Much of the media will spend today offering puff pieces on Kamala Harris and her ascension to the Democratic ticket as Joe Biden’s running mate. The Washington Post’s daily newsletter has seven stories — almost half the links in today’s blast — that practically look like bullet points on the Biden-Harris campaign web site:
- Harris pick creates an emotional moment for Black women
- In picking Harris, Biden makes history and plays it safe
- Harris and Biden once were at odds on criminal justice issues. Finding common ground helped lead him to pick her as his running mate.
- Kamala Harris was Joe Biden’s boldest and most qualified pick
- America is about to see what smart Republicans saw in Kamala Harris years ago
- What you need to know about Kamala Harris
- The qualities that hampered Harris’s campaign could be the ones that make her an ideal running mate
That last one’s my favorite. Harris went into this cycle the co-favorite (with Biden) as the most likely woman of color to succeed with a party that steeped itself in identity-politics preening. Karen Tumulty at least acknowledges this point in noting at the start that Harris “fell short of the high expectations that greeted her electrifying entry into the 2020 race … She didn’t even make it as far as Iowa.” In fact, Harris didn’t even outlast Tulsi Gabbard, who beat Harris like a drum in two debates.
Tumulty attempts to put the best possible spin Harris’ abject failure by claiming that this brand of incompetence is just what she needs to succeed as second banana:
But the qualities that hampered her when she was running in her own right could be what make her ideal as former vice president Joe Biden’s running mate — and ultimately, as his partner in governing the country as it struggles to recover from the devastation wrought by the novel coronavirus.
Harris brings to the ticket and potentially the White House the thrill of history as the first Black and Asian woman to be put forward by a major political party as a national candidate.
Note, please: That didn’t even thrill Democrats who were positively begging to be thrilled by it. Why? Because Harris turned out to be an inept campaigner, a wild puncher with a glass jaw, and someone who came across as a phony. Note also, please: Tumulty never does get around to discussing how those “qualities” work in Biden’s favor over the next three months.
There’s nothing wrong with focusing on a running-mate pick the next news day, but … is it too much to ask for a little balance? Is there not one person in the Washington Post staff who could write a critical analysis of Harris’ failure in 2019, or her issues in posing as a progressive with her record as attorney general? Democracies die in the absence of hagiographies of those seeking power, it seems.
One doesn’t normally turn to Donald Trump for a little balance, and … well, don’t expect any today, either. However, Trump did get a softball from someone last night about Harris being “phony” in his press briefing, and Trump responded by declaring Harris his “number one draft pick”:
Q And I wanted to ask about a specific example that a lot of people thought was a phony moment. As San Francisco DA, she oversaw, according to the Mercury News, 1,900 marijuana convictions. But she was asked in an interview last year if she had smoked marijuana, and she appeared to joke and, according to some people, lie, and say that she was listening to Snoop Dogg and Tupac, while — their music hadn’t come out at the time, while she said she was smoking pot and listening to it. Why would she lie about that? Do you see that as more evidence — is her past on marijuana a liability?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, she lied. I mean, she said things that were untrue. She is a person that’s told many, many stories that weren’t true. She’s very big into raising taxes. She wants to slash funds for our military at a level that nobody has — can even believe.
She is against fracking. Fracking is — she’s against petroleum products. I mean, how do you do that and go into Pennsylvania or Ohio or Oklahoma or the great state of Texas? She is against fracking; fracking is a big deal.
She is in favor of socialized medicine, where you’re going to lose your doctors, you’re going to lose your plans. She wants to take your healthcare plans away from 180 million Americans — 180 million Americans that are very happy with their health insurance. And she wants to take that away.
So she was my number-one pick. I mean, she was — as they would say, because hopefully you’ll start college football — she was my number-one draft pick. And we’ll see how she works out.
She did very, very poorly in the primaries, as you know. She was expected to do well, and she was — she ended up at right around 2 percent, and spent a lot of money. She had a lot of things happening. And so I was a little surprised that he picked her. I’ve been watching her for a long time, and I was a little surprised.
She was extraordinarily nasty to Kavanaugh — Judge Kavanaugh, then; now Justice Kavanaugh. She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing. The way she was — the way she treated now-Justice Kavanaugh. And I won’t forget that soon.
So she did very poorly in the primaries, and now she’s chosen. So let’s see how that all works out.
Q Should supporters of marijuana legalization vote for you, rather than her, because she convicted so many people in the past?
THE PRESIDENT: I can’t tell you what she’s voting for. I don’t think she knows what — I think Joe knows even less than she does. But I was only surprised at the pick. A lot of people were saying, “That might be the pick.” I was more surprised than anything else, because she did so poorly. Many people did much better than her in the primary. She did very poorly in the primaries. And that’s like a poll. You know, that’s like a poll.
Trump returned to that theme today:
If there was any fear of serious media investigation of Kamala (except by Fox and OAN) Biden (or those pulling his strings) would never have dared picking Kamala or limiting him to the sorry array he had to choose from. Maybe she was picked for her gimmick trifecta: first woman, black, Asian. Her history of scumbaggery would be exclusionary in any other case.
she is not black, mother is jamaican and father is from india. she has hemorrhoids for brains. in college she had a mattress strapped to her back and knee pads, the same way she worked up the democrap party line-on her back or on her knees
Late yesterday the Lincoln Project republicans put out an overtly pro-Biden/Harris video. With over 890 thousand views in less than 24 hours, viewer responses are thumbs up by a ratio of over 55 to 1.
