Hillary Clinton is considering U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing several people familiar with the process.
Warren, a leading progressive voice among Democrats, is among those Democratic presidential candidate Clinton is vetting for the vice presidential position, the newspaper reported. Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders is not, it added.
Sources told Reuters earlier this month that Warren, who represents Massachusetts, is considering the potential role.
I wrote here last week that it sure seems like Warren is prepping for the role. Her addition to the ticket would also add some progressive credibility that Hillary doesn’t have and super-size the “HISTORIC!” narrative with two women running.
The rest of Dame van der Cankles’ Veepstakes list is a painfully predictable mishmash of progressives and identity politics:
Other prospective running mates include U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, according to the report. Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey as well as U.S. Representatives Xavier Becerra of California and Tim Ryan of Ohio are also under consideration, it said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is also a potential candidate, it added.
The Garcetti thing doesn’t make a lot of sense as far as the VP slot goes, but he’s probably being included as part of a long-term Democrat plan to give him national relevance.
Julián Castro was given a cabinet-level position specifically to bolster a paper-thin political résumé (he was mayor of a medium-sized city for five years) and prepare him for the VP 2016 spot. The Democrats couldn’t have looked any whiter during this primary season, so it’s a good bet that he has the inside track at the moment.
It’s also not too surprising that Bernie Sanders isn’t on the list. A Clinton/Sanders ticket only makes sense if Team Hillary thinks ALL of the youth vote will abandon her. Then again, the youth vote never quite materializes the way people think it will in a general election so that may not be a real concern.