Monday, June 13, 2016

Forum: Who Will The Nominees Pick As Running Mates?

Every week on Monday, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: Who Will The Nominees Pick As Running Mates?

Bookworm Room : I hope that Donald Trump picks Newt Gingrich, one of the smartest constitutional conservatives around. I wouldn't dare even guess whom Trump will actually pick. He makes a habit of going off in directions that no one expects.

I think that, as we sit here, it's likely that Hillary will pick Fauxcahontas, aka Elizabeth Warren, the embittered, hypocritical "class warrior" who made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year teaching a class or two at elitist Harvard, who lives in a subsidized high-end home, and who made even more big money buying foreclosed houses. As one of her students in the days before she discovered she could leverage her cheekbones into an Ivy League profession, all I can say is that I thought she was a dreadful Banking Law teacher. I never had the faintest idea what she was talking about -- and I've learned over the years that I'm bright enough to understand good teachers and lazy enough to tune out bad ones.

GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD: Conventional cats tend to believe old school chiz about VP. Geography, race and gender. Yet 2016 has been anything but conventional.

In this regards, HRC will pick someone up until last fall would never have been considered for VP with HRC as the nominee:

Senator Sanders. "Feel the Bern" could very well be applied to HRC's curiously boring campaign to grab semi socialist younger cats that may not vote HRC in the fall.

Senator Warren. If one woman is historic - why not up the ante with two? Either Sanders or Warren will complete HRC's lurch to the leftist side of politics imaginable. Unverified gossip says Team Clinton is more intrigued than ever about a Clinton-Warren ticket, and some strategists say the longer Sanders stays in the race, the more likely Clinton could pick Warren to be her running mate.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Many see him as having all the right attributes to fill the ticket and win over progressives. Unions love him, plus he speaks fluent Spanish could help further drive Latinos to Clinton's column. Perez told reporters this week that he has had “no conversations” about a possible VP role. Instead, he said, he is focused on his job and “in my spare time” is also helping to elect Clinton.

Gov John Hickenlooper. Aside from the catchy surname, a win in Colorado would cement the race for Clinton. Hickenlooper has also been a loyal soldier to Clinton during the primary, particularly when his state voted for Sanders by nearly 20 percentage points.

For the GOP, Trump recently stated he had a short list of about 7 cats - including Arizona Gov Jan Brewer and Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallon. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa may be a tad closer to getting the call though, as Trump's negatives with women are sky high. A woman on the ticket might help. Plus, Ernst is from the swing state of Iowa.

Governors Christie, Perry and Jindal may sound good, though Trump is likely to win Texas and Louisiana with out them. Christie's in-your-face, tough-talking style is a lot like Trump's. If being an attack dog is a top requirement for a VP candidate then Christie's evisceration of Marco Rubio is a qualification/recommendation. Then again, Trump usually takes care of those duties himself.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has made no secret he'd dig the gig.

Long Shot - Congresslady Mia Love from Utah. Haitian (many say she was an anchor baby) her mixed marriage, immigrant, and lady attributes could very well inoculate Trump from the the trifecta of tired accusations about race, immigrants and gender Trump has taken and will continue to take.

Plus, "Trump Love 2016" is mighty catchy!

JoshuaPundit: Let's start with Mrs Clinton. I doubt she will pick Elizabeth Warren, because Fauxahontas is not only another elderly white lady from a state Hillary is sure to win anyway but is something of a star in her own right (and therefore not as controllable) whom would have to give up a senate seat to run. She might also be seen as something of a sell out by her fans for running with Mrs. Clinton, Additionally, word is Fauxahontas has ambitions of jousting with Chuck Schumer for the Senate leadership spot.

Ditto when it come to Boynee for a lot of the same reasons. All else aside, the last thing the Dems want is a Jew on a national ticket, even a totally irreligious, Israel bashing one like Boynee.

I think Hillary is going to go for what she needs most in the election; a younger, more energetic attack dog, the largest black turnout she can get and as much support from Obama as possible. She'll get two of these qualities and the possibility of a third (the largest black turnout she can muster) with former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.

A number of writers repeated a story that back when Joe Biden was toying with a run, Obama's price for support was that the president would be able to pick Biden's running mate, who was Obama protege, Deval Patrick.  Since Biden didn't run, it's not a stretch to see the Clintons making the same deal with Obama, given the president's obvious zeal and promise of over the top support for the Clinton campaign. Given that Patrick is  a decent rabble rouser who embraces radical Left wing politics. I see him as a natural choice.

I doubt she would pick a Latino, simply because turnout is usually low, Latinos tend to be concentrated in states that are already democrat strongholds and Trump is showing surprising strength in this demographic lately. However, if Mrs. Clinton did pick a Latino, I'd expect to see either former mayor of San Antonio and present HUD Secretary Julián Castro. Or possibly Reps. Xavier Bacerra or Luis Gutiérrez. All three are experienced race card slingers and total amnesty advocates.

I honestly have no clue as to whom Donald Trump would pick. The only thing I can say is that he appears to take the choice seriously and to want to pick someone whom could take over if President Trump was incapacitated and unable to serve for some reason.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : After the massacre today in Orlando by a radical Islamic terrorist it should be clear to most reasonable Americans that Hillary Clinton should NOT become president, so who cares who she picks as a running mate. As far as Trump, I would hope he picks someone more conservative than himself. Newt Gingrich would be my first choice, but since this election is down to Clinton or Trump (unless the FBI decides to do something about Hillary’s illegal activities) we need to support Trump no matter who he chooses as his running mate.

  Well, there you have it.

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