The battle lines have been drawn for the Nov. 3 presidential election between parties that could not be more different.

Former Vice President Joe Biden last week chose U.S. Sen. and former rival Kamala Harris to be his running mate on the Democratic ticket. If all goes as planned, they will face incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Harris, who is 55 years old, will team up with Biden, who is 77. Trump, 74, and Pence, 61, will try to hold their offices despite social and political troubles at home.

“These aren’t normal times. I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person,” Biden said in an email last week. 

Harris joins Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin as the only women to be chosen as a vice presidential nominee of a major party. Ferraro was the choice of Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984 while Palin was picked by Republican John McCain in 2008. Biden interviewed 11 people to be his v.p. pick, all of them women. He made it clear early on that he wanted a woman to be his pick.

Reaction to the Harris selection was swift.

Obama, still despised by many in this country, said, “She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake.”

Trump again called Harris “nasty,” a term he often uses for women. He called Harris “a dream opponent.”

Harris is the daughter of immigrants: her mother from India and her father from Jamaica. She was elected as district attorney of San Francisco, then won attorney general of California in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. In 2016 she won her seat in the U.S. Senate. She briefly was a front runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee before dropping out.

Justin Haskins with FoxBusiness said, “In what may go down as one of the worst vice-presidential picks in U.S. history, Joe Biden announced ... Harris to be his running mate for the 2020 presidential election.”

Errol Louis wrote on CNN.com that “Harris brings Biden a direct link to the party’s African-American base, reflecting his team’s strategy of generating excitement and high turnout in Black communities. ...”

Yes, Biden chose Harris in part to go after the Black vote, just as Trump picked Pence to strengthen the vote with Evangelical Christians.

SE Cupp on CNN said, “If you want Biden elected – and especially if you want President Donald Trump defeated at all costs – Harris is the only viable running mate to help take Biden across the finish line. Nearly every other candidate had major baggage or alienating qualities.”

Caitlin Oprysko wrote for Politico, “But the pick doesn’t come without baggage. The pair’s brutal clash over Biden’s record on race during the first Democratic debate last summer has left some of his key advisers still smarting over what they describe as a lack of remorse for the sharp attack.”

The Trump team is battling one domestic issue after another, on which he appears to be woefully inept. His team’s response, or lack of one, to the Covid-19 Pandemic has been sparse, at best. More than anything, his attitude that “it is what it is” when it comes to the mounting death count from the virus should worry his supporters.

Trump’s lack of leadership has been appalling. When this country needed someone to show leadership and strength, he instead seemed to cower from the problem. He put together a White House task force to deal with the pandemic, then proceeded to publicly ridicule scientists with the knowledge to lead us in a battle. All along, Trump’s only cry has seemed to be “get back to work,” “open the churches” or “put your kids back in school,” even while scientists and his task force said not to.

The Nov. 3 presidential election will be billed as “us versus them” in many ways.

Social unrest, political strife, a battered economy and a deadly pandemic, all have happened under Trump’s watch. The “us” side blames others while the “them” team wants its shot.