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Biden should consider Jenny Durkan, the mayor of Seattle, as his VP

Susan Estrich on

The novel coronavirus has made clear who in this country actually runs things.

It should be, and occasionally is, the president.

But in this instance, President Donald Trump has mostly been a cheerleader, often cheering for the wrong side -- the side that thought the virus was just a hoax, that there's nothing to worry about here, and that it would disappear. But he's not the one issuing the orders. That would be the governors and mayors. It's the governors who are out there fighting to buy masks and ventilators in a free-for-all triggered by the president. It's the governors and mayors telling us what we can and can't do. It's the governors who, struggling to restrain the virus, are directing where and when hospital beds can be built. I see Gov. Gavin Newsom every day. I see Gov. Andrew Cuomo every day. I haven't seen Sen. Kamala Harris since she dropped out. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, not at all. I'm sure they are voting with Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Governors fight. Big-city mayors fight.

Senators vote.

Every story I read says the front-runners are the women senators who lost in the presidential primaries and have since been voting on bills agreed to by others. Excuse me. They lost for a reason. They said things about you that will get replayed a million times. And on the greatest issue of our time they are doing nothing more than casting a vote for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deal.

 

Women governors and mayors have proved their mettle not by showing up to vote for a fait accompli but by taking their place on the front line of the crisis, uniting their communities, making life-and-death decisions every day.

Meanwhile the senators sit there for absolutely no reason until Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pelosi tell them to vote yes. Will that qualify them to deal with an economy that has been in recall and a pandemic that may still plague us?

Former Vice President Joe Biden is 77. If he wins, he will be 78 when he takes office and 82, G-d willing, when he leaves.

In the middle of a pandemic killing senior citizens, voters would be nuts if they weren't worried about age including the president's, who turns 74 in June.

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