Today, Joe Biden announced the identity of his potential Vice President — should he win in the upcoming November Elections — and that person is Kamala Harris.
Biden’s choice of Kamala isn’t entirely surprising, given that he had previously hinted that his VP would be a woman of colour, and that he had additionally recently received an open letter from 100 prominent black men urging him to pick a woman of colour. Moreover, a recent “glitch” from Politico saw an article prematurely released that celebrated Biden’s choice of Kamala two weeks ago.
For many, the choice of Harris is a milestone, as she is the first Woman of Color on a Major Party’s ticket. Not only that, but many are speculating that Harris may end up replacing Biden as the President of the United States amid his first term, should he be elected. This is because of the growing doubt surrounding Biden’s mental faculties, with nearly 40% of respondents to a Rasmussen Poll expressing their belief that Biden is experiencing some form of mental decline. As such, news outlets like CNN and the New York Post are already hinting at the possibility that Biden will “step aside” after winning the election — priming voters for his eventual handover to Kamala.
Therefore, Kamala may not only be on the brink of becoming the first female POC Vice President, but she may also become the U.S.’s first female POC President. For many people, this is a very big deal.
However, I can’t help but think that this is a raw deal for many Americans.
Let’s not forget that Kamala Harris was Biden’s Presidential rival less than a year ago, prior to her dropping out of the Presidential race in December — making her one of the earlier drop-outs compared to her counterparts such as Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang.
During her campaign, Kamala’s favourability famously dropped following comments made by another Democrat candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, who stated:
“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard said. “There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”
“She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so,” Gabbard continued, “she kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.”
These verbal hammer-blows from Gabbard were enough to turn many of Kamala’s proudest moments as a prosecutor into a career filled with corruption and incompetence, and even some of Harris’s staffers attributed this moment to the end of Kamala’s 2020 Presidential bid.
Not only that, but some of the staffers went as far as to say that they “have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” in reference to Kamala’s campaign.
Evidently, Kamala’s Presidential campaign didn’t turn out so well, otherwise, it would be her that’s picking a VP and not Joe Biden. However, despite all of this, Kamala may still be on the path to become the President in the next 24 months.
Is this fair?
There was plenty of buzz around Democrat candidates in 2019 and 2020, with Bernie Sanders giving Joe a run for his money, Elizabeth Warren who was hot on their heels, and even Andrew Yang, the political newcomer and entrepreneur who was beating Kamala in the polls.
If voters had known that Biden was going to be a write-off, would they have chosen Kamala? From almost every angle, it looks unlikely. And yet she is poised to become the unelected President of the United States.
This is particularly ironic if we think back to 2016 following the election of Donald Trump, in which outcries of election malfeasance could be heard from outer space — whether it be Russian collusion or calls to disband the electoral college, voters weren’t happy with the outcome and wanted a change to the system that got Trump in power.
Is this the change they wanted? To see that Kamala Harris, a failed candidate for the 2020 elections, may become either the explicit or de facto President by default? Time will tell.