I've said this before, and I'll say it again.
I don't think that Republicans who are sick of trump, in addition to moderates and independents, will vote for Biden if he chooses and African American woman as his running mate.
Warren or Klobuchar would have been THE safest choices. They are both immensely qualified, and both experienced, and both are palatable to the aforementioned groups.
I just don't think that the American voter is ready for an African American female who could very well be the next President.
As R211 mentioned, the first rule is "do no harm." I think that Harris, Rice, or Bass would do harm to Joe Biden's chances to be President.
For the record, Al Gore made the same mistake in my opinion. People weren't ready in 2000 for VP Lieberman.
If Gore had chosen another WASPY Southerner like himself as a running mate, it would have been a slam dunk against Bush. However, Gore took a leap of faith, and it caused MAJOR problems for him.
Biden SHOULD not have opened his big mouth and said that he would definitely choose a female running mate. It was a gaffe that really limited his choices.
Again, he could have gone with Tim Ryan from Ohio or Conor Lamb from Pennsylvania, and in this political climate it would be a SLAM DUNK.
Now unfortunately, he has upped his risk factor by insisting on a female running mate. He has upped his risk factor even more, by going with an African American female running mate.
In a close election, these choices will make all the difference. What could have been a 300-something to 100-something Electoral College landslide win for Biden, will probably end up being a 200-something to 200-something Electoral College nail biter.
I don't know why Democratic candidates insist on gambling on elections like this. Especially more so in such a crucial election.
Biden/Ryan or Biden/Lamb versus Trump/Pence would have been so easy. A stark difference with the experienced guy at the top of the ticket and the young, fresh newcomer as VP, versus the two shitheads who got us into this current mess. It would be so EASY for Republican defectors, Republican moderates, and Independents to go to the polls and vote for Biden.
NOW unfortunately, they are going to think long and hard.
Do I risk Biden and this African American woman who I'm not so sure about, or do I go with the two old white guys.
Make no mistake. MANY white voters will go with the two old white guys, just because they are more "familiar."
Hillary made the right VP choice, but unfortunately SHE was the problem at the top of the ticket for many voters.
Biden COULD HAVE made the easy and the right choice by going with an Ohio or Pennsylvania white male running mate. Instead, it's going to be an uphill battle for him.
Democrats may be screaming for a female running mate or an AA female running mate, but that doesn't necessarily play with the voters who will actually make the difference in the election.
I don't know why our candidates always fail to realize this.
If Biden goes with Harris, Rice, Bass, or Duckworth - in my opinion - he won't win. Warren or Klobuchar would most likely give him the win. Tim Ryan or Conor Lamb would definitely give him a slam dunk win.
Bookmark this on Nov. 4 and come back to tell me if I'm wrong or right. Unfortunately, I think I will be right.