Kamala Harris

How much influence will Kamala Harris have?

Featured image There are two kinds of vice presidents, those who enter the office with chops and those who don’t. For purposes of the vice presidency, chops can be earned by high level service, by having mounted a credible presidential campaign, or by being the leader of a wing of the president’s party. Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Dick Cheney are probably the best examples in my lifetime of vice presidents who »

America in 2020

Featured image In 2020, America elected a president who slithered his way up the greasy pole and a vice president who slept her way up. The election that will bring this pair to power was rife was practices that enabled cheating on their behalf. For example, a fair system of poll watching is a sine qua non of fair elections. That’s why the international community sends poll watchers to countries suspected of »

Is Kamala Harris a Marxist or just incoherent?

Featured image I don’t know. The main thing I know about Harris is that she’s an opportunist. If you don’t think so, check with some of the people she prosecuted in California. The following statements by Harris have been cited as evidence that she’s a Marxist: Equality suggests, oh, everyone should get the same amount. The problem with that, not everybody’s starting out from the same place. So if we’re all getting »

When is it okay to prevent a woman from speaking?

Featured image After Kamala Harris’ debate with Mike Pence, some female pundits couldn’t contain their glee that Harris had told Pence, on the few occasions when he interrupted her, “I’m speaking.” They saw this as the defining moment of the debate (or claimed to). I wonder how these same female pundits evaluated today’s spectacle of a distinguished female nominee for the Supreme Court being treated as a bystander at her confirmation hearing, »

The Pence-Harris debate

Featured image This was a real debate, a good debate. It was one of the best debates associated with a presidential election that I can recall. Both participants were sharp and both landed plenty of blows. Both talked over the moderator, but not over each other. Neither was very obnoxious. Only one was relatively honest. I’ll get to that later. There was a clear winner, I think. It was Mike Pence. He »

The *Harris* Administration, Take Two

Featured image I’m starting to understand why Biden and the Democrats are so fanatical with the demands that we all wear masks right now. Because theirs keep slipping. First we have Kamala talking about “the Harris Administration, together with Joe Biden. . .” And now Joe Biden himself seems down with the program, speaking here today about a “Harris-Biden administration. . .” »

The *Harris* Administration??

Featured image It’s a running joke by now that if Biden wins he’ll be replaced in short order by Vice President Kamala Harris. But did Harris let the mask slip today when she said, in a scripted broadcast targeted at hispanic voters in Arizona, that “a Harris administration together with Joe Biden. . .” That is how you might talk about someone understood to be a pure figurehead. You can watch the »

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Featured image Kamala Harris makes my skin crawl. She gives synthetic products a bad name. Her acceptance speech as the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee this past Wednesday night (text here) was meant to apply the veneer of normality to her characteristic bizarreries. I want to pause only over one passage, beginning with this statement: “And while this virus touches us all, let’s be honest, it is not an equal opportunity offender. Black, »

Where’s the Harris Bounce?

Featured image The big political news of the week last week was obviously the announcement of Kamala Harris as Slow Joe’s running mate. Excitement all around! At least in newsrooms. Among the voters—apparently not so much. From The Hill today: Biden’s lead over Trump narrows in new national poll Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump has narrowed since last month, according to a new national poll.  Biden leads Trump »

Kamala Harris: America’s Least Sincere Person

Featured image Kamala Harris is devoted to the political advancement of Kamala Harris. (Just ask Willie Brown.) Beyond that, she has no apparent principles, although she is happy to adopt extreme leftism as the guise of the moment. During the primary season, she attacked Joe Biden quite effectively, claiming to believe the women who accused him of sexual harassment, and so on. But, like the rest of Harris’s life, it was all »

Joe Biden, a profile in pandering

Featured image This column by David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s chief strategist in 2008 and 2012, suggests that Joe Biden didn’t really want Kamala Harris to be his running mate. Axelrod doesn’t quite put it this way, but he does say that “others Biden considered may have fit more comfortably into partnership with him.” This is similar to my take last week. I agreed that Harris was probably the frontrunner for the nomination, »

Liberal Double Standards at Work

Featured image The situational ethics of liberals is seldom more vividly displayed than in this pair of Tweets from Shaun King, the faux-black commentator on CNN: Question: Harris is “the most progressive VP nominee in American history”? Is she really to the left of the pro-Soviet Henry Wallace? Good to know. »

How moderate is Kamala Harris?

Featured image Joe Biden and his handlers are hoping that Kamala Harris can fill two roles. They hope she will be the social justice warrior who fires up the Democratic base, but at the same time come across as moderate and non-threatening to more centrist voters. After all, there’s better than a small chance that, if elected, Biden won’t serve out his first term. The social justice firebrand part shouldn’t be difficult »

Breaking: It’s Harris [With Comments by John and Paul]

Featured image News breaking right now that Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate. She seems a poor choice even aside from her ideological defects. She ran a terrible campaign, dropping out before the Iowa caucuses having blown through all of her abundant early money and squandering some early strength in the polls, chiefly because she never settled on a campaign message, and performed poorly from day to day, walking »

Willie Brown to Kamala Harris: Don’t join Biden’s ticket

Featured image Willie Brown was instrumental in launching Kamala Harris’ political career, so I guess he has standing to give her career advice. His advice is that Harris should say “no” to Joe Biden if he offers her a place on the Democratic ticket. Here is Brown’s rationale: [T]he vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George H.W. Bush, who ascended from the job to the presidency, »

Did Harris fail because she’s a woman of color?

Featured image That’s the line being peddled by some on the identity politics left. Harris herself seems to favor the theory. It’s garbage. The last two Democratic nominees were, respectively, a black and a female. Clearly, then, Harris didn’t fail because she’s black and she didn’t fail because she’s a woman. But was the combination of these two identities too much for Democrats to stomach? To make that argument, one must explain »

The fall of Kamala Harris

Featured image What explains Kamala Harris’s collapse? Even before she withdrew from the presidential race, the pre-mortems had been written and published. Not just the one in the New York Times that Steve quotes, but also this one in the Washington Post. There are a number of plausible explanations for why Harris sank. To identify the single biggest factor, I think we need to revisit the moment when the air began to »