With Bernie Sanders dropping out, all that’s left to figure out on the Democratic side is who will Joe Biden choose as his running mate? It’s not obvious who he’ll choose and who would be the best fit. The Democratic Party seems to be split into two groups. One that is moderate and centrist and the other that is far left and progressive. The calculation Biden has to make is which group he should pick his running mate from. There are pros and cons to whatever decision he makes.
Starting with picking a moderate/centrist running mate, the obvious pro for Biden is this is likely to make those who voted for him in the primary more happy. They chose him over Bernie because they like his more centrist/moderate views and see that as the path to beating Trump. By choosing a moderate running mate, Biden would keep those people happy and also attract a larger number of independent as well as Republican voters who are fed up with Trump but don’t want to knee-jerk in the opposite direction by picking a far left candidate.
The con with a moderate running mate is perhaps it won’t widen Biden’s tent as much as he would hope. With Biden as the nominee, he’s guaranteed to get a lot of the moderate/centrist voters. Instead of doubling down with a moderate/centrist type of Democrat or Republican, it’s easy to argue that Biden might as well roll the dice and go with a running mate that is a bit more progressive and able to energize a base of voters that are disappointed by seeing a centrist candidate win the nomination. Of course, Biden has to ask if any running mate other than Bernie Sanders can make such voters happy. If not, maybe he just goes with a moderate running mate instead of trying to appease a base that will give him the cold shoulder no matter who he chooses.
Personally, I think Biden would be smart to choose someone who is on the younger side of the coin as his running mate. Someone like Pete Buttigieg (38 years old), Andrew Yang (45 years old) or even Cory Booker (50 years old). I think any of those three guys would make younger Democrats feel like they have a voice and a seat at the table. If Biden wanted to go with someone a little older, but avoid the boring old white guy look, he could roll with Kamala Harris (55 years old). Being a woman and person of color would make her an interesting choice as well.
The bottom line at least for me is Biden needs to choose a candidate that can appeal to a younger generation of voters who are in their teens, 20s and 30s. Those voters want more radical change and someone in office who represents the diversity that the Democratic Party strives for. A woman, person of color, a young person, or any combination of those things would make a good running mate. An old white guy on the other hand, would be a terrible choice for a running mate. Unless his name is Bernie Sanders and I don’t think Bernie would take the job if offered.
What are your thoughts? Who would be the best running mate for Joe Biden?