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From the Washington Post news section:

A Kamala Harris staff exodus reignites questions about her leadership style — and her future ambitions

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Tyler Pager
Yesterday at 6:00 a.m. EST

… Critics scattered over two decades point to an inconsistent and at times degrading principal who burns through seasoned staff members who have succeeded in other demanding, high-profile positions. People used to putting aside missteps, sacrificing sleep and enduring the occasional tirade from an irate boss say doing so under Harris can be particularly difficult, as she has struggled to make progress on her vice-presidential portfolio or measure up to the potential that has many pegging her as the future of the Democratic Party.

“One of the things we’ve said in our little text groups among each other is what is the common denominator through all this and it’s her,” said Gil Duran, a former Democratic strategist and aide to Harris who quit after five months working for her in 2013. In a recent column, he said she’s repeating “the same old destructive patterns.”

“Who are the next talented people you’re going to bring in and burn through and then have (them) pretend they’re retiring for positive reasons,” he told The Post.

The Washington Post spoke with 18 people connected to Harris for this story, including former and current staffers, West Wing officials and other supporters and critics. …

Her defenders say the criticism against her is often steeped in the same racism and sexism that have followed a woman who has been a first in every job she’s done over the past two decades. Her selection as President Biden’s vice president, they say, makes her a bigger target because many see her as the heir apparent to the oldest president in the nation’s history. They also say Harris faces the brunt of a double standard for women who are ambitious, powerful or simply unafraid to appear strong in public. …

“But if she were a man with her management style, she would have a TV show called ‘The Apprentice.’”

Staffers who worked for Harris before she was vice president said one consistent problem was that Harris would refuse to wade into briefing materials prepared by staff members, then berate employees when she appeared unprepared.

“It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work,” one former staffer said. “With Kamala you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”

Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?

For both critics and supporters, the question is not simply where Harris falls on the line between demanding and demeaning. Many worry that her inability to keep and retain staff will hobble her future ambitions.

The vice president entered the White House with few longtime staffers. Among the senior staff in her vice-presidential office, only two had worked for her before last year…

By contrast, President Biden remains surrounded by staff who have been allied with him for large swaths of his five-decade career. The three men who served as chief of staff when he was vice president — Ron Klain, Bruce Reed and Steve Ricchetti — all work in the West Wing in senior roles. Even much of Biden’s communications team when he served as vice president now serve as the core of the White House communications office.

Joe Biden, for all his other flaws, doesn’t generally drive staffers into resigning to spend more time with their families.

When I was in high school debate in the 1970s, one of our topics was reforming the vice-presidential selection process that had produced in 1972 a nominee, Thomas Eagleton, who had to resign mid-campaign when it was revealed that he’d undergone electroshock therapy, and a renominee, Spiro Agnew, who had to resign the following year for taking bribes when governor of Maryland.

Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?

On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

 
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  1. Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?

    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary’s electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn’t upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven’t worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What’s the agenda? The Post ‘s agenda doesn’t support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What’s the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that’s usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    • Agree: lavoisier
    • Replies: @Anon
    @EdwardM

    Might just be that she would certainly lose a presidential election, so they are playing for somebody else to get the nomination.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @J.Ross

    , @IHTG
    @EdwardM

    Paul Ryan is never a good pick.

    , @Mike_from_SGV
    @EdwardM

    "What’s the agenda? " I've had the same question. Clearly all these bitchy anonymous hit pieces aim to knock her out of a slot in 2024. Everyone thinks Biden is weak, so these stories might reflect the jockeying for position by prospective Dem Presidential or VP candidates. Why would the WaPo (the belly of the woke beast) play along though? As much as it worships the Holy Negro Female, it also wants the Dems to hold power; so the inference is that the WaPo has now concluded that Harris is a net liability. My take, anyway.

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

    , @Old and Grumpy
    @EdwardM

    If she doesn't listen to her handlers for whatever reasons, she isn't a controllable entity, In Harris' case she won't go rogue on policy ever, so that is not the issue. The real problem is she can't perform to the standards her bosses want. Even with Biden's dementia, he can do some semblance of an approachable human being. So the powers are choosing lose her now to the Supreme Court. Kamala gets an acceptable participation award for her obedience to the agenda. Wonder what judge they plan to off?

    Replies: @Bugg

    , @Jack D
    @EdwardM

    Remember that once you take white men out of the equation (e.g. the fight for the Democrat nomination after Sleepy Joe is gone) the Coalition of the Fringes assumes the shape of a circular firing squad. The one thing they can agree upon is that they hate, hate, hate white men but after that, there is not much agreement.

    Kamala is the natural contender for the next nomination. So she is a target for everyone else who would like that job. And who in Washington hasn't imagined xerself (or xerselve's boss/mentor) sitting in the Oval Office? The question is not, who in the Democrat Party is trying to undermine Kamala, but who ISN'T?

    But, fundamentally, there are two kinds of successful people - those who make it to the top by being boosted on the shoulders of their associates and those who climb to the top by stepping on their heads. Kamala (like Trump) is pretty clearly the latter kind.

    People are attracted to money and power like flies to shit so, even after someone like Kamala has developed a toxic reputation, they are still able to find staff, but generally they are not able to attract top quality people. Trump for example hired Michael Cohen, a graduate of Cooley Law School, which is ranked #193 out of the 193 law schools in America and who has ceaselessly trash talked Trump since he was fired.

    Now as you point out, the Post never tired of endlessly pointing out Trump's flaws. But like Biden's , Kamala's flaws are situational. If by some miracle Kamala was able to clinch the nomination, then like Sleepy Joe, all of her flaws would be memory holed and she would be the best thing since sliced bread. But not yet.

    Replies: @Meretricious, @additionalMike

    , @AnotherDad
    @EdwardM


    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What’s the agenda?
     
    I would think the answer is obvious:

    Everyone in the party, the establishment realizes Harris would be a fingernails on blackboard disaster for the Democrats--both in a campaign and if by fluke elected in governance. She'd "damage the brand". (Easily worse than Carter.)

    Both the sincere "what's best for us?" and the personal "i'd like to President" or "i'd like my guy to be President" motivations all line up.
    , @Paul Mendez
    @EdwardM


    But the quota-fillers, Palin…
     
    I would argue McCain selected Palin not because she was a woman, but because her politics and style would excite that part of the GOP base now known as the Deplorables without overly scaring Conservative, Inc.. That she was an attractive woman was icing on the cake.

    The intense personal abuse aimed at Palin and her family indicates the Elites (of both parties) were afraid of her. Her ordeal was a foretaste of what would be done to Trump.
    , @Colin Wright
    @EdwardM

    'It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that’s usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.'

    I think she really is that horrible -- and worse, blacks don't like her either.

    That means she's got no constituency. She represents no one.

    , @Prester John
    @EdwardM

    My instincts tell me that neither she nor her boss were the Numero Uno picks among the Democrat Party tree shakers. I'm not sure who was but it sure as hell wasn't Biden and Harris. Frankly, if one looks at what passes for "presidential material" in the Democrat Party--it's difficult to take Pete Booty seriously--the pickings look pretty thin. Of course, the other party doesn't bring much to the table either.

    Third party anyone?

    Replies: @EdwardM

  2. When I was in high school debate in the 1970s, one of our topics was reforming the vice-presidential selection process …

    Why re-ruminate about VP civics when the Presidents since have been far worse than the referenced psychiatric patient, typical grifter, and current insecure hack? That Joe Biden can hold his dingleberries means … that you’re better governed?

    Nerdy, hypothetical tweaking of a relatively benign aspect of the thoroughly corrupt governmental Establishment reminds me of your circa 2015-19 chutes & ladders suggestions about turning Power Pitched Home Run Derby back into baseball while ignoring that the ball was juiced.

    At least you seem to have a decent take on President Cheney.

  3. If the criticisms of Mrs. Harris are based on racism and sexism, why doesn’t she hire a bunch of black women to remedy that?

    (Oh, wait, stuff needs to get done … never mind!)

