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Joe versus Kamala

Joe versus Kamala

One of the stories creeping into the news – or shall I say “leaking” into the news? – is an apparent rift between the President Biden Team and the Vice President Harris Team.  Some reports place the blame on the two principles.  One news analyst –one of those supposedly with the inside poop – did not resort to euphemistic language.  He stated in unequivocal terms that Biden and Harris “hate each other.”

Officially, however, everything is honky-dory in the West Wing of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Biden Chief-of-Staff Ron Klain went on damage control – appearing on various news outlets to offer up high praise for the Vice President.  “She is doing a terrific job,” he declared.

But that is not the perception at the proverbial watercooler.

Team Biden complained that Harris is not taking on the job in a serious and effective manner.  After being assigned to be border czar over immigration, Harris seems to have gone AWOL.  Her one trip to the border was a photo op at a point where there were virtually no migrants entering the country.

She did take a trip to Vietnam – for what purpose was never made clear.  And there was not much to report upon her return to the United States.  I would bet that most Americans not were even aware of her foray to Asia.

And her job as the outreach person to minorities has not been all that successful.  Increasing numbers of blacks and Hispanics voted Republican in 2020 and 2021.  That may be because Harris has not polled well among blacks from the time she first announced for President. Her approval rating among blacks is actually lower than Biden’s

So far, she has not been terribly effective as a super salesperson for the Biden’s Social Welfare efforts even though she was handed that assignment, too.  She is blamed for being part of the Democrats’ “messaging problem.”  That may be the source of Team Biden’s greatest irritability with Harris.

Just by way of comparison, when Mike Pence was Vice President – and put in charge of the Covid task force, he was holding briefings in the White House on an almost daily basis – at least until President Trump started showing up.

Team Harris understandably has a different view.  They argue that Harris has been handed all the tasks in which there are no easy solutions.  Biden appointed her to the crisis at the boarder because he did not want to take on that situation himself.  And as evidence of that, Biden has not yet gone to the border for an on-site briefing.

Some see Harris merely as a shield for the President.  In many of his public pronouncements, Biden uses Harris as a prop.  She generally stands behind him – off to the left – and has nothing to say.  She takes her position on the stage and leaves without commenting or responding any questions.

In picking Harris as his running mate, Biden was thinking pure politics.  A progressive black woman to shore up support among minorities and women.  On might call it “tokenism.”

Harris was no friend of Biden when they were both competing for the Democrat presidential nomination.  She made her strongest points in her famous “I was that little girl” debate retort — when she essentially called Biden a racist and the father of the 1990s crime bills that overcrowded America’s prisons with young black and Hispanic males.

There is a popularized saying that you should “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”  It comes from the 1974 “The Godfather – Part 2” movie.  That may have been part of the thought process in picking Harris.

It is not the first time that has happened.  For his second Vice President, Abraham Lincoln chose Andrew Johnson, a southern Democrat, to be his running mate.  President Kennedy chose his mortal political enemy, then-Senator Lyndon Johnson as his Vice President candidate.  In the cases of the two Johnsons, the political adversary became President upon the assassination of the boss.

In both cases, the disdain and rancor between the supporters of Lincoln and Kennedy and the supporters of Johnson and Johnson carried forward into the new administration.  It eventually got Andrew Johnson impeached – and the lack of public popularity forced Lyndon Johnson to withdraw his bid for re-election in 1968.  It would seem that Biden was thinking more about politics than history when he picked Harris.

The other thing Biden did not consider was Harris’ general popularity – or more accurately, her unpopularity.  For reasons that are too complicated to explain, Harris – at least what the public sees – is not very likeable.  That was a factor in her inability to get traction in the presidential campaign – and is seen in her flat-lined poll numbers.

In the latest polls, Harris is in the mid-20s in favorability.  That is phenomenally low for a Vice President – especially one who has only been on office less than a year.  They generally are more popular than the presidents they serve – largely because they are not steeped in the major controversies and subjected to unrelenting partisan attacks.

