Biden must choose ‘the woman in Michigan’
(CNN)There’s only one winnable choice for Joe Biden’s vice president pick: “The woman in Michigan,” as our incumbent President calls Gretchen Whitmer.
These suburban voters and industrial workers, especially in the Midwest heartland, are what the party needs to keep cultivating. Joe Biden must win Michigan. New York, Massachusetts and both coasts are a lock. Besides, any progressive worth his or her salt will recognize that sending Trump packing is essential at any cost.
Whitmer’s website describes her as “a lawyer, an educator, former prosecutor, State Representative and Senator. She was the first woman to lead a Senate caucus. But the most important title she boasts is MOM.” In other words, she checks all the boxes. The state she heads is the heartland of the American auto industry with a truly global reach and broader aspirations. And she’s served for 20 years — far more experienced than New Mexico’s Grisham, for instance, with three terms in Congress and 15 months as governor.
Should she indeed get the nod as Biden’s running mate, I’m not convinced that overseeing a state with the third highest Covid-19 cases is necessarily a “good look” that will inure to the Democrats’ benefit. The GOP will certainly cry “too much, too late” on her record.
As for Whitmer’s website boasting that she is an “educator”. . . stop! Just stop! As one who has taught for 21 years, it is insulting to hear someone who has not spend a day in the classroom nonetheless try to disingenuously manipulate themselves into people’s hearts. For shame! For all the heat that Devos has taken in her Education post, at least she never made false claims about her previous service in education.