Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate

Joe Biden:
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
They are ready to hit the ground running. In terms of picking a running mate who will bring him votes he might otherwise not receive, he made the right choice. She will enthuse and excite the base in ways he does not.[More...]

Trump will also have to be very careful in how he criticizes her, to avoid any retort he's anti-woman or racially insensitive.

On the other hand, how many closet bigoted Americans will come out of their closet to vote for Trump even if they don't like him?

I'm trying to think of something positive to say about having two career crime warriors in the White House. All I can think of is this: At least if Biden isn't able to finish his four year term for health reasons (he is 77), Kamala Harris as VP has the most relevant experience to take over at a moment's notice.

Also, good for Biden for going for the "wow" factor in making his pick. Among those on his shortlist, only Harris has it.

Reuters: How Kamala Harris Found the Political Identity That's Eluded Her . Shorter version: How Leopard Kamala Harris Changed her Spots going from crime warrior to criminal justice seeker. Is it real? How long will it last. I believe in the old adage leopards don't change their spots. Former Harris critic Laura Bazelon, who wrote the 2019 New York Times artice Kamala Harris Was Not a Progressive Prosecutor, (which everyone should read) now says:

Lara Bazelon, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law who last year assailed Harris’ record as a prosecutor and attorney general, said Harris has made an “important shift” on criminal justice. She now hopes Harris will become a leading adviser to Biden on the issue.

“She got a good, hard shove to the left. I really hope she seizes that moment and resists the urge to drift toward safety and the center.” Bazelon said.

Democratic strategist Joel Payne, who worked for Hillary's 2016 presidential campaign, tells Reuters:

Harris has used the time since her campaign exit well....“She realized that one of her vulnerabilities was her background as a prosecutor,” he said. “She did some repair work. She did some fence-mending to get ready for the moment.”

Kamala is ready for her moment, no doubt. But as for change, it looks like we'll have to wait for 2024. At least if they win, we'll have four years less Trump-inflicted damage to the country. And we'll be rid Trump's under-qualified offspring meddling in our national and international affairs. And the newly constituted DOJ can decide whether any offense it believes he committed hasn't run out the statute of limitations clock and if so, prepare the grand jury to issue a sealed indictment, which will be unsealed once he's a private citizen.

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    Solid choice (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:22:46 PM EST

    It will be fun to see what Trump does to get attention because he won't be able to take the media frenzy about this.

    I do think Biden just sealed Trumps fate.  Also I look forward to the Kamala nicknames.  That should go well.

    Look forward (5.00 / 6) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:34:40 PM EST
    to seeing her use that prosecutorial experience on Pence.

    Mother may (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:51:46 PM EST
    not permit Pence to debate Senator Harris. May insist on a split camera, at least.

    That's the biggest (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:41:09 PM EST
    plus I see from her pick other than exciting African American women.

    Harris is Black, but she is not African American (none / 0) (#32)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 08:42:19 PM EST
    as that term if generally used. That is, she is not descended from the African people who were captured or sold and then held in slavery within the United States. Her parents were both immigrants, one Black from Jamaica (a Ph.D. professor of economics at Wisconsin and then Stanford) and the other South Asian from India (a Ph.D. breast cancer researcher). She will not only be our first Black major party candidate for vice president, but also our first Asian major party candidate for president or vice president. Also interesting, she has always used her own (that is, her father's) surname; her husband is white and Jewish, who brought her two step-children.

    He (none / 0) (#13)
    by FlJoe on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 04:56:39 PM EST
    has called her nasty in his presser several times already.

    I guess (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 05:48:15 PM EST
    we all need to dig in our dressers and dig out those 2016 Nasty Woman t-shirts then.

    Start the countdown (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 04:59:23 PM EST
    To the Lincoln Project ad pointing out that both Donald and Ivanka have giver her political donations in the past

    Which she donated (none / 0) (#24)
    by MKS on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 07:20:03 PM EST
    to Central American Civil Rights group.  And, I just love that.

    Very pleased (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:44:32 PM EST
    with Joe Biden's choice of Senator Harris.  Biden/Harris makes for a strong Democratic ticket. Biden had a deep bench and I would have been pleased with any of them, but this is a winner.

    I am also pleased (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 04:45:24 PM EST
    I was hoping that Sen. Harris would be his choice.

    Good choice Joe... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:52:04 PM EST
    Best VP pick ever.

