Conservative journalist Marc A. Thiessen has offered up an explosive opinion on Stacey Abrams in The Washington Post.
The writer, who covers foreign and domestic policy, recently said in his article that if Abrams is selected as Joe Biden‘s vice-presidential pick, she would “displace Sarah Palin as the least-qualified person ever to serve on a major-party ticket.”
The opinion piece references another 2008 article that claimed the choice of adding Palin to the Republican ticket “sent Democrats, independents, and moderate Republicans scurrying” to (then) Sen. Barack Obama. According to Thiessen’s reasoning, tapping Abrams would create a similar political environment.
The writer notes that Abrams is popular with Black, Hispanic, and Asian American voters.
He also states, “whatever advantage Abrams might bring with minority voters who are already in Biden’s camp would be dwarfed by her obvious lack of readiness for the presidency, which would drive away the moderate suburban Republicans and independents in the swing states that Biden needs to defeat Trump.”
Thiessen goes on to detail what he perceives as Abrams’ lack of qualification.
“Abrams’s claim to fame is that she lost Georgia’s governor’s race in 2018,” the writer argues. “Indeed, she has never won a statewide race. The highest office she has ever attained is minority leader of the Georgia state House of Representatives, a part-time legislature.”
Thiessen notes that Abrams’ foreign policy experience includes serving as a “former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations” which is listed on Abrams’s bio.
If elected, Joe Biden will be the oldest person elected to the presidency. Thiessen posits that this fact alone makes his VP pick extremely important.