Democrats’ “dream ticket” would have Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in the top slot and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as her running mate.
That’s according to former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown, who is widely respected as a political pundit with inside into internal Democratic Party politics.
Brown wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday:
If the Democrats really want to generate some interest in the presidential race, the ticket should be Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.
I’m not saying a combo of the California senator and South Bend, Ind., mayor would win for sure. But it could, because it would certainly throw President Trump off his game.
And the pairing of a female former prosecutor with a gay middle American who is both a Rhodes scholar and an Afghanistan war veteran would certainly get the nation’s attention.
Brown went on to add that Harris would be good enough at debating to throw Trump off his game, and Buttigieg is “level-headed and likable” enough to provide a contrast to the president.
Buttigieg currently leads in the money stakes, having raised over $24 million in the second quarter; Harris raised half that, despite her strong debate performance and higher polls.
Brown, who also dated Harris in the 1990s (and appointed her to well-compensated state jobs), has previously poured cold water on the prospects of the Democratic presidential primary field.
He has said — at least twice — that no Democrat can currently beat President Donald Trump — first after Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year, and then again after the first Democratic debate in Miami last month.
But their best shot, he believes, is Harris-Buttigieg.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.