UPDATED: Not surprisingly, Charles Pierce has a much better take on who the VEEP choice should be.
A vice presidential choice must represent sufficiently the losing candidate's vision for supporters while compensating for the winning candidate's weaknesses. While Hillary Clinton is, by her own admission, not a natural politician, Elijah Cummings is all that and with a back story, too. The son of sharecroppers with third grade educations, he is the special ed kid who was told by a school counselor he could never be a lawyer, the lawyer who counted that very same counselor among his first clients. And as the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he was an impressive wingman for Clinton during the Benghazi hearings. Cummings is also good on articulating the subtler distinctions of race and class that elude Bernie Sanders. And for all you Ready for Warren folks, over a year ago Cummings and Elizabeth Warren launched the progressive Middle Class Prosperity Project "to give a voice in Washington to those who need it most."
And the Garth Brooks story holds a lesson for me as well.
"I was doing to Garth Brooks what was done to Freddie Gray," Cummings recalled for a packed auditorium at Brown University's Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy on Tuesday evening. "I made a judgment call," deciding Brooks had nothing to offer. And then Cummings stopped and saw him.
I'd have pre-judged Brooks, too. And I probably do it in other circumstances as well.
Pierce also has a post pointing out why I love Bernie and have to bite my tongue supporting Hillary and actually give Funiciello a smidgen of credit.
Sanders was asked if he regretted having once supported the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and having once paid some compliments to the Castro regime in Cuba.