Every state in the union probably thinks that their governor, U.S. Senator or prominent local official is on the short list for Veep. It gives the local media something to report and is entertaining. But the funny thing about those rumors is that they’re almost always started by the person they’re about.
Take, for example, chatter last spring that Gov. John Hickenlooper could be in the running for Vice President. He denied it, of course, and tried to remain humble when asked. Since then, Hick has expressed support for Hillary Clinton and also doubts about her candidacy amid controversy over her use of a private e-mail server in her role as secretary of state.
Finally last week, he made his support for Clinton official during an interview with Colorado Public Radio just as news spread that she is trailing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the latest round of polling in Colorado.
Perhaps Hick is hoping that his endorsement of Clinton will help her the same way South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s endorsement helped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio last weekend. Although, given that she’s gone from being 28 points up to 6 points down in Colorado, that’s not likely.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar has opened up his home for Hillary events and, unlike Hick, hasn’t waffled in his support for her. And now we’re hearing revived rumors that it’s actually Salazar who’s name has been thrown into the mix for V.P. And as a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who recently passed away.
Take it with a grain of salt, folks. We just can’t help but laugh at the idea of Hick and Salazar jockeying for a position for which neither one might not even seriously be in the running. The way these egomaniacs spread rumors about themselves it’s hard to know what to believe anymore.