Short answer: Because they’re always on the ticket.

Democratic former Governor John Hickenlooper’s staff used to wince every time he opened his mouth to speak. In fact, we heard that one staffer said it was like watching a baby crawl across a highway. Perhaps their fears were justified by his latest verbal gaffe. Just watch the CNN exchange here. And an excerpt from the CNN write-up:

“Governor,” CNN’s Dana Bash said at a presidential candidate town hall, “some of your male competitors have vowed to put a woman on the ticket. Yes or no, would you do the same?”

“Of course,” Hickenlooper said, before saying he wanted to ask Bash a question.

“How come we’re not asking more often the women, ‘Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?’ ” he said with a shrug, to audible groans from the audience.

Of course, Bash responded by reminding him that there hasn’t been even a female vice president yet.

We get what he’s saying, but in this era of “me too” and on a station that caters to left of center viewers, we have to ask whether his question makes any sense whatsoever. But it may have revealed something about Hick’s ambition. Was he posturing for a veep position? Maybe, maybe not. Even if he was, it may be irrelevant.

Other than being the state’s most famous bartender, we’re not sure what Hick brings to the table. Colorado votes are already going to the Democratic candidate. He’s maybe a capitalist on days where his poll numbers are up, but truly in this field, he’s just another white dude and his competitor, Beto O’Rourke, has a billionaire father in law to help pick up his tab.