In a CNN coronavirus townhall special on Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden said he was sticking with his promise to name a woman to his 2020 ticket. The presumptive Democratic nominee noted that while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was well qualified to be president himself, he – Biden – wasn’t going to go back on his word, despite the governor’s sudden popularity.
“Despite your previous pledge to pick a woman for vice president, would you reconsider that for a qualified candidate who has performed admirably during this crisis, like Governor Cuomo?” asked a virtual attendee.
“I think that Governor Cuomo is capable of being president. I think he’s a great guy, but I also think that it’s important that there be a woman,” Biden replied. “Look, I want an administration to look — and there’s plenty of qualified, there’s plenty of women with the experience and with the capability of being president tomorrow. And I think it’s important that we begin to have my administration, God-willing, is going to look like America and I genuinely mean that. Not just vice president but making sure that we have a Supreme Court, we have a cabinet, we have a White House that looks like the country. And I think it really matters.
“And so I think it’s really important — and there’s plenty of qualified people who have the experience and background who are women and are ready to be president on day one. And I’m gonna stick with that,” he continued.
So, trying to make sense of this world salad, our analysis finds that Biden is going into full-on pandering mode, hoping that he can please the Identity Politics masters of the Democratic Party by putting a woman on the ticket. And, frankly, we would be surprised if that woman is white. Indeed, if that woman is anyone other than Kamala Harris or Stacey Abrams, we’ll be mildly taken aback. Biden is looking for Woke Points, and those two will help him score.
There are a couple of dark horse candidates, though. This week, Biden said he was open to putting Sen. Elizabeth Warren on his ticket, and she said that she was open to serving as VP. An even bigger longshot would be Michelle Obama, who some observers are treating as though she would be the magic key that unlocks victory against Trump in November. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have also been mentioned as possibilities.
We would throw Hillary Clinton into the pile of speculation, but then, Biden probably doesn’t love the idea of having someone taste all his meals for the next four years.