I still believe Sen. Tammy Duckworth would have been a stronger pick, but Harris is both unsurprising and still a strong choice. She has a strong personal story — daughter of two immigrant civil rights activists, largely raised by her single mother following her parents’ divorce, fairly Biden Harris 2020 premium Shirt upbringing between elementary education in post-segregation CA and middle & high school education in Canada, undergrad education at Howard University, then a career of “firsts” as she rose through CA law enforcement politics (first Black district attorney in CA, first female CA Attorney General, first Indian American in the Senate, and now first Black and first Asian American VP candidate for a major party).As others have pointed out, she also seems to be confounding the GOP/right-wing on what narrative to deploy in their attacks on her. Do they try and paint her as a “too tough on crime” former prosecutor, in an effort to somehow dissuade Black / non-white voters from backing the Biden-Harris ticket? Well, that’s undercut by both Biden’s existing platform on criminal justice reform, as well as Harris’ policy stances in the Senate. Do they try and paint her instead as some sort of “Antifa radical who will destroy American law enforcement”? Well…how does that track her record as both a district attorney and state attorney general? And the problem for the GOP is that, because they couldn’t decide on a narrative ahead of time (which is a massive sign of incompetence given that Harris was pretty much the frontrunner for the VP slot since Biden locked down the nomination back in March), they’ve been trying to run with both narratives, which directly contradict each other.
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Overall, the top necessity for Biden’s choice was to “do no harm” to his campaign prospects, and Harris achieves that goal. Additionally, she is well-suited to further Biden’s image as a transitional president — a seasoned statesman who can right the ship of American governance after Biden Harris 2020 premium Shirt years of the shitstorm that’s been Trump’s presidency, in order to then pass the torch to the next generation of American leaders, like Harris. If they are elected, I would fully expect Harris to run in 2024 (assuming Biden declines to run for a second term, which seems very likely).I much preferred Warren but over the past 24 hours I’ve begun to realize how oddly well placed she is. Republicans can’t quite attack her as “tough on crime” nor say she is soft on crime given her prosecutorial history/controversies. Now the running criticism… ironically enough, is she isn’t an “African American”, which is completely absurd. They’ll probably find something but it shows how unprepared the Trunp campaign has been in terms of criticisms.I also like Warren a lot. She’s been instrumental in taking Bernie’s ideas/energy and transmuting them into actual policy proposals. Since the Left is the ideas engine of the party these days. Since Biden appears that he actually wants to represent the entire party instead of the faction that he won, he’s adopted many of them.What remains to be seen is what that looks like in action. But I think the Left has become really influential in Democratic politics and–so far–managed to do it in a measured way. Given the dysfunction of government these days, we’ll have to see how that plays out.Those were her ideas too. They weren’t inherently Bernie’s and If Bernie couldn’t turn an on off the cuff idea into a policy then you shouldn’t be giving him so much credit. I’m exhausted of hearing a woman do all the work in making off the cuff ideas into feasible policy and still be undercut as though those arent just as much or more so her ideas as a result.
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I disagree. Did you see her interview with Colbert, when Colbert asks her about reconciling her attacks on Biden during the primary with now suddenly becoming his running mate? She says, and repeats the line about 4-5 times, that “it was just a debate!” (I have heard it now on 2-3 podcasts, but cannot Biden Harris 2020 premium Shirt the actual video, otherwise I would link it)So, now, Harris would have us believe that her attack from last year was in fact, no big deal–that it wasn’t of any significance? I think, that if a journalist at the time had asked her if her attack was just to score political points, and NOT based on some deeper meaning about who Biden was, or what his true political leanings were, she would have been very offended, and gone to great lengths to defend her line of questioning.I am not at all providing these examples of Biden-Harris as excuses for anyone to not vote for Biden-Harris, or vote against them, or third-party, etc. If the Democrats nominated a broken rocking chair, and worn out shoe sole, we should vote for them. Trump is a dangerous threat, and since Progressives couldn’t mount a successful campaign to get Bernie, or Warren, we have Uncle Joe.The amazing part is Biden has kind of been fundraising with his hands tied behind his back. Even if its the same person a fundraiser with the VP nominee is bound to bring in more than with a Senator and VP hopeful. I am hoping the fundraising picks up from July when unfortunately Trump outraised us. Also I would not undersell the opening this gives for Harris to do South-Asian specific fundraisers. Theyre above average in wealth in the US and politically one of the more conservative leaning immigrant groups in the USI wonder how the lobbying will play out for the open Senate seat. I’d be surprised if progressive groups aren’t starting to prepare efforts to lobby Newsom, likewise with moderates and business interests. Newsom also has his own seat to look out for, so perhaps he tries to move a potential primary challenger into the Senate and keep the CNA (California Nurses Association) happy.
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