Votes are in: A Biden-Harris ticket proves Dems committed to far left
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)
As expected, conservative pundits are weighing in on Joe Biden's pick of Kamala Harris as his running mate – and as expected, they are panning the pick, one of them saying a Biden-Harris administration would be a "disaster" for America.
Biden, who is expected to be officially nominated by the Democratic Party next week, made history yesterday by picking the first-term California senator as his VP and making her the first "woman of color" to compete on a major party's presidential ticket. Barack Obama's former vice president had pledged in March that he would select a woman to run with him, and he had been pressured by prominent black Democrats and leaders in the African-American community to choose a black woman.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders – former press secretary for President Donald Trump – was among the first to react on national television today, appearing on Fox News. Harris, she said, is a "champion" of the same far-left agenda that Biden has been touting over the last year.
"They both support higher taxes, a total government takeover of health care, liberal judges, open borders – and the list goes on," Sanders offered. "This ticket will further crush our economy at a time when we need to be rebuilding it ….
"I think that a Biden-Harris ticket would make a Hillary Clinton presidency look like a moderate presidency," she added. "They have both caved completely to the far-left agenda …. I think they would be a disaster for our country."
The vice-presidential pick carries increased significance this year. Should Biden be elected, he would be 78 when he's inaugurated in January, the oldest man to ever assume the presidency. As Gary Bauer, president of American Values, points out, he's not the only one bringing up the issue of Biden's age.
"There seems to be a growing consensus that he's unlikely to finish one full term for a variety of reasons," Bauer tells OneNewsNow. "And I think the prospect of a President Harris, given some of her background and her general lack of overall appeal, is not going to be something that going to excite voters."
Bauer continues, arguing that Harris isn't like to fire up the Democratic base – noting that the party is also having a difficult time drawing "significant" crowds and motivating young people to come aboard. Harris, he predicts, isn't going to solve that problem.
"People often use the adjective 'unlikeable' and 'mean spirited' [to describe Harris], and I think most analysts agree that Joe Biden has a hard time getting hearts to beat faster," says the conservative activist. "We'll see how it plays out – but if I were Donald Trump I would not be worried by today's choice."
Underwhelming primary performance
President Trump admitted on Tuesday that he was "a little surprised" that Harris was picked, given what he called her "very poor" performance during the Democratic primaries. But the president said the California Democrat was his "number-one pick" to face off against.
Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, recalls that Harris' presidential campaign fizzled early in the primary season. "She did not comport herself well when she was a candidate for the nomination and she had to back out finally," he states.
And as for her joining Biden in his White House bid, Dunn brings up the question of geography. "Harris is from the far West Coast. He needs someone who could help him in the Midwest, [which] is so important in states … that Clinton lost [in 2016] and he must win back."
And like Bauer, Dunn doesn't believe voters are going to be overly thrilled that Harris could become president if Joe Biden was unable finish his term.
'Gender politics' in play
Cathie Adams, a former chair of the Republican Party in Texas, describes a Biden-Harris ticket is a "bad scenario." She pans the Harris pick as one that is a perfect, politically correct one for the Democrats.
"She's black, because [Biden] chose to be racist and say that [the women he would choose] had to be black," says Adams. "He also wanted a woman – so he just entered gender politics, something that as a woman I take as a great offense. I want the best qualified person."
The Republican leader also remembers some obvious friction between the two during one of the Democratic primary debates. "… I think it's very interesting that she was hyper-critical of Joe Biden, laying him out on the debate stage during the primary season. … This is going to be a very interesting run, I think."
Adams joins with Bauer and Dunn when it comes to the possibility that Harris could become president if Biden's health precludes him from remaining in office.
"If you want a racist and you want a feminist and you want someone who is radically pro-abortion, someone who's radically pro-homosexual, someone who doesn't seem to care if your child is confused about his or her gender?" she lists. "These are radical things. I think that this ticket – Biden and Harris – is a very, very bad scenario for every American."
In image above, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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