What an out and out losing ticket this would be.
NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has emerged as the online betting favorite to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate while Bernie Sanders’ chances have slipped, online predictions market PredictIt said.
Kaine topped a list of potential vice president candidates with about 20 percent probability, followed by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with about 17 percent and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez with about 14 percent.
Hillary needs to pick a strong national figure as her running mate, one who has stature and popularity. Kaine brings nothing to the ticket. Sanders by contrast would be ideal: he’d help to heal the party, inject popular progressive values into the race, and even better, many people who hate Hillary actually like him. Polls have shown repeatedly that he’d have an easier time beating Trump than the future nominee.
If Hillary picks a weak, center-right limpdick like Tim Kaine then she deserves to lose. And unless Trump completely self-destructs, that’s what she’ll end up doing — especially if he starts to champion values and ideas that are more traditionally left-wing than hers, such as trade protection and American isolationism. Which he will.
Both Warren and Perez would be a bridge too far for many people, but Sanders would be ideal. The establishment media and other associated types of course scoff at Sanders but praise the wonderfully agreeable “centrists” like Tim Kaine.
Naturally. And look where it’s gotten us. Picking someone like Kaine would prove that Hillary is not a genuine progressive. She’s just more of the same — and which is exactly where the political alternative of Donald Trump is most appealing.