    • Agree: Paul Mendez
    • Disagree: Batman
    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1466371657380110336

    Replies: @Currahee

    , @Hangnail Hans
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://i.ibb.co/CzckRLx/Capture-2021-11-21-04-29-07-2.png

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Buffalo Joe

    , @Inquiring Mind
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I really like your posts, dude, but that "Oh, wait" Internet meme really needs to be retired and kept out of public view in a skilled-nursing facility.

    Especially since you blew the "Oh, wait" line because the people leaving appear to have both better person-of-color and competency bona fides than their boss.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Ach, they would be exhausted. Tiredness is now pandemic in black women.. Don't you remember reading that in the nyt and wa po?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Batman
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Disagree only because the VP does not "need to get [stuff] done." The only thing that VP needs to do is not embarrass the President and our country.

  4. Kamala’s sister ran her disastrously ill-fated primary campaign. Well at least Kamala’s so-far disastrous vice presidency can’t be blamed on nepotism!

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Dan Hayes

    The Democrat primaries last year were the charade to end all charades, at least until the general election. I'm sure Kamala and her sister were both aware that Kamala was a shoe-in for the VP slot, so her "campaign" was just a nepotistic sinecure.

  5. Looking back at the past 30-40 years, it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck.

    It is not some necessity. For instance, whatever one may think of them, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy, FDR, Truman, Nixon… were very able people. Even a playboy like JFK was a capable politician.

    But now ….

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Bardon Kaldian

    It's not puzzling at all. The quality of a government is a function of the quality of its people.

    Replies: @Prester John

    , @Reactive Reaction
    @Bardon Kaldian

    "it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck"

    It's not 30-40 years, the last Presidential election between two competent individuals was 1956.

    1960 was a race between a competent man (Nixon) and a pretty boy, and, not coincidentally, was the first time television was used for a Presidential debate.

    It would be reasonable to hypothesize that, if appearing on television makes a man win a majority in a Presidential election, that he will be, ipso facto, incompetent.

    Replies: @David In TN, @ScarletNumber

  6. anonymous[549] • Disclaimer says:

    Kamala may face what is too little known about Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, who later went on local television in California talking about how they threatened to murder him to push him out the door. The ‘charges’ against Spiro Agnew were a stitch-up, dredging up old and doubtful material from the files.

    It is also little understood that ‘Watergate’ was a ‘Silent Coup’ against Richard Nixon in revenge for his ending the Vietnam war, making peace with China & commies, and trying to help the US working class … Bob Woodward being a US Navy Intelligence officer under Admiral Maurer, planted at the Washington Post to assist then-Joint-Chiefs head Maurer and the CIA with the coup.

    Before ousting Nixon, they needed to replace the Trump-like Agnew, with appointed Vice President Gerald Ford, who helped lead the JFK assassination cover-up. Ford then became President when Nixon was forced to resign in summer 1974, Nelson Rockefeller joining him as another appointed USA veep.

    Agnew tried to warn Nixon that once he was gone, Nixon would be next, but Nixon failed to draw the battle line where it might have held.

    Spiro Agnew actually later went on US television to talk about how they threatened to murder him to force his resignation, a clip still on GoogleTube … ‘Go Quietly or Else’ 3min15s

    • Thanks: Ron Mexico, tyrone, Iris, Gabe Ruth
    • Replies: @Hans
    @anonymous

    Thanks! Great info. Agnew had also been far to open in discussing the power and control exercised by the International Elves and their war on Santa (the white supremacist exploiter of elves - see Santa Inc for details)

    , @Ralph L
    @anonymous

    Admiral Thomas Moorer, not Maurer.
    They needed to get rid of Nixon to lose South Vietnam.

    I'm surprised the WaPoo got one former staffer to come forward by name. Guess he's changed careers or retired. Surely Hillary can soon assume the VPresidency by popular acclaim!

    Replies: @Anon

    , @Ganderson
    @anonymous

    19 months ago I would have said “ you’re nuts”! Now?…

    , @Mr. Grey
    @anonymous

    A very interesting clip, I wish it didn't cut off so soon.

  7. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    Might just be that she would certainly lose a presidential election, so they are playing for somebody else to get the nomination.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Anon

    What country do you live in where elections reflect popular will?

    , @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @Anon

    Well, in another ten years (probably less), the Dems won't have to worry about that possibility. Demographics are political destiny.

    , @J.Ross
    @Anon

    Harris wins by Napoleonic margins if they use the same procedures from 2020; they probably don't want to, though.

  8. @Achmed E. Newman
    If the criticisms of Mrs. Harris are based on racism and sexism, why doesn't she hire a bunch of black women to remedy that?

    (Oh, wait, stuff needs to get done ... never mind!)

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @Hangnail Hans, @Inquiring Mind, @Buffalo Joe, @Batman

    • Replies: @Currahee
    @MEH 0910

    Look, Symone has the black woman hair thing solved.

  9. “that has many pegging her …”

    I see what Cleve R. Wootson Jr did there.

    • LOL: Ben tillman
  10. Kamala Harris is the kind of woman other women hate and men only like as a young woman.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @BB753

    She got her position banging the boss. Every person who has ever seen such a scenario unfold knows that every single woman there not only hates her; they want to kill her. They will actually do shit at risk to their own well being to sabotage the bitch. It is a fury. Not as bad as mama bear with cubs. It is almost in the same ballpark as mama bear with cubs.

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753

    Yep. She's a lightweight bimbo who got where she is by a combination of sexual favors (when she was young) and affirmative action (when she was older).

    I also think blacks recognize that she's not really one of them. She's a classic committe-approved candidate that ticks all the right boxes on paper. But in reality, she just comes off as an inauthentic mediocrity to all groups.

    Replies: @BB753

  11. Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?

    But passing the California bar exam – even on the second try – is smart enough. How smart were Ike, FDR, Shrub? The problem, really , is not understanding how to control the estrogen.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Daniel H

    Daniel, forget Shrub but FDR and Ike knew how to get things done. FDR through the Great Depression and WWII. Ike through WWII, in the Theatre of Operations.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

    , @AceDeuce
    @Daniel H

    Dubya's a dimwit (smarter than Kum on me Harris, tho), but FDR and Eisenhower were both very smart. You don't know what you're talking about,

    , @Jack D
    @Daniel H

    Not to mention Biden himself - another intellectual mediocrity.

    High intelligence is not a prerequisite for being President and may even be an impediment. Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President. Likewise Hoover left a lot of people cold.

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament. Kamala has neither.

    FDR also came to Washington with a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The difference is that FDR entered the White House at age 51 and, by the time he was Joe Biden's age, he had served out his 12 year presidency and been dead for another 16 years. The Joe Biden of 40 years ago is not the Joe Biden of today. Sure he had most of the same flaws but senility makes things much worse.

    Replies: @Bumpkin, @Bill Jones, @Johann Ricke, @Juvenalis

    , @Pericles
    @Daniel H


    But passing the California bar exam – even on the second try – is smart enough.

     

    Are bar exams exempt from the general educational sleaze?
  12. “But if she were a man with her management style, she would have a TV show called ‘The Apprentice.’”

    And we all know how much WaPo readers appreciated his management style … that Bezo’s Blog would include this attempt at a defense by her allies seems like part of the smear.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  13. It makes me wonder if I should give more consideration to the idea pushed by some people who say that we should have more empathy for sex workers because that’s the only asset they have.

    • LOL: Ben tillman
  14. The Peter Principle at work. It’s difficult to demand (or command) respect when most of your staff is smarter than you.

  15. After listening to Hillary Cankles, Kamelto Harris, and Jennifer Gricholm all cackle loudly under press “grilling” (as if), one can only wonder if the only qualification for a Dem woman is a demonic wicked-witch laugh.

  16. @anonymous
    Kamala may face what is too little known about Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, who later went on local television in California talking about how they threatened to murder him to push him out the door. The 'charges' against Spiro Agnew were a stitch-up, dredging up old and doubtful material from the files.

