Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Biden picks Kamala Harris to run for biggest Non-Job in the World.

With Donald Trump being 72 and his presidential Rival Joe Biden 78 on inauguration day next year , it may be that the choice of Vice Presidential candidate, may6 prove to me more poignant than ever.

Of course as far as we know there is nothing to suggest that they both are healthy enough to lat the full term , and I think questions of their mental capacity may be ageist.

Nevertheless with Trump likely to select his current VP Mike Pence (61) as his running mate , the choice of Joe Biden toof California senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate, is a historic choice he believes will bolster his chances of beating Donald Trump in an election year shaped by the global coronavirus pandemic and a national reckoning on race and if as suspected Biden will serve only one term ,Harris wil be in a strong position to run for the top job next time.

Harris was born in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Berkeley. She's the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

She was a prosecutor in the Alameda County and San Francisco district attorney's offices before running for San Francisco district attorney in 2003. She went on to win election as California attorney general in 2010.

In 2016, Harris became just the second Black woman in U.S. history to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She was assigned to the Intelligence Committee, which held several nationally televised hearings on Russia's efforts to interfere in the presidential election, and how Trump's campaign and the Department of Justice responded to those efforts.

The longtime prosecutor also sat on the Judiciary Committee, which oversaw the confirmation of two U.S. Supreme Court justices: Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

The high-profile hearings that each committee held quickly helped Harris develop a national reputation as a sharp, aggressive questioner who could unnerve opposing witnesses. She generated headlines and energized progressives across the country with her questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Attorney General William Barr and, most notably, Kavanaugh.

In January 2019, Harris launched a bid for the White House. She was initially seen as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination, drawing more than 20,000 people to her kickoff rally in Oakland. But Harris struggled to articulate a clear reason for her candidacy in a crowded field, and her campaign experienced bouts of infighting.

Since returning full time to the Senate, Harris has played a lead role in Senate Democrats' response to both the coronavirus crisis, and the increased focus on systemic racism and police brutality.

Biden's pick came amid intense pressure from Democrats not only to pick a woman, which he promised to do in March, but also to pick a woman of color. That drumbeat began well before George Floyd's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police but intensified amid sustained protests across the country.

Harris will be the fourth woman on a major party's national ticket. All three women to run for president and vice president have lost: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008 and Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

The only previous Black candidate on a presidential ticket, Obama, won the White House with Biden at his side in 2008.

Though Trump slammed what he called Harris' "horrible" questioning of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and her legislative record, saying she is "known as being about the most liberal person in the Senate, most actual Liberals  would not agree pointing to her tough-on-crime policies she pursued while she was California's attorney  general. 

How much Trump will concentrate on Harris during the campaign and how much his innate racism will play a part may  prove to be a major issue.

The position of Vice President  is arguably  the highest profile "Non-Job" in the world , and that is unlikely to change unless of course either Trump or Biden do not last the course  (for whatever reason)  and the next four years for this "Heartbeat from the Oval Office) will prove more interesting than previously.

1 comment:

dafis said...

American politics looks like a deep pool full of shallow people. That said Ms Harris looks a sight better than many of the others. Bit like Mr Starmer in Westminster, able to operate at a high level of intelligence with a professional training and expertise useful in probing "evidence" presented by all sorts of shabby people - Trump's puppets in USA and Boris' gang in London. Both are good at critical analysis/examination but will need to broaden a lot to take on the top jobs they pursue.
Biden is the big ? mark. Not a safe bet by any means could fail abysmally against a serving President who must rank among the biggest duds since the job got created.