    Armando must (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by MKS on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:57:22 PM EST
    be doing carthwheels.

    Very gracious, Jeralyn. (5.00 / 4) (#11)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 04:35:41 PM EST

    Thank you Oculus (none / 0) (#34)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 05:57:36 AM EST
    I have said before that when the team is announced I will refrain from arguing against them (although if they misrepresent their records, I may feel I need to set the record straight.) I really do not want to see Trump re-elected. But I also shudder at the thought of these two in power as compared to the candidates who, had they been nominated, would have delivered real change to the  criminal justice system and kept that lockbox on social security and medicare. Young people have four years to wait till the next election. I don't think people my age have that luxury. I assume I'll be working for several more years, but when I stop, I hope I follow through on my plans to become an ex-pat somewhere.

    Now that would capture my interest. (5.00 / 2) (#48)
    by oculus on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:56:28 AM EST
    J's blogging life as an ex pat.  Heck, we can't leave the U.S. now. No one wants us.

    Support for the Biden/Harris team (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by MO Blue on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 02:31:35 PM EST
    Prosecute Trump? (5.00 / 2) (#60)
    by john horse on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 03:58:50 PM EST
    I remember Harris promising that she would investigate and prosecute Trump if elected President.

    If Biden/Harris get elected (knock on wood) I hope this is one promise kept.  If elected there will be a tendency to want to "move on".  However, after all the damage and misery Trump has caused, I believe this would be a mistake.  

    . . . and Barr. (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by Towanda on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:57:56 PM EST
    I suspect that the former state AG would love to again tKe him on -- and take him down.

    And I would love to again see her grill him. It was delicious. (And she has a good poker face, while Cory Booker next to her tried vut finally could not control hus mirth.)


    Seeing Harris do her thing in committee (none / 0) (#64)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 09:12:39 PM EST
    makes clear that she must have been an excellent prosecutor in the courtroom. Not quite as good as Klobuchar, perhaps, but excellent nonetheless.

    But Rudy says that ... (5.00 / 2) (#71)
    by Yman on Thu Aug 13, 2020 at 09:43:53 AM EST
    Joe and Kamala (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by KeysDan on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 04:25:04 PM EST
    both, did a great job today.  Kamala's speech was excellent.

    A question about Kamala Harris: (1.00 / 1) (#35)
    by NoSides on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 07:32:55 AM EST
    Did Kamala Harris withhold evidence that could have exonerated defendants on multiple occasions - one of whom was on death row?

    She is accused of having done so.
    Is it true?

    Ham and Bananas Hollandaise (5.00 / 5) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 07:46:00 AM EST
    6 medium bananas
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    6 thin slices boiled ham (about 1/2 lb)
    3 tablespoons prepared mustard
    2 envelopes (1 1/4-oz size) hollandaise sauce mix
    1/4 cup light cream

    1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly butter 2-quart, shallow baking dish.

    2. Peel bananas; sprinkle each with 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, to prevent darkening.

    3. Spread ham slices with mustard. Wrap each banana in slice of ham. Arrange in single layer in casserole. Bake 10 minutes.

    4. Meanwhile, make sauce: In small saucepan, combine sauce mix with 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and cream. Heat, stirring, to boiling; pour over bananas. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until slightly golden. Nice with a green salad for brunch or lunch. Makes 6 servings.

    You have the option (none / 0) (#43)
    by NoSides on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:19:37 AM EST
    to ignore comments that are not of interest to you instead of clogging up threads with your rather strange recipes.

    I also have the option (5.00 / 3) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:36:12 AM EST
    Directly from the webmaster of this site, for you specifically in fact, to respond to your silly trolling with a recipe instead of elevating it with any kind of serious response.



    Or would you like to see (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:42:44 AM EST
    The actual comment spelling it out?

    On the subject of trolls (5.00 / 2) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:58:50 AM EST
    Have you seen one lately?  Seriously they have headed for the hills.  Or wherever they hold up.  At least the ones with any shame.

    As the chubby kid said in Jojo Rabbit, not a good time to be a nazi.


    Just asking questions? (5.00 / 5) (#37)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 07:48:37 AM EST
    Do you have a source, other than Tulsi Gabbard?

    There are many sources... (none / 0) (#42)
    by NoSides on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:17:57 AM EST
    The one from the NY Times by Lara Bazelon is the one referenced to by Jeralyn above.

