Are We Ready for Hillary-Elizabeth?
Let me be the first to give them a shout-out: Regal Hillary and populist Elizabeth, come together right now over me — and us.
Let that settle for a moment. Then let's go there for the first time in 2016.
Ladies, how does that revolution sound? With feminist ferment in the air, it might be just the ticket to have women as presidential running mates. Women won the right to vote in 1920, so it would be right on time for the 2020 centenary. Suffrage leader Alice Paul would be so pleased.
Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, senator and first lady, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would give the concept "powers of two" a brand new meaning. "Powers of Two" is a forthcoming book about to enter the atmosphere.
But a Clinton-Warren ticket would be like the moon landing in July 1969. One small step for a woman, one giant leap for womankind. Destiny comes calling. Gentlemen?
One veteran Democratic lawmaker told me it will never happen. More on him in a moment.
It's no secret Hillary Clinton needs to shore up the liberal base since saying her family was "dead broke" in 2001, when Bill Clinton's presidency was over.
Warren's a newcomer, as Barack Obama was in 2008. She might not mind being No. 2. A legal expert on consumer protection after the economic downturn, gung-ho Warren inspires people on income inequality. And she scares Wall Street.
In the Capitol, a Democratic congressman, Eliot Engel of New York, gave a Clinton-Warren ticket a moment's pause. Vowing his steadfast support for "top-notch" Clinton if she runs, Engel said the unique combination might pick up steam with a tired electorate. Things need shaking loose, and a female ticket would show the party is serious about female leadership.
"They could run on the platform that men have screwed everything up," Engels said before stepping onto the House floor, wearing cool seersucker against the heat.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney were a perfect rhyme in their time, each stoking the creative fires of the other in a blazing songwriting dialogue that lasted six or seven years. It's hard to imagine the sixties without the Beatles.
Yet neither Lennon nor McCartney could have achieved their body of work without the other, as author Joshua Wolf Shenk wrote in The Atlantic, because their moods and talents complemented each other's in perfect pitch. Shenk explores brilliant pairs in the new "Powers of Two." Good for him for including women's rights leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
A George Washington University student at Union Station near the Capitol had emblazoned "Ready for Hillary" on her laptop. She said she'd be ready for Elizabeth as Veep, too, because the Massachusetts senator has championed easing student loan debt.
The 2016 presidential playing field might be crying out loud for a Clinton-Warren Democratic ticket. I see them as a potent force against the prospective Republican candidates: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio.
Just look at that: All but one are from Texas or Florida, which is a little sad. Sorry, but those states need a timeout. Along with Kentucky's Paul, the Republican shift to the South seems complete, for now.
In the Speaker's Lobby, I asked around. Women make up 17 percent of Congress, and that's better than it used to be. I spoke with the leading Republican proponent of immigration reform, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.
"Secretary Clinton's persona is as a foreign policy expert," Diaz-Balart said. "Right now, that's not looking too good." Point taken.
Democratic lawmaker James P. Moran of Virginia voiced strong skepticism.
"No way," Moran said with refreshing candor. A pol who has watched the waves, he speaks without fear or favor. And he's retiring after 24 years in the House.
He called a Clinton-Warren pair a strategic "overreach" for the public.
"But I'd love to see the first woman president," Moran added.
Now that would be something.
Well, we'll see. Won't we?
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