Six Reasons Elizabeth Warren Should Volunteer to Be Bernie Sanders’ Running Mate

Why in the world should Elizabeth Warren choose to run for vice president?

The obvious answer that can save you the time of reading further or, you know, thinking, is my blatant sexism. Clearly, every time I’ve supported female candidates in the past for City Council, House of Delegates, Congress, and the White House has been part of an elaborate plot — no doubt hatched in Moscow — to create a cover for my secret but very real sexism, which I was saving for just this crucial moment. Also, my considering a dozen male candidates to all be dramatically worse than Elizabeth Warren is an obvious pretense and scam, as also therefore must be the positions I’ve taken on public policies for decades.

Or, there could be some other reasons worth considering. Here are six.

1. A Bernie Sanders – Elizabeth Warren ticket would take the nomination, and take it early, allowing the pair of them to focus on defeating Trump-Pence.

Here are the four most recent polls:
Emerson: Biden 32%, Sanders 25%, Warren 12%, Buttigieg 8%.
Economist / Yougov: Biden 29%, Sanders 19%, Warren 17%, Buttigieg 7%.
USA Today / Suffolk: Biden 23%, Sanders 14%, Warren 13%, Buttigieg 8%.
Morning Consult: Biden 31%, Sanders 22%, Warren 15%, Buttigieg 8%.

Here are those results with Sanders and Warren combined:
Sanders-Warren 37%, Biden 32%, Buttigieg 8%.
Sanders-Warren 36%, Biden 29%, Buttigieg 7%.
Sanders-Warren 27%, Biden 23%, Buttigieg 8%.
Sanders-Warren 37%, Biden 31%, Buttigieg 8%.

Obviously one cannot simply do the math or predict how every potential voter would react to the combining of two campaigns, but this gives us a rough idea. The momentum and excitement and instant front-runner status might actually result in a larger lead than these numbers suggest.

2. Bernie Sanders is leading Elizabeth Warren in the polls.

3. Bernie Sanders is older than Elizabeth Warren. A successful run by these two could mean eight years for Warren as Vice President plus eight years as President.

4. Bernie Sanders has a stronger platform than Elizabeth Warren, including on foreign policy, budget choices, Green New Deal, free college, and Medicare for All.

5. Elizabeth Warren is the strongest running mate Sanders is likely to find. Her platform has more overlap with his than does that of any other presidential candidate. This is true completely regardless of Warren’s sex, race, age, ethnicity, home state, or anything else, but in an age in which tokenism has been elevated to complete respectability, the electoral importance of nominating a woman is significant.

6. Joe Biden is an amazing disaster as a candidate and as an elected official.

5 thoughts on “Six Reasons Elizabeth Warren Should Volunteer to Be Bernie Sanders’ Running Mate”

  1. Makes sense to me.

    And you and Robert Reich agree on this as a politicaly salient move, so it has bi-partsan support, in a manner of speaking.

    I guess it depends on how Bernie and Liz feel about it.

  2. If what you seek is a shift in US foreign policy away from war and towards peace; this is not the way to go about it. These two will certainly make no effort to bring it about. US military belligerence throughout the world will continue unabated.

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  4. Tom Larsen, VFP Ch 27

    As in most all important matters, I find myself in 100% agreement with you.

    There is one factor within the control of Sanders- Warren that I think would strengthen the ticket and be the history that we need to write. Put Warren on the top of the ticket. Sanders may have more votes because of his issue positions-those could be handed off to Warren. Sanders, himself, would demonstrate his faith and respect for the “fairer sex” -essentially casting the the most powerful vote , to date, for a first woman president. He spent time urging Warren to run in 2016—BEFORE– he put himself in. There is the Woman’s March that mostly was less about “Hillary” than gender. It’s a shallow political matter, perhaps, but a factor.
    I think Trump has given the oligarchs all he can. (how will they ever get rid of him when the shelf life is over? He destroyed 15 contenders in the last round so there is no pre-approved rival among them.)I really don’t believe he will be on the ticket-he will be gone with this impeachment or the next. Trump will join Hannity & Limbaugh with “more money than anyone ever on TV”.

    Nikki Haley with her newly and quickly minted cred as UN Ambassador is collecting money from Boeing right now, showing sympathy for poor mistreated Trump, and will be out of the gate as soon as the spin cycle is done. She would have a harder time against Warren, I think. And Bernie will be doubly invested in his issues and a friend.

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