"I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be vice president," proclaimed Joe Biden, the man who had once claimed there were at least three genders. Apparently he expected no pushback from the other two.
But some are asking, is this not a form of sexism? What if the best candidate is a man?
These questions are not coming from the party whose identity politics trump their gender ideology at election time, nor the media that supports them. They are coming from the common sense of independents and Republicans.
"Biden has done a disservice to his future running mate by emphasizing her gender rather than her accomplishments," writes Washington Examiner columnist Kaylee McGhee. "Now, whomever he chooses, whether it's Amy Klobuchar, Stacey Abrams, or Sally Yates, it will be seen as the most inclusive option, rather than the most accomplished."
New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz chimed in, asking: "How do other women not see that 'I'll pick a woman for my VP' is an insult to all of us? Saying you'll choose 'a woman' instead of naming a specific woman is wildly patronizing."
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway writes: "It is unwise for Biden to have set such an intractable marker. It feels part contrived, part consolation prize given the high number of women who actually ran against him for President in the primaries."
If Donald Trump wins 2020 and Vice President Pence were to run in 2024 and declare in a nationally televised debate that he is "committed to picking a man" for vice president, imagine the uproar throughout the liberal media establishment that would cause.
And what would have happened if Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York did not make the fatal error of allowing COVID-19 patients into nursing homes and rehab centers, killing thousands of elderly? His stock was rising at such a rapid pace that it would have been difficult for Biden to have kept his word on choosing a woman.
Further, part of the motive for picking a woman running mate may be to inoculate Biden from sexual misconduct allegations like those coming from Tara Reade; however, this places great pressure on his VP nominee, whoever she is, to serve as his female apologist. She will be forced to answer — over and over again — for Biden's treatment of other women, including the serious allegations of assault leveled by Reade.
It has been reported that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been asked by the Biden campaign to undergo a formal vetting for consideration for the VP slot. Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has said she too has been contacted by the campaign.
Others purported to be on his short list include Florida Congresswoman Val Demings, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Stacey Abrams of Georgia, failed 2020 Democrat candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.
Independent political observers note that progressive politics attempts to erase perceived sexism by committing acts of sexism to "even the playing field." Promising "a woman" rather than a person with the best qualifications illustrates this.
If elected, Joe Biden will be 77 years old when he takes office, the oldest in American history to begin his first term. Whomever he chooses as his running mate will likely occupy the White House in 2024 or 2028 — if not before, considering Biden's increasing cognitive difficulties. Conservatives are concerned that the consequentialist way of seeking social justice by "choosing a woman" may have long-lasting ramifications for this country.