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Why I’ll be voting for Kamala Harris in November

Why I’ll be voting for Kamala Harris in November

There are two possible scenarios for Democrats to move forward, and Kamala Harris is at the center of both: If Biden continues his campaign as he has suggested, voters will have to consider Harris, because Biden’s chances of completing his term should he win increase , is not big considering his age. In that case, Kamala Harris would succeed him.

If Biden drops out, the most logical choice, though not necessarily the most popular, would be to replace him with his vice president, who would inherit Biden’s war chest. If Joe Biden drops out, some experts believe that all of Biden’s delegates would automatically go to Harris as well, and that she would have to withdraw to consider another candidate. Harris would also become the nominee if, God forbid, Biden were unable to run for health reasons. So the reality is: Kamala Harris is unstoppable.

Good.

Replacing Biden with Harris at the convention – if he drops out – would of course be complicated. There are two competing realities: Democrats have a strong next generation of candidates, including Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, Wes Moore, Hakeem Jeffries, JB Pritzker, Andy Beshear and my personal favorite, Josh Shapiro. On the other hand, Harris is not particularly popular and, according to polls before last week’s debate, is trailing Biden by larger margins.

However, after last week’s debate, there are two prevailing views: 1) Biden should withdraw from the race so that Democrats can nominate a candidate best positioned to win, or 2) It doesn’t matter who the nominee is , since each Democrat is better than Trump and we should all just shut up and vote blue. I think Harris puts Democrats in the best position to win, either as VP or nominee.

The question I have, though, is: Why don’t the people who say we should support Biden no matter what because he’s a better candidate than Trump also believe that about Kamala Harris? Is it a greater obligation to be a black woman than to be an 81-year-old who has lost a few steps? Those who believe voters will come to Biden because he is better than Trump don’t seem to believe the same about Harris, even though she is. clearly a better alternative to Trump. And for those who say Harris can’t win, but Biden can: why? And before anyone says, “America won’t vote for a black woman,” the polls also seem to illustrate that America won’t vote for a man who is clearly in cognitive decline either, regardless of whether the Supreme Court is on the line.

Personally, I would like to vote for Harris, either as vice president with a high chance of taking power or as a Democratic candidate. In fact, we’re voting for her anyway. She was initially my top choice in the 2020 election because she was brilliant during Senate hearings, where she tested Brett Kavanaugh and Jeff Sessions. In a one-on-one debate with Trump, Kamala would dominate Harris so much that it is unlikely that Trump would agree to a debate about her, which would be an attack on him.

Furthermore, the most crucial voting bloc for Democrats is black people, and black women have saved this party from itself for years. Should Democrats somehow push Biden aside, skipping Harris in favor of another white man would be a slap in the face to a vital voting group. It would split the party into pieces.

Indeed, I am dismayed by the conviction of many voters who think Biden can win but Harris cannot. According to a NYTimes poll conducted in March — after the State of the Union address but before the debates — Biden’s approval rating was only marginally better than Harris’s, despite three and a half years in office, eight years as vice president and a lifetime in politics. Crucially, Harris’s approval rating — despite being largely hidden by the administration for the past three years — was also better than Biden’s among black voters. And voters under 35, two crucial demographic groups that Democrats must win.

Either way, we need to see a lot more of Kamala Harris in the coming weeks, either as a Biden surrogate who can more effectively deliver his message and assuage voters’ concerns about her taking over if Biden can’t complete his term, or as the logical person to replace him on the ticket. What I don’t want to see anymore are paragraphs like this from the NYTimes:

Mr. Biden also received unexpected protection from his choice of Ms. Harris as his vice president: Many Democrats believed she lacked the political skills and presence to lead a national ticket, but believed it would be difficult to deny the first Black female vice president the top job if Mr. Biden did not run again.

In the meantime, there are those who saw this at last night’s BET Awards and are complaining about all the cringe.

Let me tell you what cringe is: A 78-year-old lunatic who has just been given the power by the Supreme Court to kill his political rivals, and an 81-year-old man who doesn’t have the communication skills or wherewithal to give an interview with a major publication or news organization or even a press conference to counter that threat. That’s cringe.

Harris, meanwhile, is not liable. Kamala Harris is an integral part of the Democratic future. Whether she’s a vice president ready to step up or a candidate in her own right, she represents a major force in the party. Ignoring her potential and the crucial support she provides would be a misstep. With or without Biden, the Democratic Party must recognize and leverage its strengths to secure victory and uphold its values ​​in the face of the many dangerous challenges ahead. She should campaign as if she could be the next President of the United States, because she very well could be. Therefore, as VP or at the top of the ticket, you better believe I’m voting for Kamala Harris this fall.