As Joe Biden’s short list of VP contenders keeps getting more exposed, there’s only one candidate left who would virtually guarantee the defeat of Donald Trump.
A woman, Black and a proven leader. Check.
Relatively little baggage, but plenty of White House experience. Check.
Plus, unlike the other contenders, she’s not begging for the job.
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Michelle Obama looks more and more like the one who will carry the aging, forgetful Biden over the finish line, possibly in a landslide that will make it difficult for Trump to stay in power.
Even though Obama has said she doesn’t want it, Biden should ask anyway, and not take no for an answer.
There are subtle new indications that Obama may, in fact, be convinced to take the running mate job.
The former first lady’s disclosure that she’s suffering from “low grade” depression could be a preemptive move to get the story out now under her conditions, before it gets reported on by a news organization.
Interesting that Obama framed her depression in political terms, blaming the Trump administration.
“I don’t think I’m unusual in that,” she said in her podcast. “But I’d be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest, that has plagued this country since its birth. I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt or killed, or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life.”
Obama, famous for her fitness regime, even said her depression has made it difficult to work out — something millions of Americans can surely relate to in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The draft Obama for VP movement has gained steam in recent weeks as the other contenders have risen and then fallen, each exposed with major weaknesses that could endanger the Democrats’ hopes for victory.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, once believed to be the leading candidate, has fallen because of her law enforcement background. The new perceived front-runner, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, has been hit this week for her support of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and her ties to Louis Farrakhan, while others like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have dropped off the map completely.
There is no one in the Democratic Party right now who could unify the country like Michelle Obama. Trump for sure would attack her, but those attacks would only backfire.
Biden’s cluelessness also makes it even more imperative that he pick someone like Obama as his running mate — someone who could instantly step into the presidency on day one. While she has no elective office experience, that’s not a negative in this political climate.
So don’t be surprised if Biden has a big surprise coming in store — vice presidential nominee Michelle Obama.
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