The Boston Globe is reporting this evening that it looks very likely 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton will choose Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to be her running mate, making it the first ticket in American history with two women on it.
The Globe also says one of the main players in the entire situation is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid who had initially said he hoped Clinton would not choose a Senator:
“Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has been actively reviewing Massachusetts rules for filling a US Senate vacancy, another indication of the seriousness with which Democrats are gaming out the possibility of Elizabeth Warren joining likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s ticket.
“The upshot of Reid’s review is that Senate Democrats may have found an avenue to block or at least narrow GOP Governor Charlie Baker’s ability to name a temporary replacement and prevent the Senate from flipping to a Democratic majority if Warren were to leave the chamber. That suggests the issue is not as significant an obstacle as Reid previously feared.”
How exactly would Reid manage to hamstring the Massachusetts Governor? Again, the Globe was very specific in their reporting:
“In the event of a Senate or House vacancy, Massachusetts currently requires a special election to be held within 145 to 160 days. In the interim, the governor has the authority to appoint a successor. But Reid’s team has identified a portion of the law that allows an officeholder to start the special election clock by filing a resignation letter, but also announcing an intention to vacate the seat at a later date.
“In theory, Warren could file such a letter 145 days before the Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration and successfully block Baker from picking any temporary replacement.”
One thing is certain: Warren is one of the most effective critics of Donald Trump, and has proven time and time again that she delights in attacking him. She also seems to anger the Donald, who has resorted to calling her “Pocahontas” in reference to Senator Warren’s Native American heritage.
If the Democrats wind up with a Clinton-Warren ticket, not only is Trump toast, but it could also set the stage for Democratic domination of the White House for decades to come.
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