Thursday, March 19, 2020
Joe Biden's unequivocal declaration that his running mate will be a woman began the 2020 veepstakes with a brutal cut. There will Jbe no consolation prize for Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg or Julin Castro. There will be no unity ticket pairing Biden with Bernie Sanders. Mansplainers and manspreaders, you can go home. Joe has binders full of women. Perhaps there has never been a more serious veepstakes than this one. Biden won't say on the record that he would serve only one term as president, but he has given enough hints that many have assumed it. That makes his vice presidential choice the automatic frontrunner for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination and potentially the first female president of the United States. This is no time for your last-call, falling-off-your-bar-stool, so-crazy-it-just-might-work vice-presidential musings. Who can fit the bill? My rankings, on a scale from Sarah Palin to LBJ carrying Texas for JFK:
12. Stacey Abrams 11. Elizabeth Warren 10. Susan Rice 9. Laura Kelly 8. Gretchen Whitmer 7. Val Demings 6. Michelle Lujan Grisham 5. Catherine Cortez Masto 4. Tammy Duckworth 3. Tammy Baldwin 2. Amy Klobuchar 1. Kamala Harris
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