Voting Rights; RCP Takeaway; From Geri to Kamala

Good morning, it’s Monday, July 12, 2021. On this date in 1984, I was on the floor of the Moscone Center in my hometown of San Francisco when Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale asked convention delegates to approve his choice of a running mate — a little-known congresswoman from Queens.

“I know what it takes to be a good vice president — I was once one myself,” said Mondale, in a rare bout of immodesty. “I looked for the best vice president, and I found her in Geri Ferraro.”

New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was not the most qualified female running mate Mondale could have chosen: That distinction probably belonged to Rep. Patricia Schroeder, the Colorado Democrat who had been instrumental in forcing party elders to expand the demographic waters of their normal pool of candidates. Yet, Schroeder was on the convention floor that night, too, cheering along with the rest of the delegates and party luminaries.

“America is not just for some of us,” Mondale said. “Our Founders said in the Constitution: ‘We the People.’ Not just the rich, or men, or white, but all of us. Our message is that America is for everyone who works hard and contributes to our blessed country.”

It took another 36 years, but Pat Schroeder’s vision — and Fritz Mondale’s promise — came to pass in the person of Kamala Harris. Anniversaries such as this one serve as reminders to take a step back from the daily details of politics (and our partisan differences) and look at the big picture. Irrespective of your political leanings, Vice President Harris not only fulfills Walter Mondale’s promise to his political party, but the promise of America’s founding. Yes, it took a long time to get here, but it’s something to celebrate — notwithstanding the noisy posturing by malcontents on the ideological fringes of the political spectrum.

On that admittedly preachy note, I’d point you to our front page, which aggregates, as it does each day, columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. Today’s lineup includes Karol Markowicz on teacher unions (New York Post); Jania Hoover on the importance of teaching African American history to all kids (Vox); Abigail Shrier’s case study on how conservatives can get things done (Substack); and Harold Meyerson’s look at NYC mayor-apparent Eric Adams (American Prospect). We also offer a complement of original material from RCP reporters and contributors, including the following:

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White House Needs to Explain Its Voting Rights Strategy. Bill Scher writes that the president is at odds with most of his party over the need to pass the For the People Act.  

RCP Takeaway. In the latest podcast, we discuss the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, critical race theory, and the New York mayoral race. 

Biden Backs Teacher Unions, CRT Curricula. Phil Wegmann reports on the administration’s decision to wade into the growing culture war over critical race theory.   

Texas Congressman Embodies Nation’s Divide Over Vaccines. Phil has this interview with Rep. Chip Roy. 

Lina Khan’s Plan for Big Tech Faces Big Obstacles. At RealClearPolicy, Olive Morris warns that the FTC head will need to better equip the agency if it pursues her antitrust agenda.  

Biden’s End-of-Semester Report Card. At RealClearEducation, Lance Izumi considers the president’s spending policies’ impact on student well-being and achievement.  

Assessing the Hype Over Electric Vehicles. At RealClearEnergy, Robert Bryce explains why EV sales, though growing, account for just 2% of all U.S. auto sales despite purchasing incentives.  

Why We May Be Dependent on Processed Cereals. RealClearScience editor Ross Pomeroy spotlights a study on what’s become the chief source for many Americans’ micronutrients.  

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Carl M. Cannon 
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics
@CarlCannon (Twitter)

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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