This Long-Shot Scenario Could Beat Clinton

It's a Biden-Warren ticket, but with a surprise twist
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2015 11:30 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton speaks in Ankeny, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – The smart money is still very much on Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination, despite the various investigations unfolding around her, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. That changes, of course, if the Justice Department indicts her on something, but Krauthammer isn't holding his breath. In terms of pure politics, he sees only one provocative, if long-shot, possibility of her losing: Joe Biden runs as a one-term president, with Elizabeth Warren as his running mate.

"One-term pledges address the age problem but they are political poison, giving the impression of impermanence and mere transition," writes Krauthammer. "Warren cures that, offering the Democratic base— and the (Bernie) Sanders constituency—the vision of a 12-year liberal ascendancy." Biden and Warren have talked, but neither is providing specifics of the conversation. (Click for Krauthammer's full column.)

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