A Valentine's Day Proposal to Hillary and Bernie: Become a Couple

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, pose for a photo before debating at
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, pose for a photo before debating at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Dear Hillary and Bernie,

The enthusiastic support and interest you have both been generating in this primary season is inspiring. We love you both for very different reasons - and it's causing us conflict. We don't want to have to choose between you, but as you know, only one of you will end up actually becoming the Democratic nominee. So here's suggestion made out of our love: why not combine forces and truly make this a win-win for the Democrats, the country - and yourselves? Consider becoming a couple.

As Dirty Harry once said, "a man's got to know his limitations" (and of course the same holds true for a woman). Bernie, your basic message is of critical and urgent importance to our nation: until we get the money out of politics, we will have no real democracy. You have energized young people and lower income people in a way that no one has since Barack Obama in 2008. But your severe limitation is that you have no foreign policy experience and you have never been in charge of anything. Although your message is sound, it is quite another thing to actual make the huge changes you are proposing and "govern". Like others before you, you will hit a steep learning curve getting up to speed about how to be President if you win and find it very difficult to actually start doing things on day 1. And, so far, you haven't inspired or earned the support of the black community in a way that Bill Clinton did (and, by association, Hillary).

Hilary, you are the clearly the most qualified candidate to ever run for President. With your experience of 8 years in the White House as First Lady (not to mention as Secretary of State and as a Senator) you've had a front row seat and been strategically involved in many major domestic and foreign affairs decisions. You will be uniquely positioned to hit the ground running actually getting things done from your first day in office (and during the all-important "First 100 Days".) However, you still have to win and you are losing ground and are having trouble generating passion from a lot of people because Bernie is a "movement" and, once again, you are merely a highly qualified candidate - even as the first possible woman President. That's why you lost to Obama last time. You certainly don't want that to happen again.

So what if we had the best of both worlds? What if Bernie recognized that Hillary is much better positioned and qualified to actually do the job of President, while Hillary recognized that Bernie is much better at generating enthusiasm, rallying the troops and being single minded pursuing the important issues he is passionate about? You agree to work together as a team. Hillary as President; Bernie as Vice President. Imagine the possibilities....

Hillary, you could designate Bernie as V.P. to focus exclusively on getting the money out of politics, much in the same way that you focused on universal health care when you were First Lady. Bernie, you would have the next biggest seat at the table and continue to be "Jimmy Cricket" in Hillary's ear which would benefit you both. You have already done this to great effect in making Hillary focus on the issues you are passionate about in the primary. And Hillary (and the debate and the party platform) have been all the better for it as these issues have now become front and center.

The other thing you could do, Bernie, is be the guy to continue to engage and energize young and lower income people and help Hillary use them in a way that Obama failed to do. Obama had enormous support from these groups during the election. But he squandered that capital the minute he got into office; a big missed opportunity. It almost felt like Obama told his legion of supporters, "thanks for getting me to the White House guys; but I'll just take it from here".

Bernie, you would never allow that to happen. In fact, a major point of your campaign is the idea that it will take a political revolution for millions of people to stand up and demand their democracy back to affect real change. What if that was your full time job? Hillary could actually execute on the plan, and you could mobilize and grow the troops to stand up to an intransigent Congress because you'd be constantly be connected to and communicating with them. You would ensure that Hillary wouldn't lose the thread the way Obama did. You could actually see your revolution materialize.

Hillary, don't overthink this one and yet again make the politically motivated choice. People already have the impression that you are too calculating and it is one of the reasons for your high unfavorable numbers. Just remember: Obama picked Biden because he was the best person for the job, not because it was going to help him win the all-important swing State of Delaware. His was an authentic choice that turned out to be one of the best decisions he ever made. While the idea of picking a running mate like Julian Castro seems appealing on paper (Texas!, Latino!,Youthful!), what does that actually get you after that? (Maybe ask George Bush about Dan Quayle. Or for that matter John McCain about Sarah Palin). You know your gut is telling you this is right. You too, Bernie.

Combine forces and win this election going away. And then actually get something accomplished in governance and overturn Citizen's United and reform campaign finance as complimentary partners. That's what would be best for both of you, your supporters, the Democratic Party - and the future of our country. Not the disaster of a potential President Donald Trump.

Can we say CLINTON/ SANDERS 2016??