Over the long holiday weekend CNN released their list to ten potential candidates for vice president. Ranking them from least likely to most likely here is their understanding of the pecking order: Stacey Abrams, Susan Rice, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Val Demings, Gretchen Whitmer, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kamala Harris. Obviously, I’d have to say Elizabeth Warren is probably the most qualified of the ten. She’s a great public speaker and she’s a powerful and energetic campaigner. I’ve already went on record last week that I think Biden’s veep pick can’t be white and needs to be a person of color. Personally, I think it’s likely that the veep pick needs to be an African American.
The Voting Project sent me a request asking me for my opinion on the Top 3 picks. For me right now, I think I’d have to call out Kamala Harris, Susan Rice, and Val Demings but I’m not sure of what their order should be. I really like Kamala Harris and I think she’d bring a great pick to underscore unity and team work since Kamala was one of Biden’s harshest critic during the early stages of the primary process. Unfortunately, being the junior senator from California, she doesn’t bring anything to the tick per se that we already have. California’s mother lode of electoral votes are going blue whether or not Harris is on the ticket. I really like what we saw from Stacey Abrams during her failed bid for governor of her state but she’s really green and new and I think she might not be ready. Val Demings appearance on this short list was a little bit of a surprise to me because there hasn’t been a lot of press or buzz about it. I was very impressed with her during the impeachment process and trial in the Senate. She is smart, articulate, and I’d dare say competent.
In all honesty, Michelle Obama would by my clear number one preferred pick but I don’t think that will happen. She has been very clear about his desire to stay out of politics and move on to something else. I respect that and I completely understand the sentiment. I think we can win back the White House without her but if wishing made it so. If Joe Biden could somehow convince her to join the ticket I think it’d be game over and lights out for The Donald. We could lock this thing up today if she could be convinced. I truly believe that. In the absence of that happening though I think we can get this done with either Abrams, Harris, or Demings on the ballot. I’m going to hold off on naming my exact pecking order right now today because I feel like I don’t know enough about Abrams or Demings to do so. Stay tuned for more on this…
Hat tip for this blog over at CNN.