Speculation is rife with regards to Joe Biden’s pick for his running mate in the upcoming November 2020 general election.
So far, reports have suggested that Biden’s search has entered the second round of vetting.
And the narrowed list said to be circulated in some quarters is as much notable for who is in the running as much as who is not.
Democrats with knowledge of the process told reporters that Biden’s search committee had narrowed the choices to as few as six serious contenders.
Those still in contention include U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, and Susan Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser.
Some pundits have argued that Biden should pick a black woman, given the boost he received from black voters, which pivoted him to his current position and, even more importantly, as a symbolic gesture to the minority community.
Should he, or would it be best to look for the right woman that fits the bill regardless of color?
Certainly, no self-respecting black woman would want to give in to the perception of tokenism or subscribe to being positioned because of happenstance.
Of course, this does not mean there is no qualified black woman who can easily make the cut as a vice-president without being a wallflower.
However, it is our considered opinion that Elizabeth Warren is currently the most qualified woman to not only serve as Biden’s running mate but, more importantly, serve as President if the occasion warrants it under a Biden’s administration.
The fact is Warren has an impressive resume and undoubtedly will add gravitas to a Biden’s ticket. A casual look at her political platform while running in the nomination race will reveal that Warren is from the people, of the people, and by the people.
She will bring swagger to Biden’s ticket — she is smart, a skilled communicator and debater, seasoned campaigner, experienced policymaker, and some would say has a plan for everything.
For the 21st Century, healthcare, education, and the environment are part of the new socio-economic and political frontiers, and only revolutionary thoughts of that of Warren and other new thinkers can wage battle and conquer them in the interest of the masses.
Elizabeth Warren and Biden have already forged a bond after a bruising nomination campaign; both have been out on fund raising campaigns for the general election and talk regularly about the progressive policy.
In fact, Biden has adopted her proposed bankruptcy law overhaul. And, now, that the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic slowdown elevating the nuts and bolts of governing, some Democrats see Warren’s policy credentials as an asset to the ticket.
A Biden-Warren pairing, some would say, is an odd couple, but from a long-term perspective may be a new political order is in the making, especially with a black and a white woman occupying the highest office in the land.
Girls power, anyone? Read between the lines — 2024!
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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