part of his strategy could include Sen. Elizabeth Warren as his running mate. You see, there’s been some talk circulating that Biden’s recent private meeting with Warren was in relation to her being his VP with the promise that he would only serve one term, opening the door for her to run in 2020.
It might sound a bit far-fetched, but Warren also recently avoided saying whether or not she planned to run for re-election in the Senate in 2018.
If you ask me, that’s an extremely effective ticket. Not only is Biden fairly well liked, but Warren is an absolute rock star among progressives. She would perfectly compliment him as a running mate, appealing to the far-left liberals who are wanting a “more progressive” president in 2016.
But even beyond that, Biden’s son, Beau, who tragically passed away recently, fought in the Iraq War. So, while Republicans might go out there and harp on and on about our national security and ISIS, all Biden would have to do is stand on a stage and say, “My opponents can talk about national security all day, but I’m the candidate whose son went over there and fought for it.”
Even beyond that, if these rumors came true this would be setting up a Warren presidency, which liberals were hoping would happen in 2016 (before Berniemania). It’s been my belief that her reluctance to run is based upon the fact that she’s a highly intelligent woman who wasn’t going to run for president unless she felt ready to do that job. Well, four years as senator and four years as the vice president would make a great transition into the White House.
If this turned out to be true (that’s a huge if at this point as it’s all speculation), it would be a fairly substantial deviation from the norm. Typically, running mates aren’t announced until after a candidate wins the nomination. If Biden were to tab Warren as his running mate during the primary, that would make things very… very interesting. Then again, Donald Trump is the overwhelming Republican frontrunner, so it’s not as if things haven’t been interesting already.
If this were to happen, it would devastate Clinton’s campaign. Even as someone who’s supported her for quite some time, the thought of a Biden/Warren ticket has me excited. If you told me now I had to choose Clinton or Biden/Warren, I’m probably choosing Biden/Warren. So far, Clinton’s campaign has been run horribly and she’s just now starting to get things back on track.
What would interest me most if Biden and Warren were to team up would be how Sanders supporters would react. Being that a lot of his support flooded over when people finally gave up hope on Warren running, I would be curious to see if some of those folks would switch over to the pairing of Biden/Warren, with the extremely likely odds that it would lead to “President Warren” in 2020. I’m well aware of the
irrationality enthusiasm of some of Bernie’s supporters who will take nothing less than “FeelTheBern2016.” It’s like I’ve said before, I really like Sanders – but his supporters can sometimes be a problem.
Though if Sanders people were to oppose a ticket that had Warren on it, what big knocks could Sanders supporters have against it? Biden is worth only slightly more than Sanders, so it’s not as if he’s a multimillionaire elitist. Hell, for 30 years Biden took the Amtrak train from Delaware to Washington.
They might try to “tie him in with Wall Street,” but then are they saying that Warren would align with someone who’d be a puppet for big banks? That wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense based on who she’s been as a senator. And while he did vote for the Iraq War, he also had a son who served in that very same war. So, it’s kind of hard to bash him as a “warhawk” when the war he voted for (based on lies from the Bush administration – don’t forget that) was also one in which his son ultimately fought.
All that being said, not only do I think Biden/Warren would win – easily – but it would also set up Democrats to control the White House for twelve years instead of just the next eight.
Either way, I think it’s fairly certain that if this were to happen it would deal the biggest blow to Clinton’s campaign.
While I’m not sure how realistic any of this is, I will say it definitely has me a bit excited. Not only do I like Biden (I’ve just never really thought he would run for president to be honest), but I absolutely love Warren. And while I sill do like Clinton, her campaign has been fairly terrible thus far.
When it comes to Sanders, while I like him as well, I still don’t see this nation electing a 75-year-old democratic socialist as president.
In the end, as I’ve said plenty of times, I don’t care if the nominee is Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden – we have to support that person. Because no matter what any of think about any of these three individuals, on their worst day they’re still boatloads better than any of the clowns running for the Republican nomination. There’s just too much at stake in 2016 to let Republicans win back the White House.