paraphrase Wilson Pickett’s R&B hit from the 1960s, “In
the Midnight Hour when the political infighting comes tumbling down,”
Joe Biden is nearly ready to make his VP pick.
The maneuvering for the job has
heightened since Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) withdrew from
consideration last week, advised Biden to make the historic selection
of a woman of color, and unilaterally narrowed the field to minority
ended her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the South
Carolina primary two days before Super Tuesday and after Minnesota’s
Black Lives Matter and the NAACP demanded that she leave the race due
to her racist record in prosecuting African American males while
serving as Attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota from 1999-2007.
Klobuchar smoothly exited both contests portraying herself as a
selfless politician who sacrificed her personal political ambitions
for the good of the Democratic Party. But in reality, she had no
chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination and even
less of a chance of being chosen as Biden’s running mate.
the two remaining African American cops on Biden’s vice
presidential radar are pulling out all stops to secure the position.
Democratic progressives are still concerned about Sen. Kamala
Harris’s (D-CA) malevolent criminal justice record. She fought
tooth and nail to uphold the wrongful convictions of hundreds of
African American and Latinx males while serving as City Attorney for
San Francisco and did not stop her pursuit of their mass
incarceration until the court overruled her.
an attempt to atone for her distasteful prosecutorial record, she is
now co-sponsoring The Justice in Policing Act
of 2020 with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate. Booker’s
record in policing is as terrible as hers. While Mayor of Newark,
New Jersey from 2006 to 2013, he oversaw a police department whose
excessive force and corruption record was so severe that it was
placed under a Consent Decree by the Obama administration after
Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate.
more disturbing is that he handpicked a conservative, white police
commissioner, Gary McCarthy, to preside over an 85 percent black and
Latinx city. McCarthy went on to become police commissioner of
Chicago. In 2014, one of his white officers, Jason Van Dyke, shot a
black male teen, Laquan McDonald, 16 times, while he was walking away
from him. More than ten of the shots were fired while McDonald lay
in the street. McCarthy covered up the dashcam video of the crime
for more than a year and was then fired.
Dyke’s 2018 murder conviction marked
the first time a Chicago police officer had been imprisoned for
murder for an on-duty shooting in 50 years. The State of Illinois
placed Chicago’s Police Department under a formal Consent
Decree on January 31, 2019 as a result of this incident and other
issues of dishonest policing.
fellow cop aspirant to be Biden’s VP, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL),
has also come under attack for her record as Orlando, Florida’s
police chief. “She’s
been a cop’s cop,” said
Miles Mulrain, 30, a community organizer in Orlando who protested
police violence and lived in Orlando while Demings served as chief.
The department paid out millions of dollars to settle suits over
also co-sponsored, the police union-written H.R.
1325: Protect and Serve Act of 2019 with
her Republican colleague, Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), a former
sheriff. It provided
enhanced penalties for targeted assaults on police officers, was
passed with bipartisan support in the House, but languished in the
Senate. Rutherford and Demings have reintroduced the bill.
the pushback on her police record and pro-cop advocacy, Demings has
said she stands on her record and that she would be an asset should
she be chosen to run as vice president. In responding to Black Lives
Matter and other progressive groups, she states that her
understanding of the police culture and the system would better
position her to change it, the same argument made by Sen. Harris.
However, Demings’s and Harris’s combined 40 plus years of
service as dedicated cops have yielded few positive outcomes for
Susan Rice, the Obama Administration’s African American
National Security Advisor, is being touted for VP based on her
foreign policy experience. She is keeping her head down hoping that
her former boss might put in a good word. Rice has no standing in
the national African American community and would bring little to the
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is not going away quietly. Her liberal
Democratic donor backers are still bending Biden’s ear on her
behalf. In addition, Warren has vocal
support from some of the most prominent racial justice activists,
online influencers, celebrities (like John Legend) and scholars whom
she has assiduously courted.
also has the highest
favorability rating among Democratic primary voters, polls strongly
in the Midwest, is the first choice of Sanders’s voters, and
polls well in Ohio and Florida, key battleground states that could
determine who wins the presidential election.
has raised lots of money for Biden, and she is engaged in an intense
lobbying effort to be chosen as his VP. At 71, she realizes that
this is her last chance to be viable as a Democratic vice
presidential or presidential candidate. As possibly the last white
woman in serious consideration, she is going for what she knows. She
plans to be in the mix when Biden makes his choice “In the
Midnight Hour,” and hopes the walls don’t tumble down on
Biden campaign has kept a tight lid on his preferred choice so far,
but it is failing miserably in preparing Biden to run a successful
campaign. Trump is disassembling before our very eyes in his
handling of COVID-19, his willingness to risk the lives of his base
to hold his rallies, and his continued use of our military to quench
his narcissistic thirst for personal praise.
the Biden campaign has yet to invest in a comprehensive strategy to
counter voter suppression, enhance black and other minority voter
turnout, monitor the increasing manipulation of the absentee/mail-in
ballot process, and plan for preventing the election from being
contested and ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of the United
States. In the latter case, Trump will win as George W. Bush did in
Biden selects his VP “In
the Midnight Hour,”
it may well be an exercise in futility unless he revises his campaign