    It is also little understood that 'Watergate' was a 'Silent Coup' against Richard Nixon in revenge for his ending the Vietnam war, making peace with China & commies, and trying to help the US working class ... Bob Woodward being a US Navy Intelligence officer under Admiral Maurer, planted at the Washington Post to assist then-Joint-Chiefs head Maurer and the CIA with the coup.

    Before ousting Nixon, they needed to replace the Trump-like Agnew, with appointed Vice President Gerald Ford, who helped lead the JFK assassination cover-up. Ford then became President when Nixon was forced to resign in summer 1974, Nelson Rockefeller joining him as another appointed USA veep.

    Agnew tried to warn Nixon that once he was gone, Nixon would be next, but Nixon failed to draw the battle line where it might have held.

    Spiro Agnew actually later went on US television to talk about how they threatened to murder him to force his resignation, a clip still on GoogleTube ... 'Go Quietly or Else' 3min15s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTCfm3-l0eY

    Replies: @Hans, @Ralph L, @Ganderson, @Mr. Grey

    Thanks! Great info. Agnew had also been far to open in discussing the power and control exercised by the International Elves and their war on Santa (the white supremacist exploiter of elves – see Santa Inc for details)

  17. Didn’t Madame Clinton also fail a bar exam? But she did pass in a state where her husband was a rising young politician. Ah, the power of coincidence!

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @dearieme

    I've read that the DC bar exam is difficult enough that young DC lawyers take the easier PA bar exam.

  18. The Vice President needs a staff of max 3 people. One to tell him/her the president is dead or disabled, one to tell him which funeral to attend and a third to answer the phone.

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @watson79

    A smart President would use them for legislative liaison, since they're Constitutionally the president of the Senate anyway, the foreign funeral detail, and as a sounding board in the Cabinet since they need to be there anyway to know what they need to know if something happens to the President. It's not a good idea to give them any Executive responsiblities since they're Constitutional officers in their own right and the President can't fire them.

    , @Dave from Oz
    @watson79

    The vice president is speaker of the senate, which is a position of considerable power.

  19. I think what people really respond negatively to Harris is her total lack of authenticity or political purpose. The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president (Or Tony Blair’s advisor talking about their problem with the ‘vision thing’, ie, his lack of one) sounds quaint by comparison.

    At a time when the political consensus has never been more unpopular or unlivable, Harris just shrugs her shoulders. It’s a system that’s always been good to her. There isn’t anything she really wants to change, the system, the parasitic anti-social one that makes people miserable and cracks open society for various jackals to feast upon, likes her and she likes it. Nor does she even seem to be particularly impassioned to defend it, she got hers from it, if it falls, it falls.

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    @Altai

    Not saying giving advice to Vice President Harris on how to salvage her political viability is Good for America, but I guess that isn't stopping me.

    I somehow thing her situation is salvageable. Her "I feel your pain" speech admitting inflation to be more of a problem to more of us than even the Treasury Secretary is now grudgingly admitting, this is a good start.

    Is the Vice President constrained by what the President tells her is her duty as VP, or could she just go rogue and travel someplace and do whatever she cares to draw attention to herself?

    Case in point, the Supply Chain Crisis. Ms. Psaki's snark about it being a crisis of not getting a Peloton exercise machine for Christmas is inexplicable. No one is "for" the Supply Chain Crisis in the way that there are people actually "for" the Border Crisis in that there is a political constituency to admit more persons from Central America, Haiti and other places.

    Could not the VP travel to California, announce that she is going to tackle the Supply Chain Crisis? Could she not meet with the Governor and plead, "Gavin, babe, couldn't you just relax a few of the rules you have in California to unclog the port? For old-time's sake?"

    Couldn't she ride around in a helicopter touring the scene of the logjam of container ships bobbing around off the coast? She doesn't have to announce a policy prescription, she just needs to get out there and look concerned? Political home base for her is California, and she has a reputation there of "triangulating" by locking up drug offenders of color, so stepping on political toes in addressing the port jam is not getting her in trouble.

    Suppose taking this initiative sets here at cross purposes with Jill and Ron and Susan and Pete (!?) and whoever, what are they going to do about it? Oh, noes, the Vice President is going rogue calling public attention to the Supply Chain Crisis? I think she could stage a palace coup of flying around in a helicopter looking concerned at this point, and who is able to stop her?

    Or is she as hopeless as the departures from her staff are indicating?

    Replies: @Anon, @HenryA

    , @Rob
    @Altai

    Ten minutes for a clip is too long for me, though I thank you for posting it. Would someone tell me if the poor lady got some appropriate footwear? “I ran for state Senate barefoot!”

    I would hate to have my shopping trips televised!

    , @James J O'Meara
    @Altai

    "But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny."

    The new Black Like Me.

    , @William Badwhite
    @Altai


    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.
     
    She has no American ancestors, and being childless she will have no American descendants. She's just passing through. That this bothers very few people is depressing.
    , @ScarletNumber
    @Altai


    The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president
     
    What do you mean by "joke"? This happened live on national television with Roger Mudd of CBS.
  20. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    Paul Ryan is never a good pick.

  21. Polling so low in the primaries – even with blacks – that she dropped out before a single vote was cast ought to have been a giant flashing neon sign that she lacked the political talent to inspire loyalty in anyone. The media attacking anyone that suggested she owed her political rise to her affair with Willie Brown was sort of analogous to them refusing to cover the distinct lack of enthusiasm for Hilary at campaign events throughout 2016 – they knew all along something was off but couldn’t put that in print when it really mattered because it clashed with their sincerely held belief that the mere existence of her candidacy meant it had to be brought to realization despite whatever warnings were obvious .

    I don’t know if she is unintelligent, but having had her political career smoothed the entire way and within the confines of a one party state would not have sharpened whatever latent political talent she possesses. What is interesting today is that the powers that be have already decided it’s time to start undermining her as a potential Biden replacement. Obviously ditching a black woman poses problems with the base, so a gradual chipping away at her image is underway to make the inevitable shoving aside go down with less resistance. That said, I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.

    • Agree: Paul Mendez
    • Replies: @Altai
    @Arclight

    I think it's fascinating that despite desperately wanting to win this election at all costs (Unless it meant having other populists like Sanders spreading the 'contagion' to other party) they still couldn't argue against the logic of "We need a black woman. Harris is (Technically under the terms of the US census) a black woman, therefore she is the best candidate". When anyone could have predicted that she would be a net drag on their campaign and that she wouldn't even appeal to black people and particularly not black women who hated her and did not see her as a black woman.

    I find it hard to believe anyone who made those decisions thought they were correct or didn't realise this. That they did it because they didn't feel like they were allowed to do anything else. But maybe there really are true believers at that level.

    But it goes further to the point of neoliberalism taking so much politics out of politics that the Western world is running out of leaders and politicians, these people are just managers who wait for others to tell them what to do.

    Kamala Harris doesn't seem to be genuinely passionate about anything politically.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Arclight

    Arc, your first sentence explains it all. The voters, even in California, did not want her but she checked two important fringe boxes, black and woman. The black women will forgive if the dems replace her with another black woman, they seem to be fungible. Next mistake up, Stacy Abrams?

    Replies: @Arclight

    , @Bill Jones
    @Arclight


    I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.
     
    Perhaps, but I'm not convinced that the average black woman voter sees the Kamal as "one of us".

    Replies: @Arclight

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Arclight

    CDAN says that KH has been asked to quit:

    https://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2021/12/blind-item-8_6.html

    The consensus is that KH is not too bright and is too lazy to even read the briefings prepared by her staff. Then she blames them for her mistakes.

    Being on the staff of the VP is probably a Big Deal in DC, so that fact that she has run so many people off over the years indicates that she truly is the Boss from Hell.

  22. What does she do? What is she unprepared for? A speech? Nobody is asking anything from this administration and their mistakes are covered up by a compliant press.

    Just relax and enjoy the ride Kamala!

