Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas, speaks to the media during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The latest example of this comes from CBS This Morning’s co-host Gayle King, who had the failed 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee on Tuesday to discuss what she’s been up to in recent weeks, and to ask her about the possibility of becoming Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, something Abrams has expressed interest in on more than one occasion.
Biden, too, has dropped hints for months now that he would and is seriously considering Abrams as his vice presidential running mate.
Abrams’ keen interest in the spot, and Biden’s praise for her set the stage for King’s gush-fest yesterday. Read and watch below as she declares Abrams, a former Georgia state legislator, as “extremely qualified” to be Joe Biden’s VP nominee. Here’s a partial transcript, with video to follow, of King singing Abrams’ praises, via Newsbusters:
“I just want to say this: That’s a great nuts and bolts answer because everybody knows you’re extremely qualified. I’m looking for something about Stacy Abrams the person. Why she’s a good choice and have you had any talks at all with the Biden team?”
“All right, Stacey Abrams I’m hoping this is not our last conversation. Something tells me it isn’t. Always good to see you. Thank you, ma’am.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saw a tweet from Free Beacon’s David Rutz with King’s “extremely qualified” quote, and mocked it accordingly:
Hard-hitting journalism: “Why are you so am-aaaaay-zing?” https://t.co/bSka48ngta
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 21, 2020
Later, Cruz congratulated the thousands of state legislators across the country who are now “extremely qualified” to be vice president and maybe even president thanks to King:
There are 7,383 state legislators in the US. 🎊 Congratulations! 🎊 CBS—former home to Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America”—has proclaimed each of you “extremely qualified” to be President. https://t.co/55u6kqPPfn
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 22, 2020
All of this brings to mind a piece RedState senior editor Joe Cunningham wrote last week urging people to stop trying to make Stacey Abrams happen. He noted that her sole experience was that of a state legislator and failed gubernatorial nominee:
She is only known as a one-time failed gubernatorial candidate in Georgia. She has no other accomplishments to her name. She was a state legislator, so she was really only well-known in her state district before running for governor.
And let’s not take that away from her. She ran a hell of a campaign and almost beat Brian Kemp. Sure, several in the media would like to say that she was cheated out of the job thanks to voter suppression, but the facts simply don’t match those accusations.
This love affair that several in the media appear to have with her doesn’t really make sense. She hasn’t done anything truly noteworthy, and she obnoxiously spent months saying she considered herself the real governor of Georgia despite clearly losing that race.
To be fair, Abrams has been engaged in numerous voter outreach initiatives since she lost the 2018 election, but does that along with her state legislative experience really make her “extremely qualified” to be a vice president?
I don’t think so, but we’ll find out in the coming weeks as to whether or not Biden does.