There is a Hole in the Democratic VP Pick Conversation
A long time ago, Presidential tickets aimed for regional balance. Or the idea was to pick a VP candidate who could deliver a delegate rich state. It is true that this didn't always work out---Al Gore failed to deliver Tennessee, for example.
Still the general idea seems to have merit to me. So I'm looking at the list of supposed front runners for Biden's pick and saying to myself, WTF?
Kamala Harris and Karen Bass are from CA, which is going to go Democratic no matter what.
Susan Rice is from where, exactly? IDK. What I do know is that she has not campaigned for or held elected office and her son, at Stanford, is the President of the campus GOP and a fan of the current President. (My source on this is imperfect so if you know better, please correct me.) Which constituency can Rice be counted on to deliver? It's baffling.
The whole "woman of color" thing seems increasingly nuts. The principal idea of any campaign needs to be to win, not to put points up on an Identity Politics scoreboard.
Now let's consider the various options I see: Either Joe goes down clinging to ID politics or
he goes down because he wants to lose, or he chooses a running mate who can deliver a state he needs to win. And possibly, befuddling as it seems, this doddering Centrist (RW) Democrat wins the election.
Let me offer two choices that make a bit of sense. Gretchen Whitmer the Governor of Michigan. Julian Castro the former two term Mayor of San Antonio. Both of these choices give the electorate something in the ID category as well as coming from a state we need, Michigan, and a state that who knows, may be Purple after all. Please offer up other ideas if you have them.
OTOH If Joe Biden persists in picking a WOC who has little else going for her, then the scenario is Biden playing Hot Potato with a baby wearing a loose diaper who is about to poop. He wants to lose and who can be shocked at that with our country unraveling before our eyes.