And Then There Were Two? Biden Confidants Reportedly See Short List of VP Finalists

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

On March 15, Joe Biden declared during a Democratic primary debate that if he were to become the Democrat Party presidential nominee, he would pick a woman as his vice presidential running mate.

Now, nearly five months later, Biden is the presumptive nominee, and he is about to keep his politically expedient promise.

Close Biden confidants have reportedly said the former vice president has narrowed his list down to just two candidates — and neither of them is 1/1,064th Native American. (Sorry — I couldn’t resist.)

According to Axios, more than a dozen people close to Biden are nearly unanimous in the belief that he will select either Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) or Susan Rice, who served in the Obama administration as ambassador to the United Nations and national security advisor.

As Fox News noted, Biden last week told reporters he would choose his running mate by “the first week of August.” But on Monday, a “source familiar with the process” told Fox that “an announcement isn’t likely this week.” Similarly, Axios sources said Biden isn’t expected to announce his decision “for another week or so.”

RedState contributor Christopher Arps speculated on Tuesday that Biden’s list stands at three final options: Harris, Rice, and controversial Democrat congresswoman, Karen Bass, who has had a hard time lying  minimizing  justifying explaining her past glowing praise of the late dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro.


As is the case with all Democrats when they get caught doing such things, Bass now says her praise of Castro and his communist government was “wrong.” Translation: She got called out, and for the sake of political convenience, she lied her way out of it.

And, as RedState’s Shipwreckedcrew reported earlier today, Bass also lied about a speech she gave at the opening of a new Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles, during which she praised science fiction writer and founder of the controversial “religion,” L. Ron Hubbard.

Biden still has plenty of time to make it official. The Democrat National Convention begins in Milwaukee on August 17. Party officials on Wednesday announced that he will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the nomination, because of concerns over the coronavirus.

How convenient. No trip to Milwaukee, no major speech before an audience of tens of millions of television viewers. Cynical? I doubt it.

Axios handicaps it this way:

The case for Harris: Biden’s brain trust — Steve Ricchetti, Mike Donilon and Ted Kaufman — skew older and have deep and trusting relationships with many of the Obama and Clinton veterans who are advocating for Harris.

  • It rests in part on her prosecutorial skills, which could help her attack the Trump administration with discipline.

The case for Rice: Rice is getting a big bounce from Obama people who claim her presence on the ticket would guarantee the enthusiastic presence of both Barack and Michelle Obama on the campaign trail.

  • If the contest comes down to a popularity contest with Obama alumni, Rice has an edge — and Rice allies point to her White House experience.
  • Her team acknowledges Republicans will trot out her early misstatements about the Benghazi attacks that were based on incomplete intelligence she’d been given, and she wants to defuse that by bringing it up herself.

My gut has told me for months it will be Harris. Oh, the irony, if so.

During a June, 27, 2019 Democrat presidential primary debate, Harris leveled several serious body blows against Biden, jumping ugly on him over his past positions on race. Her money shot came while she was eviscerating him over his former position on school busing, with her carefully-planned, melodramatic “That little girl was me” shot.

Whether I’m right about Harris, or not, one thing is certain.

Whomever Biden selects will arguably be the most consequential vice presidential candidate selection since 1944, when Franklin D. Roosevelt tapped Harry S. Truman. FDR’s choice changed history.

Would a Vice President Kamala Harris do the same?


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