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Response to Celerity (Reply #35)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:18 PM

70. +1. This is not the 90s - Hillary picked Kaine with that mentality

of 'winning over the white moderates in swing states'.

The problem as Rachel Bitecofer and others have noted is: (a) the country is heavily polarized and you have to mobilize base voters (and 'base' doesn't mean far-left, but just core constituencies like PoC, women, youth, liberals, etc that powered Obama); (b) elections are nationalized and picking a VP to 'win a swing state' doesn't work anymore, Hillary would've won VA without Kaine; (c) winning swing states is not just about winning over moderates but mobilizing those marginal base voters who may just stay home. Hillary's PoC and youth vote was down in several key states. If she picked someone like Booker, who would've held moderates just as well as Kaine, but also added more PoC/youth vote - she would've won easily; (d) it simply doesn't look good to have an all-white ticket in the year 2020, when PoC make up such a large portion of the Dem party's base vote. Younger PoC (Gen-X, Millennials and younger) will not take well to an all-white ticket.

Harris is this year's Booker, with a better resume, and should be the obvious pick.

She's a star with the resume to be president. She has broad-based appeal to moderates and white women as well as WoC and others. She's tough and can take/give a punch. She's a Gen-X'er and could appeal to younger generations.

Leftists may not like her, but she did support M4A in the primaries and has moved left since her time as AG.

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