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Biden did not help himself in appointing Jean-Pierre as Press Secretary

Biden did not help himself in appointing Jean-Pierre as Press Secretary

Upon reading the headline, those on the radical left will be screaming RACISM … HOMOPHOBIA … SEXISM.  It’s the triple crown of the left’s knee-jerk responses to any and all critical analyses not in keeping with their political playbook.

They can use all three of their standard hyperbolic retorts because the new White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is Black … gay … and a woman.  It does not matter that none of those facts are the reasons that I believe Jean-Pierre is a bad choice – and it is not because she will be persuasive in carrying President Biden’s message.  It is because in my opinion, she will not be.  Looking at it from that angle, the appointment benefits my side.

In the Biden administration, the White House Press Secretary is more important than in previous administrations.  In case you had not noticed, the Biden strategy is for the President to spend as little time as possible answering questions from the press.  And when he does talk to the press it is usually limited to talking points and platitudes.  Most of the critical and detailed questions are answered by his Press Secretary.

The outgoing Press Secretary Jen Psaki was good at her job.  She came to the position with experience holding the same job in the Obama White House and for the Department of Defense.  Psaki was so good at the job that any replacement will suffer by comparison.  That alone makes Biden’s messaging more challenging in the future.

The comparison between Psaki and Jean-Pierre was seen on those occasions with the latter taking over the podium in the White House press room.  Jean-Pierre did not have that stage presence and skilled craft of her predecessor.  Psaki spoke like a person who was in the room when major decisions were made and knew what she was talking about.  Jean-Pierre came across as a person who was handed the talking points shortly before walking up to the podium.

Jean-Pierre does not have the aura of credibility that Psaki had.  I do not mean that Psaki was always telling the truth, but at least you knew that the political propaganda, the hyperbole, and the mendacious explanations were Biden’s.  At times, it seemed that perhaps the President was getting his thoughts from Psaki – that she was the spokesperson for the strategy team around Biden

Psaki is unarguably a hard act to follow, but Jean-Pierre has some significant liabilities of her own.  Unlike Psaki, Jean-Pierre is not a professional spokesperson but rather a very radical left-wing activist.  She has spent her adult life pushing HER agenda, not serving as a megaphone for the thoughts of others.

Based on her own political philosophy, Jean-Pierre will have to be selling a lot of policies and positions that she has opposed in the past.  She is more in line with the far left’s criticisms of several Biden policies.

Among Jean-Pierre’s “firsts” is the fact that her partner is CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux.  No other Press Secretary has had such a potential conflict of interest.  Even if Malveaux is not a member of the White House Press Corps, the potential for “pillow talk” is inevitable.  The national issues are not divided between the White House and not-White House.  Ironically, the potential conflict of interest may weigh more heavily on Malveaux and CNN than the White House. It would not be the first time that “special relationships” became problematic for the news service.  CNN already has had two primetime examples of on-air personalities abusing their positions – Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.

Like any hardline activist, Jean-Pierre has a long history of intemperate statements.  Can she be fair-minded with FOX News after calling the network and its reporters racists? How will she handle issues relating to Israel and the Jewish community when she supported the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement against Israel.  Rather than report the President’s view to the public, will Jean-Pierre use her position to influence policy?  Will she continue to be the “squads” access in to the Oval Office?

And finally, there is that almost indefinable issue.  Does she have the demeanor and stage presence that evokes confidence and credibility?  I am dubious.

And while I totally discount her skin color, sexual preferences, and gender as factors in my analysis, I wonder how much they played in her selection by the woke White House.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

37 Comments

  1. White

    Another token. Bad move

    • Ben

      Hey, tight white from the right: how many tokens to the point they are not tokens? Or are you just used incendiary language because, as a Republican racist that’s what you do?

      38 % of the Federal Gov is of the black race. About 38% of America are people of color. People of color represent close to 50% of all full-time, entry-level employees, and 33% of senior-level positions. Over 25% of the Senior Executive Service are people of color.

      Could be better at the upper levels, but hardly a token except in your racist mind.

      • Joe Gilbertson

        But the Biden Administration is clearly racist. He made a campaign promise to select a black woman for Supreme Court justice. Black Women are only 6% of our population. And being black or being a woman is not a qualification for judge. So in effect, assuming all other factors are equal (i.e. non-racist), Biden could have done a much better job of selecting a candidate from the total population, and indeed discriminated against 94% of the population where it is likely that many more qualified judges exist, just based on population sizes. This is the very definition of racial discrimination.

        And the figures that you cite for the Federal Government are the result of racist hiring practices of the Obama Administration. Did you not see that?

        • Ben

          Yeah, well, factor 200 years or so in without a Black female scotus and it could appear long time coming. And she is totally qualified. It’s Clarence Thomas who should be purged based on quality first.

          No, what racist Obama policies are you referencing? I can used the chuckle.

          • larry Horist

            Bad Ben. —- the woman in my commentary is not a nominee for the Supreme Court. She is the new White House press secretary. You really need to read more carefully.

          • Frank

            200 good years

      • WhitE

        Who said that I’m a white Republican? I’ve been a registered democrat for several years. I’m just tired of everything being about race. And white is my name. Ok apology accepted

        • Ben

          Are you brain dead as well? It was me, just a short time ago. Isn’t that what you are responding to? Cuz if you’re a Democrat with those feelings, you are clearly confused.

