Bernie Sanders is not on track to win the Democratic Primary race for the Presidential nomination. He will win a good many delegates, he will compel Clinton to talk substantively about topics she would rather slide around, he will warm the hearts of all good lefties, but he will simply not pile up enough delegates to win the nomination.
It is not entirely clear that Bernie Sanders really desperately wants to win the Democratic nomination. Now mind, I do not hold this against him. Quite to the contrary. Wanting desperately to be president is not a particularly admirable character trait. It is a character trait that has been shared by some of the most despicable people in American public life. But be that as it may, I am not sure Bernie has this particular fire in his belly. Still and all, let us suppose that he really does want to be president. As things now stand, he is not going to be.
What can be done? I have been brooding about this, and I have a possible solution. It partakes liberally of fairy dust, but those of us on the left have for some time now been resigned to believing in the political version of pots of gold at the end of rainbows, so bear with me.
Bernie Sanders needs somehow to persuade Elizabeth Warren to be his running mate on an insurgent ticket. If, mirabile dictu, he were able to accomplish this feat, he would have a good chance of snatching the nomination -- if I may borrow a phrase from Charlton Heston -- from Hillary Clinton's cold dead hand. Think of it as the New England two-step, the revenge of the Northeast corridor.
Bernie already has the progressives and the young, but he does not have the African-Americans or the women. With Warren by his side, he could peel off large chunks of the unmarried women's vote and quite possibly a share of the Black and Hispanic vote as well. At the very least, he would have a shot.
Would Warren do it? Good question. She would rather not, pretty clearly. But if Clinton looks weak and there is real danger of a Republican victory, she might be persuaded. They would be a powerhouse team on the stump. Warren would dismantle whatever doffus the Republicans nominated for the number two spot. And if Bernie started to look like a possible winner, I suspect a number of Clinton supporters would switch, so long as they could believe that a Sanders presidency would be followed by a Warren run.Just thinking