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Danindc


    enjoy the ride Kamala
     
    This is how she got into this predicament in the first place

    Replies: @Danindc

  23. Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?

    Howard University – a fine American institution recently famous for having dorms infested with rats and mold.

    A year or so ago I ran into a young, high school-aged Halfrican who was considering attending Howard. I did everything I could to talk her out of it, mostly by noting that she had an excellent local university she could attend for about one-tenth the cost. I suppose the primary benefit of HBCUs is that other college students don’t have to deal with the race-obsessed students who attend them – until they are elected(?) vice-president.

    Anyway, Kamala is basically the Democratic version of Jack Kemp – the unpopular, charisma-less politician that the press keeps pushing on everyone as the future of their party. Kemp (R-Chamber of Commerce) never actually won an election apart from his local congressional district. Real voters actually didn’t like him all that much.

    Harris did actually manage to one-up Kemp by winning statewide office. But then it didn’t hurt any that she was running for office in a one party state.

    • Replies: @guest007
    @Wilkey

    Not only did Harris win office in a one party state but one office by making a deal with other Democrats on who would run for which office. Harris did not even face a real opponent in running for the Senate because Newsom decided to run for governor.

  24. Some members of Congress are famous for having high staff turnover.

    https://www.legistorm.com/turnover/worst_bosses.html

    High staff turnover is usually a sign of being a lousy manager or a narcissistic sociopath.

  25. @Wilkey

    Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?

     

    Howard University - a fine American institution recently famous for having dorms infested with rats and mold.

    A year or so ago I ran into a young, high school-aged Halfrican who was considering attending Howard. I did everything I could to talk her out of it, mostly by noting that she had an excellent local university she could attend for about one-tenth the cost. I suppose the primary benefit of HBCUs is that other college students don't have to deal with the race-obsessed students who attend them - until they are elected(?) vice-president.

    Anyway, Kamala is basically the Democratic version of Jack Kemp - the unpopular, charisma-less politician that the press keeps pushing on everyone as the future of their party. Kemp (R-Chamber of Commerce) never actually won an election apart from his local congressional district. Real voters actually didn't like him all that much.

    Harris did actually manage to one-up Kemp by winning statewide office. But then it didn't hurt any that she was running for office in a one party state.

    Replies: @guest007

    Not only did Harris win office in a one party state but one office by making a deal with other Democrats on who would run for which office. Harris did not even face a real opponent in running for the Senate because Newsom decided to run for governor.

  26. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    “What’s the agenda? “ I’ve had the same question. Clearly all these bitchy anonymous hit pieces aim to knock her out of a slot in 2024. Everyone thinks Biden is weak, so these stories might reflect the jockeying for position by prospective Dem Presidential or VP candidates. Why would the WaPo (the belly of the woke beast) play along though? As much as it worships the Holy Negro Female, it also wants the Dems to hold power; so the inference is that the WaPo has now concluded that Harris is a net liability. My take, anyway.

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
    @Mike_from_SGV

    "As much as it worships the Holy Negro Female, it also wants the Dems to hold power; so the inference is that the WaPo has now concluded that Harris is a net liability. "

    Indeed. There is some truth, after all, in the "own the Democrats" trope about "Democrats are the real racists/owned slaves" etc. That was certainly true until the New Deal. The Democrats don't really give a damn about the bleks, they just find them useful as shock troops. Power is the name of the game, of course, and if the bleks need to be dumped, so be it.

  27. Steve,

    What’s your take on why Cheney was such an effective secretary of defense, but an awful VP? Is it that he became a “pump head” in the intervening years and was cognitively diminished? Did I get that right?

    eded

  28. Mutiracial dumbocracy gives us people like cackling Kamala Harris. If the vote was restricted to white men or even just white people we wouldn’t have to suffer creatures like her. Heck, if we barred people on the welfare rolls from voting the Democrats would never win the presidency again.

    • Replies: @Moses
    @KenH


    Heck, if we barred people on the welfare rolls from voting the Democrats would never win the presidency again.
     
    I concluded some time ago that universal suffrage is a bad idea.

    Lee Kwan Yew proposed weighting votes of parents at 2x other votes, on the theory they would vote policies supporting a better future for their kids and not just gibs.

    No perfect criteria. But seems clear restricting suffrage to persons better able and informed would improve outcomes. Or at the very least excluding wards of the state. USA already disenfranchises certain criminals, so there is a precedent.
  29. It’s pretty obvious that Komodo Harris is a nasty woman with a nasty disposition; a complete and thinly veiled fake in everyday. Ambitious, narcissistic (childless as well, I suspect an abortion or two) and based on what I’ve heard from her, not nearly as smart as most people, even here, give her credit for. As soon as she’s off script her inability to think on her feet or answer simple questions about current events and policy are embarrassing.

    I suspect behind closed doors she is vile and cruel and verbally abusive towards everyone who works for her, assigning blame for her lack of popularity and taking no responsibility for anything, much like Hillary and Mooch, except they had their husbands’ power to back them. Kamala has nothing. I expect a halfhearted, obligatory run for pres before she drops out early for the same reasons as before. After that, it’ll be random, toothless advisor positions until she wears her welcome out permanently and then fades into obscurity.

    • Replies: @Zachary Smith
    @Mike Tre


    It’s pretty obvious that Komodo Harris is a nasty woman with a nasty disposition; a complete and thinly veiled fake in everyday.
     
    The DNC has a lot to answer for with this mess. They forced Biden on Democrats, then they somehow rammed Harris onto the ticket with him.

    Getting rid of Harris at this stage of the game may be impossible. Even if a Supreme Court opening appeared, IMO shoving her in that direction would be insane. Even if she could get confirmed.

    Possibly something might be worked out in the Senate. Dianne Feinstein is 87, and reportedly in very, very bad shape mentally. Somehow get her resignation, then Harris could resign to be appointed California Senator. Again.

    Could "they" pull this off? Secret sex tapes would help. A huge pile of under-the-table money wouldn't hurt, either.

    Next would be the problem of who would replace Harris. Bad as the woman is, I think I'd prefer her to "Mayor Pete". I'd be really surprised if the Power Elites allowed anybody decent to advance to VP.

    Replies: @TWS

  30. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    If she doesn’t listen to her handlers for whatever reasons, she isn’t a controllable entity, In Harris’ case she won’t go rogue on policy ever, so that is not the issue. The real problem is she can’t perform to the standards her bosses want. Even with Biden’s dementia, he can do some semblance of an approachable human being. So the powers are choosing lose her now to the Supreme Court. Kamala gets an acceptable participation award for her obedience to the agenda. Wonder what judge they plan to off?

    • Thanks: Boomthorkell
    • Replies: @Bugg
    @Old and Grumpy

    Dems have made noise for a long time, since the waning years of Obama, to get Justice Breyer to retire. He is 83.

  31. anon[231] • Disclaimer says:

    Agnew wasn’t a mistake. Aghast observers asked Nixon why he picked him and he said, “Assassination insurance.” He was our funniest president but he was serious about that.

    The state of the art is no longer someone who’s hopelessly over his head. The vegetable Biden proves CIA has learned to work with actual meat puppets. Now what you want is someone more radical than you. E.g. RFK Jr. /Grayson or Rush Holt. A Trump veep should be someone like Grassley or Kean.

    That way when CIA gives an insubordinate president their ANX A2 booster shot, CIA winds up with a figurehead who’s even more balls-out.

  32. @Anon
    @EdwardM

    Might just be that she would certainly lose a presidential election, so they are playing for somebody else to get the nomination.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @J.Ross

    What country do you live in where elections reflect popular will?

  33. @Dan Hayes
    Kamala's sister ran her disastrously ill-fated primary campaign. Well at least Kamala's so-far disastrous vice presidency can't be blamed on nepotism!

    Replies: @AndrewR

    The Democrat primaries last year were the charade to end all charades, at least until the general election. I’m sure Kamala and her sister were both aware that Kamala was a shoe-in for the VP slot, so her “campaign” was just a nepotistic sinecure.

