As Hillary Clinton rounds third base and slowly heads for home — although she is technically still running against a candidate who says he intends to vote for her — the question about her VP pick has become a serious one and complicated. On the one hand, she could pick someone further left than her own reputation as a centrist, and possibly win over some of those pesky Bernie voters. On the other, she could go for a moderate in an attempt to capture the huge amount of Republican disillusioned by the presumed nominee. Here’s a breakdown of who’s on the Clinton’s shortlist.
Netting the Massachusetts senator’s endorsement was a big win for Clinton, as Warren has been the patron saint of the Democratic Socialists in a way that even Bernie Sanders never quite was, and nobody has filleted Trump more skillfully or savagely than Warren.
However, over half of voters who lean Democrat said they’d prefer Clinton go with someone else in a CNN poll. Those are pretty serious numbers, and in an election with a lot of moderate votes up for grabs, Clinton may head for safer waters.
Waters don’t get much safer than the Virginia senator, who’s largely considered to be Clinton’s likeliest choice. He’s competent, scandal-free, even-tempered and extremely popular. He speaks fluent Spanish, used to be a missionary, and has served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia and, currently, a senator. His one drawback is that he doesn’t exactly have the pep and zing Millennial voters like in an elected leader (“I am boring,” he once admitted to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press). With enthusiasm already in short supply amongst Clinton voters, she may choose someone with more charisma.
The former mayor of San Antonio is a rising star in the DNC and has charisma in spades. He’s young, he’s a gifted speaker, and he’d secure the Latino vote. But he’s also newer to the national stage and less proven. That could be seen as a plus to Clinton, who’s been accused of being in politics for too long, but it also increases the likelihood of a national flap — something Clinton can’t afford.
The Ohio senator is an unlikely choice for Clinton for the simple reason that Governor John Kasich could appoint a conservative senator to replace Brown if he abandons the post for veep. But his selection would help deliver a prized swing state, and his gruff, no-nonsense political style makes for a nice contrast to Clinton’s more cautious rhetoric.
Another dynamic, charismatic, but inexperienced option for Clinton. His personal story is terrific, (former Stanford football player-turned Rhodes Scholar-turned Newark mayor-turned senator) but his myriad ties to Wall Street may scare off Democrats already leery of Clinton’s perceived coziness to big money.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.