Veneman for VP? Not a Chance
By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
I’ll go out on a limb here, and say there’s not a chance Barack Obama will name Ann Veneman, former Secretary of Agriculture in the Bush Administration, as his vice-presidential running mate. I can’t guess why the campaign would have floated this trial balloon to Politico. It seems more like an April Fool’s Day prank, but that didn’t keep a bunch of folks from getting excited over the prospect.
Veneman, who was sworn in soon after George W. Bush’s inauguration in in January, 2001, resigned, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell and others, ten days after Bush’s reelection in November, 2004.
I’ll give you three reasons why it’s impossible that she will be tapped to run with Obama:
- She got cross-threaded repeatedly with small farmers in states Obama needs to win. Naming her would be a poke in the eye of rural voters; that’s not Obama’s style.
- The Democratic National Convention gets to vote on the presidential candidate’s choice for a VP. Which delegate is going to approve of putting a Republican a heartbeat away from moving into the White House? Which Clinton delegate is going to look with favor upon the nomination of a woman whose initials are not HRC?
- Speaking of which, if Barack nominates another woman, Billary will perform the surgery that Jesse Jackson could only dream of – and they wouldn’t feel it necessary to apologize.
Posted on July 29th, 2008 by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
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