Progressive leaders see Senator Kamala Harris, if she is elected vice president, as their pipeline, the Biden Democrats will have a younger, more diverse and freer hand in power.
- Why it matters: The rise of political parties made Harris the best hope for penetrating Joe Biden’s older white inner circle.
If Biden winsHarris will be the first woman, the first black American and the first Indian-American to serve as the vice president of the United States – if Biden decides not to seek re-election, she will immediately be regarded as the presidency The first woman.
- She will face pressure to push Biden first in personnel matters.
- Progressives hope that Biden will step out of his network when he assumes an administrative position, and prioritize the participation of the entire Democratic caucus instead of working with moderate Republicans.
What are they talking about: BlackPAC founder Adrianne Shropshire told Axios: “If it is to be a bridge between the transition and the transition to the New Democratic Party, it is the way they must govern.”
- Shropshire added: “People believe in Biden when he says’black life is important’ and’we need to address racism in our country’.” “But they also believe that he is old school. In order to solve these problems, we actually need new and progressive ideas-and actually have direct or indirect experience of the problems we are talking about.”
- Alicia Gaza, the co-founder and founder of the “Black Living Matter Movement”, said: “I hope she will be the only black and Indian woman in history, but I really want to see her not as a symbol .” A member of the Futures Lab.
- “She will analyze everything they talk about in the administration from the perspective of race and gender, which has always been lacking,” said Glynda Carr, founder of the American PAC, Higher Heights.
Be smart: This immediately surfaced potential tensions between Harris and Biden.
Big picture: In the Democratic presidential primaries, Harris is not the first choice of progressives. But several people who have spoken to Axios about this story said that they feel she is more responsible for their sports than Biden himself.
- The Senate, which has served as a senator since 2017, has a different view of the bipartisan relationship and the possibilities between Democrats and Republicans than the senator Biden has been in the Senate since he was Vice President Barack Obama in the 1970s. . The status of progressives within the Democratic Party has also changed.
- Just look at some of the task forces and committees Biden has promised so far, discuss topics ranging from immigration to police and court reform, and think about the distance between Democratic and Republican politicians.
- “Harris will speak out and urge Biden not to negotiate with the Republicans what they want to do,” Justice Democrat spokesman Waleed Shahid told Axios.
Between lines: Among the progressives, the remaining dissatisfaction with the Obama-Biden White House and the attitude of learning lessons, they feel that Obama does not pay enough attention to them.
- Shahid said: “The progressives gave Obama a honeymoon in 2009, and then he appointed all these Wall Street people.” If Biden wins, “so we need to be vigilant.”
- Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Movement Committee, said of Harris: “It should be comforting for Biden to ensure that her military is aligned in advancing its agenda.” “Because we know he is on track. There will be spoilers.”
- Green said: “There will definitely be corporate actors and agency actors urging them to plan carefully.” “As the last person in the conference room, Senator Harris can play a key role in urging them to stay true to the bold ideas they advocate and urge others Don’t hinder the unity of the party.”
What we heard is: Harris gained credibility among the once suspicious Democrats by criticizing Republicans and Trump appointees at the Senate confirmation hearing.
- During the campaign, her duties included expanding the number of outsiders to increase the turnout of black and Latino voters.
- She touched on familiar themes of public health and the economic crisis, but also talked about the “long-awaited racial injustice in the United States” and called President Trump a racist.
What’s next: Policy activist Harris hopes to incorporate it into criminal justice reforms, systemic racism, the expansion of voting rights and early voting, COVID-19 relief programs that address racial differences, and responsibilities to technology companies.