Just Say No, Senator Warren

Dear Senator Warren,

Just say no.

If Hillary asks, no matter how many times she asks and no matter how earnestly and vehemently and even prayerfully she asks, please say “Thanks but no thanks” to her invitation to be her running mate.

It’s a terrible idea.

warrenFirst of all, she doesn’t like you. You know that. We all know that. And be honest: you’re not very fond of her, either. You’re on the same team, sure, but you play on the offense and she’s all defense, all the time. The things that matter to you, the things that led you into the public eye and public service, only barely matter to her. Oh, she’s on your side on many (but not all) of those issues, but she’s never going to go out of her way to, say, pursue economic justice for working people. Sure, she likes the idea, but she’ll never spend a dime of her political capital to achieve it, certainly not after all the dimes she’s collected in political contributions all these years from Wall Street types who would sooner step over you than help if they saw you lying injured on a sidewalk.

Second, remember the old saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”? You, Senator Warren, are the enemy, and if you become her vice president you would be totally marginalized. Your ability to get things done would virtually disappear. You would be shunted off to a corner, consigned to attending funerals, greeting minor officials from third-world countries, and sent off on occasional missions to mollify the left that you were hired to bring into the fold.

And third, the Senate is where you are needed most and can do the most good. There are a few senators who appear to be as far to the left as you are – hello, Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, and maybe a few others – but none of them can claim the kind of attention you receive from the press and from the political world. Yours is a voice that is sorely needed in the Senate, and if that voice is silenced there is no one – no one – who can step up and fill the void you leave. Right now, you may – just may – be in a position to accomplish something in the Senate. As vice president you won’t be able to accomplish those things and you won’t be leaving anyone behind in the Senate who can take your place because that body has been totally bought and paid for by the same people who hold the pink slips on the Republicans across the aisle.

Your becoming vice president won’t be good for anyone: won’t be any good for you, because your voice would be silenced; won’t be good for Congress, because the issues you care about would find no champion and business would once again be business as usual; and won’t be good for the decent, honest, hard-working people you’ve been trying to help because their best hope would be gone.

So please, Ms. Warren, if Hillary asks, please, just say no.

Sincerely,

The Four-Eyed Curmudgeon

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On July 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I completely agree; it may be a win for Ms Rodham Clinton, but not for Ms Elizabeth Warren, and not for the causes she champions.

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