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
  34. @Bardon Kaldian
    Looking back at the past 30-40 years, it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck.

    It is not some necessity. For instance, whatever one may think of them, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy, FDR, Truman, Nixon... were very able people. Even a playboy like JFK was a capable politician.

    But now ....

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Reactive Reaction

    It’s not puzzling at all. The quality of a government is a function of the quality of its people.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    @AndrewR

    True. And with occasional exceptions, most of the people are fifth-rate.

  35. @Anon
    @EdwardM

    Might just be that she would certainly lose a presidential election, so they are playing for somebody else to get the nomination.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @J.Ross

    Well, in another ten years (probably less), the Dems won’t have to worry about that possibility. Demographics are political destiny.

  36. On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally , is an extremely capable man. He is also not disloyal. His terms only turned so disastrous because the weakness of the President he served, allowed him to pursue his own vision.Had he served a more fit President with a reasonable agenda he might well be universally lauded today.
    I confess I always got a kick out of the way he manhandled Press jackals like Sam Donaldson. In retrospect,though, even that was probably indicative of deeper character flaws..

    • Agree: epebble
    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    @kaganovitch

    He was “not disloyal” to whom?

    Name another with as much blood on his hands or who stuffed as much money into cronies’ pockets.

    All he ever did for common Americans is get some of their names on potholed bridges.

    , @epebble
    @kaganovitch

    I am also surprised by this criticism of Cheney. One may disagree with his politics, but he surely carried them out with force without any fear. Looking back, Iraq war (and Afghanistan war) was "tragic" for everybody concerned (not really; destroying Middle East so comprehensively is a long term good - look how Syria, Turkey, Pakistan etc., are destroying themselves now - all good for the world); but they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.

    Replies: @Ian Smith, @Chris Mallory

    , @Tony massey
    @kaganovitch

    Dick is so capable he nabbed two DUI in where was it? Wyoming? In the 60s. In the middle of nowhere.
    I myself managed to buy my way out of 2 30 years later and I'm not nearly as capable as ol dick. He's handy with a scatter gun too.
    Naw...that woman he married is where his success came. You can bet that. Blame her if you wanna blame anyone other than the American voter.
    Explain to me,please, sir, the sort of capabilities that would be necessary to complete whatever vision of plunder ol dick would've required during an energy war? KBR was gonna KBR with or without dick same too Halliburton.
    And I'll say until I'm prolly dead that anyone who thinks w and company weren't running that whole show can believe what you want. Histories actors.. Conquerors they fancied themselves.
    Now w paints portraits of the wounded and even Ellen says he's a pretty 👍 guy 👌.
    Where's dick? Not in the gallery of potus. Naw he's being taking care of by that wife of his just like always. She's the one behind him. He's just a guy with a bad ticker and receding hairline.

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @kaganovitch

    "Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally, ... is also not disloyal."

    George H.W. Bush's Narco-Terror War rolled into George W. Bush's Global War on Terror which slimmed down into the War on Putin during the reign of the ill-fated Orange which then transformed into the Global Pandemic brought to you by Steve's friends in Science. All of these events amount to money rushing upward into the pockets of select elites, a populace binging on fear, and the centralization of control in Europe and the U.S. leading to their ultimate goal of a bio-medical police state which is currently being stitched together by Steve's Science friends.

    Cheney, and now through his surrogate, daughter Liz, has always serviced these psychotic European and Americans elites and their sovereignty-stripping plan. Cheney is a traitor. And we've paid for at least two of his five hearts. Congratulations on being wrong about most everything.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    , @Corvinus
    @kaganovitch

    An extremely capable man of enriching himself and his cronies at the expense of American soldiers. Halliburton profited from the mess in Iraq with massive overcharging and wasteful practices, thanks to a no bid contract.

  37. @BB753
    Kamala Harris is the kind of woman other women hate and men only like as a young woman.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Hypnotoad666

    She got her position banging the boss. Every person who has ever seen such a scenario unfold knows that every single woman there not only hates her; they want to kill her. They will actually do shit at risk to their own well being to sabotage the bitch. It is a fury. Not as bad as mama bear with cubs. It is almost in the same ballpark as mama bear with cubs.

    • LOL: BB753
  38. @Achmed E. Newman
    If the criticisms of Mrs. Harris are based on racism and sexism, why doesn't she hire a bunch of black women to remedy that?

    (Oh, wait, stuff needs to get done ... never mind!)

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @Hangnail Hans, @Inquiring Mind, @Buffalo Joe, @Batman

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    @Hangnail Hans

    Sorry (site glitch). This is from the WSJ.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Hangnail Hans

    Hangnail, they say the same thing in San Francisco when anyone criticizes Mayor london breed or DA chesa boudin, except SF is 85% registered dems.

  39. @Bardon Kaldian
    Looking back at the past 30-40 years, it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck.

    It is not some necessity. For instance, whatever one may think of them, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy, FDR, Truman, Nixon... were very able people. Even a playboy like JFK was a capable politician.

    But now ....

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Reactive Reaction

    “it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck”

    It’s not 30-40 years, the last Presidential election between two competent individuals was 1956.

    1960 was a race between a competent man (Nixon) and a pretty boy, and, not coincidentally, was the first time television was used for a Presidential debate.

    It would be reasonable to hypothesize that, if appearing on television makes a man win a majority in a Presidential election, that he will be, ipso facto, incompetent.

    • Replies: @David In TN
    @Reactive Reaction

    Historian Alan J. Levine has written that the last presidential election in which both candidates were able and honest was 1956 with Eisenhower and Stevenson. He also said there have been many elections since were neither presidential nominee was both able and honest.

    Levine's latest book is The Soviets' Greatest Gambit: The Cuban Missile Crisis. It's overpriced but very good. It has a different take on JFK's decision making than most accounts. And also a provocative take on Nikita Khrushchev's motives.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Reactive Reaction


    the last Presidential election between two competent individuals was 1956
     
    Which was a repeat of 52, except for Adlai's running mate, with Kefauver replacing John Sparkman.
  40. @Hangnail Hans
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://i.ibb.co/CzckRLx/Capture-2021-11-21-04-29-07-2.png

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Buffalo Joe

    Sorry (site glitch). This is from the WSJ.

  41. Harris combines the worst features of women, Indians, blacks and lawyers … all in one package!

    What’s not to like?

  42. Kamala is not a leader. Thrust into a position of leadership. SHOCKING that it isn’t working.

  43. … Critics scattered over two decades point to an inconsistent and at times degrading principal

    And there’s the first lie.

    One thing that is abundantly evident is that Harris The Ho is merely a tool. Never the principal.

  44. @kaganovitch
    On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally , is an extremely capable man. He is also not disloyal. His terms only turned so disastrous because the weakness of the President he served, allowed him to pursue his own vision.Had he served a more fit President with a reasonable agenda he might well be universally lauded today.
    I confess I always got a kick out of the way he manhandled Press jackals like Sam Donaldson. In retrospect,though, even that was probably indicative of deeper character flaws..

    Replies: @Greta Handel, @epebble, @Tony massey, @SunBakedSuburb, @Corvinus

    He was “not disloyal” to whom?

    Name another with as much blood on his hands or who stuffed as much money into cronies’ pockets.

    All he ever did for common Americans is get some of their names on potholed bridges.

  45. “But if she were a man with her management style, she would have a TV show called ‘The Apprentice.’”

    Translation: Her management style is comparable to Trump’s but because she was cheated out of a tv career, her consolation prize is being VP.

  46. Ukrainians appreciate your handle. Gotta spread the word on the Holodomor. Thank you.

  47. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    Remember that once you take white men out of the equation (e.g. the fight for the Democrat nomination after Sleepy Joe is gone) the Coalition of the Fringes assumes the shape of a circular firing squad. The one thing they can agree upon is that they hate, hate, hate white men but after that, there is not much agreement.

