She came, she soared, she conked out

TO understand how seriously Kamala Harris was taken in some quarters as a presidential candidate, look no further than the effusive day-in-the-life feature by Elizabeth Weil published in The Atlantic in May. “No other matchup would be as riveting—or as revealing—as Harris versus Trump.” That part was actually true. Had she somehow become the one, it’s not clear how Donald Trump would have put Harris through the wringer the way he has so many other squished foes. Now that the former two-term Attorney-General of California has quit the Democratic primaries, we’ll have to die wondering. Yes, it would have been something.

Harris was touted (inevitably) as a female Obama but the former President – whether you like or loathe him – had an interesting back-story. Not two biographies’ worth maybe but there was an arc there. He also had Michelle and two children. As important for a Democrat, he was seen as a radical whose time had come. Harris had … Willie Brown. Worse still: she was a prosecutor. Turning that to your advantage as a Democrat is a sisyphean boulder to roll. It’s never propitious for a campaign when it’s most discussed moment is the candidate being crushed in a debate. Everything afterwards seems like work-shopped recuperation – because that’s what it is. Tulsi Gabbard’s attack in July was that moment. Harris had jailed marijuana users and kept people in prison “beyond their sentences,” she charged. Party stalwarts deplored the brutality but only because it was the FOX-curious Tulsi meting it out. Harris had no ‘story’ and they knew it.

The only thing interesting about Harris’s fall is how unlamented it is. The Democrats have become so extreme that neither her race nor gender made any difference without an accepted corpus of hard-core statist and social transformation rhetoric. The party is now like an aboriginal tribe; colour is less important than whether or not you’re accepted as one of them. The remaining frontrunners are white unapologetically because they’re all socialists verifiably. The most serious – and Wall Street-backed – African-American is out and it doesn’t matter as much as it would have in 2008. An unusual shift, it’s difficult to classify as either leftward or rightward. It’s just more cult-like. Harris blames billionaires for her failure. She should blame herself for not grasping why she didn’t belong. Even Joe Biden is trying to be more radical – having given up on his first instinct which was to be granddad driver in a micro-bus full of drunken delinquents.


This just in: Joe Biden would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick.

Less noticed as scratchings – and as candidates in the first place – were Montana governor Steve Bullock and former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak. Both withdrew from the contest late last week. Their failure to inspire any broad support whatsoever is also illustrative. Bullock ran on the importance of recognising and bolstering rural America. Former Navy three star vice-admiral Sestak’s focus was the rights and wellbeing of military veterans. As Jim Geraghty points out at National Review, to these agendas “Democratic primary voters by and large said, ‘nah’.” Sestak was especially marginal, according to Geraghty: “a figure like that just doesn’t fit in today’s Democratic party.” The argument is not that either man is remotely right-of-centre (although the terror Sestak aroused in the Obama administration during the 2010 primaries was remarkable). For example, both hold coveted 100 percent ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice America – an indispensable green card for all Democrats. But they didn’t campaign on the approved list of contemporary left-wing fetishes. In 1960, the Navy record of a Democrat hopeful was considered electoral gold. Now it’s a liability.

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39 Responses to She came, she soared, she conked out

  1. 2dogs

    Joe Biden would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick.

    Some agreement as she had with Mayor Willie Brown?

    She’ll be checking out those hairy legs.

  2. Roger

    The most serious – and Wall Street-backed – African-American is out and it doesn’t matter as much as it would have in 2008.

    I wonder why she didn’t identify as an Indian-American? /

    Her Indian mother was reportedly much more influential in her life than her Jamaican father.

  3. A talentless hack who slept her way to power, a terrible attorney general, brilliant IMO that Tulsi ripped her a new cornhole on civl liberties; also Trump wants reforms that would end her awful, vindictive and tyrannical abuses of power.

    Failure couldn’t happen to a more obnoxious arsehole.

  4. Even Joe Biden is trying to be more radical – having given up on his first instinct which was to be granddad driver in a micro-bus full of drunken delinquents.

    I see what you did there…they’re a pack of ‘tards.

  5. Roger

    Joe Biden would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick.

