Joe Biden has committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. But the sexual assault allegations against Biden have just made that a little more difficult.
Let’s face it, Joe Biden has been creepy for a looooong time with the way he gets handsy with women and children–the hair sniffing, the hugging and kissing. He is one of those old-school glad-handing politicians and a living a relic from another era. Biden doesn’t seem to understand the concept of personal space and he’s completely oblivious to another person’s discomfort. But that’s nothing new–he’s oblivious about a lot of things.
Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against him is of a very different sort than hair sniffing and getting a little too close. Reade alleges that in 1993, when she was a Senate aide, Biden put his hand under her skirt and digitally penetrated her after she dropped off a gym bag to his office.
The Media(D) has largely ignored this story while much less credible accusations against Brett Kavanaugh were breathlessly reported the moment they hit the newswire. Anti-Trump (and by extension anti-Kavanaugh) activists were adamant that all women were to be believed, facts be damned. Some of these activists were idiot Hollywood feminists that don’t have three brain cells combined. Alyssa Milano was an outspoken #MeToo activist that has suddenly learned about the concept of Due Process after endorsing Joe Biden.
All of the #MeToo activists are suddenly fine with a man with documented creepy behavior, has made female Secret Service agents uncomfortable with his penchant for skinny dipping, and who allegedly inserted his fingers into a woman’s body without her consent over a man who said that “when you’re famous, women let you do anything.”
That’s pretty weird.
WELCOME BACK JOE! pic.twitter.com/b2NbBSX3sx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
Choosing a running mate is always a bit of a political dance–there are the considerations of demographics, the area of the country, and where they land on the political spectrum compared to the top-of-the-ticket pick.
But the hunt for a vice presidential pick is already taking shape along familiar fault lines, mirroring the ongoing debate over whether the Democratic Party should focus more on winning back the white working class Rust Belt voters it lost to Donald Trump in 2016 or re-energizing the minority-powered coalition that elected Barack Obama to two terms.
There are a number of considerations when choosing a running mate. When Obama ran for the top job as the Junior Senator from Illinois with the furthest left voting record, he deliberately picked Joe as a respected, somewhat bumbling, senior Senator who had been in public service for decades and had managed to reach across the aisle on occasion.
Now there is a call for Biden to create a “negative image” of that campaign ticket and instead of a young, black man with an older, white man as his running mate, flip to a positively ancient, white man with a young, black woman as a running mate.
But there are other considerations. Sure, Biden needs to clinch the black vote, but what about the disgruntled blue-collar white workers in the “Rust Belt”?
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin are white and hail from the industrial Midwest — all from states that figure to be closely contested. California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are African-American, while Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are Latina.
The former vice president has indicated a preference for candidates who have been vetted by running their own campaigns, including former opponents. He has repeatedly said he wants a partner who can advise him, disagree with him where he’s wrong yet remain “simpatico” with him on major issues even if they may differ at times.
On Thursday, Biden told donors during a virtual fundraiser that he’s heeding President Obama’s advice, who told him to surround himself with people who “know more than you know.” He also stressed the need to have a woman running mate who “looks like America.”
Now that Biden is shopping for a running mate, the politics of the choice mixed with Biden’s sexual assault accusation are making things difficult for him. Nearly all of the women that are on the shortlist were pretty vocal about their position on believing women during the Kavanaugh confirmation circus.
Alas, Biden's VP candidates all take sexual assault allegations seriously pic.twitter.com/XkXXKDWgTL
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 16, 2020
Senator Amy Klobuchar(D-MN) wasn’t included in that clip, but she made her views pretty clear during the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar derided her Republican colleagues and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in an impassioned speech Friday, calling Kavanaugh’s confirmation process “not normal” and suggesting Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual assault, gave more credible testimony.
“Where is the bravery in this room?” she asked the Senate Judiciary Committee as it moved Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate.
Klobuchar, a Democrat, reiterated her belief that the FBI should investigate Kavanaugh before any vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court. Ford, now a university professor, said a drunken Kavanaugh locked her in a room and groped her while covering her mouth while the two were at a high school party in 1982.
Most Republicans and Kavanaugh hadn’t called for an FBI investigation, a move Klobuchar said was motivated by fear.
“They’re afraid of what they’re going to find out,” she said.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Senator Elizabeth Warren(D-MA) and failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are already volunteering for the job.
Senator Kamala Harris(D-CA) may have hurt her chances by going hard after Biden during the Democratic primary over bussing–a controversial issue to this day.
Whoever Joe finally chooses will have to reconcile their “Believe all women” stance with agreeing to be on a ticket with a man who has been “credibly accused” of grabbing a woman by the p***y.
It’ll be an interesting dance to watch.