Think about where we are as a country right now.
South Carolina Rep. Jim Claiborne, whose support for Biden just days before the primary, was undoubtedly the turning point in the race, about Biden who chose a black woman to be his running mate Wednesday morning in a conversation with Jonathan from The Washington Post. Kebhardt. “The only thing that should be in the process at the moment is winning,” said Claiborne. “This is winning. It would be better if you had an African American woman. It would be better to have a Latino. It would be a plus to have a woman.”
Enough real! But there is a strong case that Biden should have the best chance of winning the White House is being By choosing a black woman to be his companion.
Despite all the focus on the industrial Midwest and uneducated white voters who went with Trump, had Clinton been able to push the black turnout to the level it was during Obama’s victory, she would have likely won.
Now, just putting a colored person on a ticket does not mean that you win black votes or guarantee their backs in large numbers. But politics at the presidential level is often about symbolism. Whoever chooses Biden as his vice president will be his best opportunity to reveal how he views his party, the country and the world – and what prioritizes him among the many issues facing the United States today.
Biden was re-chosen by Obama in 2008. The concern among voters at the time was that a relatively inexperienced senator – Obama had been on the board for only two years when he ran for office – might have had too much learning curved as president . So Obama chose Biden, the man who spent his entire life in politics and Washington, to send a symbolic message that there would be a steady hand in the wheel. George W. Bush made a similar selection of soothing nerves with Dick Cheney in 2000. Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his party colleague as an indication of party founding – although, later on, it was clear that he was just a nod, not an actual attempt To incorporate the views and methods of the institution in his presidency.
Biden, if you closely listened to his speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday, seemed to point to the need for massive action – and various options – when it comes to tackling the issue of race still burning in the country. Here is the main part of what he said (the bold line to me):
“It will take more than talking. We have talked before. We have seen protests before. “
“Let us pledge to make this, in the end, an era of action to reverse systemic racism with long-awaited and concrete changes.
“This procedure will not be completed in the first 100 days of my presidency – or until a full term.
“It is the work of a generation“.
Choosing a black woman younger than Biden’s generation (or more) would send a sign of just how committed he really is to changing the ethnic dynamics of this country. (This will be the first time that a black woman has been nominated for vice president for any major party.)
Fortunately for Biden, he has a number of African American women who will make excellent choices.
Biden said he hopes to make a decision about his election colleague by August 1. In fact, his decision may have been taken – or at least significantly narrowed – by the events of the past 10 days.