Thursday, May 23, 2019

Are Harris and Booker Running For Vice? And If So, Which White, Male Presidential Candidate Is The Conscious, Black, Female Democrat Supposed To Support?

             I’m not much of a gambler. 
However, Vegas is offering some pretty tempting odds for the 2020 presidential race.  Donald Trump is predicted to win. They’re giving him + 140 odds (meaning a bet of $14 will get you $140.00), Joe Biden is + 600, O’Rourke is + 700, Sanders + 800 and Harris is + 900 and so on. But I’m not trying to make a quick buck. I’m just tired of living in an America where I feel like I have a target on my back because I’m black.  Right now, we can’t as a nation, even agree that black lives matter. Which means that when my two sons or I get pulled over or pulled aside by anyone in this country, we’re literally scared for our lives.   
Steve Bannon was recently quoted saying that a Harris-O’Rourke ticket would be the Democrats best shot against Trump in 2020.  Although he’s suspect as a source, I was actually pretty excited about what felt like a free, helpful hint from Trump’s former BFF. So, I brought this intel to a black, female friend of mine who is also a long-time Washington insider.   
“So, I heard that a Harris-O’Rourke ticket might win?”   
I tried to tamp down the excitement in my voice, but it was too late. The truth was that the more I thought about it, the more I believed Steve Bannon to be right. We are talking about Harris, a career politician and sitting mixed-race female senator running with O’Rourke, the bilingual Texan who has been compared to a Kennedy.  I thought that a Harris-O’Rourke ticket might be the game changer that we wanted, but I needed my friend to co-sign this theory because she’s never been wrong.   
It was she who broke it down for me in 1996 when I thought that Dole might actually beat a post-Lewinski-scandalized, Bill Clinton.  It was she who knew that Obama would win by a landslide in 2008 and told me that he’d be reelected in 2012. And it was my friend who delivered the news to me in August of 2016, that Hillary Clinton would not win the upcoming election. 
“You don’t mean…” I’d faltered. 
“Yes,” she nodded gravely. 
“But all of the polls say…” 
“The polls are wrong.” Her voice was soothing, as though she were calming a child down after a temper tantrum. 
“You mean HE’s going to be…?” 
“President Trump,” she said without flinching.  She had already processed this unthinkable reality. 
So, this time, I sat in front of her expectantly, waiting for her verdict on Bannon’s prophetic offering. 
What say you, now soothsayer?
She looked up from salting her tofu scramble with a bored stare. 
“You know Harris and Booker aren’t running to win, right Laura? You understand that they’re just running for Vice.” 
Say what? 
“You can’t run for Vice President.” 
I was trying to fight the feeling of disappointment I felt rising in my chest. 
“Of course not,” she said impatiently.  “But Trump is a juggernaut, and neither Kamala Harris nor Cory Booker has the numbers to beat him in any scenario.  However, Vice is possible.  With Biden, Bernie or Beto, Vice is possible. 
Biden, Bernie, and Beto – OH MY!
“It’s far too soon to be talking about running mates.”  
This was said by Kamala Harris on the last Sunday in March.  It was the first 90-degree day of 2019, and there were about 50 of us gathered in the backyard of a close friend of mine to support Kamala in her bid for the 2020 Presidential nomination. However, her statement startled me because it felt a little like she was reading my mind.  Sure, I was listening for her position on policies and evidence of her passion and intelligence. But I was also trying to gather up any clues that might verify my friend’s frank, straight-forward conclusion.  I was close enough to make eye contact with her, so I gave Kamala my best plaintive look. 
Thank you, Kamala, for mentioning running mates.  Because if my friend is right, I’d really like to know now if you’re actually running for Vice President. Moreover, if you are, what’s the most helpful thing to do? Continue to support you or should I campaign for one of these white men running against you instead?  
If the money is on Biden, Bernie or Beto to beat Trump (and according to the Odds Shark-app, it is), then should I just cross my fingers that whoever gets the nod picks Kamala Harris as their running mate?  But there’s also an argument to be made that Senator Cory Booker might be a more attractive black running mate because he’s a man.  But perhaps Steve Buttigieg is a more attractive running mate than both of them, as he is a young, white, man who checks a box that Harris and Booker can’t – LGTBQ.
 I would love, love, love to see this enormously qualified, mixed-race, black, female being sworn in as President in January 2021, but I feel like I’m operating in a vacuum here in Los Angeles.   I have no idea whether or not America is ready to put a black woman in the oval.  And at the end of the day, the only thing I am really interested in is the most potentially successful combination – the one that can beat President Trump.  
Last year, the #Resistance movement celebrated when former Governor, Jerry Brown signed a bill to move California’s Presidential primary up to March 3. This date-move puts California on the first slate of Super Tuesday contests, which gives The Golden State an early chance to take down a hated president, but it also gives us Californians less time to decide.  For the first time in a long time, while our votes really do matter, we have less time to make sure that the candidate we support and believe in, is also the candidate that can win against Trump.  And if my friend is right, I might have to be willing to put aside my desire to see our first black female President take office next year, in order to bet on a sure thing.


