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Biden’s Kamala Problem: A Weak, Paranoid Vice President Breeds Further Dysfunction in Washington

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What on earth is going on between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris? Lost amidst the discussion of what each of them is not doing, or at least not doing particularly well—Harris responding to the crisis on the southern border and touring Central America, Biden botching his European tour—is the story of the relationship between the two centers of dysfunction.

That both the Presidency and Vice Presidency are dysfunctional is obvious five months into the Biden Administration. The lack of cooperation, and even signs of passive aggressive tension, make this worse. Their apparently troubled relationship is not just exacerbating problems like the border, but also serving as a kind of proxy battle between the major factions of the Democratic Party.The Vice Presidency is an interesting role in the US system. For all the office’s lack of effective governmental power, the Vice Presidency has grown into the second most important political position in America. Ever since Richard Nixon ran to succeed Dwight Eisenhower in 1960, the Vice President has been the heir apparent of the President to their party’s nomination. The perch of the Vice Presidency was enough to ensure that Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic nominee in 1968, Walter Mondale in 1984, and Al Gore in 2000. And of course, there is Joe Biden himself.

It is worth noting that none of these Vice Presidents succeeded in succeeding their boss as President. The first four lost, and Biden did not become president until four years later. George H. W. Bush in 1988 is the only sitting Vice President since 1836 to win a presidential election.

All of this brings us to Kamala Harris, because while the Vice Presidency is a very strong base for a politician of mediocre talents and limited appeal to secure their party’s nomination, it is not enough to turn them into a credible President. If the Vice Presidency is occupied by someone who is not perceived as a viable President it can actually be a serious problem for the party, as openly opposing the ambitions of that individual can be perceived as disloyalty to the President, but loyalty will lead the party to long-term disaster. This is one of the problems Democrats face with Harris. In this case, however, the situation is made worse by the fact that apparently neither Joe Biden nor the party’s voters wanted her in the first place.

While there has been an effort to spin a tale of close friendship between Harris and Joe Biden’s late son Beau when both were Attorneys General of their respective states, that was a professional relationship at best separated by thousands of miles. Harris is a California politician, not just in terms of origins, but in terms of her path to the top. She was a local district attorney, then Attorney General and only entered federal office because of her profile in state politics. Neither Joe Biden, nor Barack Obama had anything to do with it. Harris was not Biden’s protégé, nor was she a protégé of any of his proteges, nor is their any commonality among their allies at almost any point going back decades. She is the product of an entirely different political ecosystem.

For an old-school, local Delaware pol like Biden, this would be a source of suspicion. The entire lack of any overlapping alliances, personal obligations, or issues combined with the total absence of a Washington profile would be suspect. But to make matters worse, Harris openly targeted Biden during the primary campaign, most dramatically with her grandstanding assault on his position on school bussing during the debates. Reports say that this event alone held up Harris’ selection as VP for weeks as Biden himself had to be persuaded to overlook it.

Overlook it he eventually did. Events in South Carolina and Minneapolis forced his hand. Biden’s presidential campaign was resurrected by strong support from Jim Clyburn and the old guard of the Congressional Black Caucus in the South Carolina primary. This placed Biden deeply in their debt. Ironically, Harris was never particularly close to Clyburn or the CBC, which is primarily a House entity, and Harris of course lacked links to the House, Washington, or the South. Yet Biden had also trapped himself with a commitment to a female Vice President. He was committed to a female candidate, he needed to win over the African American community, and after the events following George Floyd’s death, he had few choices left.

By process of elimination, Biden was left with Stacey Abrams, Susan Rice, and Harris. Of the three, Harris, a U.S. Senator, was the only truly plausible contender for the role of Vice President to the oldest president in American history.

Harris knew she was not selected because Biden loved and admired her, but because she was his only viable option.  This knowledge of her own perceived isolation and weakness seems to have driven much of her behavior. More importantly, it means she seems to have treated Biden as a hostile force, interpreting his suggestions and assignments as traps.

This was evident early in the year when Harris made clear she did not want to be the one involved in overruling the Senate parliamentarian to push through a $15 minimum wage increase in the Stimulus. She clearly saw this as an effort to make “her” into a “bad guy.” She has similarly treated the assignment of “Border Czar” as a trap, not just not doing the job, but going out of her way to make clear that she did not want it and is not doing it. It is one thing not to do a job. Plenty of politicians do that. But to shout from the rooftops effectively that you are not doing the job and have no responsibility for anything relating to it is a sign of paranoia. And perhaps in her case, that paranoia is justified.

