How did we ever get to the point where political candidates for president not only got to choose their running mates, but now, they are actually choosing their running mates ahead of the nomination. So, people who WANT to become president are announcing who their vice presidential candidates are before they even know if they’re going to get the nod? In fact, now we’ve got a guy that’s not even in the race for president yet…and he’s all but decided who is Veep is going to be. He can’t decide on whether to run, but he can decide on who the second in command will be? Where’s the sense in that?
I remember somewhere in the shrouded cobweb that is a junior high history class somewhere, that way back in time… presidential candidates never ever had the choice as to who would be vice president. In fact, I believe that when the country started electing people to the highest office in the land, the loser is the guy that got the VP slot. Isn’t that how Thomas Jefferson got to be John Adams’ vice president? I think it was!
Then of course, the congress saw the foolhardiness of that, and decided to allow the parties to choose. For well over a hundred years, in smoke-filled back rooms, the political leaders of both parties would choose the vice presidential candidate and announce them to the convention on the last night. The next to the last night was when the presidential nominee was crowned.
But that changed somewhere back in time. Probably back in 1972 when the primary system started taking over. You know, back when conventions got boring? It was around then that the actual nominee would name the vice presidential nominee and they would stand at the podium, arms raised over their head. Well, they still do that, but it’s nowhere near as exciting. I mean, nowadays, they can hold the conventions during commercial breaks of General Hospital and probably get as much accomplished….without the hour-long speeches that don’t mean anything.
Hillary Clinton has hinted that she is going to tap Housing and Urban Development candidate, Julian Castro, an Hispanic, as her nominee for VP. She was courting the Hispanic vote in Texas the other day and brought it up to the delight of the crowd. Of course, if Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio have anything to say about it…they could say, “Screw that! I’m going to be an Hispanic PRESIDENT!” But I digress.
The one thing that really is interesting in this mess is Joe Biden. Here he is, not able to decide if wants to even run for the presidency, wringing his hands over it, and making America wait like trying to see if The Grateful Dead are going to do a third encore…but he’s already decided he wants Elizabeth Warren as his VP pick. Huh? Isn’t that a little backwards?
I would give one piece of advice to ALL candidates on both sides of the aisle. Win the nomination first. THEN you can choose your vice presidential running mate. Until then, you’re just another person wanting a job.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!