The Kamala Harris-Biden Conundrum For Democrats

Yours Truly has repeatedly said despite opposing viewpoints by paid mainstream media pundits that U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the presumptive favorite to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for the 2020 elections. Yours Truly began saying this way back in April 2018 with this post and has repeated the assertion through the various iterations of the popular #Dem2020Poll.

Senator Kamala Harris’ political stardom hit mainstream media pundits like a brick between the eyes this past Thursday (06/27/2019) following her stellar debate performance where she methodically cast Biden as a racial segregation sympathizer–a near fatal blow in the eyes of the ethnically diverse Democratic Party voting base. Sen Kamala Harris all but busted the grassroots Democrats’ fantasies of a Biden-Harris no-brainer ticket.

Clearly Yours Truly has been way ahead of the curve touting Sen Kamala Harris’ political stardom(deserved chest-thumping) so it’s only fair that Yours Truly also direct your attention to a potential quagmire the Kamala Harris stardom may pose to the Dem presidential chances in 2020–the aforementioned Kamala Harris-Biden conundrum. Here’s how it plays out.

Most political pundits agree that Joe Biden would be a great general election candidate for Democrats in 2020 because he has a chance of winning back the rural White Obama voters who Trump won in 2016. The same political pundits also agree that a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket in 2020 would be unstoppable–a no-brainer ticket if you will. There is a problem however for Democrats with this seemingly easy solution to the Trump problem. As Yours Truly stated in these tweets, there is a very strong possibility that Sen Kamala Harris will beat Joe Biden for the Democratic Party’s nomination effectively busting the Biden-Harris fantasy.

How then do Democrats turn around and tell Sen Kamala Harris, “Congratulations for winning the nominations but we’d be better off with the no-brainer Biden-Harris ticket?” Political pundits agree that Sen Harris would be a terrific general election candidate in any other presidential election cycle but going up against Trump, with the attendant race-baiting that is sure to ensue, there’a a very good chance she may lose the general election for reasons that have nothing to do with her qualifications. Simply put, even though the modern Democratic Party is more inclined to nominate a Kamala Harris, the fact of the matter is that against Trump, Biden is a better general election candidate and more importantly a Biden-Harris ticket is a sure winner in 2020. What to do about this tricky 2020 situation confronting Democrats as we go through the nomination process is one that deserves a lot of open and frank debate among the party faithful especially given the fact that the desire to unseat Trump in 2020 appears to trump everything else (forgive the pun).

Bottom line as we go through the excitement of the presidential nomination process, we as Democrats also need to start seriously thinking about the conundrum the Trump presidency poses on the Democratic Party’s nomination process. How do we make sure that the person we nominate to go up against Trump is also the best general election candidate? These are the tough topics Yours Truly hopes paid mainstream media pundits will expound on as the presidential nomination contest progresses. The 2020 presidential election is still very far away and a lot of twists and turns are bound to take place and therefore as Trump famously says, “we’ll see what happens.” Also importantly, if Sen Harris ends up as the 2020 Dem nominee, please make sure to remind the “expert” presidential prognosticators (Nate Silver, et al) that the real deal @emolclause has arrived!!