Yeah, I’m not impressed with Bass’s “explanation” either.
Unlike many of you, I’d be happy with Harris as the choice. Though I agree she might be better as Attorney General. I’d also be happy with Demings or Duckworth. I’m lukewarm about Bass and was before the Scientology comments–I’m not sure I see any particular strengths there. I still like Stacey Abrams, although losing the governor’s race is not perhaps the strongest qualification out there. I worry that Susan Rice is too closely associated with the Clintons, allowing Trump to run against Hillary yet again.
The only one of the top contenders I really don’t want is Warren. Too old, too white, and too willing to allow Trump to get under her skin.
Regarding John Edwards, while he represented and lived in North Carolina, he was actually born in South Carolina. Interestingly, he won precisely two states in the 2004 primary season. One was NC. The other was SC.