I’m a little surprised by this.
Courtesy of Politico:
Kamala Harris was written off as a possible vice presidential pick for Joe Biden last year after a cutting debate performance where she seemed to suggest he was racially insensitive.
Now, Harris is not only in top contention, but Biden aides, surrogates and major donors see her as the best fit at the onset of the process — at least on paper — to join him atop the Democratic ticket.
Biden’s campaign has formally started vetting a group of prospects that includes roughly a dozen women. But in interviews, more than two dozen Democrats, including advisers, allies and donors aligned with Biden, returned to Harris as an early frontrunner. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the favorite among progressives, was also seen as rising above the pack.
Biden and his family were stung by the June debate exchange over his record on school busing. The attack was particularly hurtful because of Harris’ bond with Biden’s late son Beau, also a one-time state attorney general.
But Biden and others close to him have come to view Harris’ debate knockdown as part of the rough and tumble of presidential campaigning.
Even before Harris ended her own campaign last year, aides said she and Biden were already stealing warm moments together. And friends of former second lady Jill Biden — who as recently as March described Harris’ attack as a “punch to the gut” — said they’ve mulled ways for her to telegraph that it wasn’t a deal breaker for the California senator’s chances, perhaps by sharing her posts on social media.
Yeah, you would think that after Kamala kneecapped Biden during that debate that he would be less than thrilled to put her on the ticket.
However, we have to remember that Joe Biden is a grown-up and not prone to the kinds of vindictiveness that define the current occupant of the White House.
We should also remember that it is par for the course for there to be a red herring or two thrown out during this selection process and that Harris may not be as promising of a candidate as we are being led to believe.
Having said that I think that Kamala Harris would be a great VP, and really help energize Biden’s campaign while also giving him a highly trained attack dog who Trump would likely find more than a little intimidating.
He does not do well with strong women and Kamala Harris is the very definition of a strong woman.