I used to consider myself as someone who understands politics in the USA, but I am flabbergasted.

What in the world is stopping Clinton from offering Sanders the VP slot and bringing this primary contest to an end?

To be clear, I totally, utterly, and completely disagree with the policies and politics of both Clinton and Sanders and think that they are both terrible, but then I am not the target audience.

The benefits to Clinton and to the Democrats from such a move are enormous:

  • Stop the remainder of this time-consuming primary contest, which could otherwise last up to and include the convention in July.
  • Avoid the heated rhetoric like last week’s “unqualified” kafuffle, which will only get worse as the contest gets tighter and tighter.
  • Save about $100,000,000 between these two campaigns that could be spent on the general election campaign.
  • “Pivot” (I hate this word as popularized by Obama) to attacking and negatively defining the presumed Republican candidate.

Not only that, but Sanders could be a close-to-ideal VP for Clinton. He clearly complements her near perfectly.

The last few presidential election cycles were all about who motivates their base better; who gets them out more aggressively to vote. Sanders clearly takes care of that element. He motivates and excites the base of the party, the far left element, the young voters (and, may I add, stupid: “he who is not a socialist when he is young has no heart, he who does not convert to conservative when he grows up has no brain.”)—all areas where she is very weak. Clinton takes care of the rest of the Democrats’ base in the form of minorities.

Who can be a better VP for Clinton? There is simply no one that can be better in terms of securing victory in the main elections.

In addition, Sanders can also be responsible for a HUGE fund raising machine the likes of which no VP candidate was ever able to contribute to the general election campaign. It is quite possible that, with Sanders’ fund raising ability, Clinton could scale down her “big money” donor fund raising and stay slightly away for the Super Pac issue, thus pacifying Sanders on one of his most sensitive criticism of hers.

As to Sanders, he knows that his chances of winning the nomination are slim to none. Here, he will have an opportunity of a lifetime to create a platform for his ideas (crazy though they are) and continue to preach his “revolutionary” “movement” type message during the general election campaign and the four-year term of the presidency. He would for sure take such an offer and consider it as a HUGE achievement and one that he simply will not be able to resist.

Clinton can pay lip service to his more extreme notions—the difference between them on issues is not really that much and Sanders could be expected to tone down the more extreme elements of his campaign. That is what happens every time in the transition from primary to general elections.

So, why in the world not????