New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman wrote a piece Tuesday calling on the entire 2020 Democratic field, along with some other popular Democrats, to agree to put their differences aside and come together into one administration in order to defeat President Trump.
He says they would "win in a landslide."
In order to beat Trump, Democrats must do "something extraordinary — forge a national unity ticket the likes of which they have never forged before," Friedman argues.
The columnist posits the following administration:
- Bernie Sanders (or Mike Bloomberg; whichever one wins) as president
- Amy Klobuchar as vice president
- Mike Bloomberg (or Bernie Sanders) as secretary of the Treasury
- Joe Biden as secretary of state
- Elizabeth Warren as health and human services secretary
- Kamala Harris as attorney general
- Pete Buttigieg as homeland security secretary
- Tom Steyer as head a new cabinet position: secretary of national infrastructure
- Cory Booker as secretary of housing and urban development
- Mitt Romney as commerce secretary
- Andrew Yang as energy secretary
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as U.N. ambassador
- Michael Bennet as secretary of education
- Ro Khanna as secretary of labor
- William McRaven as defense secretary
What would this super ticket look like? Well, I suggest Sanders — and Michael Bloomberg, who seems to be his most viable long-term challenger — lay it out this way:
"I want people to know that if I am the Democratic nominee these will be my cabinet choices — my team of rivals. I want Amy Klobuchar as my vice president. Her decency, experience and moderation will be greatly appreciated across America and particularly in the Midwest. I want Mike Bloomberg (or Bernie Sanders) as my secretary of the Treasury. Our plans for addressing income inequality are actually not that far apart, and if we can blend them together it will be great for the country and reassure markets. I want Joe Biden as my secretary of state. No one in our party knows the world better or has more credibility with our allies than Joe. I will ask Elizabeth Warren to serve as health and human services secretary. No one could bring more energy and intellect to the task of expanding health care for more Americans than Senator Warren.
"I want Kamala Harris for attorney general. She has the toughness and integrity needed to clean up the corrupt mess Donald Trump has created in our Justice Department. I would like Mayor Pete as homeland security secretary; his intelligence and military background would make him a quick study in that job. I would like Tom Steyer to head a new cabinet position: secretary of national infrastructure. We're going to rebuild America, not just build a wall on the border with Mexico. And I am asking Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, to become secretary of housing and urban development. Who would bring more passion to the task of revitalizing our inner cities than Cory?
"I am asking Mitt Romney to be my commerce secretary. He is the best person to promote American business and technology abroad — and it is vital that the public understands that my government will be representing all Americans, including Republicans. I would like Andrew Yang to be energy secretary, overseeing our nuclear stockpile and renewable energy innovation. He'd be awesome.
"I am asking Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to serve as our U.N. ambassador. Can you imagine how our international standing would improve with youth worldwide with her representing next-gen America? And I want Senator Michael Bennet, the former superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, to be my secretary of education. No one understands education reform better than he does. Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna would be an ideal secretary of labor, balancing robots and workers to create "new collar" jobs.
"Finally, I am asking William H. McRaven, the retired Navy admiral who commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 and oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, to be my defense secretary. Admiral McRaven, more than any other retired military officer, has had the courage and integrity to speak out against the way President Trump has politicized our intelligence agencies.
Friedman ends the piece by saying that if Democrats don't come together and stop firing at each other — specifically the "moderate" wing and the progressive wing of the party — the 2020 election is a sure victory for Trump.