I love the conjecture about Susan Rice that is emerging as Joe Biden prepares to announce his selection as a running mate for the 2020 presidential campaign.
Some pundits are wondering whether Rice is “qualified,” given that she’s never run for elective office.
I laugh out loud. I guffaw. I roar my amusement! Why?
Look at who Americans elected as president in 2016! Yep, we elected a phony, fraudulent business tycoon who became known to millions of Americans as the host of a reality TV show. Donald Trump had never run for public office, either.
But … by golly, the dude won enough Electoral College votes to squeak by an eminently more qualified opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Now we might get to see whether Susan Rice has the chops to run for the vice presidency. She most certainly does!
She served in two posts in the Barack Obama administration: as United Nations ambassador and then as national security adviser. Let there be no doubt that Susan Rice brings credibility as a foreign policy expert.
So what, then, if she hasn’t sought elective public office? She has served the pubic in high-powered, highly sensitive positions.
As for the selection process that is under way, I am going to place my trust in the former vice president’s wisdom in finding the right person to run with him.
Biden has been through the vetting process already, with President Obama’s team looking high and low for the correct individual to work with the new president who had to cope with a financial collapse that was second in recent times in severity only to what is occurring at this time on Donald Trump’s watch.
Biden, who would be the oldest man ever elected president, has said publicly that he wants someone who can succeed him after a single term if he determines he is unable to seek re-election in 2024. He also is looking for someone who is “simpatico” with the presidential nominee, a trait that proved invaluable during the eight years Biden served as vice president in the Obama administration.
Does that individual happen to be Susan Rice? Or one of the other dozen or so women being considered by Biden?
The presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee knows what he’s doing. I will keep the faith that he selects someone with whom he can campaign successfully against Donald Trump.