Biden’s camp clearly has treated Harris with a degree of suspicion and has taken steps to indicate that yes, Biden is running or planning to in 2024. Yet that signaling in itself may have been triggered by Harris’ behavior. Her suspiciousness and tendency to see plots everywhere is a self-fulfilling prophecy which leads her to intrigue in turn.

Biden may have another concern. Harris’ insecurity and paranoia is threatening to cause chaos within the Democratic Party. Not only is it causing worry about Harris, but also resentment. If Harris believes Biden is not going to run, and that he is opposed to her nomination, it makes her all the more determined to secure early commitments from Democratic elected officials to back her, all while Biden is nominally running. This places every single elected DC Democrat in a position of potentially either having to offend Harris or offend Biden.

It would be one thing if Harris was in fact the natural heir apparent. But in DC, she does not look that way. She lacks allies, having only served for part of a term. She was not part of the Congressional Black Caucus, and ideologically she was too California for the moderates, but too much of an establishment figure for the left.

This is something which is missed by many conservatives. By the standards of 2004, Harris is far-left, one of the most left-wing members of the Senate. But politics in 2021 is not policy-based, it is tribal. And Harris is tribally unacceptable to the progressive left.

First and foremost, she is a “cop.” Yes, she was a “liberal” prosecutor, but the 2000s “liberal prosecutor” is still a “racist tool of the power structure” in 2021. By definition that places her in the “establishment” wing of the party. Furthermore, there is the issue of her close links to California elites. In the 2000s, the influence of Hollywood, San Francisco money, etc. became buzzwords for “liberal” influence and Bush campaigned aggressively on it in 2004. But today, money is money, and Harris’ money comes from very rich people, many of whom have employees who are not unionized, and quite a few of whom, especially in Hollywood, have #metoo problems. That Harris’ husband is a Hollywood entertainment lawyer is a reinforcement that she is part of the California monied establishment which is still “monied” and still an “establishment.”

Finally, Harris’ husband is an object of suspicion to the radical left. By 2004 standards, he is a “liberal” secular American Jew who has a cultural affinity for Israel, but hates Netanyahu. The Left, however, is no longer “liberal” and there is not a place for “liberal” Jews who believe in the concept of a Jewish state at all. Once again, politics is tribal. The Left does not want Israel to be good. The Left views the existence of Israel as bad and wants it gone because it views its formation as a colonialist crime.

Harris then, for all her left-wing policy credentials, has a massive left-flank problem. Her behavior has to be viewed in this context. She did not want to overrule the Senate Parliamentarian on the minimum wage increase because it would offend Washington opinion which values tradition and a parliamentarian appointed by Democrats, but she also felt that being sent out to kill it was an effort by Biden to make her an enemy of the left. Making her “border czar” seemed like a way of associating “Cop Kamala” with the internment of young migrants.

All of this is compounded by the truth about why she was chosen. Harris is not foolish enough not to realize that she has problems with the new left, that Biden doesn’t trust her, or that the issues she is tasked with handling present dangers. But she lacks the political instincts or creativity to do anything about these problems other than react defensively and passively aggressively towards Biden.

Biden is saddled with a weak Vice President, who absent the role would be a non-factor in DC. But with the office, she is officially heir apparent to the Democratic Party, without the power base or support to actually control it. Nor does she have the skills to remedy the situation. The result is a source of instability for the Administration, the party, and the country.

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aluminum head
3 months ago

And that pigs butt is not even an American – like barak oboingo.

David P Nelson
3 months ago

I keep saying. “She is a bad Apple” and needs to be culled from the Bushel.

Kim Weeks
4 months ago

This woman is absolutely and disgustingly beyond belief and words! I wish I had something nice to say about this person, but my nice comment locker is empty.

Karen
4 months ago

No. 1…..it’s very obvious that Harris wants Joey to kick off. However, this would take the cake. She has absolutely no freaking brains to take over. No. 2…..today she went to the border. NOT the place that is absolutely a mess and she blamed Donald for all problems. Don’t stop being stupid Kamela….you will definitely make it possible for the Reps to win in 2022!

