The phrase that “all politics is local” is one that is commonly used in the United States. It is most commonly associated with former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Democrat Tip O’Neill who supposedly coined it. It is especially the case in the state of Illinois where I am from, especially in Chicago. Whether Democratic or Republican parties are in power, the politics are monolithic. Like an ice flow down a glacier, once it starts and is in motion as an avalanche, you have no doubt as to its nature and where it will end up as it crashes.
If you look at a series of posts I have done since Feb 11, 2020, I have increasingly seen my old classmate Tammy Duckworth as a shoe-in as the number one to be Biden’s number two. Certainly, personal knowledge of her and her habits have guided me as well as studying her political career. However, recently, there have been a number of events that would seem to seal this case in concrete.
First of all, according to the State Journal Register, the state Democratic Party threw its support behind her on July 15th. According to Yahoo News on July 30th, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he pushed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick Sen. Tammy Duckworth as his running mate, arguing that she would highlight President Trump’s successful attempts to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War. Finally, an op-ed column in the August 7, 2020 in the powerful Chicago Tribune speculates as to who Governor Pritker should appoint as Senator if Tammy is elected.
While there has been pressure on Biden in the wake of the death of George Floyd to pick a black female vice presidential candidate as his number two, the influential Democratic machine in Illinois seems to be calling the shots. Given the desperation of African Americans to unseat Donald Trump, I would predict that they will also fall in line to pick Tammy as a “safe” alternative. After all, she is a mother, a wounded veteran and a competent politician. Also, she is from a blue state that is assured to stay blue and not a blue state that might turn red if Trump pulls off a miracle. While I may be wrong, I’ll bet that proverbial case of beer that the announcement speech that Biden gives from the virtual podium next week will be for Tammy Duckworth. I have no doubt that she is representative of American tastes, ideologies and perspectives as a whole, while representing repressed minorities who have felt left out of the system.
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