Joe Biden had a drawn-out process to pick his running mate for vice president, Sen. Kamala Harris. There are excellent lessons to be learned for corporate America:
1. Joe Biden identified his problem: He has to have the engaged support of his base, especially the Black community and women, to win in November.
Hillary Clinton lost 2016 for two reasons: She needed 25,000 more Black votes from Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee, and the Democratic electorate was not excited. Ten percent fewer Democrats voted in 2016 compared with 2012, 7% didn’t bother to vote, and 3% voted for a third-party candidate.
In response to these issues, Biden promised to select a woman as a running mate. In light of current events, the Democratic base made it clear that a woman of color was preferable. Sen. Harris would be totally qualified if she were a white man. Who she is makes her a superb choice.