    Go to the link Jeralyn provided. She suggests that we all read it. I would be interested in your opinion.

    Bazelon is now quoted as saying that she "hopes" that Harris, "seizes that moment and resists the urge to drift toward safety and the center."

    So we can hope.

    But at the moment, it looks as if the Democrats have given us an old-fashioned law and order ticket.


    Even Bazelon's ... (5.00 / 3) (#58)
    by Yman on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 02:36:07 PM EST
    ... opinion piece, apart from providing no evidence, doesn't accuse Harris of what you're claiming:

    Did Kamala Harris withhold evidence that could have exonerated defendants on multiple occasions - one of whom was on death row?
    She is accused of having done so.

    Read Bazelon's piece and see if you can tell the difference.  It's not hard.


    I forget. Which major party candidate was it (5.00 / 5) (#39)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:38:48 AM EST
    who advocated the death penalty for defendants who: (a) were not charged with any capital offense; (b) were below the age at which capital punishment is constitutional in any case; and (c) were innocent, as demonstrated by DNA testing? Was it the same candidate who encouraged his supporters to act as a chanting mob in urging that his political opponent be "locked up" for something that (a) had not been investigated, much less the subject of charges; and (b) would not be a crime, even if true? Or the one who repeatedly slings an utterly baseless accusation of murder against a journalist he doesn't like? Just asking.

    White Russian (5.00 / 4) (#40)
    by Yman on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:57:38 AM EST
    2 ounces vodka
    1 ounce Kahlúa
    1 splash heavy cream


    Add the vodka and Kahlúa to an Old Fashioned glass with ice.

    Top with the heavy cream and stir.


    Same as a Caucasian? (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by desertswine on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 02:49:26 PM EST
    Harris was not my first choice. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:40:25 PM EST
    However, in hindsight, she is strong and in this streetfight environment, I think she can take the many punches that are about to come her way.

    She can also (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:44:00 PM EST
    Dole them out pretty well.

    Yes indeed, (none / 0) (#7)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 03:47:27 PM EST
    I think meant to say that as well.

    The Replacements (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 05:20:00 PM EST

    Names on the list could be anyone from "Reps. Barbara Lee of Oakland, Katie Porter of Irvine and Karen Bass of Los Angeles, who was also short-listed as a possible vice presidential nominee for Biden. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a longtime political ally of the governor, also is at the top of the list, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia (gay) appears to be gaining steam."

    Xavier Beccera if he wants it should (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 05:41:04 PM EST
    be a prime candidate.

    I think it is his (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by MKS on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 07:21:22 PM EST
    He gave up a seat in Congress to become Cal. AG.  More than time for a Latino, and he is super smart and has played his cards right.

    Of course Adam Schiff, if he want it. (none / 0) (#28)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 07:47:13 PM EST
    Another thing this pick (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 05:23:45 PM EST
    and the added excitement will do i think is give us at least a couple more senate seats

    I'm looking at you GA.

    I wish. (none / 0) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 05:49:45 PM EST
    Not looking good down here. Harris might push Biden over the top but Ossoff is polling behind Biden and then there's the jungle primary.

    This is from the Hill a week ago (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 06:38:41 PM EST
    Democrats have work to do to just get into the runoff, and if they get there, they have to deal with the same turnout problems that have beguiled them in past runoffs," Kondik wrote. "So the Republicans have a few important backstops in this race."

    A regularly scheduled Senate election in the state this year -- for Sen. David Perdue's (R-Ga.) seat -- currently appears more favorable for Democrats. Sabato's Crystal Ball has that race in its "leans Republican" column, though other election handicappers, like The Cook Political Report, see it as a "toss-up."

    I believe there are a great many black women in your state that are still mad about Stacy.  Biden just gave them a vehicle

    RCP still has Perdue/Ossoff as a tossup.

    I'm close to putting money on Ossoff

    And there are about a half dozen other seats right on the line this could bring home.


    RCP (none / 0) (#23)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 07:11:45 PM EST
    has Ossoff losing in every poll when I checked just right now. The highest he has polled is 43% and Mammoth had Ossoff losing by 7 points. The most reliable and most recent has it 44 Perdue and 41 Ossoff. Ossoff has run a horrible campaign. All he talks about is corruption and PAC money and once in a while throws in the pandemic. People want to know what he is going to do to make their lives better and he's got nothing. I have more hope that Loeffler wins the jungle and we are up against her in the run off.

