Pick Michelle Obama for VP

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Bi­den is only half­way home with this move,” col­umn, March 23

Why does former Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den’s choice for a fe­male vice pres­i­dent seem so chal­leng­ing? Why not pick a per­son who would en­er­gize not only the Demo­cratic Party but also the en­tire na­tion, es­pe­cially in these un­cer­tain and stress­ful times?

Put Michelle Obama on the ticket and wal­lop Pres­i­dent Trump in 2020. Kathryn Black

San Pe­dro

It’s hard to know if columnist Ge­orge Skel­ton is tone-deaf on the mood of the coun­try or sim­ply re­flect­ing his own gen­er­a­tional bias. At a time when many Democrats want fresh voices and a clear pro­gres­sive push, his best ad­vice is that Bi­den se­lect a hard-core cen­trist as his run­ning mate.

What Bi­den needs to ex­cite the pro­gres­sive left that felt be­trayed by Hil­lary Clin­ton’s 2016 cam­paign and stayed home from the polls is a moder­ately younger, pro­gres­sive can­di­date who speaks to the hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of the gen­er­a­tions who do not feel Bi­den speaks for them.

Those of us who want a re­turn to san­ity and a mod­er­ate shift to the left will hap­pily line up be­hind Bi­den, but we will not be enough to de­feat Pres­i­dent Trump.

Skel­ton’s rec­om­men­da­tion of Sen. Amy Klobuchar — whom I ad­mire, but do not sup­port — would be the death knell for Bi­den and the Democrats. David Hig­gins

Los An­ge­les

Bi­den’s best choice is not Klobuchar. Although she’s well qual­i­fied, she is a mod­er­ate like Bi­den.

What we need now is a steady, nor­mal­iz­ing leader, and Bi­den fits that need. What we need four years from now is more of the vi­sion of young pro­gres­sives.

Bi­den should look at one of the fe­male gover­nors, es­pe­cially Latina gover­nors like New Mex­ico’s Lu­jan Gr­isham, since he polls poorly with Lat­inx vot­ers. In­flu­en­tial com­men­ta­tors like Rachel Mad­dow would do the Democrats a service by show­cas­ing ap­peal­ing fe­male gover­nors and leg­is­la­tors who are not well known out­side their states. Mar­cia Ed­wards


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