Michael Bennet for VP?

The New York Times has added Bennet’s name to the list of potential VP choices for Hillary.  Thoughts?

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  1. Duke Cox says:

    Seriously? … he's no Joe Biden…

    Could she be that dumb?…a heart beat away?

  2. BlueCat says:

    Sounds like an only slightly less helpful pick than a Governor known to his progressive constituents as Frackenlooper.

    Lets hope Team HRC realizes that the days of triangulation are over, a Dem perceived to be to her right won't win her a single R or R leaning vote. As many have noted, the so called middle isn't. It's composed of either the strongly R or strongly D leaning.

    Even if you still have faith in the whole triangulating thing she's the one to the right of the base so triangulating would demand someone to her left  if you want to try to keep disappointed Bernistas from staying home or voting for the Nader of the day.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    If the Clinton campaign is leaking broad hints they don't want to risk a Senate seat due to appointment issues, they certainly don't want to risk a seat by giving Republicans a shot at a seat filled by a Hickenlooper appointment at this late date, either.

  4. mamajama55 says:

    Per Joy Reid's show yesterday, Bennet is not exactly inspiring voters of color. He polls 3/5, bot on issues is only 1/5. I put the link in the Bennet thread yesterday.


  5. Arvadonian1 says:

    Bennet is not an inspiring candidate.  He is more reminiscent of Dan Quayle/John Edwards than of Al Gore or Joe Biden.  He would be a positively horrible selection for Hillary.  I'm also not sure that he would put Hillary in any stronger position in Colorado than she already is.  If Hillary is wanting to "look west" she should take a look at either of the two NM senators (Udall or Heinrich) instead of Bennet. 

    • BlueCat says:

      Bennet is now an accomplished Senator. No Quayle and with a scandal free bio, no Edwards. Agree he would be a poor choice for the reasons I cited, not because he's too lightweight. The whole regional balance thing doesn't seem to be much of factor these days either.  

      HRC needs someone who makes her more appealing to the Bernie/Warren wing. Doesn't have to be Bernie or Warren or even someone quite as far left but definitely someone closer to that wing than she is.  But that's not all and neither should a Spanish surname be considered the be all end all.  

      Younger would be good. Hispanic would be good.  But I think, with an opponent as completely unqualified for and hard to imagine in the role of Commander in Chief as Trump, HRC would also do well to pick someone not too young and inexperienced with credentials inspiring some confidence as a person prepared to step into that role if need be. It would sharpen the contrast with the prospect of a candidate who uses phrases like "go boom" and "tippy top" as our next possible Commander in Chief.

      • Arvadonian1 says:

        I guess I was thinking more in terms of "gravitas" with the comparisons of Quayle and Edwards (and Edwards 2004 when he was scandal free when Kerry selected him as his VP candidate).  

        I agree with your description of the "preferred" qualifications….I tend to lean towards Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)….he's been in the house for 20+ years and is in leadership. He's also a member of the Progressive Caucus in the House.  He could be a formidable selection.   Sen. Sharrod Brown would also be a solid choice, and although he doesn't appear to be under consideration, Sen. Al Franken would be an effective attack dog against Trump.

        • BlueCat says:

          I too wonder why Brown isn't getting more buzz. Easy to transfer Warren love to the very similar Sherrod Brown And while, on the one hand, Latino voters despise Trump so much and HRC gets so much of their support already she probably doesn't really need a Latino to get out their vote, it would be nice to see a long taken for granted Dem demo minority get something besides empty promises that Dems can't keep about comprehensive immigration reform. I'd love to see them get a VP.

          I do disagree that Bennet is comparable to Quayle or Edwards in term of gravitas either, BTW.

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