    There very well may be some angry black ladies but they sure don't seem interested in voting for Ossoff. Kemp's and Trump's handling of the pandemic definitely is helping Biden here and it's actually making it hard for the GOP controlled legislature to keep their seats. But for some reason the senate race is flying under the radar with voters.


    RCP (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 07:23:36 PM EST
    RCP Average    6/20 - 8/8    --    --    46.4    42.4    Perdue +4.0

    RCP Average: Perdue +4.0
    RCP Ranking: Toss Up


    The race is in the toss up category almost everywhere.


    538 (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 07:25:42 PM EST
    As usual is more favorable to us



    Ossoff (none / 0) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 08:00:30 PM EST
    is going to have to come up 7 to 9 points to take the senate seat away from Perdue in November. If those numbers hold it will go to a runoff. The best Ossoff can hope for from that recent batch of polls is a runoff. A miracle could happen and Ossoff wins but it's not looking good for him. We possibly could have two runoffs in December or January.

    If Biden starts polling at 53% in GA Ossoff has a shot to be pulled into office by Biden.

    The problem is these never Trumpers will not vote for Ossoff but will vote for Perdue. That's why Biden is polling ahead of Ossoff.


    Arguing about it is pointless (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 08:06:08 PM EST
    But I'm not sure how you get 7-9 from an average lead of 4.

    Also you say the black ladies have no interest in Ossoff.  Something I do not doubt.  The point I was trying to make is when those angry black ladies come out (they will) to vote for Biden/Harris very few of them will vote for Perdue.

    Maybe we will make a little bet later.


    In GA (none / 0) (#31)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 08:15:15 PM EST
    we have this stupid rule where you have to get to 50% +1 vote to win the senate seat. Less than that goes to a runoff.

    I'm not so sure... (none / 0) (#33)
    by unitron on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 12:54:59 AM EST
    ...I consider that stupid when you consider a scenario with Candidate A with 40% and Candidates B and C splitting the remaining 60% roughly evenly (say 30/30 or 35/25.

    60% voted against the winner.


    Please stay on topic (none / 0) (#74)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Aug 15, 2020 at 09:20:26 PM EST
    I don't want to delete your comments and I won't this time but you are hijacking the thread. Put this stuff in an open thread please.

    Tough target (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 06:15:18 PM EST
    Not a squad member

    NBC News: "Harris was difficult to pin down ideologically in the Democratic presidential primary, which left many voters wondering what she stood for and hurt her candidacy and ultimately forced an early exit last December before the first votes were cast."

    "But it also now makes her a more complicated target of attacks by Trump, who has also struggled to land a punch on Biden: During the Democratic primary, Harris was a rare candidate who polled near the front of the pack but never earned a derisive nickname from the president."

    Trump and Republicans (5.00 / 3) (#21)
    by MO Blue on Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 06:24:22 PM EST
    have chosen their one trick pony. Biden-Harris and every other Democratic candidate is part of the radical left mob.

    Personally, I wish Biden was a left candidate rather than the moderate candidate that he really is but right now the only thing that is important is that he beats Trump.


    For those of us on the left (1.00 / 2) (#44)
    by NoSides on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 10:27:21 AM EST
    well, for me anyway, this ticket serves merely as a means of voting Trump out of office.

    I wish we could vote for someone who promised change. Sanders offered some semblance of hope, but he is not a fighter.

    I am reminded, sadly, of the election of 2004 when  we had a chance to vote Bush out of office.
    He was known to have lied to us and led us into two wars - causing death and devastation (from which we have yet to emerge). And the Democratic party presented us with Kerry and Edwards, both of whom voted for the war. So we got another 4 years of Bush.

    In any case, we are forced to vote against someone instead of for a ticket that might inspire us.
    I speak of course for myself. Others might find this ticket inspiring.


    The left? (5.00 / 5) (#51)
    by MO Blue on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 11:20:44 AM EST
    You are no more of the left than Trump's favorite leader, Putin.  You are working against the legitimate left by trying to sow discord between the different elements of the party. IIRC, you and others like you were once again in the news. I have to wonder if you have just been thrown off other platforms.

    There have been things (5.00 / 2) (#52)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 11:42:59 AM EST
    That make me wonder if that screen name is even always the same person.

    Let me put it this way, it's either more than one person who is not always aware of previous comments or it's one really really stupid person.