    Kamala is the natural contender for the next nomination. So she is a target for everyone else who would like that job. And who in Washington hasn’t imagined xerself (or xerselve’s boss/mentor) sitting in the Oval Office? The question is not, who in the Democrat Party is trying to undermine Kamala, but who ISN’T?

    But, fundamentally, there are two kinds of successful people – those who make it to the top by being boosted on the shoulders of their associates and those who climb to the top by stepping on their heads. Kamala (like Trump) is pretty clearly the latter kind.

    People are attracted to money and power like flies to shit so, even after someone like Kamala has developed a toxic reputation, they are still able to find staff, but generally they are not able to attract top quality people. Trump for example hired Michael Cohen, a graduate of Cooley Law School, which is ranked #193 out of the 193 law schools in America and who has ceaselessly trash talked Trump since he was fired.

    Now as you point out, the Post never tired of endlessly pointing out Trump’s flaws. But like Biden’s , Kamala’s flaws are situational. If by some miracle Kamala was able to clinch the nomination, then like Sleepy Joe, all of her flaws would be memory holed and she would be the best thing since sliced bread. But not yet.

    • Agree: Escher, David In TN
    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @Jack D

    Harris strikes me as the quintessential affirmative action lightweight: 1. 105 IQ 2. high self-esteem 3. no original ideas blah blah blah. She's a cipher

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @additionalMike
    @Jack D

    OK, so let me pose the question:
    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany, followed up by attacks on all his appointees and his brother Frodo, I mean, Fredo?
    There are some undercurrents in the Party that a good investigative reporter, if there were any left, might be interested in exploring.
    Perhaps some shadowy billionaire is trying his hand at running the Party directly, and is meeting resistance from the rank and file?

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Jack D

  48. I find it surprising just how little Kamala has going for her politically, and how she cannot seem to improve and yet keeps failing upward. It has nothing to do with identity politics when EVERYONE hates you, and that is the consistent pattern the more people get exposed to her.

    I watched a video of Fox News throwing a question to her during the Jussie Smollett hoax and she was frozen like a deer in headlights. For a politician with national aspirations at the time this is incredible; she was right in front after Jussie got “attacked” and had to have known it would come up as the story unraveled, yet she was totally unprepared. My suspicion is that staffers of the sort quoted in this article tried to prep her but she simply ignored, which would explain so much.

  49. anon[842] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s a feature, not a bug.
    The entire appeal of Biden was an open field in the next section. A VP who was proved to be the worst primary candidate in 2020 was what they wanted.
    They got someone who was not Trump and was too old, with a Veep who was unpopular. The perfect ticket.

  50. Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?

    C’mon Steve.

    Confess, i did not grasp it at the time, but Kamala was an inspired–near genius–VP pick.

    Even during the campaign, Biden was already obviously–to anyone objective–seriously declined and clearly unfit for the Presidency. But the media–all in to defeat the Nazi Trump–ran a full on coverup operation.

    Now, however, his Presidential duties have forced Biden’s dementia and continuing decline out into the open–generating discussion even in the establishment meda.

    Yet, are there calls for his resignation? No.

    Biden–a demented mediocrity–will get to serve out his four years and be lauded–by the cheerleaders for American decline–as the Trump slayer. Kamala was a great pick … for Joe Biden..

    • Agree: Listener
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @AnotherDad

    Now, picking a mediocrity as #2 (a tough act for Joe, who was himself a mediocrity so he had to set the bar extra low), who will not challenge you for power or tempt your enemies to eliminate you, is a time tested strategy of strongmen. BUT, that level of chess playing was beyond Joe. It was merely the Luck of the Irish.

    The reason for Kamala (who BTW, had brutally beaten Joe about the shoulders and face at the 1st Dem debate - lucky for her that Joe was too senile to remember) was that one day Joe blurted out (as Joe is wont to do) that he was going to have a female VP and the dynamics of primaries (blacks saved his ass in SC and he "owed" them) required that it be a black female.

    As of July, the contenders list was down to Harris, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice and Rep. Karen Bass. For various reasons, the others were deemed not suitable and Harris was the winner out of that not very distinguished group. It's hard to say that the American public would have yearned for ANY of these women to sit in the Oval Office in preference to Joe.

    Replies: @Rob

  51. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What’s the agenda?

    I would think the answer is obvious:

    Everyone in the party, the establishment realizes Harris would be a fingernails on blackboard disaster for the Democrats–both in a campaign and if by fluke elected in governance. She’d “damage the brand”. (Easily worse than Carter.)

    Both the sincere “what’s best for us?” and the personal “i’d like to President” or “i’d like my guy to be President” motivations all line up.

    • Agree: Bumpkin
  52. Does anyone know why Kamala seems to have nothing to do with her father. I believe he didn’t even participate in her inauguration even though he lives in Washington DC.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @JEG

    Kamala's dad is descended from a long line of slave masters who don't want anything to do with uppity negro/dot indian mongrels!

    , @Alden
    @JEG

    He abandoned the wife and kids very early on. No child support. Don’t be shocked child support was very skimpy and difficult to collect at the time. Supposedly that’s why mother went off to live with parents in Canada as soon as she got her doctorate. I vaguely remember when Kamala first ran for SF DA some propaganda about growing up on welfare in Berkeley. After dead beat dad cut out Mom and kids could very well have gotten food stamps or something. Alameda county was very very generous with welfare then. Dad said some nasty things about her when she ran for senate I remember. He bragged that he was descended from White slave and plantation owners. Marxist check the black box economist. And of course top 5 Stanford just had to hire him as full time tenured propagandist.
    In case anyone thinks that the elite of elites isn’t as communist as Fidel Castro

  53. @anonymous
    Kamala may face what is too little known about Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, who later went on local television in California talking about how they threatened to murder him to push him out the door. The 'charges' against Spiro Agnew were a stitch-up, dredging up old and doubtful material from the files.

    It is also little understood that 'Watergate' was a 'Silent Coup' against Richard Nixon in revenge for his ending the Vietnam war, making peace with China & commies, and trying to help the US working class ... Bob Woodward being a US Navy Intelligence officer under Admiral Maurer, planted at the Washington Post to assist then-Joint-Chiefs head Maurer and the CIA with the coup.

    Before ousting Nixon, they needed to replace the Trump-like Agnew, with appointed Vice President Gerald Ford, who helped lead the JFK assassination cover-up. Ford then became President when Nixon was forced to resign in summer 1974, Nelson Rockefeller joining him as another appointed USA veep.

    Agnew tried to warn Nixon that once he was gone, Nixon would be next, but Nixon failed to draw the battle line where it might have held.

    Spiro Agnew actually later went on US television to talk about how they threatened to murder him to force his resignation, a clip still on GoogleTube ... 'Go Quietly or Else' 3min15s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTCfm3-l0eY

    Replies: @Hans, @Ralph L, @Ganderson, @Mr. Grey

    Admiral Thomas Moorer, not Maurer.
    They needed to get rid of Nixon to lose South Vietnam.

    I’m surprised the WaPoo got one former staffer to come forward by name. Guess he’s changed careers or retired. Surely Hillary can soon assume the VPresidency by popular acclaim!

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Ralph L

    Yikes! Hillary’s path to POTUS:
    Kamaltoe is fobbed off on the SCOTUS
    Hildabeast is approved as new VP
    25th Amendment time, baby!

  54. @AnotherDad

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    C'mon Steve.

    Confess, i did not grasp it at the time, but Kamala was an inspired--near genius--VP pick.

    Even during the campaign, Biden was already obviously--to anyone objective--seriously declined and clearly unfit for the Presidency. But the media--all in to defeat the Nazi Trump--ran a full on coverup operation.

    Now, however, his Presidential duties have forced Biden's dementia and continuing decline out into the open--generating discussion even in the establishment meda.

    Yet, are there calls for his resignation? No.

    Biden--a demented mediocrity--will get to serve out his four years and be lauded--by the cheerleaders for American decline--as the Trump slayer. Kamala was a great pick ... for Joe Biden..

