Time Bravely Names Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Person(s) of the Year
When Time Magazine announced its candidates for Person of the Year a month or so ago, we had a feeling they would take the obvious pandering approach and choose one of two possible nominees: The Black Lives Matter protesters or “Essential Workers,” either of which would have given them room to sit back on their laurels and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. We’re glad they didn’t choose to go with the former, because the last thing that group needs are accolades for their socialist demands and their city-destroying temper tantrums. But while “essential workers” would have been a somewhat namby-pamby choice, it would have also been appropriate in a year like 2020.
Instead, Time went in an even safer (if less sensible) direction, naming Joe Biden as their Person of the Year. Oh wait, we’re sorry, this is the Age of Wokeness, and one does not merely give a WHITE MAN an award of this sort without some kind of qualification. Therefore, Time also named Kamala Harris as their Person of the Year in a kind of dual honor. As far as we can tell, this is the first time the magazine has ever felt compelled to do this with a presidential winner’s running mate. Something tells us that, if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016, she wouldn’t have had to share the cover with Tim Kaine.
“Biden had the vision, set the tone and topped the ticket,” the magazine claimed in their writeup. “But he also recognized what he could not offer on his own, what a 78-year-old white man could never provide: generational change, a fresh perspective, and an embodiment of America’s diversity. For that, he needed Kamala Harris: California Senator, former district attorney and state attorney general, a biracial child of immigrants whose charisma and tough questioning of Trump Administration officials electrified millions of Democrats. The Vice President has never before been a woman, or Black, or Asian American. ‘I will be the first, but I will not be the last,’ Harris says in a separate interview. ‘That’s about legacy, that’s about creating a pathway, that’s about leaving the door more open than it was when you walked in.’”
Here’s the problem. Biden’s campaign was historic for one reason and one reason only: He literally stood for nothing except, “Let’s get rid of Trump.” He won not because he had a fresh take on the purpose of American leadership but because he was the other guy. His campaign was characterized by a stunning lack of excitement and interest on the part of his “supporters.” He was the default candidate and his biggest (and perhaps only) strength was that he was not Trump.
For that, he gets Person of the Year? Come on, Time. At least try.