Opinion | Does Joe Biden’s Running Mate Really Have to Be a Woman? – By Elizabeth Drew – The New York Times

The various factions in the Democratic Party should step back and let the presumptive nominee decide with whom he wants to campaign and govern.

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Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington.

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“Earlier and more insistently than at any time in recent memory, Democratic Party leaders and factions are pressuring the party’s likely nominee, Joe Biden, to hew to their agendas through his choice as running mate. This is a singularly bad idea.

Mr. Biden’s primary campaign platform was progressive compared with recent Democratic nominees, but arrayed against one further to the left. The putative nominee isn’t obliged to adopt the programs backed by his vanquished rivals, yet a degree of compromise might be in order to broaden support for the ticket.

Mr. Biden has yielded some to Senator Bernie Sanders on health care, but Mr. Biden continues to feel pressure from forces to his left to adopt their more ambitious plans, as well as to choose a vice-presidential nominee to their liking.”

Opinion | Why Having Hunter Biden Testify Would Be Bad for Trump – By Elizabeth Drew – The New York Times

 

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Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington who covered Watergate.

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“If there are to be witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump — at this moment an unknown — John Bolton and Hunter Biden would almost certainly be among those called to testify. Some people on Capitol Hill describe it as a one-for-one trade.

This idea has been widely dismissed by both sides. Democrats say Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, is irrelevant to the issues in the articles of impeachment. The president and Republicans assert that Mr. Bolton, the former national security adviser who was fired by Mr. Trump — Mr. Bolton says he quit — is simply promoting a forthcoming book and has nothing meaningful to say.

To my own surprise, I now think that such an arrangement might well be highly valuable — for the country.

For some time, I was against the Democrats’ offering any Biden as a witness in Mr. Trump’s trial, on principle. Just because the Republicans want to batter Hunter Biden is no reason to submit either him or his father as fodder to hostile Republicans. But principle can be turned on its head; calling Hunter Biden could backfire on the Republicans big time.”

David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT |  NYT comment
Thank you Elizabeth Drew for this fine analysis. I second it. I will bet anyone a penny that Hunter Biden can sound like a serious and intellectual player, who had some skills and integrity as well as connections to offer Burisma.