    Replies: @Jack D

    Now, picking a mediocrity as #2 (a tough act for Joe, who was himself a mediocrity so he had to set the bar extra low), who will not challenge you for power or tempt your enemies to eliminate you, is a time tested strategy of strongmen. BUT, that level of chess playing was beyond Joe. It was merely the Luck of the Irish.

    The reason for Kamala (who BTW, had brutally beaten Joe about the shoulders and face at the 1st Dem debate – lucky for her that Joe was too senile to remember) was that one day Joe blurted out (as Joe is wont to do) that he was going to have a female VP and the dynamics of primaries (blacks saved his ass in SC and he “owed” them) required that it be a black female.

    As of July, the contenders list was down to Harris, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice and Rep. Karen Bass. For various reasons, the others were deemed not suitable and Harris was the winner out of that not very distinguished group. It’s hard to say that the American public would have yearned for ANY of these women to sit in the Oval Office in preference to Joe.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Jack D


    Kamala (who BTW, had brutally beaten Joe about the shoulders and face at the 1st Dem debate
     
    Lol! No, she said Biden did not support busing in 1960-whatever. Thing is, no one who remembers busing thinks it was a good idea. No one who has met blacks and so went an extra 200k in debt to buy a house “in a good school district” wants busing. Blacks don’t even want busing! I do not know why, though. You’d have to ask them. After the debate, when she learned that no one supported busing, she clarified that she also opposed busing.

    An intelligent pol would have gone in knowing no one wants busing. After pwning Biden, she would have clarified at the debate that she opposed busing, too. Do you see how that does not work? At best, she caused Biden an awkward moment, like when you're talking to someone and they let out a huge fart. You are kind of embarrassed for them. You don’t know quite how to respond. But they did not humiliate you.

    Not to mention, reminding older voters of the disastrous time liberal Democrats were in charge was probably not the best idea for the party to win the general. Like Beto O’Roarke saying, “hell yes, we are coming for your guns!” may have helped Beto, but it did not help the party.

    “You showed foresight as a Senator! You did not do the easy thing and go along with the crowd! That was wrong!”

    What Biden was trying to do by picking Harris was to do an Obama. Biden had embarrassed himself by saying Obama was “clean” — by which Biden probably met not corrupt, but the media, unwilling to admit that most black politicians are crooks, pretended he meant “had good hygiene, unlike most blacks.” Obama picked Biden to show he did not hold racial grudges. Biden was trying to show that he did not hold racial grudges, either.
  55. @Altai
    I think what people really respond negatively to Harris is her total lack of authenticity or political purpose. The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president (Or Tony Blair's advisor talking about their problem with the 'vision thing', ie, his lack of one) sounds quaint by comparison.

    At a time when the political consensus has never been more unpopular or unlivable, Harris just shrugs her shoulders. It's a system that's always been good to her. There isn't anything she really wants to change, the system, the parasitic anti-social one that makes people miserable and cracks open society for various jackals to feast upon, likes her and she likes it. Nor does she even seem to be particularly impassioned to defend it, she got hers from it, if it falls, it falls.

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUpWGOEXcHg

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Rob, @James J O'Meara, @William Badwhite, @ScarletNumber

    Not saying giving advice to Vice President Harris on how to salvage her political viability is Good for America, but I guess that isn’t stopping me.

    I somehow thing her situation is salvageable. Her “I feel your pain” speech admitting inflation to be more of a problem to more of us than even the Treasury Secretary is now grudgingly admitting, this is a good start.

    Is the Vice President constrained by what the President tells her is her duty as VP, or could she just go rogue and travel someplace and do whatever she cares to draw attention to herself?

    Case in point, the Supply Chain Crisis. Ms. Psaki’s snark about it being a crisis of not getting a Peloton exercise machine for Christmas is inexplicable. No one is “for” the Supply Chain Crisis in the way that there are people actually “for” the Border Crisis in that there is a political constituency to admit more persons from Central America, Haiti and other places.

    Could not the VP travel to California, announce that she is going to tackle the Supply Chain Crisis? Could she not meet with the Governor and plead, “Gavin, babe, couldn’t you just relax a few of the rules you have in California to unclog the port? For old-time’s sake?”

    Couldn’t she ride around in a helicopter touring the scene of the logjam of container ships bobbing around off the coast? She doesn’t have to announce a policy prescription, she just needs to get out there and look concerned? Political home base for her is California, and she has a reputation there of “triangulating” by locking up drug offenders of color, so stepping on political toes in addressing the port jam is not getting her in trouble.

    Suppose taking this initiative sets here at cross purposes with Jill and Ron and Susan and Pete (!?) and whoever, what are they going to do about it? Oh, noes, the Vice President is going rogue calling public attention to the Supply Chain Crisis? I think she could stage a palace coup of flying around in a helicopter looking concerned at this point, and who is able to stop her?

    Or is she as hopeless as the departures from her staff are indicating?

    • Agree: Rob
    • Replies: @Anon
    @Inquiring Mind

    As Veep, Harris doesn't have the power to give her black staffers graft money or arrange lucrative jobs for spouses and their kids like they expected. Veeps really have very little power. Black staffers expect their boss to be a provider--with emphasis--like the 'big man' of the African village. He's supposed to make goodies rain from the tree for his supporters, and the black staffers are shocked that Harris can't do that. As a half-black woman, Harris wants to hog all the goodies she can get for herself. She's too selfish to be a proper rain-maker for her supporters.

    Also, as a half-black woman, she has emotional armor against the sort of the black woman staffer who has been needling and guilting-tripping her superiors for decades. When a black staffer whines that as a downtrodden minority, she expects to have nice stuff from Harris for all this work, Harris just whines back, "Oh yeah? I'm a down-trodden minority too. I deserve to keep everything I come across, and I'm not giving anything away to conniving ingrates."

    Black women don't work well with each other.

    , @HenryA
    @Inquiring Mind

    Kamala Harris doesn't need to stage a palace coup. All she needs to do is to wait.

  56. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    But the quota-fillers, Palin…

    I would argue McCain selected Palin not because she was a woman, but because her politics and style would excite that part of the GOP base now known as the Deplorables without overly scaring Conservative, Inc.. That she was an attractive woman was icing on the cake.

    The intense personal abuse aimed at Palin and her family indicates the Elites (of both parties) were afraid of her. Her ordeal was a foretaste of what would be done to Trump.

  57. @Achmed E. Newman
    If the criticisms of Mrs. Harris are based on racism and sexism, why doesn't she hire a bunch of black women to remedy that?

    (Oh, wait, stuff needs to get done ... never mind!)

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @Hangnail Hans, @Inquiring Mind, @Buffalo Joe, @Batman

    I really like your posts, dude, but that “Oh, wait” Internet meme really needs to be retired and kept out of public view in a skilled-nursing facility.

    Especially since you blew the “Oh, wait” line because the people leaving appear to have both better person-of-color and competency bona fides than their boss.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Inquiring Mind

    OK, to you and H.H., you're right - I don't keep up with who's at the White House or Naval Observatory, cause I don't give a crap, but yeah, thanks for the correction. Honestly, I've never heard more than 5 minutes out of this broad's mouth either, and that was from youtube clips on here.

    I can't guarantee retirement of the "oh, wait" thing though. We'll just have to... ahhh ... wait and see...

  58. @MEH 0910
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1466371657380110336

    Replies: @Currahee

    Look, Symone has the black woman hair thing solved.

  59. I watched a few YouTube short discussions about the staff resignations The most important one is another Donna Brazil Stacy Abrams big fat ugly black woman Symone Sanders. The great fat black hope of the Democrats. Symone was promised press secretary as reward for her work for Biden. But yet another big fat ugly arrogant bullying black woman is not good optics for nationwide daily press conferences So a normal weight average attractive White woman got the spot.

    And Symone became VP chief of staff . I wonder, did Harris even know Sanders? Usually the chief of staff is either known to be excellent or an old and trusted friend of the VP.

