In March 1903, Teddy Roosevelt went on a camping trip to Yosemite with famous pioneering conservationist John Muir. After the trip, TR is reputed to have said that you never know a person until you’ve been camping with them.
I guess going to the field with someone in ROTC counts as well. You get to know a person you’ve pitched a tent next to. I was commissioned with Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois in 1992 and she is a smart and brave person who I am sure can help unseat Donald J. Trump.
As a former resident of Illinois and a historian, I believe she is another Illinois dark horse candidate with some mileage, if not as president, then as vice president. I have studied rise her since Trump’s election and believe she is being groomed for the Oval Office or another important position by the Democratic Party. Despite her status as a junior senator, she is the go to person for denouncing Trump, particularly by doing it on the Senate floor during Trump’s recent trial. I think she expressed the American public’s opinion succinctly.
Joe Biden recently took what he called “a gut punch” in the Iowa Caucus. He repeated in a recent CNN town hall meeting what he has been repeating on occasion since August of 2019 that he would like a vice presidential candidate who is a woman or a person of color. Not only does Tammy have those two qualifications. She is also a wounded war vet and a mother. Who better to have on the ticket against a guy whose greatest exploits were draft dodging and withholding aid from a US ally for personal gain? Her stand on social issues is also impeccable.
While her rise has not been as meteoric as Abraham Lincoln or Barak Obama, I predict she may be getting ready for a run, with the blessing of many in the Democratic Party leadership. Frankly, we need another leader badly in America. Maybe, we need a mother’s touch.