Thursday, January 15, 2004
Moseley-Braun drops out, will endorse Dean http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/Nation/B7317D86F4EDD6E586256E1C001D527D?OpenDocument&Headline=Braun+will+back+Dean,+sources+say
Only Braun had no reason, other than vanity, to remain in the running. we got a hint of her intentions when she defended Dean in the last debate - and since she couldn't even fill a delegate slate in Illinois, the writing was on teh wall. From her perspective, Dean is the likely nominee and so he becomes her best hope for relevance.
I've heard people say that Braun would be a good VP choice, but frankly with her history of ethics problems she would be more a liability than an asset. Dean is making his own case to the black community quite well without her help (and with the endorsement of both her and Jesse Jackson Jr.), and the women's vote is likely going to be fought on economic, not gender, issues. And she doesn't bring any geographic advantage with her.
The best place for Braun would indeed be in a Dean Administration, an option she clearly is trying to position herself for. But giving her a cabinet-level position seems counterintuitive to me. Her best role is probably as an ambassador or other diplomat role, where her eloquence is a true asset, and she is safely insulated from any stewardship of resources that could conceivably be compromised in any kind of scandal.
The Dean Administration needs to start Day One with a clean slate - and Braun in the Cabinet would be another obstacle.
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