Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly referenced his interest in choosing a “woman of color” as his running mate, and word is that his campaign has narrowed down the possible selection to just a few remaining candidates.
Of those supposedly still in the running for the number-two spot on the Biden ticket, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has reportedly risen to the top of the list, according to The Hill.
Ticking the right boxes
If selected, Harris would be the first Black as well as Indian-American woman to be nominated on a major-party ticket, so she would certainly check the all-important “woman of color” box needed to satisfy the social justice warriors 0f the left. In this day and age, that’s really all that seems to matter for Democrats — keeping the progressive party base appeased when it comes to concerns of this nature.
According to a “longtime Biden confidant” who spoke with The Hill about the vice-presidential choice, “Knowing him, Kamala is the best pick for him.” The source explained, “Their politics are very similar. I would be surprised if it wasn’t her.”
“I’d be shocked if it was anyone else,” the confidant added. “You’re getting to the degrees of risk after that.”
Harris is generally regarded as a “safe” pick for Biden, and though she wouldn’t be useful in delivering her state to Biden — California is pretty much already locked down as a win for his campaign — there would be no question in the minds of leftists that Harris’ important Senate seat would be replaced by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) with a perfectly progressive appointee to serve the remainder of her term, as Politico noted.
Furthermore, Harris herself is seen as being sufficiently malleable in terms of ideology, and she therefore can cast a broad appeal to both moderates and progressives — much like Biden himself — making them a complementary team that can portray itself as all things to all people.
With an eye toward the “safe” pick as VP, Democratic strategist Joel Payne told The Hill of Biden, “He’s going to take less of a chance because the polls look so good and political observers would say the race has tilted toward Biden.”
“There are no surprises with Kamala. You know what you’re going to get out of her. No one will be shocked that Kamala Harris is the choice,” Payne said, and added, “It’s the safer, more conservative choice.”
Ready on day one
With regard to another important element perhaps in Harris’ favor, the anonymous source told The Hill, “There’s a different level of risk no matter who you pick. There are opportunities and challenges for everyone. But I think when all is said and done, he’ll land on the woman who is ready to be president on day one and will help fill some of the gaps that he has.”
Harris’ status as a relatively non-controversial pick and one who is arguably ready to immediately assume the top job if need be — a key factor for Biden, for obvious reasons — was also the crux of an early-July post from left-leaning Slate that attempted to make “The Case for Kamala Harris” as vice president.
All of that said, nobody knows for sure whom Biden will choose — probably least of all Biden himself — so all of this appears to be little more than wish-casting and public relations by the Harris camp to gain an edge in the so-called “veepstakes.”