          Sorry for saying your a Republican. You should change parties because you are not a Democrat either.

          But really —- – every Black Biden hires is a token in your book and you don’t expect to be called a racist? If is squawks like a duck……

          • White

            Ok. You talked me into it. I’m going Monday to change my registration. You people are crazy. Boy

          • Ben

            Yeah, you are believed.

      • larry Horist

        Bad Ben… According to the official census, America is around 70 percent white. That is based on individual self- description. You people-of-color is a bullshit term to politically divide the nations. It is racism. When determining peoples’ “color” I rely on science, not poltics.

        • Ben

          You got the right Ben? This Ben doesn’t have a clue what you are talking about. Not sure why you thing I am “people of color,” that’s just weird. And what nations? I thought we were one nation, under God, you know, that sort of thing. But nations? Glad you rely on science for color, I just use my eyes, they still work. But again, not sure why it’s even important to you.

      • larry Horist

        Bad Ben … You seemed to have missed that I was very clear the my evaluation of the new Press Secretary was NOT predicated on race, gender of gay. I know your comprehension skills are not the best, but try to deal with the facts. You are the example I warned against at the beginning of the commentary. Racism… racsim … racism. I am not more a racist than you are a peeping tom — and I really cannot be 100 percent sure of the latter.

        • Ben

          Lame Larry:
          I think you are still mistaking my comment on Joe’s comment as a comment on your article. This is very weird and nonsensical.

  2. john

    all of these biden apointies fit with his lieing agenda, they cant go against their lieing pervert , biden !

    • Ben

      And Trumplicants know about stupid loyalty. Over 823 of them are awaiting jurisprudence to decide their fate on that very concept. The Big Lie supported by The Big Liar is the agenda they can’t go against their lying classified document thief twice impeached fraud specialist Donald J. Turnip!

      Please donate today. Don need $10K a day to keep the contempt police away. Please, he doesn’t want to sell Mara Loser to support himself, the Russian’s money is all seized and they ain’t buying anymore.

      • Joe

        Trump will pardon the patriots when he gets re-elected Let’s say it the old fashioned way. Fuck Biden. Not Brandon

        • Ben

          They will rot in jail for whatever time justice provides. There will be no pardons. Ever.

          This is the cost for defending The Big Lie and The Big Liar. How many has he thrown under the bus over the years. Do you think these people are any more than political pawns to Trump? He gets their $25 a pop by telling The Big Lie, thousands of other lies, fakes his own success when failing, and now convinces them he’s coming back, some believe with JFK Jr. by his side.

          Dream on but please donate today to Don’s contempt club. Needs $10K a day to stay ahead of the contempt police. Will need more tomorrow as the charges mount. A nice $200 Turnip 2024 flag for Joe’s truck maybe?

  3. Good Luck

    Bad Bad Leroy Biden , Biden will go down in History as the worst President ever.

    • ben

      You can hope he replaces the Trump legacy……

      Worst GDP growth since Herbert Hoover.
      Only twice impeached President.
      Only one-term wonder who NEVER conceded his loss of office and then, took the office home with him.
      Worst pandemic response ever in modern history
      Worse unemployment than The Great Depression or The Great Recession.
      Largest Market Crash since 1929

      Yeah, there were a few nuggets like lowering the numbers in poverty, wage growth, etc. but a very uneven economy with many losers for each winner.

      Along the way Trump used tax policy to punish people not voting for him; he diverted public funds to his own properties, did nothing for health care, couldn’t finish his wall, separated mothers and children at the border, killed many international agreements previously supported by Republicans, booked many government functions at his hotels, just another grifter taking us for a ride.

      • Jenny

        He did a great job

        • Ben

          yeah, a blow job.

          • Bill

            Like your mama

          • Ben

            You like my mamma?

            Kinda sick. She’s ashes…..
            Republicans.

      • Timothy

        Punk ass bitch

        • Ben

          Jerk off bastard.

          My, this IS fun. Thanks tim-0-thy.

        • Harry mccloud

          Ben you should be more careful with matches

  4. Only the best people

    Well, she has already lasted longer than Anthony Scaramucci, so she has that going for her

  5. 1 Anthony Scaramucci (

    She has lasted longer than Anthony Scaramucci, so she has that going for her.

    Oh, and you forgot * black, lesbian, IMMIGRANT!

    • Ben

      Scaramuch —- oh man, when the worm turned, it was fun to see him unload on Trump as an insider.

      Thanks for the memories :>) back when it was fun before it all turned so, so sour.

  6. beven nation

    “I see a little silhouetto of a man,
    Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango!
    Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening me
    Galileo, Galileo
    Galileo, Galileo
    Galileo, Figaro – magnificoo”

    Frederick Mercury —- and yeah, he was gay.

    • Frank stetson

      Like Ben

      • frank stetson

        This is not the real Frank Stetson. This guy just wants to be Frank Stetson.

        • Alex

          I’m not racist. Some of my best friends are colored people.

          • Ben

            Mine too. I like negros

  7. Dashaun

    I love honkeys

    • Ben

      And I love you my colored friend