With many saying the Democratic presidential nomination is all but a mathematical certainty at this point for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the vice presidential rumor mill has already begun. The question of late on every politics-obsessed person's mind: Who will Clinton pick as her running mate heading into the Democratic National Convention in June? There are plenty of names floating around out there — some even confirmed by the campaign. But while all the buzz of the moment is around who Clinton might pick for her number two, there are definitely some Hillary Clinton vice president picks that will never happen.
In April, a short list of possible vice presidential candidates being vetted by the Clinton campaign appeared in The New York Times. That short list included political heavyweights like Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the Old Dominion state's former governor; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former mayor of Newark; and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. But the big name everyone is chattering about is the all-woman ticket that could be Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Here's the sad truth though: A Clinton-Warren ticket — as amazing as it would be — just isn't going to happen. Here's why, as well as four other very unlikely vice presidential picks for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Let's all just come to terms with this right now: Warren won't be Clinton's running mate. Believe me, I totally understand the love for the senator from Massachusetts, and I'm not just saying that because I live in the commonwealth. But there's one very obvious reason why Warren isn't a solid pick for Clinton: First, Warren hasn't endorsed Clinton, something that's been a major sticking point and sore spot for the campaign. Warren has been repeatedly tight-lipped about supporting any of the candidates during the Democratic primary. And while an all-woman presidential ticket would make history, it is unlikely that it could actually win come the general election in November. (Not to mention, Warren has said repeatedly that she wants to stay in the Senate, even after months of calls for her to join the presidential race.)
Equally as unlikely as Warren is Clinton's opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In an interview earlier this month on CNN's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders point blank if he would consider being Clinton's running mate if he lost the nomination. While Sanders didn't outright dodge the question, he did say that he was willing to talk with Clinton — but only after the convention. Even though Sanders hasn't necessarily ruled out the possibility for himself, he's certainly a less-than-enthusiastic pick for VP by the Clinton campaign, especially after publicly stating he doesn't think Clinton is qualified to be president.
The former two-term governor of Massachusetts seems like a natural pick for vice president. Deval Patrick came into office at the same time as President Obama and many similarities were drawn between the two, given their victories as the first African-Americans to be elected to their particular offices. Patrick did good work for the commonwealth, but despite his popularity, he did not seek a third term in 2014 and then denied that he would run for president. And unfortunately for Clinton and her campaign, Patrick wants nothing to do with the vice presidency, either. In December, Patrick told NECN that he would rule out being a vice presidential candidate if asked.
Huma Abedin has practically been Clinton's shadow this campaign, and for good reason: she is the vice chairwoman of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Abedin has worked with Clinton for decades, starting in 1996 as a White House intern to the then-First Lady. She has been Clinton's personal aide almost exclusively throughout her career, serving not only as chief of staff during Clinton's previous presidential campaign in 2008, but as Clinton's deputy chief of staff in the State Department while Clinton served as the Secretary of State.
The pair share a close professional relationship. Actress Mary Steenburgen and longtime Clinton friend told Vogue in 2007 that Abedin and Clinton's relationship was "like an older sister-younger sister" that was "definitely familial." Unfortunately, Abedin's husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner (a.k.a., "Carlos Danger") — and his 2011 sexting scandal that eventually cost him his seat in Congress — have sent Abedin's resume straight to the "no" pile.
While she might be one of the biggest — if self-deprecatingly awkward — Clinton cheerleaders, writer, actress, and producer Lena Dunham is definitely not going to be a Clinton VP pick. Earlier this year, the 30-year-old star of HBO's Girls campaigned hard for Clinton on an extensive press tour, including a one-on-one interview with the former Secretary of State herself. In April, Dunham wrote about her fervent support for Clinton in TIME:
I’m with her. Not as some winsome nod to 'girl power,' but because I share her bone-deep belief that when women are strong, families are strong, and that makes our country strong.
As enthusiastic as she might be for Clinton to be the first female president, there's just no way that Dunham will be the one chosen to be just a heartbeat away from the presidency herself.