Why Hillary Clinton Should Choose Kamala Harris as Her V.P. — Carlos Watson Weighs In


(Above: Kamala Harris on the steps of San Francisco City Hall)


With less than three months to go until the Democratic National Convention in July, political talk has inevitably shifted to who the current party frontrunners—Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—will choose as their running mates. And while we shudder to think who Trump will choose, there's a lot of buzz around the possibility of an all-female Democratic ticket.

And whose name comes to mind when it comes to Hillary's V.P.? Oakland-native, former SF district attorney, and all around #girlboss, Kamala Harris.

So what should Hillary do? Ozy Media founder/CEO Carlos Watson argues:

"Well, if she were asking me — and she is decidedly not — I would tell her to conjure up the spirit of Al Davis, the longtime renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders. With his funny clothes and unusual sideburns, Davis not only wanted to "just win, baby," he loved to take chances and throw it deep. Clinton should do the same. How deep? Not Elizabeth Warren. Deeper. Not Bernie. Even deeper. Not Kasich, although that is clever. Not even Michelle Obama, my favorite idea shared by a reader recently. Sadly, I am not sure the first lady is ready or even desirous of this kind of extended tour of duty or combat.

No, I think the unequivocal "catch them when they're not looking and knock them out Jon Jones MMA–style" move would be for Hillary to choose the daughter of an Indian immigrant who's also the sister of a senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign. I am talking about California's attorney general, and likely future senator, Kamala Harris. Born in Oakland, home of Davis' great Raiders teams, the telegenic 51-year-old former San Francisco district attorney is a fresh face who would ignite women, young people and people of color across the country.

She's from a blue state, you say. Doesn't matter. Her appeal would be electric, and her selection would create an excitement around Clinton's campaign that they probably cannot fathom. A young half-black, half-Indian woman with a tough and innovative record on crime as a DA and attorney general? Man, oh woman, would Clinton score. The enthusiasm would be the most powerful campaign jolt we have seen since the GOP swooned over Sarah Palin. Unlike Palin in 2008, the substance and experience that Harris brings to the table would likely sustain such enthusiasm deep into the campaign."

Read the rest of the story over at Ozy.

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