Susan Rice would be my pick for vice president. Presumptive 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden already pledged in March that his vice-presidential pick will be a woman, and he is expected to announce his pick for running mate soon.
I noted back in May that, if we’re going to go with identity politics*, my No. 1 pick for Hidin’ Joe Biden’s running mate would be U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate.
Too many of us act as though race were binary, literally only black or white, but while we’ve already had a black U.S. president, we’ve yet to have a Latino or Latina president or vice president — while Latinos comprise the largest non-white racial/ethnic group in the United States.
Cortez Masto removed herself from the running since I endorsed her in May, however, and of those candidates most discussed for Biden’s veep now, my favorite is Susan Rice, who first was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama and then was Obama’s national security adviser.
As others have noted, for President Biden, Vice President Rice ably could handle foreign affairs while Biden focused on domestic issues, and boy, do our domestic issues need some attention after the wrecking ball that has been the unelected Pussygrabber regime.
Rice has gravitas that her apparent chief rival for the No. 2 spot on the ticket, Kamala Harris, lacks. I can see Rice becoming president and doing a good job if something happened to the 77-year-old Biden; I cannot see Harris as president, probably not ever.
Rice was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and knows the nation’s capital’s politics like the back of her hand.
Harris, by contrast, has been a U.S. senator since only January 2017 — she hasn’t been in D.C. for even four years yet. Harris might want to learn how to do her current job — hell, I’ll go out on a limb and say that it sure would be nice if she’d finish even one, six-year term as U.S. senator — before seeking to climb to the highest rung on the ladder.
Indeed, so focused only on advancing up the pecking order, as a presidential candidate Harris never clearly and convincingly articulated why she and no one else should be president. (She had one job…) The primary voters rejected Harris for good reason.
Nor do I want to see Elizabeth Warren as vice president — not because she isn’t a person of color (again, if we’re going to play identity politics*), but because of the way that she conducted herself during the primary contest.
Warren revealed herself to be a real fucking snake; when push comes to shove, she’ll toss truth and ethics and principle right out of the fucking window as she deems politically convenient and advantageous. She lost my trust and my respect and she’ll probably never regain it.
Susan Rice accompanying Joe Biden on the ballot would make me feel a little bit better about Biden being at the top of the ticket.
If Rice is selected and does a kick-ass job as a vice presidential candidate, as I think she would, I might even hold my nose and vote for the milquetoast centrist and corporatist Biden, even though he’s going to win my state of California and all of its 55 electoral votes no matter how I vote.**
*Don’t get me wrong; while identity politics can get toxic (by “identity politics” I pretty much mean “toxic identity politics”), I believe in representative government, which means that demographic groups actually are represented.
So I’m fine with Biden’s decision to pick a woman as his running mate, as, of course, we’ve yet to have a woman as U.S. president or vice president.
I reject the common assertion that Biden’s running mate must be a black woman.
Again, other racial groups (Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, et. al.) have yet to be represented in the presidency or vice presidency, and black Americans shame themselves when they selfishly and tribalistically would disallow members of other races representation in our so-called democracy.
I like Susan Rice overall, as a human being, and my choice of her is not due to her race. That she’s a person of color just sweetens the deal.
**I can’t see myself voting for Biden if Harris or Warren is his running mate.
Again, Biden is 77 years old. There’s a good chance he wouldn’t/couldn’t run for a second term (or even finish his first term), and I wouldn’t want to see Harris or Warren automatically ascend to the presidency as vice president or even have a leg up on a 2024 or 2028 presidential run as the sitting vice president.