by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Joe Biden needs a running mate. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president has spent the pandemic campaigning on his own, usually from his basement. Frequent blunders, glaring lapses in memory, and even saying during an appearance on The Breakfast Club, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black,” are enough to make a supporter cringe. It’s not a good look. …
… One name that has been suggested is Sen. Elizabeth Warren. As a former presidential candidate herself, she is well-known. But the real question is, how well is she liked? In many ways, it seems like picking Warren would do much to help President Trump’s reelection campaign.
Warren, who had a promising start in 2019, was consistently polling in third and fourth place by the end of the year. She would remain there for the rest of her campaign. During the primaries, she never did better than third place in any of the contests. Most telling of all was her failure to do well in Massachusetts, her home state. Among the many Democratic choices, she just didn’t stand out as a party favorite. To assume that adding her to the Biden ticket would improve his chances is a shaky bet. …
… From a conservative perspective, Warren comes across as a deceptive elitist. There is plenty of reason to feel that way. Everything from her long-held claim of Native American ancestry (which she eventually apologized for) to her vague, untenable plans reveal an unlikable opportunist who feels somehow entitled to a higher position in the political sphere.
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