This article highlights the pickle that Joe Biden is in. If he picks Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate, there’s a strong probability he’d lose the election. If you think that sounds a little hyperbolic, consider the pickle that Biden currently finds himself in.

Late this week, Biden went on the Breakfast Club, then dissed the African-American community by saying that “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” If you want to drive down minority turnout, that’s an effective way of doing it. Though Sheila Jackson-Lee defended him, Ms. Jackson-Lee didn’t have much company.

Apparently, people from the community have a problem with Sen. Klobuchar:

The Minnesota Democrat would “risk losing the very base the Democrats need to win,” said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, according to Politico.

“It comes from her performance in the primary — her weakness in being able to motivate them,” BlackPAC executive director Adrianne Shropshire said. “The engagement and the enthusiasm of black voters is going to be a difference-maker in this election, and the concerns about her in this role stem from the degree to which she resonated or not with those core constituencies.”

Compare that message to what’s transpiring in this video:

It’s obvious that President Trump won’t win a majority of the African-American vote. He doesn’t have to. In Michigan, Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, sat down with President Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and John James, a Republican African-American candidate for the US Senate, during a meeting in Detroit. During the meeting, Rep. Whitsett proposed an idea that caught President Trump’s attention when she said it’d be great to open an HBCU in Detroit.

President Trump just signed legislation providing additional funding for HBCUs so he thought that would be possible. He then suggested that Rep. Whitsett work with John James on that issue. Rep. Whitsett agreed to do that, adding that “John will get it done.”

BONUS QUESTION: Does that make Republican John James black enough in Biden’s opinion? Perhaps, only Biden’s leg hair stylist knows for sure.

The serious question facing Mr. Biden is whether he can sufficiently energize the African-American base to win this election. At this point, that’s a major question for his campaign. I’m not sure if they even know.

2 Responses to “What will Joe Biden do, Amy Klobuchar as VP pick edition”

  • eric z says:

    While not knowing what an HBCU is, and not taking time to separately Google it; here is wishing you, Gary, a good Memorial Day, however you spend the time.

    Presuming a Klobuchar pick, her dreadful lack of any progressive, non-Republican lite policy thinking would make your post somewhat irrelevant. She’d sink the ship on that situation. Yes, an honest and sincere politician, which is a rare combination. But that “eve of South Carolina” coordinated primary withdrawal also rankles greatly among progressives; but fits ambition, and tepid policy chops.

    SO – Why do you think Biden will pick Amy? Because Strib speculates it, plugging the hometown product to boost readership, or is there more? Or is it just a “what if” post while thinking it unlikely?

    Yes, Biden might. But it might interest other readers too if you were to consider: What would you see as strengths and weaknesses if he goes for the other ex-prosecutor, Harris?

  • Gary Gross says:

    HBCU = Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Think Grambling, Morgan State, Winston-Salem, etc.

    FYI- I don’t think he’ll pick Klobuchar because she adds anything to a terrible ticket.

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