    Warren: Harris Would Be on my VP Shortlist (4 Dec)

    Yes, you’re on to a real electoral winner there, Joe…Liz.

  6. Scott Osmond

    No fan of Tulsi but that was an epic destruction of an opponent. She put her down like a rabid dog. Heels up’s only chance now is as the vp slot. With accusations of the candidates being too white you know they will have to find a mystery meat body for the vp’s slot.

  7. Watch Your Back

    Indeed.

    She’s actually not African American but of Irish-Jamaican descent.

    Her great grandmother was related, twice removed, to a Slavs owner.

  8. C.L.

    Dot, as an Australian I should have used mini-bus but, given the American topic, I was paying homage to a lyric in Convoy – the song. (C. W. McCall actually wrote “micra-bus”).
    🙂

  9. Fisky

    Kamala Harris is a creepy globalist whose hateful mission in life is to destroy the white working class and replace them with compliant peasants who follow orders. A total stooge of the corporations who wants to consolidate the CCP’s power over the global system while letting Qatar off the hook. Filth. Scum. Good riddance. Pete Butt-plug is the globalist backup candidate who will need to be taken down next.

  10. JC

    For all her faults she’s a miles better candidate than sleepy Joe.

    Trump would have destroyed Willie Brown’s mistress. He would pulverise the molestor.

  11. Tel

    Joe Biden is past his prime by a long shot.

    If he behaved himself for a while, remembered which country he was in, and stopped making up malarkey stories about corn pop then he could win the primary. Sadly … his up top needs a top up.

  12. mh

    Joe Biden would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick.

    Corn Pop sniffing Kamala’s hair.

    Yep, sounds like winning.

  13. Scott Osmond

    Sleepy Joe and Pete but-plug. I can see the campaign slogan from here.
    The groper and the poker! ensuring the destruction of Amerikkka!
    If Warren gets the nod and goes with heels up we could have
    The squaw Skank redemption! blame everything on white males!

  14. C.L.

    Biden’s deterioration over the past couple of years has been substantial.
    I estimate he will be a proper geriatric in about 18 months to two years.

  15. JC

    The other thing about Biden is he had two brain operations to stop bleeding on both sides of is stupid head.

    This isn’t a well man.

  16. dover_beach

    Check out the clip of Biden in Rageaholics latest posted on the OT. It’s actually sad to see him like this; like RBG, he should be home with his family.

  17. mh

    Willie came, she soared, she conked out

  18. Sean

    She just froze when Tulsi attacked her. It was like the Tanya Plibersek ‘how dare you question me’ type facial responses that proved she was not fit to be a leader.

    It’s moments like that where Trump is so good he’ll either deflect or tear them a new one so hard people forget the original questions anyway.

  19. C.L.

    Rageaholic is right.
    Biden’s big play was Steady Hand Joe vs. Out of Control Donald. Etc.
    Well, that dog won’t hunt.

  20. Wozzup

    “The Democrats have become so extreme that neither her race nor gender made any difference……..”

    It says a very great deal about the modern Democrat Party that someone like Kamala Harris is not quite black enough, not quite female enough and not quite radical enough for them. And they say Trump supporters are in a cult.

  21. Scott Osmond

    Unless a new candidate comes in from left field my bid is for Trumpslide 2020.

  22. Zatara

    A couple of good related articles:

    Déjà vu 1968

    In summation, socialist candidates Sanders and Warren don’t stand a chance against Trump. Their Marxist ideology will be ripped apart and laid bare to the bone by the incumbent. Financially strapped candidates Booker, Gabbard, and Castro need to lick their wounds and call it day. Going forward, they’re simply wasting other people’s money. Likewise for the no-name-recognition candidates; Bennet, Delaney, Klobuchar, Patrick, and Williamson. It’s over, turn off the lights and go home. Rounding out the list is a trio of very rich, single-issue nonpoliticians: Bloomberg, (anti-gun) Steyer (climate change), and Yang (universal income); all of whom have money to burn, but realistically have zero chance of buying their way into the White House, which leaves which leaves bumbling Buttigieg of bad optics (South Bend is calling), and bumbling Joe Biden.

