Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has decided to quit surrounding herself with men.
The presidential hopeful said it would be “fabulous” to have an all-female ticket in 2020.
Asked if America is ready for that, Harris quipped: “We’ll see if it happens.”
The mountain to climb here is a considerable one for Harris if she is, in fact, planning an all-female ticket.
Hillary Clinton has taken the female-led presidential ticket as far as it has ever gone — but she still lost to Donald Trump. (That had more to do with her untrustworthiness than her womanhood, however.)
There have also been two notable female vice presidential candidates on the ticket, but both lost in the general election.
Geraldine Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale in 1984 for the Democrats, but lost to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Then, in 2008, Sarah Palin ran on behalf of the Republican Party with John McCain, but lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
In these two cases, it was more about the presidential candidate than it was the vice president. Reagan was able to capture the country like no other candidate before (or since) and McCain didn’t stir up enough excitement to overcome the growing popularity of a very young and very charismatic Barack Obama.
Still, Harris would be shredding history and breaking all odds if her all-female ticket managed to break through.
Not the only one
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) is also reportedly considering adding a woman to her ticket. However, she is not as locked in as Harris.
“I’d put a woman on my ticket. I’d put a man on my ticket,” Warren said. “What I want is somebody who’d be in the fight.”
Meanwhile, conservatives are still hoping it is their party that can break through with the first female president, because we have a candidate for Trump to hand off to: Nikki Haley.
The former governor of South Carolina is widely regarded as the next political star of the Republican Party, especially considering her stellar time as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
If Trump can hold off the Democrat assault and win re-election, Haley would clearly be a favorite in the party for the 2024 election, and very likely would become the first female president.