Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It's Kamala! Harris is Biden's pick for VP

“It’s Kamala, to the surprise of no one who was really paying attention. Trump apparently is also giving up on rallies, and the contagion of crazy continues to spread in the GOP” – Charlie Sykes in thebulwark.com.

Yeah, not surprising, but I awoke this (Wednesday) morning happier that Biden selected my choice.

The Lincoln Project came out supporting Biden and Harris. David Gordon (Blog for Arizona) reports on their latest ad in The Lincoln Project salutes the Biden/Harris Ticket.

It did not take long for the Lincoln Project to produce a stellar ad saluting the Biden/Harris 2020 Democratic Ticket.

Called “Kamala,” the narrator frames this time in history as one where “our nation is hurting” with the rising death toll due to COVID 19, the “worst economy since the Great Depression,” and “anger and division.”

The narrator then says this is a time for unity as Americans and states that “Joe Biden is the President for this moment.”

A moment later, Senator Kamala Harris is introduced. Describing her as “a strong voice for America” and “a happy warrior for the soul of America,” the narrator relays that:

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the America we believe in where hard work means more than family wealth, where compassion and kindness are strengths, not weaknesses. This is the America of our better angels. The best of America: strong, compassionate, determined. On November 3, a new beginning. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. It’s time.”

What the Kamala Harris Pick Says About the Biden Campaign explains Jonathon V. Last in thebulwark.com.

Harris has weaknesses. Every potential VP has weaknesses. But she also has a unique set of strengths.

First and foremost, she is instantly credible as a potential president. You might not like her politics, but she is obviously smart enough and experienced enough to execute the job.

Second, she has been largely—although not completely—publicly vetted.

Third, she is shrewd and politically malleable. That can be a liability, but it’s also an advantage because, unlike Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, she is not a true believer. She will go where the votes are. And she will go where Biden goes, for at least as long as it is advantageous to her.

Fourth, you can trust that she will at least hold her own in the VP debate. Those debates never really matter, but with Harris, you can basically forget about the possibility of it turning into a disaster that eats up three days’ worth of news cycles. That’s a luxury that very few of the other potential VPs would have afforded.

Fifth—and there’s no delicate way to put this— Harris’s presence on the ticket is a daily invitation to the president to go Full Trump. Which would only hurt him more with suburban voters.

That’s already started. I’ll come back to that in a little bit.

So what does Kamala Harris tell us about how the Biden campaign sees the race right now?

Her selection suggests that the campaign believes their position is very strong. They think that the progressive wing of the party is with them and did not need to be tended to. They believe the heart of their coalition in November is going to be African Americans and college-educated suburban whites, both of whom should respond well to Harris.

It also shows that this is a steady, well-managed campaign that has the discipline to not get cute and out-smart itself.

But the biggest thing the Harris pick says is this: They think they’re going to win.

Charlie Sykes reports on the reaction in Trumplandia.

The reaction has been… revealing. In some precincts of the right, the focus shifted immediately to her ethnicity, with Trumpist Mark Levin devoting an entire monologue to argue that Kamala Harris is not African-American since her parents are of Indian and Jamaican ancestry. The theme was picked up by others in Hackistan, including Ari Fleischer, who said that “she’s just not that historically exciting to African-Americans.” (Pro-tip: if you want to take the pulse of the African-American community, you probably wouldn’t have Ari on speed dial.)

At a White House briefing shortly after the announcement, a low energy Trump repeatedly called the California senator “nasty,”calling her the"most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate.” His campaign issued a bizarre statement that laid out its strategy for dealing with her over the next few months

Not long ago, Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received. Clearly, Phony Kamala will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party. In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare. She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.

Charlie concludes “my initial take is that TrumpWorld seems a bit confused about how to take her” [on].

Buckle up. This is just the beginning of the name-calling and thuggish behaviors from Trump and his campaign.

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