    Not sure (5.00 / 3) (#55)
    by MO Blue on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 01:33:51 PM EST
    What organization/country starting with a "R" he is affiliated with but I am completely convinced it is not left or left leaning.

    Funny (5.00 / 5) (#56)
    by Yman on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 02:19:34 PM EST
    Alternating between "for those of us on the left" - the royal "we" and "I speak for myself".

    Is anyone really dumb enough to buy what you're trying to sell?


    I would direct attention (none / 0) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 09:07:17 AM EST
    To the troll below.  Some of them will scream liberal.  Others apparently will try to disrupt sites like this with charges she is a rabid out of control prosecutor dealing out the death penalty to pot smokers.

    I believe they will find they need to pick one.

    But it illustrates the point of the comment you replied to.

    Tough target.


    First Read (none / 0) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 11:10:26 AM EST
    First Read: "Joe Biden's pick of Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential nominee yesterday made history -- and it was also widely viewed in the political world as the likeliest choice. Which is why it's so surprising that Republicans seemed so unprepared with a strategy to define her."

    "The GOP's messaging on Harris was mixed from the start. Is she a finger-in-the-wind pol or a hardened leftist? Power-hungry or just a `puppet' of radicals? `In lockstep' with Biden or causing a `liberal revolt' from disappointed progressives?"

    "Is she actually `against everything that Black Americans are screaming about today' because of her record as a prosecutor? Or is she soft on crime and `marching in the streets with the BLM organization'?"

    "Republicans have been struggling for months to settle on one coherent argument against Biden. And despite having months to prepare for an argument against his veep, the same muddle is happening with Harris."

    Well (none / 0) (#53)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 11:57:06 AM EST
    at least he lets us know the Russian talking points du jour. Too bad he's not aware that we're all onto them after 2016.

    Maya Rudolph headed for a household name (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:00:37 AM EST
    Couldn't happen to a nicer person

    It's official: Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 election. And Maya Rudolph, who played Harris during the Democratic presidential debates on Saturday Night Live, has some thoughts.

    "Oh sh!t" Rudolph immediately responded upon hearing the news.

    Is Harris the Most Liberal Senator? (none / 0) (#54)
    by RickyJim on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 12:52:33 PM EST
    Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress. The score can be interpreted as a conservative--liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.

    So for 2019 ...

    The birthers are back (none / 0) (#62)
    by Peter G on Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:03:12 PM EST
    Snopes had to reprise a golden oldie (from 2019) today.

    The phony "constitutional" theory behind (5.00 / 3) (#73)
    by Peter G on Thu Aug 13, 2020 at 06:50:27 PM EST
    this racist nonsense (endorsed today by Tr*mp, in his own backhanded way) is contrary to Supreme Court law settled for over a century, any understanding of the relevant legal history, and all serious constitutional scholarship.

    Maybe this will help... (none / 0) (#72)
    by Jack E Lope on Thu Aug 13, 2020 at 12:06:18 PM EST
    Maybe this will help: If Harris is VP, there is near-zero chance she'll ever be AG.

    Trump will also have to be very careful in how he criticizes her, to avoid any retort he's anti-woman or racially insensitive.

    Did something change?  Did his cult stop rooting for cruelty?  

    Besides that, there are the usual forms of criticism that end up being aimed only at women - about appearance/wardrobe, about acting in ways that are seen as forceful/aggressive/uncaring/whatever other things - all of which are seen as acceptable, or even good behavior...in men.   It allows those practicing sexism to deny their sexist beliefs and behaviors.

    I'm trying to think of something positive to say about having two career crime warriors in the White House.

    I do not see Biden as a career crime warrior; he is a career politician.   He aligns his principles and priorities with what he thinks his constituents want.   When the nation was in a lock-'em-up mood (e.g., when three strikes seemed like a good idea to so many of us), he carried the torch to lead the way.   I think we are in a situation where it is good to have the combination of (1)long experience - he knows the sausage recipe, (2)desire to please his constituents, and (3)willingness-to-compromise...in order to get things done.

    Another reason for [a single-term cooling-off-period] Biden: I fear that a swift, radical move to the left will light a Trumpster fire - that is, a violent tantrum by those who are more enamored of so-much-winning, those who really want a world of might-makes-right, those who love some oppressive authoritarianism...as long as the right people are being oppressed.  They want to elect someone who expresses the hatred they feel.   Of course, if the right-wing media continue their scare campaigns, there may not really be a cooling-off period.