Let’s take a short break from the protest news and that of the pandemic…..bring to the reader news of the Dem nominee’s search for a running mate.
There were couple of stories in the news last week about the Veep sweepstakes in possibly both parties.
First the GOP……
While I do not support Trump I have less love for the theocrat Pence….then there was some whispering about a possible change in the 2020 GOP ticket….
If you think about it — the most important moments in your life — were you alone?” Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s traveling termination officer, asks in Up in the Air— a film about the last recession. “Life’s better with company. Everyone needs a co-pilot.”
Whatever his ultimate preference, on this question, President Donald Trump doesn’t have a choice. Constitutionally, he must run with a lieutenant.
While the famous brandmaster has undoubtedly toyed with more egotistical arrangements —a Twitter account called “The Ticket” recently spat out “Donald Trump (R) / Donald Trump (R)” —the fact is his options are rather narrow.
I think TAC is just wishful thinking…..Trump will stay with Pence because he is a milquetoast choice that will not outshine the president.
Now few words about the Dems and Biden’s search for a VP candidate to help him to win the White House.
Biden’s short list is getting shorter by the day…..a couple of possible candidates have trouble in the vetting and one has withdrawn her name from the competition…..
Joe Biden has let it be known that he’s in no rush to choose a running mate, despite the endless veep speculation swirling around him. This week he publicly said he hoped to announce his decision by August 1. That’s less than three weeks before the opening date of the Democratic National Convention on August 17 (which will likely be virtual), indicating a fairly conventional timetable.
And so, as my colleague Gabriel Debenedetti recently explained, Biden has been willing to hold what amounts to an “open audition” for the vice-president gig, not doing much to help people guess which way he is leaning:
Klobuchar, who is most like Biden in policies, is having her problems in Minnesota…..she will be out….because Biden needs the black vote and she will not help there at all….
Biden is never one to let a chaos go unused to his advantage…..of course he is NOT alone….voters should always question their motives.
The George Floyd protests are quickly changing the calculus of Joe Biden’s VP pick. Politico reports that two black women once seen as longshots are now serious contenders: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Florida Rep. Val Demings. Both have taken on large public roles during the protests. Demings, 63, has previously been vetted and Bottoms, 50, is undergoing the process now. An analysis at the Washington Post by Aaron Blake agrees. He’s got Bottoms at No. 7 on a list of 11 (she didn’t previously make the list), while Demings moved up from No. 7 to No. 6. In Blake’s reckoning, another black woman, Sen. Kamala Harris, remains in the No. 1 position.
In both stories, the rise of Demings and Bottoms has corresponded with the fall of Sen. Amy Klobuchar. While nobody is definitively ruling her out, Klobuchar’s stock has fallen because of her record as a prosecutor in the area where a Minneapolis police officer has been charged with murder in Floyd’s death. Axios, meanwhile, interviewed Demings and asked her if she would accept the running mate position. “If he asks me, I will say yes,” she responded. Biden has said he hopes to make his pick by early August.
Speaking of the black vote……
Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing fresh calls to choose a black woman as his running mate amid rising racial tensions after this week’s videotaped death of an unarmed black man as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
Some African-American leaders and activists said a black woman on the ticket would help demonstrate to black voters, a crucial component of the Democratic base, that Biden is committed to addressing issues like criminal justice reform and police misconduct.
What makes black activists think that anything will change with a black woman on the ticket? Little changed with a black president for 8 years….all this will do is make the optics looking inclusive.
Biden will use this situation to his advantage for that is the politically astute thing to do…..”never waste a bad situation to gain the upper hand”….but hopefully black voters will see him for what he is….another do-nothing Dem.
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