The Harris Problem

Erick Erickson

Erick Erickson

The Harris Problem

With the announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick, Democrats and the press would have us believe she is a safe, moderate choice. They would have us believe that Harris is pragmatic, to the right of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and grounded in the establishment — someone who will not rock the boat. Some on the right are pointing to activists on the left who are unhappy with this pick. But Harris and Warren were the two choices who could very much ensure that people who do not like President Donald Trump will go vote for Trump, or at least not vote for Biden.

Vice presidential picks do not generally matter, but many voters think Biden will not last a term. That sounds crass, but it is true. Voters look at Harris as a possible future president, not just filler to lock down part of the base. She actually matters more than Vice President Mike Pence or, frankly, Joe Biden when he was Barack Obama’s vice president.

As for Harris herself, the problem is not that she is too progressive. It is that she is no leader. She is a follower of the woke mob. Harris can easily be led by the mob to do bad things.

In California, she believed she needed to be a law-and-order tough woman to become attorney general and then senator, so she pursued criminals ruthlessly. She threw a lot of young Black men in jail for marijuana possession to show rich, white Californians that she was not like other San Francisco liberals. She ignored prosecuting those whose crimes could ruffle the feathers of constituencies she thought she needed. Then she got to the Senate and needed to show the left she was fully woke, so she went overboard arguing that someone’s sincere Christian faith should be enough to block that person from the judiciary.

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On the campaign trail, Harris went woke, embracing the entire range of left-wing policy proposals, from executive orders for assault-weapon bans to universal government-run health care to advocating for illegal aliens. Harris’ campaign cratered because she and those around her became obsessed with lining up with Woke Twitter, having no core values on which to stand.

This came to a head when Harris said she believed Biden’s accusers. Now she does not. Harris is a progressive opportunist. She will take any stridently progressive position to get herself power and abandon those positions, if necessary, to keep acquiring power.

The media is not going to ask Harris how she could be the vice president of a man she believes committed sexual assault. When you combine the media’s issues of accountability for left-leaning candidates and willful refusal to paint an accurate picture of the mob violence happening in major cities with Harris’ own covetousness of power through progressivism, you get the makings of the left’s own version of Trump.

Americans should hesitate to embrace candidates who will say or do anything to get elected, and Harris is such a candidate. Her worldview orients her toward strong governmental power, and that is going to be off-putting to independent voters who do not like Trump at all and would prefer to vote for Joe Biden but cannot put an ambitiously progressive opportunist such as Harris so close to the presidency.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and a host of others have more executive leadership and ground their governance in pragmatic coalition-building, not woke mob guidance. I may not care for any of them, but they don’t concern me in terms of raw ambition and progressive rudderlessness.

Joe Biden has chosen a woman who was willing to embrace purported victims of sexual assault only to then throw them overboard just to get a few inches closer to power. She’s a woman who was willing to round up poor Black men and throw them in jail just to get a few inches closer to power and then demand they be freed to get a few more inches closer to power. She’s what is wrong with the system; she cannot fix the system.

How Do I Tell My Friend She’s Not ‘African-American’?

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

How Do I Tell My Friend She’s Not 'African-American'?

My wonderful readers often have questions for me, particularly in what every TV commercial calls “these uncertain times” when we’re all “in this together” and must give hourly thanks to “our heroes.”

So, as I have in the past, I wanted to take a moment to reply to questions that have been pouring in from, again: no one.

1) What do you think of Joe Biden’s pick of Kamala Harris as his V.P.?

I think Susan Rice or Keisha Lance Bottoms would have been better, but inasmuch as I predicted Kamala as the Democrats’ next presidential candidate back before she’d even won her Senate seat, I strongly support his decision for making me almost, kind of, in the ballpark right.

2) That’s an amazing prediction — but what on earth made you predict her?

Because the Democratic Party is entirely about identity politics these days, meaning race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender and sexual orientation, but having absolutely nothing to do with economic class, social standing, occupational category or geographic location.

They already had Obama, so what’s better than the first black president? The first black woman president, of course!

3) But she’s half-Indian and half-Jamaican, not a foundational black American. No reparations for her! In fact, her Jamaican father admits their family owned slaves.

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Yeah, yeah. The only people who care about foundational black Americans are Tariq Nasheed and me. As described in my book Mugged, Democrats were always annoyed by the idea that civil rights should have anything to do with black people. That’s why “civil rights” quickly came to mean abortion rights, gay rights, the right not to see construction signs that say “Men at Work.” (That’s according to the Kentucky Commission on Civil Rights .) Black Americans should breathe a sigh of relief that Biden didn’t pick a transsexual and expect their gratitude.

4) Wait a minute! Are we going to have to engage in Nazi-era genetic coding to determine who gets slavery reparations?

Not at all. We have very reliable census records back to at least the 1870s, so we can count foundational black Americans to their grandparents. One American grandparent and the rest Nigerian — you get 25 cents on the dollar.

5) Oh, that’s too complicated! Why not just say: Everyone who’s black gets a check?

Fine, then give me one. Prove I have no black blood. You’re going to have to do the genealogical research one way or another.

6) Why don’t we have the concept of foundational WHITE Americans?

EXCELLENT POINT. I can’t help but notice that most of the people denouncing Confederate monuments are neither foundational black Americans nor foundational white Americans. Of course recent immigrants don’t care about Confederate monuments! They weren’t here. That’s our issue. We don’t respect the South’s cause, but we do respect their honor. It’s OUR history. Not yours.

We ought to have the same rule on tearing down the nation’s history as for reparations: You have to have at least one American grandparent to denounce our traditions, statues and monuments. Nikki Haley, for example, can take down monuments to Bush, Facebook or “American Idol” — all of which she was present in the country for.

7) Speaking of tearing things down, why are all the antifa girls fatties?

Because attractive girls know that all the talk about “toxic masculinity” and “patriarchy” is nonsense. Good-looking girls, even average-looking ones who bathe semi-regularly and don’t resemble elephants, know that they rule the world.

8) And why are antifa boys scrawny beta males?

White men who go around denouncing other white men as “fascists” are wimpy losers who think they’ll attract women with suck-up speeches about racism. But even stupid left-wing girls prefer alpha males. Sissy boys should drop the left-wing politics and try lifting weights and making money. Freud was a fool and reductionist, but sexual strategizing by losers is the source of nearly all left-wing ideology.

9) That’s total crap! And I know what I’m talking about because I had a show on MSNBC for 20 years and —

Look, Chris, everyone thinks you got screwed when you were fired from “Hardball,” but could you please not crash this Q&A?

10) Do you think Trump will replace Mike Pence with Nikki Haley as his vice president to win the Asian women’s vote?

The crucial industrial Midwest can’t stand her and of course, in February 2016, Haley compared Trump to a Klan member and vowed never to stop fighting him:

“I will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the KKK. That is not a part of our party. That is not who we want as president. We will not allow that in our country.”

So the answer is, yes. Yes, I think he will.