VEEP WATCH: John Hickenlooper is not on Clinton’s leaked VP short list

The Wall Street Journal has the goods, and the Colorado governor’s name is nowhere to be seen.

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Governor John Hickenlooper speaks to the mass of people on the capitol steps who gathered after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marraige in 2015. (Kevin J. Beaty)  governor john hickenlooper; same sex; marraige; lgbtq; rally; capitol hill; kevinjbeaty;

Governor John Hickenlooper: Not on the short list. (Kevin J. Beaty)

“People familiar with the process” told the Wall Street Journal who made Hillary Clinton’s short list for running mates. Bernie Sanders isn’t on there.

AND NEITHER IS JOHN HICKENLOOPER!

While the Journal fails to make note of this shocking omission, locally there’s been a lot of speculation and rumor that Hickenlooper was under consideration. Some people framed his book tour — naked bathtub selfies and all — as part of an effort to raise his profile in pursuit of a new job. Hickenlooper even made the Wikipedia page about the vice-presidential search.

Hickenlooper has downplayed that speculation, telling CBS This Morning (while on that book tour, natch) that he loves his job:

“I have the best job in the world. I think that list is a very long list and I think that I’m down towards the bottom, so… that’s not the point of contention or a point of real discussion.”

Looks like the governor was not just being coy.

The Journal reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of the more liberal wing of the party and a crusader against the power of big banks, is under serious consideration.

Beyond the Massachusetts senator, other prospective candidates include Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; Sens. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Reps. Xavier Becerra of California and Tim Ryan of Ohio, several Democrats said.

Oh, well. Hickenlooper can always be Secretary of Interior.

Over at Vox, Dylan Matthews offers up some pros and cons for each person on the short list.