Joe Biden is expected to announce his pick for VP any day now.
The former vice president hinted Monday that “four Black women” are on his shortlist of potential running mates, but there’s plenty of time left for speculation — and the Washington Examiner has a list.
Near the top is Kamala Harris, whose presidential run ironically peaked after she called Biden a racist on national TV. That appears to be water under the bridge, and despite a checked record on policing — Harris never recovered from a fatal blow on marijuana sentencing from Tulsi Gabbard — the former prosecutor is back in the spotlight, and with a new face, it seems.
Whoever Biden picks, he has said the candidate will be a woman, according to The New York Times, and there is pressure for him to honor the “diversity” agenda. Biden knows that the Black vote is critical to his success, and he is running for office in a time when race issues have consumed the national consciousness.
Besides Harris, Biden is said to be considering various governors, senators, and mayors of minority backgrounds, the Examiner notes, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has gotten attention for her response to the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Biden might also look to Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) to bolster his creds among those aligned with Black Lives Matter, the Examiner reported.
Other names floated by the Examiner include Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), a former cop who is Black, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a veteran and double amputee who recently suggested tearing down statues of George Washington, as Axios noted. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is Hispanic, could also help Biden with his less-than-robust support from Latinos.
Some more high-profile choices include Obama goon Susan Rice, the lazy pick, who has been back in the news lately over her involvement in the Michael Flynn probe (about which Biden knows nothing, of course).
Who will it be?
If Biden’s veepstakes sound like a game of identity roulette, then it’s no mistake — but Elizabeth Warren, despite being white, is also on the Examiner‘s list, seen as a potential coalition builder between the moderate and progressive wings of the party. Having lost the primary in her own state, Warren is backing Biden as the best hope for “big structural change” (and maybe a job).
What about Nurse Gretchen? Michigan’s Democrat governor, who rose to prominence after banning fertilizer and calling lockdown protesters Nazis, was said by Biden to still be in the running this week.
Given Biden’s age, whoever he picks could well rise to the presidency. So who will it be?
“I am not committed to naming any but the people I’ve named,” Biden said this week, according to the Examiner.
The anticipation’s killing us.