This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 15, 2020:
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell told host John Catsimatidis on his AM-970 radio show “The Cats Roundtable” on Sunday, “It looks like the nomination will be virtually clinched after next Tuesday.” He added that it would take a miracle for Bernie Sanders to overcome Biden’s present lead in delegates, even if he stays in the race until the bitter end.
Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, then offered his thoughts on whom Biden might pick for his running mate, suggesting that he would likely pick a woman because they will cast “56 to 57 percent of the vote” for president in November.
He named his choice: “My personal favorite would be Amy Klobuchar … a moderate, left-of-center candidate. I think she showed a good sense of humor during the primaries. She showed some real strength … the ability to stand up under fire. And she’s from the Midwest [she is the senior senator from Minnesota]. We need somebody from the middle of the country because that’s where this election’s going to be decided.”
Damon Linker, writing for The Week magazine, agrees. Klobuchar “would bolster Biden’s moderate bona fides, [she would] project competence [and] help to ensure that her home state continues to vote blue.”
Last fall, Biden opened the door wider, to include former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates (“the former assistant attorney general who got fired” by Trump), Stacy Abrams (“the woman who should have been governor of Georgia”), and “the two senators from the state of New Hampshire”: Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.
Ed Kilgore of New York magazine likes Abrams as well. She would “enhance Biden’s strength among African-Americans, which is critical to his campaign.… She’d also likely put her home state of Georgia in play with its 16 electoral votes.”
If Biden waits until after he has the nomination sewn up the speculation will continue, likely expanding further to include California Senator Kamala Harris and even Michelle Obama.
But one woman who has been waiting in the wings, lusting for another chance at Trump, isn’t part of the conversation: Hillary Rodham Clinton. As The New American pointed out last November, Clinton sounds like someone all suited up, waiting on the bench for the coach to call her into the game to replace an injured starter:
I feel a sense of responsibility partly because you know my name was on the ballot, I got more votes, but ended up losing to the current incumbent in the White House who I think is really undermining our democracy in very fundamental ways.
And I want to retire him.
She and her daughter, Chelsea, spent the fall touring the country touting their latest book, The Book of Gutsy Women, with the implication that she would be, or should be (but wasn’t) included as one of them.
And now, the most remarkable coincidence of all is the release of Hillary, a four-part documentary available on Hulu as of March 6. In an interview with the Television Critics Association about the documentary, Hillary removed all doubt about her willingness to go in for the injured Biden:
I want people to take their vote really, really seriously, because Lord knows what will happen if we don’t retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as Nancy Pelosi so well describes them….
I am on the side of an inclusive, generous, open-hearted country that faces up to the future [to] make difficult choices. We’re in a real struggle with a form of politics that is incredibly negative, exclusive, mean-spirited and it’s going to be up to every voter, not only people who vote in Democratic primaries, to recognize this is no ordinary time.
Joel Gilbert, writing in the American Thinker, asked rhetorically: “Whom will Joe Biden endorse, by design, on the eve of the Democrat Party Convention when he announces that, on the advice of his wife and doctors, he will not pursue the Democrat Party nomination?… After having watched Joe Biden’s further descent into senility and confusion between March and July, who will relieved Democrats, women especially, embrace as their tried and true candidate?”