A day after former President Barack Obama finally broke his silence to endorse his former VP, Joe Biden, pundits and observers are turning their attention to the person that Biden will pick to be his running mate in the fall. The presumptive nominee, Biden has already promised that his vice president will be a woman. And while that leaves him with a wide selection of possibilities, most people believe the shortlist is down to only a few. They include Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Professional spoiled sport Stacey Abrams, and Sen. Kamala Harris.
But with the Obama announcement, some have begun floating another name: Former first lady Michelle Obama. And according to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, this is the name that Las Vegas bookmakers are betting on:
As Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday made a surprise endorsement of Biden in a warm and humorous video chat, the focus turned to Biden’s pick for vice president and gambling markets charted by Oddschecker.com saw a surge of support for Obama.
“Michelle Obama has been the most backed person in the market, accounting for almost 32% of all bets,” the firm said.
Spokesman Pete Watt told us, “Following Biden’s announcement that his VP would be female, plenty of names are being thrown into the ring, and the latest to attract a significant amount of attention is the former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama.”
He added, “Although her odds of +2500 [25-1] indicate that she remains an outsider with just an implied chance of 3.85%, you can expect to see that figure shoot up if she continues to receive bets at the same rate.”
Over at CNN, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, a veteran of the Clinton administration, did not go as far as to predict that Michelle Obama would join the Biden ticket. He did, however, argue that the female Obama’s support would be crucial for the Biden campaign.
“Her power and standing in the Democratic Party — and the world — is unrivaled. According to recent polls, Joe Biden holds an almost 2-to-1 advantage among women in America,” Lockhart wrote on Wednesday. ”Hillary Clinton had similarly strong support. The difference is that Biden needs women to turn out in larger numbers in 2020 than in 2016. Michelle Obama is the single strongest weapon in the Democratic arsenal to make sure that happens.”
To be honest, we don’t really see it. Michelle did basically everything she could to get Hillary elected, and that included one of the most-quoted speeches of the campaign season (“when they go low, we go high…”). It didn’t help. Or, if it did, than Hillary was in even worse trouble than we knew at the time. As for adding her to the ticket? We would be so shocked you could knock us over with a feather.
On the other hand, Uncle Joe needs to do something to drum up interest in his candidacy. This would definitely make a splash…even if it sounds like a foolish idea on the surface.