If Democrats were smart (especially on social media) we’d be wise to start talking about a Hillary/Bernie ticket or vice versa – and stop cutting down both of them in 140 characters or less.
*Setting the stage*
History tells us that in this day and time, it’s hard for one person – who is essentially the leader of the free world – to be an expert on domestic policy and international policy at the same time. When a president is good at one, they’re usually bad at the other.
*Why it would work*
In politics, you can’t get everything you want all the time. Compromise isn’t a bad word despite what the right wing will tell you. Good things happen when people from different angles come together and find commonality.
*Why some say it wouldn’t work*
Some say both of these candidates are too different to form a ticket. Both are strong candidates and feel passionate about their issues.
But, in last nights debate, it’s pretty obvious Bernie is good at domestic policy and Hillary is better in international concerns (by the fact she was Secretary of State if for no other reason).
*I’m not saying a co-presidency*
Back in the 80s, there was talk at the Republican convention of running Reagan and Ford on the same ticket after Reagan won the primary. Ford said the only way he would do that was as “co-presidency.” The negotiations fell apart and Reagan picked Bush 41.
Co-presidencies don’t work and it’s never been tried. But, we need both a strong president and a strong vice president and from where I sit, Bernie and Hillary would compliment a White House makeup and not hurt it.
Whoever wins the Democratic primary – embracing the other candidate would be a win-win not only for the Democratic party but for America.