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Black Woman VP? Maybe, Maybe Not

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There is a lot, and when I say a lot, I MEAN a lot of noise and chatter about who presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden, will pick to be his vice-presidential running mate. And the loudest noise comes from the political punditry - Left and Right - salivating about the possibility of a Black Woman as the VP candidate. Biden and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have remained coy, extending his first week in August declaration by another week, possibly by August 15. This has only ratcheted up the flurry of speculations and attempts by news outlets to "one up" each other in their frenzied rush to influence Biden's decision in the same way that they "gave us Donald Trump" in 2016 by reporting on every burp, flatulence emission, and name calling as trademarks of an "outlier political novice" that Washington needed.

If the former vice-president follows through with his pledge, it would mark only the third time in United States history that a major party has selected a woman for the number two spot - four years after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be a presidential nominee. This move would suggest the Democrats are looking to secure the advantage they have among female voters according to recent polls, and perhaps insulate Biden from allegations that he engaged in unwanted physical contact with women. But while the possibility that he MAY pick a Black woman from the incredibly brilliant and accomplished group that has been floated as possibilities, Biden DOES NOT HAVE to do that. He can play it safe and pick one of the four white women and so fulfill his campaign promise.

Maybe, Joe and Co feel they can pick a non-Black VP candidate and placate the Democratic Party's Black and Brown voters by saying that he never promised to pick a Black woman - just A WOMAN.

I am certain that America and the world will not know who the new POTUS is on November 3 given the challenges that the nation will face voting in a pandemic. Vote by mail ballots will take days - if not weeks - to be counted and certified, further muddying the already murky political waters. Bet your life that Donald Trump will seize on ANY genuine delay as fraud and election rigging.

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