Trump has got a serious problem. It’s not surprising he’s working every possible angle to try to reduce the November turnout, and already trying to erode confidence in the legitimacy of the election results. He’ll have allies in this effort, as a lot of republican enablers are likely to go down with him.
@Greg: Well, no wonder; the Lincoln Project is run by racists.
It’s not Trump that wants to restrict voter turnout… that would be the Democrats, speading false fears to keep people at home so they can steal their votes by mail.
Trump has endorsed voting by mail in both Florida and North Carolina. Most absentee voting is already done by mail. He seems to like it where he calculates it will work to his advantage, but dislike it where it won’t.
His new Postmaster General’s procedural changes are calculated to screw up the entire mail-in ballot process. There’s really no other explanation for the timing, given that COVID-19 is on the rise and will almost certainly be a serious concern to millions of voters on Election Day. Cobbling up post office processing and delivery is the exact opposite of how the nation should be preparing.
Today was the 16th consecutive day with a U.S. COVID-19 death count exceeding one thousand. This is not going to magically go away over the next two months.
Isn’t that what the “protests” (aka riots, looting) are for? To keep the virus spreading, to drive everyone inside, to strangle the economy and open the door for voter fraud?
And the polls say Hillary will win, 100% to 0%.
Not many support the Dems, and no one is excited about Harris as VP, unless they’re racist.
The Lincoln Project is funny, though. In the face of dwindling base that is defecting to the right or just walking away, the Dems only tactic is to create a hoax movement suggesting it’s the other way around?
Trump on Hair:
From Reuters, August 12, 2020 – Trump hair rinsing complaints prompt U.S. to ease shower standards
Maybe they should consider making dietary changes?
Seriously, if you’re flushing your toilet 10 to 15 times to get results you need a plumber, not a rollback of federal regulations.
* This is what is commonly referred to as hogwash.
@Greg: We bought new toilets and faucets and shower heads before those regulations were imposed.
One shower head I have has 5 options.
One of them complies with the regs.
I can’t rinse off well using it, especially hair conditioners.
But as a “rainwater” feel it is relaxing and almost ticklish.
Before escrow went thru we replaced all these with ones that complied. We brought the old (good) ones to Utah with us.
We’ve also still got a large box of new light bulbs from before all the regulations.
@Greg: Low-flow shower heads cause people to shower longer to get clean. Those weak-flushing toilets may flush the dump out of the toilet, but he gets stalled in the sewer pipes leading to the main sewer. It has nothing to do with diet; it has to do with good intentions that went bad. If you know an intelligent person, tell them this and maybe they can explain it to you.
It has take a strong surge to flush away the stain of failure and incompetence Obama and Biden left behind. Now Biden and Harris want to bring that incompetence and failure back.
Comma-comma-chameleon believes Tara Reade who was sexually assaulted by dementia joe
The harris-biden ticket will reinstate the AFFH Act designed to infuse section 8 housing into suburban neighborhoods. They believe by relocating undesirable inhabitants into suburbs will assist in the further destabilization of the nuclear family in addition to elevating the level of crime.
Love how the media attacked Tucker Carlson for mispronouncing Kamala’s name… and Biden pronounces it the exact same way.
Well, they definitely wouldn’t like how I pronounce it…
We neeeed the high water flushers what else to do with the thousands of rolls horded by idiots causing temporary stocking issues. The tissue mills never shut down, yes there is a maximum speed at which they can operate but it always supplied the USA with plenty of paper toweling, butt and nose wipe before.
Any one who has gone RV ing knows how to conserve water when they get to sites that dont have full service hook up,. No one wants to pull out and after you have set up just to run through the dump station then to the potable water. I hate pumping quarters into the showers that never get above 65 degree water for showering in a trickle, knowing there is a line at the door. (hence our own camp)
I ordered a replacement shower head that totally shuts off holding the set temp. A thing of beauty when you have a 6 gallon water heater.
@Nan G, #9:
There are efficient, well-designed products and there are poorly engineered products. Both are on the market. While the cheapest are often junk, the more costly aren’t necessarily the best. These days it pays to do your product research before buying. There are so many scammers out there that you’ve even got to become a critical judge of product reviews. Fake online product reviews have become a common part of marketing.
Bathroom tub and sink faucets are a good example. Most hardware and big-box home product stores offer a variety of cheap, chrome plated cast zinc products that quickly corrode. Some mid-range offerings are pretty much the same thing, but better disguised.
I don’t think we’ve gone too far off topic here. The same sort of deceptive packaging and marketing is used to sell policies and politicians to the voting public.
The harris-biden campaign is based on lies.
Kamala Harris Lies Repeatedly in First Speech as Biden’s Running Mate
@Greg: So what product is better a toilet that worked for 50 years you could fix yourself with a paper clip or simply replace the flapper or the ones today that need new guts every 3 to 5 years? If you are lucky you can replace these plastic POS yourself if not call a plumber and pay the price of a new toilet. Want to cut down on water use in the old one put one or 2 bricks in the tank. Look for the words cast iron on the faucet packaging.
Have water spots on your chrome or nickle only use Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser Liquid is safe and wont damage the plating. If its dull use chrome polish.
I Always buy white both bathroom fixtures and appliances, easy to match if one does need replacing.
Comet and Ajax has ruined many a clawfoot tub and porcelain sink.
Dont be like a Democrat buy the most expensive option cause your pal owns the shop and its going on a credit card then dont bother to maintain it properly.