Leading up to the Democratic National Convention – that starts today in Philadelphia – Hillary Clinton has chosen her running mate: Tim Kaine.
Kaine is the Senator from Virgina and considered a safe – although maybe a bit boring – choice. He was the former chairman of the DNC and speaks fluent Spanish.
Kaine won’t energize progressives like Elizabeth Warren might have. He also won’t energize feminists – while Kaine supports his party’s pro-choice positon, he has said that privately he opposes abortion as a catholic.
But he comes from a swing state with a Democratic Governor, so his election wouldn’t loose the Dems a Senate seat. (Which was one of the main arguments against Warren, now that Democrats believe they have a chance to take back the Senate.)
On a more personal note, I once witnessed Tim Kaine win a spelling bee against political journalists – which means that a) journalists are really bad spellers, but also b) whatever Kaine says, we will know that at least he spelled it correctly. 😉
Thursday must be Hillary Clinton’s new favorite day.
After an early morning endorsement by President Obama – followed by a Twitter war that scored Clinton her most retweeted tweet ever–, the former Secretary scored to more major endorsements on Thursday.
First came a rather quick one by Vice-President Joe Biden.
It was more or less a formality for Obama and Biden to endorse Hillary, but there is one Democrat whose sign of support actually means a lot – Elizabeth Warren.
Warren is a progressive senator who is beloved among the left ranks of the Democrats. In fact, many Sanders supporters loved her before they even knew Bernie existed.
In the immediate aftermath of the endorsement, many Sanders fans turned against Warren – calling her a “sellout” among other things – but once things calm down, her support could help Clinton bring Bernie supporters into her camp.
In fact, both Clinton and Warren are openly floating the idea of a two-women ticket with the Massachusetts Democrat as Clinton’s running mate.
While this is – and probably will remain to be – only speculation, Warren already joined Clinton in one important issue – her Twitter war against Donald Trump.