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"Now that the White House finally seems within reach, Biden does not want to be outshone, according to people who know him," reported The Atlantic, among other outlets covering the VP selection process. The pundits were wrong yet again, Biden actually didn't mind picking a running mate who shines brightly.
He passed over the contenders who signaled a lack of presidential ambition in favor of one who we all know wants the top job, because she applied for it last year. Biden's choice was greeted with cheers throughout the Democratic Party, suggesting a high degree of comfort with a Harris-led party in the near future. The voices of discontent on the left came from outside the party, in the Twitter accounts of socialist activists, where Harris' record as a prosecutor and ties to Silicon Valley donors are targets for criticism.
Kamala Harris will now almost certainly be the front-runner in the next open Democratic primary regardless of who wins in November.
President Trump has made his view of Joe Biden's mental state and capacity very, very clear. "Biden can't put two sentences together," Trump told Chris Wallace last month. "They wheel him out. He goes up -- he repeats -- they ask him questions. He reads a teleprompter and then he goes back into his basement."
And now for the problem for Trump: Having spent months attacking Biden as barely there mentally, he has drastically lowered the expectations for the former vice president when it comes to debate performance. Think about it: The image of Biden pushed by Trump is a guy who is totally out of it. However, if Biden simply sounds moderately credible and conversant in the debates, that image is going to be upended when the former VP comes across as someone who appears to a) be able to put two sentences together and b) knows where he is.
Those remarkably low expectations for Biden's performance in the general election debates are a godsend for him.
Once a punchline, Bay Area liberalism has grown and changed into a national governing force -- one that could propel Kamala Harris to the doorstep of the presidency. read more
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is set to announce his running mate this week. Given the significant role that black voters played in his nomination, it is likely that the former vice president will select a black woman. read more