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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Democrats should keep their eyes on the future

Last year on this day, here is what I wrote. As a journalist, you are on the record forever.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wondering about Vice Presidential candidates

First of all, if you don’t like the candidates that you have, you can almost bet that they will not pick a VP that is equal to or greater than themselves. American voters have little say in the leading candidates making the choice, except to accept or reject the entire ticket.

Democrats will most likely select Hillary Clinton. Rumored is that she might pick a woman running mate. That would appropriate since there has been a long deficit in women heading the executive branch of government.

In fact, women have been deficiently represented in Congress.

I proposed that for every Congressional District Representative and Senator that there be two seats, one woman, and one man. That would double the seats in Congress in both branches. That is a good idea because the workload is too high for the present staffing.  That would ensure a measure of gender equality.

Who are the leading women Democrats who “could be” qualified to run for president?

1. Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

No, not her. Sebelius is not qualified.

2. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Marginally qualified.

3. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Marginally acceptable.


4. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Marginally and maybe better than Clinton or Warren. Surely better than Sanders.

5. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

No.


6. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill

No.

7. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

As qualified as Hillary Clinton and more qualified than Sanders.

8. Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire
Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire

Marginally qualified.

9. California Attorney General Kamala Harris
California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Not qualified.

10. Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg

Not qualified.

Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News who made the list.

At the outset, this analyst advocated a Mark Warner and Kirsten Gillibrand ticket, and it didn’t matter who was on top.


Democrats should keep their eyes on the prize.

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