After months of speculation and a seemingly endless cast of candidates through the revolving door, we now know what should have long ago been settled.
The former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden, has announced that his running mate will be the US senator from California.
This is very good news on multiple levels. For starters --
If you want Biden elected -- and especially if you want President Donald Trump defeated at all costs -- Harris is the only viable running mate to help take Biden across the finish line. Nearly every other candidate had major baggage or alienating qualities.
Harris wants to be president. Occasionally the ambitions of a vice president can get in the way of a seamless working partnership. But in this case, her positioning of herself would be a good thing, because she very well might be president someday. Biden will turn 78 on Nov. 20, and, if he wins, it's reasonable to consider he could be succeeded at some point by his vice president. It's important to have someone who's not only ready for that role, but who has envisioned how she would do it. With Biden at the helm, he'll set the pace, but his administration -- and the nation -- can rest easy that Harris isn't just a plus-one. She's ready to go.
With Harris, Biden has put his money where his mouth is. It's one thing to say you care about ending racism, it's another to put a woman on the ticket who will make it her priority. If he truly empowers her to do just that, to have a voice on those issues that even overpowers and outshines his own, it could go a long way toward reassuring many Americans on the left and the right, young and old, White and Black, that an older White guy is truly interested in helping to usher in a new era of racial justice.
Finally, it's Harris's potential ability to get moderates, independents and even some in the center-right, to cross over and vote for Biden. On some important issues to moderates, she's resisted the urge to move to the far left.
But if you're in the middle, or even center-right, and believe that Trump has to go, Harris isn't likely a bridge too far.
Biden had to do the veep dance, meeting with candidates, floating some to the public, weighing the pros and cons of each. Every presidential candidate does. But in this case, it should always have been Harris.
In fact, I'd wager no one is as good a complement to the top of the ticket as she is -- at least since Biden was to Barack Obama. And we all know how that turned out.