As racial and political division continue to try to break our nation, it’s become increasingly apparent that something has to give. And for Minnesota Senator and failed Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, that means her increased political career. She announced on Thursday that she would no longer be seeking the title of second-in-command as Joe Bidens’ vice president.
Nearly from the emergence of Biden as the assumed nominee for the Democrat Party, the former vice president announced that whoever he chose to be his VP would be a woman, creating contrast and diversity within the White House. And for nearly as long, Klobuchar has been considered as one such woman, given her equally middle-of-the-road stance on policies and her ability to win over at least some of the Midwest.
However, upon bowing out of the race for Biden’s running mate, she told the nation that she believes the best for both her party and the US right now is to not only have a woman VP but one that is “of color,” as she told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
She told the nation, “After what I’ve seen in my state, what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment. And America must seize on this moment. And I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president (Biden) last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”
She went on to say that “there are so many incredibly qualified women, but if you want to heal this nation now – my party, yes, but this nation – that’s sure a hell of a way to do it.”
BREAKING: Sen. Klobuchar announces she is withdrawing from consideration to be Joe Biden's vice presidential choice: "I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket." pic.twitter.com/xk4zZIP7Yd
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 19, 2020
And while I have to agree that having a woman of color standing next to dementia ridden old white guy would most definitely make a statement about diversity and acceptance, we all know it would really only be about the votes the party could get.
As of right now, the Democratic party is at a crossroads. Biden is their only shot at the White House right now, but as he has already made clear by his constant gaffes, it will be his VP who is actually running things. And due to some of those blunders, Biden’s favorability among both women and blacks has dwindled somewhat. Choosing someone from both demographics would seem to solve these issues.
Furthermore, the Democrats would love to continue to push the narrative that only their party would so boldly make history in this way.
However, they fail to remember that the first person “of color” to hold the title of VP was, in fact, a Republican.
In 1929, with the election of Herbert Hoover as president, Charles Curtis took the second-in-command position. It was noted at the time that he was the first person to achieve the title “with acknowledged non-European ancestry.” Curtis was “three-eighths Caw Indian and 100 percent American,” as he liked to say, according to the Washington Examiner.
Additionally, as the outlet pointed out, the first three black Senators were all Republicans, which, when you think about it, only makes sense seeing as how the GOP was the party that ended slavery.
But that’s not what the left wants you to remember. Instead, they will try to point out that since the 1964 Civil Rights Act, racists and segregationists have been Republican, giving them control of the South.
However, this makes little sense, considering that some of the largest black populations reside in the Southern United States, and these are thought to be predominantly Democratic strongholds.
As former political science professor from Vanderbilt University Dr. Carol Swain reports, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did, in fact, change things for the two political parties and the South. But it wasn’t because of racism. It was actually the lack thereof.
As she described in a 2017 video to PragerU, “the South itself has changed.” And she continued, “The racism that once defined it doesn’t anymore.” Therefore, it focuses on the values it holds dear, and, as it turns out, those “are conservative ones: pro-life, pro-gun and pro-small government.”
Swain rightly surmises, “the myth of the Southern strategy is just the Democrats’ excuse for losing the South and yet another way to smear Republicans with the label ‘racist.’”
But as history clearly proves, Republicans put the first person “of color” into office, both in the White House and the Senate. So tell me again how they are racist?