After what has felt like an agonizing wait during an agonizing period of American history and politics, Joe Biden has finally chosen a running mate. California Senator Kamala Harris, an early favorite who has remained the favorite since dropping out of the Presidential race herself, will become the first Black female VP candidate of any major party in the United States. She is also the first Jamaican-American and first Indian-American woman to be on a major ticket. What may be even more insane is that she was only the second Black female U.S. Senator. Ever. Harris and Biden got into it a few times during the debate, but it’s clear that Biden was able to look beyond that and see what is best for the ticket and, ultimately, the country.
It remains to be seen how — or if — the selection of Harris will change the dynamics of a race where Biden has held a solid and steady lead over Donald Trump since he became the de facto Democratic nominee in March. Harris is likely to energize some Black voters, although the progressive wing of the party may not be thrilled with Harris’ record as California’s Attorney General. Then again, the progressive wing of the party is not enamored by Joe Biden, either, but we’re all gonna need to take our lumps in order to save our Democracy from a once-in-a-lifetime authoritarian leader like Donald Trump. I am personally very happy with the choice, as Harris was my preference in the primary after Elizabeth Warren.
Ahead of the announcement, the Biden campaign warned voters that his choice would lead to sexist attacks. The Trump campaign, meanwhile, will probably stick to racist canards and suggest that Harris is part of the radical left, which many among the radical left probably wishes.
In any respect, Harris will speak next Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. More importantly, we can now move on from this story and size the Democratic ticket up against the Republican ticket. It’s no contest. Biden has made a good, solid choice.
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