Despite Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigning alongside Hillary Clinton last week and serving as a useful attack dog against Republican Donald Trump, many progressives see her as merely a token pick or even a sell-out as a choice for the presumptive Democratic nominee's running mate, The Washington Times reports.
Even with her credentials as a liberal firebrand, most political analysts say that her selection as Clinton's vice president would not do much to placate disillusioned supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and do little to boost Clinton's chances of defeating Trump in the elections.
Several polls show that the selection of Warren would not help unify the party in nearly the same way that having Sanders as a running mate would and could in fact harm the Democrats appeal among independent voters, a key sector in the general election, especially in some swing states.
Columnist Ann McFeatters
also pointed out that if Warren became the vice president, her Massachusetts Senate seat would go to a Republican, because her state's governor is from the GOP and that Warren in any case would not help her win Massachusetts in November, which is a safe Democratic bet.
However, another choice as running mate such as Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has an advantage in that he could help Clinton capture his key state and would be replaced by a fellow Democrat in the Senate.
This is crucial for Clinton because if she wins the election she will need a Democratic-controlled Senate from the start to pass her legislation.
Another factor for not choosing Warren as a running mate is that the senator could outshine Clinton and be more difficult to control than someone like Kaine, who is regarded as more of a quiet, team-player type.
Not everyone, however, agrees with this analysis. The Wall Street Journal reports
that Warrren is seen as a rock star by the same far-left Democrats who passionately backed Sanders and have similar views, including her anti-Wall Street credentials that could help unify and energize the Democratic base.
This could be key to having the resources and backing for a strong campaign showing as the elections near.
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