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Bill Wolfe

My wife and I have been dissecting this question endlessly for the past week or two. We'd decided that we liked Karen Bass because she seemed to be the only one who could solve the fundamental riddle faced by the Democratic nominee: how to appease the Bernie leftists while not frightening the guys who voted twice for Obama and then for Trump? Then it came to light this week that Bass had spent time in Cuba in the early 1970s and that, unfortunately would become the sole focus of the campaign if she were chosen. So Harris would seem the most qualified remaining African American woman. Except what you wrote is absolutely true. Unfair, but true.

"She’s what Joe isn’t. Someone Trump and the GOP can demonize in their voters’ eyes. Everybody likes Joe. That’s his main strength. But, wow, are they going to hate on her. They already do, even if they don’t know it’s her they hate specifically. She represents everything they fear and loathe. This makes her a problematic choice. Having her on the ticket might scare off potential Republican and Republican-leaning Independents in a way Biden himself doesn’t."

Honestly, if Biden hadn't promised to choose a woman, and if his political debt to African Americans didn't very nearly require him to choose an African American, part of me thinks someone as bland as Tim Kane might be the ideal choice. But he did, and it does, so it has to be Harris, Val Demmings, or Susan Rice. Rice would make the election all about Benghazi. Harris would have the effect you described. So that leaves Demmings. Who I don't really know very well and who may well have some skeletons in her closet from her years as a law enforcement official, although I've liked her the few times I've seen her on TV. So I'm afraid Biden is not going to be able to find his Biden.


Plus, she’s uniquely positioned to play a constructive role as the nation grapples with reforming our law enforcement infrastructure.

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