  1. This is a great analysis Laura and I appreciate your insights greatly. Ive been looking to Buttigieg as a great choice lately and his chances look good from what I’m hearing.
    But your main point is the MAIN POINT. Lol. We just need a sane combination that can take down Trump ☮️

    1. Oh yes that evil Trump who has created more jobs for blacks than Obama did in 8 years. Stfu

  2. Conscience Black Democrats male or female never self-label themselves "conscience". Blackness can be monetized, weaponized, or in the most minimal state prioritized. Let the community label you through your efforts, unless blogs and articles is the extent if your revolution.

  3. Since this is about the article in the Huffington Post today that you wrote titled, “I love my white boyfriend but there is something he could never understand”, it is off topic and I apologize for that. I thought it important to share my story with you and hope that you realize that some of us white people not only understand but we grieve whenever confronted with the horrific and devastating aftermath of violent racism.
    I knew very few black people growing up in Arlington, Virginia but all of the adults in my extended family excepting my parents were racist. We were taught that racism was wrong and that every person is worthy of love and respect until they prove that to be untrue by their acts or words. At the age of fifteen as a runaway in the county jail in Emanuel County Georgia, I witnessed the murder of a black man by the deputy sheriff and a crowd of white men. I cried myself to sleep that night for the one and only time in my life.
    Two years later, I enlisted in the Marine Corps, for the first time in my life I met, and made friends with black people. There was a lot of racial tension in the Corps at the time that in my naiveté I was blissfully unaware of, so when we had a race riot on the base it was a shock and disturbing to me. One night as I got up to use the head (restroom) a young black Marine from another unit that I did not know pointed a rifle at me in the squad bay and threatened to kill me. A black Marine I knew put himself between that rifle and me. Then he told me to leave while staying between that Marine and me.
    About a year, after I got out of the Corps I got a job on a loading dock at a textile plant in Charlotte. Having no money for lunch I went to sit on the loading dock in the shade and an older black man came out and sat down beside me. He offered me a sweet potato and we spent the lunch hour chatting about whatever. For the year, that I was there that was our routine at lunchtime. I learned an enormous amount about life from that old man.
    One conversation in particular has stuck with me to this day. We were chatting and I said something insensitive or offensive and Amos got mad, and raising his voice explained white privilege to me clearly. Of course, he did not call it white privilege but he made sure I understood how it affected both our lives. He also instructed me by way of explaining once you know something is wrong you must stand against it or the wrongness becomes something you own. I was in the moment both chastened and grateful that he cared enough to correct and instruct me.
    At age 71, I am now the old man and the patriarch of a multi-cultural family. Both my youngest sister and one of my daughters married black men. I know all about having “the talk” with my grandchildren and nieces and nephews. I know the fear of waiting for them to get home safe. I know the pain of helping them deal with their first racial animus. Whenever I see a black person murdered by anyone it immediately takes me back to that cell in Swainsboro, Georgia and I am again a terrified fifteen-year-old kid. I understand. I understand that someday it might be one of my loved ones.
    If your boyfriend loves you than he can be taught to understand by you if you love him enough to teach him. Be patient, kind, and firm. In time, he will understand…

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