Biden’s own criteria for the vice presidency clearly rule out someone with Abrams’s personality and experience. He has repeatedly said that the person he chooses must be able to step into the presidency on Day One, a clear recognition that his advanced age means voters know the vice president could easily have to become president if Biden’s health deteriorates. Only the most blinkered ideologue can say Abrams meets that measure. Biden has also said he needs to be personally and philosophically “simpatico” with his No. 2. Abrams’s pugnacious persona is miles apart from Biden’s.
This raises serious questions about her own self-awareness. That she is openly campaigning for the job, while denying the obvious in interviews, also raises questions about her judgment. How can someone seriously think this will work or raise her stature?
Abrams’s decision to do this rather than run for George’s U.S. Senate seat also boggles the mind. The appointed incumbent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) is clearly a weak incumbent. She had no political experience before becoming Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) choice to succeed the retiring Johnny Isakson, and she immediately become embroiled in an alleged insider trading scandal. The Republican alternative, Rep. Douglas A. Collins, is a hard-right ideologue from rural Georgia — not the type of person one imagines would appeal to the suburban electorate that Republicans need to keep the Senate seat. Abrams nevertheless decided not to run for this eminently winnable seat, one that would have given her necessary national experience.