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Friday, August 14, 2020

Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin and Katie Glueck: Though (Kamala) Harris was seen from the start as a front-runner, (Joe) Biden did not begin the process with a favorite in mind, and he settled on Ms. Harris only after an exhaustive review that forged new political alliances, deepened existing rivalries and further elevated a cohort of women as leaders in their party.



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Ms. Rice had sterling foreign-policy credentials and a history of working with Mr. Biden, but was inexperienced as a candidate. Ms. Warren had an enthusiastic following and became a trusted adviser to Mr. Biden on economic matters, but she represented neither generational nor racial diversity. Ms. Whitmer, a moderate, appealed to Mr. Biden's political and ideological instincts, but selecting her also would have yielded an all-white ticket.

Other candidates rose and faded in the process: Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois powerfully impressed Mr. Biden's search team, but his lawyers feared she would face challenges to her eligibility because of the circumstances of her birth overseas. Representative Karen Bass of California emerged as a favorite among elected officials and progressives " Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke glowingly of her to Mr. Biden " but the relationship-focused Mr. Biden barely knew her.

In the end, Mr. Biden embraced Ms. Harris as a partner for reasons that were both pragmatic and personal " a sign of how the former vice president, who is oriented toward seeking consensus and building broad coalitions, might be expected to govern. Indeed, Mr. Biden has already told allies he hopes a number of the other vice-presidential contenders will join his administration in other roles.

Short interesting read about how the sausage is actually made. Certainly helps explain how issues dug up during the vetting process can influence the ultimate selection or rejection of a candidate.

There seems to be a fear that Kamala and her team may try to bigfoot Joe in anticipation of her own future White House run. I hope those who think that are proven wrong. Kamala should clearly understand that she already holds the golden ticket, and all she has to do to cash it in later is to be the same type of local, sage partner to Joe as he was to Obama. The rest will take care of itself in due time.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-14 12:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is sad that Tammy Duckworth's potential on the VP ticket sunk because of something she had no control over - where she was born.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-14 09:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


This is why this article is so enlightening beyond how most casual observers intuitively think. Choosing your VP is not solely about the most qualified person on paper, it's equally if not even moreso about all the political factors that will come into play.

As we see with the already insipid rebirth of the birther smears about Kamala, can you imagine the extent Trump and the GOP would go in trying to drive their narrative against Tammy Duckworth? It would make the current absurdity look like a child's tea party in comparison.

And Karen Bass' connections to Cuba go along the same lines. There's much more to it than just a simple background check. That is simply the state of American politics these days.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-14 10:41 AM | Reply

can you imagine the extent Trump and the GOP would go in trying to drive their narrative against Tammy Duckworth?

Until Cheatolini resurfaced his birther nonsense with Sen. Harris (she was born in Oakland) I would not have thought that would again be an issue, but it's clear that would have happened with Duckworth.

#4 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-14 11:26 AM | Reply

(she was born in Oakland)

"We'll just see about that!!!!"

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-14 11:30 AM | Reply

resurfaced his birther nonsense with Sen. Harris (she was born in Oakland) I would not have thought that would again be an issue, but it's clear that would have happened with Duckworth.

Exactly. It is a shame. "All politics are local," and unfortunately there are a mass of states with feeble local education systems which create voters who get suckered into believing that foreign-born Ted Cruz is acceptable, but Duckworth (who has invested more of herself into American institutions and sacrificed because of it), would cause birther controversy.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-14 11:32 AM | Reply

Harris is not exactly without her own baggage. Especially on the Democrat ticket and especially right now. Her experience and former cases are going to be brought out time and again as a negative.

Personally, all along I was hoping for pretty anyone else who might be in the running but Harris. I was not a fan of hers at all as I learned more about her during the early nomination race. I think she was a bad mistake.

Her 'Global warming agenda' is another issue. Global Warming and Pollution are not mutually exclusive but we just need to go after all the bad polluters no matter where they are. Honestly I agree it isn't fair polluters are usually closest to poor neighborhoods and communities. That's not necessarily because those areas are poor though. USUALLY it is the opposite - the poor live there because anyone with the money won't. In other words it is what makes them affordable.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-08-14 11:33 AM | Reply

We must account for public ignorance when choosing candidates. Sad but true. Hillary was a bad pick because a not insignificant number of Americans believe she drowns babies in pizza sauce for health

#8 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-08-14 05:10 PM | Reply

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