Budowsky: A Clinton-Becerra ticket?

Budowsky: A Clinton-Becerra ticket?
© Lauren Schneiderman

With Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump lashes out at 'rigged' Russia probe in pair of tweets Clapper: 'More and more' of Steele dossier proving to be true Republicans are strongly positioned to win Congress in November MORE poised to become the Democratic nominee for president, she is fortunate to have many highly qualified men and women to consider as her running mate. One exciting choice would be Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraFederal court rules Trump’s Education Dept violated privacy laws Carmakers to Trump: 'Climate change is real' Mugshots.com’s alleged co-owners arrested, charged with extortion MORE (D-Calif.), the widely respected congressman from Los Angeles who serves as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

As the fourth-ranking member of House Democratic leadership, Becerra is admired by his Democratic colleagues and respected by many Republican members who disagree with his views but join Democrats in appreciating the depth of his knowledge, the skill of his leadership, the strength of his character and the integrity of his professionalism.

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As the case of Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE suggests, the admiration, or contempt, of colleagues who know a candidate the best are a strong indicator of fitness for office and national political appeal. Unlike Cruz, Becerra passes this test with flying colors. He is well qualified to be president, vice president or a future Speaker of the House.

And there is the magic factor in presidential politics: It would be a thrilling moment in history and a timeless testament to the diverse mosaic of American life if the first female president is elected after choosing the first Hispanic vice president to succeed the first black president.

Democrats who support the former secretary of State would rally alongside Democrats who support Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk MORE for a history-making ticket that would inspire Americans — young and old, men and women, people of all races — to believe that, in our country, there is not one child who cannot dream of someday leading our nation.

Then there’s the practical matter of votes. After many months of race-baiting, hate-mongering and juvenile insults dished almost daily by presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP-Trump trade fight boils over with threat to cars Trump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going 'very well' Freed American 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after being released from Venezuela MORE, there has been a significant surge in registration of Hispanic voters that will grow to a tidal wave of votes for Democrats if Becerra is selected by Clinton as her running mate.

The potentially humongous swell of demographic votes from women, Hispanics and young people who consider Trump anathema and would be inspired by a Clinton-Becerra team could create a realigning election that lifts Democrats to a landslide victory with a game-changing boost in the House, Senate and statewide offices.

While many Republicans pretend to unite behind their candidate of venom and hate, Democrats would rejoice behind their ticket of aspiration, competence and hope.

Becerra would champion a faith-based progressivism in the age of Pope Francis, with whom he shares a passion for social justice and income equality that provides a powerful appeal to Catholic and working-class voters transcending religion, ethnicity and gender.

After he was selected to join a presidential delegation to the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, Becerra said, “It’s a great day to be a Catholic” and gave moving and thoughtful interviews about how his faith shapes his life and work and why he feels so inspired by Francis.

The very existence of Becerra puts the gutter-level politics of Trump to shame. Trump embodies a politics of bitter divisions and vindictive insults. Becerra stands for a shared America of diverse people grounded in mutual respect. Trump offers an incompetence that leads him to endlessly reverse positions on vital issues he knows nothing about. Becerra offers the competence and leadership that have won him so much respect in public life. Trump tells lies about building walls to keep people out. Becerra speaks truths about lifting people up in a nation where the American dream must always thrive. 

Becerra is the ultimate self-made man, whose mom and dad emigrated here from Mexico and whose talents, hard work, ambitions, ideals and achievements make him worthy of serious consideration to join a ticket that would lift the spirits of the nation.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sens. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Contributors blog and reached at brentbbi@webtv.net