VPs and Disunity: What If This Happened To Us?

Everybody is going nuts over how the DNC is split this year in Denver. Will Hillary publicly release her delegates? Will there be a full roll call vote? Will Clinton-backers break for McCain?

Well, here’s an idea: Revamp the VP selection process!

All of the Dems’ current discords could have been prevented if the VP nominee was the second-highest delegate-getter in the primaries. With this, the Dems would be looking at an Obama-Clinton ticket and the GOP would seem like the party of factions.

And what would have happened to the GOP if it did the same? Who knows; we’d likely have a McCain-Romney or a McCain-Huckabee ticket. Whether those sound good or not, they would not be so hotly contested (certainly not like a McCain-Ridge or McCain-Lieberman ticket would be), and it would be hard to argue against candidates who received the most primary votes, even in a year when there is such an open field like this one. It would likely force the quadrennial primaries to run the gambit of the fifty states, too, allowing every state’s vote to count, adding to the legitimacy of the VP nominee.

I am not advocating that we fix the VP selection process in this particular manner. However, I think the DNC is showing how the lack of We the People in the VP nomination process is a big problem. Their party is split, they are facing public catastrophe, and even if Hillary is completely cordial, there will be lingering feelings of distrust and dislike within. That sounds great to conservatives now, but what if it happened to us?

Today is the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote everywhere in America; it is one of many manifestations of our country’s constant move towards complete popular election of our government. Why, then, do we not get a say in an office as important as the nation’s Number Two?


More VP possibilities at Commodore Perry.