Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal

Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal
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Here are Trump-supporting women on Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE’s promise to name a woman as his vice president.

“It feels part contrived, part consolation prize,” for women defeated by Biden for the Democrats’ presidential nomination, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE told The Washington Post.

“Saying you’ll choose ‘a woman’ instead of naming a specific woman is wildly patronizing,” tweeted Karol Markowicz of the New York Post.


Their dismissive view of Biden’s pledge to name a woman as his running mate is a hint of their likely distaste for his promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court.

No black woman has ever been considered for the court, much less served there. Of the 114 people who have been on the bench since 1790, 108 have been white men. Over those 230 years, the exceptions have been two black men and four women. Three of those women are white and one, Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorWill the Supreme Court take ObamaCare off life-support? Supreme Court grapples over Catholic organization's fight against nondiscrimination law Girl Scouts spark backlash from left after congratulating Justice Amy Coney Barrett MORE, is Hispanic.

For most of my life, the idea of a woman as vice president or a black woman sitting on the Supreme Court amounted to a progressive’s pipe dream.

The core of the GOP argument is that Biden is guilty of pandering to women instead of seeking the best qualified person for the job.

The air goes out of that putdown with a look at how President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE handed the vice presidency and two court nominations to white men.

Trump’s Supreme Court nominees both came from a list provided by the conservative Federalist Society. Clearly, a consistent conservative political leaning — not simply top judicial qualifications — has been the determining factor for Trump.

The only time a woman was named as the Republican vice-presidential nominee — Sarah Palin in 2008 — few argued that her resumé made her the best qualified person for the job.

Palin was selected because the Alaska governor was a fresh voice and she generated excitement. But her lack of experience in national politics and foreign affairs — in other words, a lack of qualifications — became a burden on Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign MORE’s (R-Ariz.) unsuccessful run for the White House.

Contrast Palin’s nomination with the female Democrats likely to be considered this time. Just look at the record of national political achievements from the four U.S. senators who ran for the nomination – Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (Minn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (N.Y.).

And beyond those political leaders, there are other supremely qualified women for the job among Democrats, beginning with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (Calif.), Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Next Congress expected to have record diversity Infrastructure, energy investments urgently needed to create U.S. jobs MORE (Wis.) and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet Sunday shows preview: The final push to Election Day MORE (D-Fla.).

The same is true of the wealth of well-qualified black women for Biden to nominate to the Supreme Court.

Biden has an array to put on his shortlist. It begins with Harris, who previously served as District Attorney of San Francisco and Attorney General of California. But it also includes Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Justice Leondra Kruger of the California Supreme Court.

Biden could even go out of the box with a political star with a Harvard Law School degree — former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk MORE.

The only lack of ‘qualification’ for these women is that they are not men.

And the U.S. has never had a woman serve as president or vice-president.

Keep in mind that the majority of the voters in at least the last five presidential elections have been female, and most of them cast their ballots for the Democrat.

A majority of women of color voted for the Democrat in each election — including 94 percent of black women in 2016.

But in all five elections, a majority of white women voted for the Republican presidential candidate. However, in the most recent national elections, white women have been trending away from Republicans.

In 2016, white women voted for the GOP by 11 percentage points but in 2018 they voted for Republicans and Democrats in equal numbers — 49 percent for each party.


Exit polls from those midterm races found 59 percent of all women voted for the Democrat in that year’s congressional races compared to just 40 percent of women who voted Republican.

Note that when Democrats won those 41 seats, most were won by female candidates. The Democrats’ class of 2018 in Congress introduced the nation to a new generation of female leaders like Reps. Katie Porter (Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (N.Y.), Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinBickering Democrats return with divisions Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (Mich.) and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerDivided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally Bickering Democrats return with divisions MORE (Va.).

So far, Biden’s primary campaign has succeeded by attracting the same suburban, white, moderate female voters who rewarded the Democrats with a House majority in 2018.

That why his promise to nominate a female vice president makes sense.

To use Biden’s famous hot-mic line from the Obama years, this is a “big f-in deal.” 

Juan Williams is an author, and a political analyst for Fox News Channel.