Ron Howard
3 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Kamala Harris did not have any qualifications to be Vice President, and has much less qualifications to be President. While neither she or Biden have the skills to properly run the country, if Biden was removed, or otherwise left office and Harris became President, she would be an easier candidate to defeat. Some members of my family have said they have heard some Democrat women remark that “it will be so great to have a black, woman President”. It is really sad that it has come to this, where the sex and race of a candidate is more important than their capability to successfully perform the duties of the office.

lyin biden
4 months ago

Well liberals, democrats you have proven how completely stupid you are. whether you committed voter fraud or truly voted for these morons you have put the most incompetent people in power ever. We thought obama was stupid and corrupt, we knew clinton was completely corrupt, we knew carter was stupid, we knew johnson was corrupt. we knew kennedy was a bs artist, we knew truman was sleazy and started the cold war along with dropping atomic bombs he did not need to drop. but biden is all of them put together he is stupid, sleazy corrupt and is causing wars and hatred all over the war.

After this I just can not imagine a single reason to ever voter for a democrat ever again. can any one else come up with one reason?

Ed J
4 months ago
Reply to  lyin biden

It appears you have not liked most of our presidents from the last 75 years, and that view is shared by many. However, you made one very, very wrong observation, and it concerns Truman.
 
For the invasion of Japan by American and Allied Forces to end World War II, conservative estimates put the expected casualty rate at over 1,000,000 people, with at least 250,000 American military deaths. Dropping the two atomic bombs on Japan ended the war without further Allied bloodshed. And while the Japanese death toll was huge, the end of the war saved countless hundreds of thousands of other Japanese from death defending their homeland. As bad as the dropping of the bombs was, the alternative was much, much worse. Truman really had no viable alternative choice.

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed J

I concur with that statement… Oddly enough it became a necessary cure that did indeed save the lives of so many innocent Japanese people…
The Japanese theater of WW11 was a brutal battle from island to island & the seas with countless lives lost…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Bill on the Hill
3 months ago
Reply to  lyin biden

Yes, ( 1 ) reason…Only if everyone of them lines up on a cliff, a very tall cliff, hand in hand & then all JUMP off the cliff…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Lorey
4 months ago

Of the three kamel was the only 0ne who let joey put his arms around her shoulder grouping her breasts. Just a repeat of cal. Brown sr. Same oh same hoe

Ed J
4 months ago
Reply to  Lorey

Regarding Gropey Joe taking liberties with Madame Kackle, Kackle, Kackle’s anatomy, it just goes to show that neither one of them has any real taste, much less class. But then, a Freebie is just that – a FREEBIE! Given Twilight Zone Joe’s proclivities with women, I expect that Joe would just go totally wild if he were ever let loose on a dairy farm with all those “healthy” cows around who are used to being “milked” at least twice a day!
 
As for me … If Harris was the last woman on the face of the earth, I would rather do it myself!
 
But of course, Willie would probably be standing in the shadows, just waiting to come forward to do the honors! After all, bad habits die “hard!”
 

James
4 months ago

hey border ho, how many Americans with drugs smuggled in are Dead because of YOU, children being raped because of YOU, murdered Every day.. because of YOU ?? Just asking the SAME Things YOU and the Rest of your Communists said about PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP..

herblady
4 months ago

Ho Hum Article, maybe factual,Way More Fun to read all the Comments, those were Awesome. The Cabal stuffs their pockets and Rome Burns, discussing dysfunctional Fake prez & vice prez, does whom any good? Biden’s been a piece of for 50 years owned by the CCP and everyone should know Harris is there not for her head knowledge. Harris Biden are yet a distraction of the real goings on in USA & Worldwide. Months ago I did read way more of the Amac Articles, last Article I commented on I was Threatened Censorship and my comment held up, because they (Amac) claimed it needed Approval, I never ever use profane speech, yet I do direct those that read toward other Sources of Truth and Facts, seems that upsets Amac, even Amac at times, seems to ? the 1st Amendment. I find most of Amac News not focused on the real goings on behind the curtain. The News needs to give people Facts and Truth they can use to then move foreward to make changes in their local Schools, and Communites and States, #1 Problem in America, people sitting on their behinds doing Zero and waiting for someone else to come and save them. There is no Someone Else, You are the Army, get off your behind. I find these platforms have looked behind the curtain and report that news. Frankspeech also (Lindelltv) with Brannon Howse brings to the forefront current and very helpful Christian News 7-9pmCT, rerun’s daily, soon the platform will allow comments. Also Brannon Howse has his own platform WorldViewWeekend & radio Live, Also thenewAmerican, frontpagemag(.com) theAmericanReport(.org), theRevolver(.news), 100%fedup, Dr Sherri Tenpenny (drtenpenny(.com)). The America’s Frontline Doctor’s Dr. Simone Gold. I’d say we are someplace in the first few books of Revelation’s as a time stamp, among other prophetic books in the Scriptures. Those who think they are saved and have allowed this Bio-Weapon into their bodies may want re-examine why they have bowed to Big Pharma, and the Elites. True Wisdom is Fear of the Lord, not fear of a Lab Made Virus, used as a Bio-Weapon to gain Fear & Control over the weak. I’m sure this comment, will also face Amac Censorship and possible Approval, “Sad”, since none of these platforms are a threat to Amac, nor have I posted any direct URL links to them.

