Sunday, June 7, 2020

Who Will Wall Street Allow Us as Joe Biden’s Vice President?

Clearly it won’t be Elizabeth Warren. She’s too bright, too much of a threat to the moneyed crowd and made the serious mistake of telling us exactly what she stood for and intended to do.

Apparently, that’s a death-knell to any serious politician. The traditional route to election is to smile a lot, say nothing of consequence and promise ‘change.’

Change is a sure winner.

But on everything, from climate change to the decline of American values and financial health, Warren had a plan for that and the temerity to actually tell us what it was.

Wall Street (my loose definition for everyone in the Fortune 500) already knew what her plans were—regulation (and possibly jail) for them and a good shot at rebuilding the middle-class for us.

That’s how we actually got Joe. The monied crowd was comfortable with him. No one was going to jail. Actually, Washington is so hip-deep in payoff politics that the Jeff Bezos crowd doesn’t care who wins in November. 

But Trump’s an embarrassment and they’re as pissed off as any of us when they check in on his latest tweet. Plus, he’s giving America a shitty reputation overseas and that’s bad for business.

Yeah, Biden would stumble from time to time over syntax, but that was kind of charming and Joe was a known quantity, the man who hadn’t a plan for anything. His only identifiable qualification was being Obama’s vice president.

So, what can we expect when the announcement comes our way?

It will be a she, because that’s perfectly okay so long as it’s not Warren. And it will be a black she, because that’s great for photo-ops and shows off Joe’s liberal creds—he’s have gladly made himself black, if that were possible.

Senator Kamala Harris ticks off all the boxes: “She is solid. She can be president someday herself. She can be the vice president,” Biden said in December. But it’s a long, long way from December to June and the money-whisperers are afoot, so who knows?

Senator Amy Klobuchar is mid-western and in order to win the presidency, Biden needs to win there. Klobuchar could help him do that. Not a ‘woman of color’ as the euphemism goes, but hey.

For my money, the rest of the crowd don’t have either the name recognition or stats to make the cut. But then I'm not great at picking winners and would never have guessed it would be Joe making the decision…

…and actually, it’s not. Wall Street will let us all know--after they make up their mind.

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