    The rapid decline of ol’ Joe

    The past week has demonstrated that Biden is better off in Shady Acres than knocking about Iowa, trying to assume the most stressful job in the world. The gaffes and logorrheic speeches were funny at first. Even Biden leaned in to his nattering habit.

    But his behavior over the last seven days should be eliciting pangs in every campaign aide’s conscience. Surely, the moula they’re being paid isn’t worth the debilitating marathon they’re subjecting their boss to.

  23. Infidel Tiger

    Say what you will about black Americans but they picked CamelHo as a fraud straight away.

  24. Infidel Tiger

    Harris is the worst possible VP pick.

    Abrams would be good though.

  25. mh

    Say what you will about black Americans but they picked CamelHo as a fraud straight away.

    Harris is good friends with Jussie Smollett.

    Both fake ass bitches.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #3253311, posted on December 5, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Rageaholic is right.
    Biden’s big play was Steady Hand Joe vs. Out of Control Donald. Etc.
    Well, that dog won’t hunt.

    He isn’t just playing the “steady hand” line.
    He is now running the line that Joe is who we need to be “respected by the rest of the world” after Trump telling Macron he was a dick, and Trudeau proving that he also is a dick.
    FMD.
    Since WW2 the American voters have wanted a President who told the French to pull their weight or fuck off.
    Joe needs to figure out how many Frogs vote in US elections.

  27. max

    Nothing is going to change no matter who wins.

    Change will come with government default.

    Better be first to explain to people what happened.

    In the year of Uzziah’s death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. “Tell them what a worthless lot they are.” He said, “Tell them what is wrong, and why and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don’t mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you,” He added, “that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.”

    Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job — in fact, he had asked for it — but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so — if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start — was there any sense in starting it? “Ah,” the Lord said, “you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.”

  28. jupes

    The groper and the poker! ensuring the destruction of Amerikkka!

    The squaw Skank redemption!

    Lol

    Comedy gold Scott!

  29. Oh come on

    Give Bill O’Reilly his due – he called a Biden-Harris Dem ticket long before Biden jumped into the race. He’ll probably still end up wrong because he couldn’t have known at the time how senile Biden would he or how little traction Harris would get with blacks.

    Speaking with the benefit of hindsight, though; I don’t think Biden or Harris are going anywhere.

  30. C.L.

    The Ernie & Bert thing will become S.O.P. for the Dems from now on, I’d say.

  31. BorisG

    The crazy radicalization of the Democrats is largely due to Trump. Not only he instills strong reaction among his opponents, but also because he is the living proof that you can win by firing up the base rather than trying to woo the independents.

    Whether this works for Democrats remains to be seen. Unlikely this time round…

  32. Zatara

    Joe Biden would consider Kamala Harris as his Vice President pick.

    Warren: Harris Would Be on my VP Shortlist

    VPs are selected to bring in a voter block the Pres candidate can’t bring in themselves.

    Harris had 2 things going for her, she was of colour and she was female. The blacks hate her and the females were less than impressed. She had only managed to attract The Dems might risk voting for him, but nobody in their right mind will risk Harris getting the gig if/when he croaks.

    Warren? Who knows what goes on in that mind. But I suspect on 4 Dec when she said that she thought there was some black pandering points left in it. Because that what she does.

  33. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Harris reminds me of the title of a certain Regurgitator song as does another American skank, KKK.

    No prizes (not even a pair of arseless chaps autographed by Iampeter Buttplug) for guessing which one.

  34. Mother Lode

    She’s actually not African American but of Irish-Jamaican descent.

    The special status of African Americans in the American psyche is due to the history of slavery – ripped from their homes and brought to America against their will, worked cruelly and treated as chattels.

    Obama, the half-black half-white President had no connection to the slaves. He was just the same colour as the descendants of the slaves.

    They still insisted that Obama’s Presidency somehow addressed a racial injustice.

    There has still not been an American President descended from the slaves, but the Dimocrats have to work with what they have got.

  35. Zatara

    Just heard a comment on talk radio.

    “Harris’ campaign fell into a black hole and collapsed.”

    Zing.

  36. old bloke

    max
    #3253366, posted on December 5, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Max, do you have a link to that Isaiah story?

  37. Cold-Hands

    do you have a link to that Isaiah story?

    Here.

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