PaulE
4 months ago
Reply to  herblady

Just as an FYI from someone who is censored by AMAC on a regular basis and posts far less on this site, I think what AMAC generally wants posted is pablum along the lines “Great article!”, “I completely agree!” and other responses demonstrating a lack of any original thinking on the part of those posting such comments. If you point out deficiencies or errors in an article or question its underlying premise, I find that is the quickest way to get the dreaded “Awaiting moderation” flag on your comments. Critical thinking is certainly NOT encouraged, if you get my drift.

AMAC doesn’t seem interested in doing a deep dive into any particular subject to educate their members on the all the underlying motives and rationale for any of the policies being proposed by the left. Nor do they seem interested in proposing ways for people to push back against the left beyond the standard and completely ineffective “write or call your representatives in Washington” nonsense, that just results in the receipt of a meaningless form letter.

Ed J
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

At this stage in my life, I have come to understand that many people are incapable of critical thinking on any level. If fact, I consider it refreshing when someone can even step up to the initial level of linear thinking, which is simplistic and one dimensional by definition. At least these folks can walk and chew gum at the same time.
 
What is generally absent are folks who can function at the next level, which is geometric thinking that is non-linear and multi-dimensional by definition. These are the folks who engage in some genuine critical thinking on a regular basis. It is always a joy to converse with these folks since they can almost always hold up their end of the log in a conversation, often bringing new insights into the discussion, and presenting intellectual challenges to the other listeners.

Ed J
4 months ago
Reply to  herblady

I have also been censored with the Waiting for Approval nonsense. Approval often comes a day or so later after everyone else has already moved on to the newer Amac newsletters. So, what I have written on a topic is effectively lost in the shadows since it shows up in the dustbins of our yesterdays.
 
Our comments need to show up immediately and be available for all the Amac readers to view in real time. Suppressing anyone’s contribution effectively disenfranchises all of us with regard to our rights to freedom of speech.
 
In any event, who appointed these invisible Gnomes at Amac to pass judgement on our comments? What qualifications, if any, do they possess to render any meaningful censorship of our speech? NONE!

Ron Howard
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed J

I totally agree with the above comments on censorship at AMAC. I experienced censorship first for including a link to information on a topic, then later for other things that contained nothing wrong. I called AMAC and complained a few times and it seems that there was some very slight improvement each time. But the censorship continues. This has caused me, a long time member, and supporter of AMAC to have less interest in their articles and comment less. There is no excuse for censoring speech or providing links to other sources of information. AMAC has been hypocritical in sighting others for censorship while participating in it themselves. I get nearly all of my current truthful in-depth email news everyday from Epoch Times, and they have never censored my comments or links, true observers of the 1st Amendment. AMAC has sponsored some Epoch Times videos, and should take notice of their non-censorship practice. Wonder if AMAC will censor this comment?

Phil Hammersley
4 months ago

Notice all the Obama syncophants in key positions. Harris, who couldn’t get any support even in the CA primary, was hand-chosen by the Obamas because they knew The Senile One wouldn’t last a full term and they’d get their choice in as POTUS!

Patricia
4 months ago

I see the playbook is finally beginning to open up. We are in deep trouble people!

Ed J
4 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

If you inspect their playbook very carefully, you will find that all the pages are made of toilet paper, er, excuse me, USED toilet paper! NO wonder Harris (the Poster Child for Confirmation of the Peter
Principle) keeps her mask on all the time – it helps suppress the stink emanating
from between the pages of the playbook she is voraciously reading and devouring. Gee! Wonder if she licks her fingers as she turns the pages?

Howard
4 months ago

I too thought the article was excellent, to the point, and thoroughly informative.

Stephen
4 months ago

Excellent article.

Howard
4 months ago

Correction. Actually, this party was called the “Know Nothing” party. Same result though.

