2020-05-07 01:59:22 UTC
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer was noted as one prominent woman in the
Democratic party whose policy positions were similar to those of Joe Biden, thus
making her a possible choice for vice-presidential candidate.
Now that allegations against Joe Biden have been raised, a serious issue has
arisen for the Democratic party. Of course they could be dismissed as unproven,
but previously the Democrats have shown a strong propensity for believing women.
And if being a Supreme Court justice is a privilege - unlike just not being in
jail, which is why criminal trials need proof - certainly being President of the
United States is a privilege too.
So the Democratic party is in a difficult situation; it's making itself an easy
target for accusations of hypocrisy.
But what can it do?
Gretchen Whitmer is not really interested in leaving her home state at this
critical time. And some of her measures - closing the garden sections of stores
allowed to be open - are unpopular as they seem to be unnecessary. So there's a
real question about whether she could be elected President.
So much has been done to blacken Hillary Clinton's reputation that it probably
wouldn't make sense for her to run again either.
I've thought of one other possibility. Unfortunately, she's never been in
politics; as far as I know, although she has written a book, otherwise she has
primarily been only a wife and mother, which are honorable callings, but still
not generally considered good qualifications for leadership.
So I don't think that the Democrats could advance Michelle Obama as their
candidate - on the basis that only by having a woman as their candidate can they
be confident that no accusations of sexual impropriety are going to surface
between now and the election.