From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-CO, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, former HUD Sec. Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ., former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
With Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren both signaling they are in this thing all the way to the convention, Democrats have clearly still got a long way to go before they find out who their presidential nominee will actually be.
But that hasn’t stopped Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, a #NeverBernie type, from leapfrogging right over the primaries and general election in order to speculate on possibilities for a President Joe Biden cabinet.
Because in her mind, gaffetastsic Joe – who is the dream candidate for “conservative” Never Trumpers – has got this thing locked down after failed 2020 presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke endorsed him in Texas Monday.
Anyway, a giddy Rubin took to the Twitter machine on Monday afternoon to float her ideas, and came up with what she called a “team of rivals” cabinet, which included other failed presidential candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris:
a team of rivals for a Biden Cabinet + others:
Warren: Education (a teacher!)
Klobuchar: HHS (drug prices/expand ACA)
Harris: VP or AG
Bullock: Senate (Please) or Interior
Yang (address AI): Labor@Lis_Smith: WH Comms
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 2, 2020
Discerning readers will note that Sanders was not among her picks, something Bernie Bros. made sure to point out.
But even more amusing than that were some of the other responses she received to her suggestions:
Who would be president?
— Doug Ross 🔵 (@directorblue) March 2, 2020
There are also positions she left out that would need to be filled in her ideal Democratic administration:
You forgot the new Cabinet post of Encourager of Abortion, something a conservative like you will push.
— a son (@deepereyes) March 3, 2020
Not only that, but a modern day “cabinet of rivals” is probably not a smart idea:
This isn't a pageant; all the runners-up don't automatically get a sash and a prize.
— Jon Maas (@jondmaas) March 2, 2020
Plus, Mayor Pete’s comms gal in a top administrative role? Er, no:
Lis as coms????? pic.twitter.com/W9gMImStge
— Bernie’s Should Have Campaigned in South Carolina (@ReginaA1981) March 2, 2020
On the flip side, having all those Democratic Senators move to the administrative side might provide some opportunities for a GOP pick-up or two in the near future, possibly:
Cleaning out the Senate doesn’t seem like a very good idea.
— Christine Ecklund (@ChristinEcklund) March 2, 2020
Some even suggested an end-run around that whole messy general election thing:
Biden should give himself the VP slot and nominate Bernie Sanders as president. Needs senate approval, but I’m sure it’d pass
— boop the rich 🌹 (@posting_malone) March 2, 2020
Perhaps the biggest issue of all with Jen’s list, naturally, is … the lack of diversity:
Good God that's white
— NimbusCloudNugget🦷💉🥊🏳️🌈🐐 (@NimbusNugget) March 2, 2020
Still, others pointed out that this one isn’t really for Rubin to decide – at all:
I’d appreciate if the Republicans who pundited the GOP into the monstrosity that it is today, and who don’t support the Dem agenda, took a seat on what the Dems should do in 2020. Thanks.
— Katie (@ktbobaytee) March 2, 2020
Sitting this one out would be the best option for Jen Rubin, but she’s too self-important of a political commentator to actually understand that.