(RNS) Fresh off a landslide victory in her adopted home state, Secretary Clinton’s campaign has revealed that she’s open to omitting the Y chromosome from her ticket completely. Buried in the announcement was the similarly startling revelation she will also consider a fellow Methodist to be her running mate.
Can the country really handle two Methodists in the White House? Shouldn’t Democrats strive for balance on the ticket? Since the campaign signaled its intent to possibly double down, we’ve put together a Methodist shortlist of contenders.
The liberal fantasy
Elizabeth Warren is not only the undisputed leader of the progressive movement in America, but also a former Methodist Sunday school teacher. Could she help turn her home state of Oklahoma purple? Unlikely. But she will get the far left jazzed for eight more years of Clintonism, a thankless task. More than her appeal to the Democracy Now! Audience, Warren’s practical approach to actually achieve progress contrasts her to Clinton’s primary opponent. She is to Bernie Sanders what Peyton Manning is to millions of beer-chugging bros yelling at their TVs from home. She wants to take on Wall Street, but has the plans and achievements to back up the message.
The other woman
Warren is the only female Senator who hasn’t endorsed Hillary yet, and in Clintonland that’s tantamount to treason. But Warren isn’t the only Methodist on the shortlist. Former Arizona Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would further burnish Clinton’s credentials as “A Lady Hawk.” (Maureen Dowd’s term, not mine.)
The wild card
As anyone who watches HBO’s Veep knows, the responsibilities of the Vice President amount to little more than a Broadway understudy. It’s largely a performative role and chief cheerleader for the president’s agenda. Why not pick the world’s best performer and lifelong Methodist — Beyonce? An incredibly successful private-sector job-creator and philanthropist, she would get millions of young voters in formation.
Why not two Methodists in the White House?
When Clinton’s husband picked a fellow white, southern moderate to run with him in 1992 no one said “that’s too many southerners.”
When all the forty-four men who served as president picked male veeps, the country didn’t obsess over too much testosterone in the Oval Office.
Having two Methodists won’t be any more extreme. In fact, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney already showed us it’s possible.
Oh, and two women in leadership is only too much if you wouldn’t like even one.