Is It Kamala and Joe, or Joe and Kamala? [OPINION]
Something weird keeps happening. The Democrats keep putting Kamala Harris' name above Joe Biden's when talking about their presidential ticket. Joe Biden did it. Kamala Harris did it. And now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has done it.
While participating in an Instagram Live interview with Billy Eichner on Monday, Warren stated, “Kamala and Joe have got to win this.” I understand the whole ladies before gentlemen thing, but this is the Democrat presidential ticket, not a game of hopscotch.
More than a few people have raised concerns about Biden's cognitive health. Some believe Biden is topping the ticket only to carry it across the finish line and that Harris would call the shots should the ticket be successful. Perhaps you think all of that is crazy talk. Is it really that far fetched? Tell me your thoughts.
Biden needs to speak to concerns about his mental health. He needs to assure voters that he would be their president if elected in November and not Kamala Harris. When Biden refers to a "Harris-Biden administration," he raises questions about his abilities and makes potential voters nervous.
With Biden as the Democrat's standard-bearer, his name must precede Harris' in discussions about the ticket. There needs to be no doubt that Joe Biden, and not Kamala Harris, would be in charge should the ticket win in November. Especially now.
If this sounds like nitpicking to you, that's okay. When asking voters to dislodge an incumbent president, there can be no doubt about who is heading the ticket and who will be in charge should the ticket be successful.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.