In today’s political climate, the status quo is being threatened. After all, with the BLM movement sweeping the globe and with calls for structural reform being made loud and clear, the idea that President Donald Trump has simply not done enough holds true. However, with a 91% approval rating amongst Republicans as of June 30th, Trump still has strong support, and thus Biden will need to shake things up with a running mate that can appeal to both Democratic voters as well as many Republicans if he hopes to win. In this regard, few come close to Kamala Harris.
Now, on the surface, many have hinted that Kamala Harris will get the vice presidential ticket simply based on her demographic. Joe Biden is a 77-year old white male that mirrors Trump in many ways, apart from his policies and mannerisms, while Harris is a 55-year old woman of Jamaican and Indian ancestry who represents a new collective. There is reason to believe that her being a woman of colour, may entice diverse voter groups more than the Hilary Kaine or Trump Pence tickets of 2016 ever could.
Kamala Harris stands as both a symbol of change and an emblem of stability, in a nation that is currently in a state of relative chaos, this is a label that can appeal to both sides of the table.
While many have sighted it as her potential weak spot, Harris’ role in law enforcement could actually give her an edge over many of her other opponents. The Howard graduate served as San Francisco’s district attorney from 2004 to 2010, and again served as California’s attorney general from 2010 to 2014. As a result, she is not only acutely aware of the systemic issues within the judiciary system, but perhaps more importantly, is an advocate for the rule of law. With this becoming especially apparent thanks to her prosecutorial-style grilling of Trump administration officials such as Brett Kavanaugh and William Barr. Harris stands as both a symbol of change and an emblem of stability, in a nation that is currently in a state of relative chaos, this is a label that can appeal to both sides of the table.
However, beyond her experience and reputation, what is perhaps most likely of all to set her over the edge and into the vice presidential seat is her personal relationship with the Biden family. In particular, she was a political ally and personal friend of Joe Biden’s son Beau, and even after his passing in 2015 she has retained close ties with the family. As a result, despite Harris’ infamous display in the first presidential debate where she slammed Biden for working with segregationists in his earlier years, it seems that Biden has since forgiven this misstep. In fact, given that Biden referred to her as a “fighter” as well as a “principled leader” at a recent political fundraiser in early June, it seems that Harris’ conviction and gusto may have all but convinced Biden to officially name her as his running mate.
Therefore, in a country that is in need of leaders that are not only open to change but that can appeal to both progressive and conservative elements of the population, Kamala Harris is a perfect fit. And although only time will tell if Biden will choose to bring her on to his campaign, for the sake of the Democratic Party, it would certainly be advisable to do so.