Joe Biden Tuesday named California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden tweeted. In a text message to supporters, Biden said, “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump”
Harris and Biden will both make remarks in Wilmington Wednesday. No word on whether they will be in the basement or upstairs or whether Biden might venture outside the house.
Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Despite fizzling out in the Democratic primaries, Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, has a proven track record of winning elections.
Harris, 55, was elected San Francisco district attorney and then the California state attorney general before becoming senator. The law enforcement background could be reassuring to some independents but may anger those on the left Biden needs to turn out in November.
Nevertheless, she failed with a national audience. To some, she came off as a bit contrived and calculating in an age that demands authenticity. And her campaign lacked organization and direction.
Biden’s choice suggests he is assuming the left will turn out for him and that he doesn’t need to placate them with a more radical vice-presidential choice. In any case, his platform has been moving steadily left, drifting far from the relative moderation of previous Democratic nominees. Make no mistake. If Biden wins and the Democrats control the Senate, radical leftism will be in charge and make sweeping, destructive, and potentially unalterable changes.
Harris could also gin up excitement among black voters, whom Biden needs to show up at the polls, as they did for Barack Obama.
She will also help Biden address some of his weaknesses. For example, she is decades away from senility, and Biden appears to be losing brain cells by the minute. Maybe he can borrow some of hers.
The pick continues the recent trend of not choosing a running mate for the delegate they can provide. Biden already has California well wrapped up. Instead, like Trump’s choice of Mike Pence and George W. Bush’s of Dick Cheney, she was tapped for the value she personally brings to the ticket.
Perhaps the most salient is simply that people can see her as president. She has the intelligence, charisma and status to be viewed as a potential president.
Given Biden’s deteriorating condition, that is perhaps the biggest reason why this is the best choice he could have made.
The Trump campaign was ready with an ad.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2020
“In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care,” said Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson. “She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”
Obama was too, saying Biden “nailed” the choice:
I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake,” he said. “Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says that no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s a place for you here.”
Obama has also suggested in the past that he thinks Harris is hot.