The Harris problem has even led to speculation that she would be replaced by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.  The fact that such a silly conjecture has been seriously aired in the mainstream media is indicative that Harris is a problem for Biden.  Is it because she is not doing the job, as Team Biden says, or because they are undermining her, as Team Harris alleges?  Does not matter.

It is safe to say that Biden does have a Harris problem – and no number of public assurances are going to make it go away.  This is a marriage of convenience and the best that Team Biden can hope for is to get through the rest of his term without a full-fledged political divorce.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry 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.

15 Comments

  1. Dan Tyree

    She got to be the head token today. She should have had to clean retard joe’s toilet

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  2. Ben

    This may all be true.
    But at the end of the day, neither of their followers are gunna try to break into the Capital building trying to hang anyone.

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    • Dan Tyree

      No. They will shoot at the police

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      • Ben

        Shoot at them? Or beat them with flag poles and spray them with bear spray?

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  3. Frank stetson

    No, that’s the white guys shooting in self defense from white skateboarders and white people armed with bags .

    White guys storming the Nation’s capitol cuz they can’t abide by a vote that didn’t go their way. But it’s ok, they’re not Antifa or BLM. Billions in damages but we kill white folk in Wisconsin to protect a used car lot.

    But Virginia was fair. Underage governor’s son votes twice. Still haven’t conceded NJ, just need to raise some recount cash .

    We need more Kyles. Work better than vaccines at thinning the herd.

    We got murder tapes in Congress, over 200 white Republicans say it’s cool. Need more murder tapes.

    Over 1,000, unvaccinated die every day. Mostly Trumpers. Antifa lives, they got the vax.

    No one dies from covid in FL though or at least mo one is reported dead.

    We need more Kyles; crying hero’s sobbing up the place. Kills two, gets good job, three other jobs available now. Flash that white power sign again. Kill more white people. Down with paper bags.

    SUV plows into Wisconsin Christmas parade. Self defense probably, there were a lot of people with bags.

    If Trump loses in 2024; he will be rhe yugest American political loser…..ever.

    Vacation in Wisconsin. Bring your gun, you may need to defend yourself. Don’t think that skateboard is enough…..

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  4. Frank stetson

    White racists are Republicans in hooded sheets that hate Kamala for achieving so much while the these racists have so little. They just throw their little lies, prop up their blubbering baby false Gods, and cast their fake facts before swine.

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    • Carlos adkins

      Stfu. Boy!!!!!!!

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    • larry Horist

      Frank. What has become of you? Your recent posts have the characteristics a angry drivel — screeds of unconnected dots. Shrinks call it dumping — unloading a disjointed serious of accusatory grievances that have no relationship to any topic-at-hand. I actually valued engaging with your in the past. But this….?????

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    • larry Horist

      Frank. What has become of you? Your recent posts have the characteristics a angry drivel — screeds of unconnected dots. Shrinks call it dumping — unloading a disjointed serious of accusatory grievances that have no relationship to any topic-at-hand. I actually valued engaging with your in the past. But this….?????

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      • Dan Tyree

        Larry I think that he is realizing that his kind of world doesn’t work

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      • Frank stetson

        Larry, sometimes I reply to you, sometimes to others, sometimes in their language and logic. Don’t feel the need to respond or understand them all. I don’t ;-).

        After all, on this one you are expounding on a second hand rumor and you’re wondering about my drivel?

        You just did did one on the lowering of immigration standards using apprehensions as your proof of skirting apprehension.and getting into the country without due process. And you’re looking for me to make sense every time? At least you get a byline, i ‘m just an ignorant idiot troll; with a fake name, ask many here, I don’t make this stuff up.

        I will try to raise my standards do your level. OK, I’m done…Exceeded my own expectations 🙂

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    • Dan Tyree

      What’s heels up accomplished?

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      • Frank stetson

        More than any women in your family?

        She’s Vice President of the United States. And Dan Tyree is……….not………even…….close.

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        • Bobby ca ter

          . She probably shoveled viagra down joe’s throat and serviced him like a good token. Heels up still works. She didn’t have to be qualified for the job. Just be a loudmouth commie bitch

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  5. frank stetson

    Really….. stfu…..anonymous website……you do know it’s the internet, right…..

    Reply

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