She hasn’t asked me, but I know who Hilary Clinton should choose as a running mate.
She should choose Jeb Bush. Then she should immediately issue this statement:
There’s a lot that Governor Bush and I disagree on. But we agree without reservation on the one thing that matters above all else this year, namely: Donald Trump must never be president of the United States. That matters more than any of our differences.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be issuing a package of policy proposals that represent compromises between my views and Governor Bush’s. None of these proposals will be exactly what either of us would have written on our own, and none of them will fully satisfy either my supporters or his. But we are confident that all reasonable adults will agree that, taken as a package, our proposals are infinitely superior to subjecting our futures to the whims of a sociopathic narcissist.
We will not attempt to deny or disguise our fundamental disagreements. Within the administration there will be lively debates. Governor Bush will always have a seat at the table and I’ll listen to his arguments — and then, as President, I will make the final calls. But I pledge to you that when I make those calls, I will be bound by the spirit of the policy package we will soon release.
Two years from now and four years from now, there will be national elections again. Governor Bush and I expect to be active in those elections, campaigning for very different candidates and making our cases to the American people for our very different visions. But we intend to speak to the American people as adults, and make our cases based on reasoned analysis, not base appeals to emotion.
We realize that many Americans — indeed, most Americans — will be dissatisfied with this ticket. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to express that dissatisfaction. If you prefer my philosophy to Governor Bush’s, then vote for us, and vote for the congressional candidates who you think will support my philosophy. If you prefer Governor Bush’s to mine, then vote for us, and vote for the congressional candidates who you think will support his philosophy. But for the sake of everything that matters in this election, do not vote for Donald Trump.
Here in the United States, we have enjoyed levels of freedom and prosperity so extraordinary that sometimes we have to be reminded not to take them for granted. Freedom and prosperity are fragile things, and can vanish in an instant. Governor Bush and I frequently disagree on how best to preserve our freedom and prosperity, but we fully agree that they are threatened as never before by Donald Trump.
One more thing: I will not be debating Donald Trump. His performance in the Republican primary debates confirms that he has no interest in anything that could reasonably be called a debate. As far as I can tell, all he wants is an audience for his temper tantrums. I will not help him procure that audience.
But issues should be debated, and presidential campaigns are the right time to debate them. Therefore Governor Bush and I are scheduling three debates, where I will make the case for a Democratic congress and he will make the case for a Republican congress. We aim to show the American people what a reasoned debate can look like, to be honest about our differences, and to show the American people that those differences pale beside the imperative need to rescue our republic from a vandal with the intellectual, emotional and moral sensibilities of a three year old.
Almost all the Republicans I know are desperately trying to convince themselves that it’s okay to vote for Hilary this year, but just can’t quite make the leap. (And those who have made the leap tend to leap back every time they hear her speak.) The Clinton/Bush ticket would, I expect, pull in just about all of those Republicans. That should be good enough for a landslide.