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Cure for the blues: A historic veep pledge

Jamie Stiehm on

WASHINGTON -- March plans are gone with the spring wind, so I'm stuck "on the pavement, thinking about the government," as Bob Dylan's lyrics go. Me and many other blue women.

Amid fears of the coronavirus contagion, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's exit from the Democratic presidential primary spread psychic pain among many American females. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies our state as a mix of demoralization, depression and despair, with 2016 flashbacks.

Now it's between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders to be the standard-bearer. Different extremes they may be, yet they are similar ages of 77 and 78, respectively. They both hail from a tiny states, Delaware and Vermont.

Really? Thanks, guys.

They say Biden is electable and moderate and that Sanders is unstoppable on the left. But Warren brought new ideas for 2020, such as a wealth tax.

So, it stands to reason she should be pledged as the vice presidential pick -- by both Biden and Sanders. The third-place finisher, Warren leans to the left of Biden and to the right of Sanders.


Given the advanced ages of both remaining candidates, whoever is chosen as a running mate has a high chance of becoming president.

Let it be Warren.

Hark, there's word the vice president -- Veep -- nominee will "almost surely" be a woman. Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of The Washington Post, presented 10 possible choices, "a surfeit of talent," without picking one.

Some political scientists think the avenue for a woman to become the American president is through the vice presidency. For decades, the first women elected to Congress were widows who ran to take their husbands' places, like the late Lindy Boggs, D-La.


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