Howard
4 months ago

While I am totally disgusted and angry with the Bimbo Biden/Harris administration, I am equally disgusted with the Republicans who, unlike such courageous warriors as Gov. DeSantis, are just sitting on their wumps and not calling Biden and Harris to account for their treason and unconstitutional actions. There was a political party in the early 1800’s called the “Do Nothing” party, and their members were called “Mugwumps” because they sat on a fence with their mugs on one side and wumps on the other. Reminds me of a lot of Republicans today.

John Karkalis
4 months ago
Reply to  Howard

Howard, history might not repeat, but there are times when it tries d*mn hard.
“Mugwump” has a certain ring to it.

Ron Howard
3 months ago
Reply to  Howard

I generally agree, but there are a few Republicans, especially in Senate who still push against the wrongs of the Biden Regime, and Democrat Congress. They filibustered the Voter Bill that would have made the fraud of the last election legal in future elections, and passed other good bills. They could do much more, but let’s give credit where credit is due. You don’t encourage good behavior when you ignore the good deeds accomplished, no matter how small.

Dave
4 months ago

It’s dysfunctional by design. Biden is as close to a real world Manchurian Candidate we are likely to see. Harris, although still mentally functional, is in way over her head. Even so, I predict Biden will be removed by 25th amendment and Harris installed as president. She will then likely appoint Stacy Abrams as VP. As it is a person or persons behind the scenes that are pulling the strings (or at least the strings are behind the scenes), it is necessary to have incompetent puppets holding the leadership positions, otherwise the puppets might decide to cut the strings.

Xtech
4 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Exactly the reason B Hussein favored SloJoe’s installation as president (in name only) “it is necessary to have incompetent puppets holding the leadership positions, otherwise the puppets might decide to cut the strings”

Adelle
4 months ago

What would happen were Biden to be out of office and then Harris forced to resign? Interesting Constitutional argument…would Speaker take over? or is there an alternative? I wish both Pres/VP out of office asap as both are disasters and tragic for our country except that would make Pelosi Pres!!!

Dave
4 months ago
Reply to  Adelle

If it happened quickly enough, yes, that is what would happen. If the president leaves office by whatever means, the VP then becomes president. However, one of their first acts would be to appoint a new VP, so things would need to move very fast for that scenario to happen.

Xtech
4 months ago
Reply to  Adelle

Piglosi is AWFUL, drunk or senile, I’m hard pressed to think of any Commicrat I’d want to see president… they all s**k!

CoNMTX
4 months ago
Reply to  Xtech

May I make one correction? Piglosi is AWFUL, drunk, AND senile. I’ve seen videos where she had to have all 3 come into play. All in all, a most disgusting person.

Lorey
4 months ago
Reply to  Adelle

First they will dump kamel. Put a new vice president like nixon did. The president retires the new vice takes over. Then the new vice will be a billionaire bezo or gates the new king of America

‘Nonymous
4 months ago

Dysfunction! That’s the credo of the Democratic Party!

Xtech
4 months ago
Reply to  ‘Nonymous

dangerously so!

CoNMTX
4 months ago
Reply to  ‘Nonymous

Don’t use such big words that Biden might read. He would get confused and stare into space for a couple of minutes.

Walt
4 months ago

Harris only got the Vice President job because she has all kinds of dirt on the Biden’s. Biden only got the President job because they rigged the election.

Adelle
4 months ago
Reply to  Walt

And — I’ve read that Obama has/had a gleam in his eye for Harris…and we know Obama pulls the strings.

artzymom
4 months ago
Reply to  Adelle

That gleam in BHO’s eye is actually true. I have relatives in Cali the big O was always flying into LA clogging up traffic etc. but the news camera’s caught an especially tender loving look from one to the other as they were coming out of the plane. Hanky Panky comes to mind.

CoNMTX
4 months ago
Reply to  artzymom

Just the thought of this makes “nausea” come to my mind.

Lorey
4 months ago
Reply to  artzymom

Bot i heard the obomas we’re gay. Does that mean kamel toes is a transgender

WindRunner80HD
4 months ago

Oh to be a fly on the wall in meetings with serious intelligent cunning heads of state and these two embarrassing bumbling idiots! Would not be a bit surprised if they were made jokes of as soon as they walked out the door…..

CoNMTX
4 months ago
Reply to  WindRunner80HD

At the G7 meeting with Putin heads of state laughed at Biden while he was sitting there. I’m sure he didn’t catch on. After the meeting, on the plane back to Russia, they laughed so hard they fell out of their seats.

Lorey
4 months ago
Reply to  WindRunner80HD

No they were made jokes of in the meeting. Which neither understood

Dave R
4 months ago

I thought everyone knew that BEFORE the election!

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