One year from today, we will all know who is going to be the next president of the United States. I, obviously, hope it will be U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Many others, including some very similar to myself, hope it will be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Though everyone hoped that the Democratic primary competition between Sanders and Clinton would be positive and amicable, times have become tense. Alas, such an occurrence was unavoidable: At some point, the gloves had to come off.
Now that the gloves are off, the barbs are getting sharper and the supporters are getting more hostile. Clinton’s supporters are lambasting Sanders as a doddering old socialist who focuses more on demagoguery than getting things done. Sanders’ supporters are blasting Clinton as a two-faced flip-flopper who will say anything to get elected. Everyone is alleging media bias and online trolling. Pundits are wondering if the growing rift will end up hurting the Democratic Party in the general election.
Well, this presidential election should be a guaranteed victory for the Democrats. With the Republican Party so fractured and fragmented that Donald Trump is the frontrunner, followed by Tea Party senator Ted Cruz, the general election next November should be a shoo-in. Heck, virtually any national-level Democrat should be able to mop the floor with any of the top five Republican presidential contenders. Instead of fighting each other, Democrats should be reveling in a very Merry Christmas, content in knowing that they’ll continue to control the White House beyond 2016.
Or, at least, Democrats will continue to own the Oval Office if they can play it smart and keep their cool. Defeat can be snatched from the jaws of victory by infighting and political blunders. Though it is virtually unimaginable to picture Donald Trump being sworn into office on January 20, 2017, it is very possible to see Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush taking the oath. I want to prevent this from happening, so I believe that extending an olive branch to the Clinton camp is in order. Like the famous Christmas truce during the first winter of World War I, I would like to temporarily lay down my arms and spend some time chatting with Clinton supporters.
Ladies and gentlemen, we can all get everything we want. It’s true, and it’s amazing. We can actually control the White House for the next sixteen years…if we want to. Here is how:
Hillary Clinton should suspend her campaign and create a united Democratic front by accepting the running mate position from Bernie Sanders. A Sanders/Clinton ticket would be unstoppable in 2016 and would easily guarantee a sweep of the electoral college. Sanders would become America’s first Jewish president and Clinton would become America’s first female vice president. Sanders’ idealism and Clinton’s connections would create a powerful White House that could actually pass many of its desired reforms.
If Sanders, due to his age, vowed to only serve one term as president, he could hand over the reins to his vice president in 2020. At age 73, vice president Hillary Clinton would actually still be younger than Bernie Sanders today when she took over the Oval Office on January 20, 2021. The four years as vice president would allow Clinton time to improve her reputation for integrity and prepare the Democratic Party for the challenge of leading the Millenial generation.
As a sitting vice president, Clinton would finally go into a presidential election with the inevitability she craves. Sanders, who has been an outsider and a fighter since the 1970s, is better suited to the brutal, bare-knuckle brawl that will be the 2016 general election. Sanders, having been a leftist his entire career, is well-prepared for the hostility that will come in spades from the Republican presidential nominee. Does Hillary Clinton really want that fight?
Sanders, who is older and more experienced at pitched battles, is the better choice for the Democrats to run in 2016. Clinton, the consummate political insider, would also be more likely than Sanders to thrive in the position of vice president. Since the vice president is the president of the Senate, Clinton would be at home as a long-time Washington figure. Though she would have to wait a little longer for the top job she craves, her ascendancy would finally be guaranteed.
Deciding on a Sanders/Clinton ticket in 2016 would allow all Democrats to enjoy a very Merry Christmas. They would win the White House in a landslide with Sanders at the helm, pull a repeat in 2020 or 2024 with Clinton atop the ticket, and achieve a slew of historic firsts. Failing to create a Sanders/Clinton ticket in 2016, however, could lead to a general election loss and doom the Democratic Party to irrelevance.