For months now, the Left-wing media have allowed Joe Biden to hide. They’ve done this to ensure the American people ignore the fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other socialists in the Democratic Party have taken an increasingly prominent role in his campaign.
Biden’s handlers know that in order for him to win, he must be viewed as a safe, moderate choice. His handlers also know that given Biden’s past arguably racist comments and policy positions that hurt communities of color, the Democratic Party must again resort to pandering for minority votes.
What we’re seeing at this point in the campaign is a convergence of two strategies —making Biden out to be a moderate and pandering for minority votes using none other than Kamala Harris.
Harris, a California acolyte of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is the latest prop for Democrats to use in their efforts to pander to minority voters and all Americans.
This week we’ve heard a hundred times how Harris an "historic" choice. Her pick is already being framed as a seminal moment in American politics, rather than the shallow ploy that it actually is.
The New York Times and others in the liberal press, of course, added to the con by trumpeting her non-existent moderate credentials immediately — despite independent rankings that list her consistently among the most far-Left senators in the nation.
Harris votes with Bernie Sanders 92% of the time.
The daughter of a Stamford University professor and a scientist, married to a wealthy attorney, Kamala Harris has about as much in common with people struggling on the streets of our inner cities, the unemployed or those fighting to keep their small business open — as any white, liberal California millionaire.
So, not much. Harris is a smokescreen and if it all sounds familiar to you it should.
Walter Mondale put a woman (Geraldine Ferraro) on the ticket in 1984 expecting the historic nature of that selection would help him obscure the fact that he was running on a platform of raising taxes.
Sound familiar? Back in 2008, a gentleman who had been a U.S. Senator for only 18 months ran for president. They didn’t vet him.
They didn’t ask questions and then supported his candidacy with giddy anticipation.
It was truly going to be an historic moment — the nation’s first black president.
Many people in this country wanted that story too. It had the potential to be truly powerful.
Many were hopeful that Barack Obama would focus his attention on improving economic mobility, educational opportunities and quality of life for inner city minorities.
After all, supposedly doing that was a big focus of the personal story we were sold by the campaign and the liberal press. By any objective measure he and his vice president failed to do any of those things.
Similarly, in 2016 we were told to put gender ahead of policy, Hillary Clinton’s meager record and decades of swirling questions about political corruption — to elect the first woman president.
Now, while Biden hides in his basement and reads from notecards, Americans are told to again put someone’s race, gender, and the supposed history they will make ahead of what they actually believe in.
There was a time when choosing a vice presidential running mate was about geographical balance or relevant experience, not about identity politics, intersectionality or even making history.
It also was never about deflecting attention from the nominee.
Biden is so weak — so incidental to his own campaign — his Left-wing handlers are willing to try to shift attention off him with a more compelling candidate for vice president.
The last time a presidential campaign did that it only emphasized an enthusiasm gap that already had existed for the top of the ticket.
In 2008, John McCain was totally overshadowed by a more compelling, more likable, more exciting and frankly more interesting Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska.
Yes, she was controversial but when McCain would draw a thousand people to a rally or campaign event — Palin was playing to crowds more than ten-times that size.
Make no mistake, Democrats need this campaign to be style over substance, just like they did in 2008 and 2016. They will try to do it with Kamala Harris to distract attention from Biden’s erratic behavior.
It’s a dicey proposition at best. Deflecting attention further from Biden will only weaken an already weak candidate — not make him more attractive. But at this point the Leftists running Joe Biden’s campaign need something more than Joe Biden.
The Left-wing media will tell you this is a great pick, even inspired. There’s actually nothing fresh or new about it. It’s the worst kind of pandering and camouflage.
In Nov. of 2018 during a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Ron Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head ICE, she compared the department to the KKK. Harris wants to kick every American off their private health insurance, force taxpayers to pay for abortions, destroy the energy industry with the Green New Deal and mandate schools allow biological males to compete in girls’ sports.
Americans are told they should ignore all that because of her complexion and her gender.
The Biden campaign’s move on his running-mate is an act of desperation to help deal with a candidate that they’re too afraid to let campaign and one who — should he win — likely won’t be the one governing anyway.
Tom Basile is the host of ‘America Right Now’ on Newsmax Television, Saturday’s from 12pm - 3pm eastern. Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics for more than two decades. He has served in government at the local, state and federal level including in the administration of George W. Bush in various capacities. He was an advisor to the provisional government in Iraq from 2003-04. From 2009-2011 he was the Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party. A columnist, commentator and former radio how, his new book "Let it Sink In: The Decade of Obama and Trump" provides a look back at the 2010s to prepare Americans to defend freedom in the 2020s. His critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq,” chronicled his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. Read Tom Basile's Reports — More Here.
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