    So here we have what Harris has had to deal with her entire career as a Democrat. A slim intelligent competent average attractive half Indian the other half 1/8 black 3/8 White woman surrounded by totally incompetent fat ugly black women’ who hate her because she’s not one of them.

    And Sanders was foisted on Harris. And proceeded to do what every affirmative action black woman does. First incompetence and mistakes covered up by bullying and bluster. Second outright sabotage lies and setting up non blacks to have problems.

    If you’ve ever worked with black women you know exactly what I mean.

    Black women love being fat. Makes them equal in size to men and overpowering to White Asian Hispanic all other women. So a lowly minimum wage black clerk can bully a Dr her manager even a judge.

    • Thanks: David In TN
    • Replies: @Mark G.
    @Alden


    So here we have what Harris has had to deal with her entire career as a Democrat. A slim intelligent competent average attractive half Indian the other half 1/8 black 3/8 White woman surrounded by totally incompetent fat ugly black women who hate her because she’s not one of them.
     
    I once worked with an attractive biracial woman, half black and half white. She told me one time that when she was in high school the white boys liked her, the black boys liked her, the white girls liked her but the black girls hated her. Sometimes I think the rest of life is just a continuation of high school. People who thought Harris would be popular with blacks because she is half black don't really understand the hostility many black women have towards half black women. I suspect this is partly sexual related since half black women are ranked higher on the sexual totem pole than completely black ones. This is true as early as high school but also afterwards, as you can see how in Kamala's case a powerful black politician picked a half white mistress over a black one, thus giving her career a boost. In addition to the sexual component, the hatred by black women towards half black ones has a racial component. They don't like white people and tend to see biracial women as half white rather than half black and not really one of them.
  60. Kamala is hideous.

    Most people know that she got ahead by giving head.

    And that laugh…. that stupid cackle is unbearable.

  61. When I was working for a Beltway Bandit, SECDEF Cheney impressed me by killing one of his long-time pet projects for being too expensive after the USSR collapsed. That it happened to be one we were working on was immaterial.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Ralph L


    When I was working for a Beltway Bandit, SECDEF Cheney impressed me by killing one of his long-time pet projects for being too expensive after the USSR collapsed.
     
    IIRC, it was the Navy's stealth fighter the A-12 which was way behind schedule and billions over budget. It was the right thing to do.

    2) I think Dubya should have let Cheney as VP be the Bad Cop VP that Agnew was for Nixon. Certainly kinder gentler didn't get him anywhere with the people who hated him.
  62. @Arclight
    Polling so low in the primaries - even with blacks - that she dropped out before a single vote was cast ought to have been a giant flashing neon sign that she lacked the political talent to inspire loyalty in anyone. The media attacking anyone that suggested she owed her political rise to her affair with Willie Brown was sort of analogous to them refusing to cover the distinct lack of enthusiasm for Hilary at campaign events throughout 2016 - they knew all along something was off but couldn't put that in print when it really mattered because it clashed with their sincerely held belief that the mere existence of her candidacy meant it had to be brought to realization despite whatever warnings were obvious .

    I don't know if she is unintelligent, but having had her political career smoothed the entire way and within the confines of a one party state would not have sharpened whatever latent political talent she possesses. What is interesting today is that the powers that be have already decided it's time to start undermining her as a potential Biden replacement. Obviously ditching a black woman poses problems with the base, so a gradual chipping away at her image is underway to make the inevitable shoving aside go down with less resistance. That said, I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.

    Replies: @Altai, @Buffalo Joe, @Bill Jones, @Jim Don Bob

    I think it’s fascinating that despite desperately wanting to win this election at all costs (Unless it meant having other populists like Sanders spreading the ‘contagion’ to other party) they still couldn’t argue against the logic of “We need a black woman. Harris is (Technically under the terms of the US census) a black woman, therefore she is the best candidate”. When anyone could have predicted that she would be a net drag on their campaign and that she wouldn’t even appeal to black people and particularly not black women who hated her and did not see her as a black woman.

    I find it hard to believe anyone who made those decisions thought they were correct or didn’t realise this. That they did it because they didn’t feel like they were allowed to do anything else. But maybe there really are true believers at that level.

    But it goes further to the point of neoliberalism taking so much politics out of politics that the Western world is running out of leaders and politicians, these people are just managers who wait for others to tell them what to do.

    Kamala Harris doesn’t seem to be genuinely passionate about anything politically.

    • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    @Altai

    The frogs in the pond complained to Zeus. “The animals on the land have the Lion as their King. The birds in the air have the Eagle. The fish of the sea have the Shark. But we have no one to rule over us.”

    So Zeus threw a rotten log into the pond. At first, the frogs knelt down to the log and awaited its guidance. But the log just sat there.

    “Zeus,” said the frogs, “The King you sent is useless. We want something better.”

    So Zeus sent a Stork to the pond, and it ate all the frogs.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  63. @Achmed E. Newman
    If the criticisms of Mrs. Harris are based on racism and sexism, why doesn't she hire a bunch of black women to remedy that?

    (Oh, wait, stuff needs to get done ... never mind!)

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @Hangnail Hans, @Inquiring Mind, @Buffalo Joe, @Batman

    Ach, they would be exhausted. Tiredness is now pandemic in black women.. Don’t you remember reading that in the nyt and wa po?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Buffalo Joe

    Now that you've reminded me, no, Joe, I don't remember reading about that in the NY Times and Washington Post. I remember Steve Sailer, with obviously no blood pressure issues to worry about, reading about this in the NY Times and Washington Post many times for me. Yeah, Steve!

  64. @Jack D
    @EdwardM

    Remember that once you take white men out of the equation (e.g. the fight for the Democrat nomination after Sleepy Joe is gone) the Coalition of the Fringes assumes the shape of a circular firing squad. The one thing they can agree upon is that they hate, hate, hate white men but after that, there is not much agreement.

    Kamala is the natural contender for the next nomination. So she is a target for everyone else who would like that job. And who in Washington hasn't imagined xerself (or xerselve's boss/mentor) sitting in the Oval Office? The question is not, who in the Democrat Party is trying to undermine Kamala, but who ISN'T?

    But, fundamentally, there are two kinds of successful people - those who make it to the top by being boosted on the shoulders of their associates and those who climb to the top by stepping on their heads. Kamala (like Trump) is pretty clearly the latter kind.

    People are attracted to money and power like flies to shit so, even after someone like Kamala has developed a toxic reputation, they are still able to find staff, but generally they are not able to attract top quality people. Trump for example hired Michael Cohen, a graduate of Cooley Law School, which is ranked #193 out of the 193 law schools in America and who has ceaselessly trash talked Trump since he was fired.

    Now as you point out, the Post never tired of endlessly pointing out Trump's flaws. But like Biden's , Kamala's flaws are situational. If by some miracle Kamala was able to clinch the nomination, then like Sleepy Joe, all of her flaws would be memory holed and she would be the best thing since sliced bread. But not yet.

    Replies: @Meretricious, @additionalMike

    Harris strikes me as the quintessential affirmative action lightweight: 1. 105 IQ 2. high self-esteem 3. no original ideas blah blah blah. She’s a cipher

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Meretricious

    I don't know that Kamala is especially dumb. Certainly not any dumber (or filled with unwarranted high self-esteem) than Biden. Her problem seems to be more in the personality dept.

    Also VP is traditionally a thankless job. Biden handled it OK because he was a glad hander and not a sourpuss like Kamala. But the staffers (every mediocre politician is only as good as his staff) saw some potential upside with allowing Joe to take credit for their ideas - many of them are sitting in the West Wing right now. Her staffers have decided that putting up with her shit in the short run is not worth it because unless Joe croaks there's never going to be a West Wing office for them in a Kamala Administration with her popularity numbers trending toward zero.

    Replies: @Meretricious

  65. @Daniel H

    Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?
     
    But passing the California bar exam - even on the second try - is smart enough. How smart were Ike, FDR, Shrub? The problem, really , is not understanding how to control the estrogen.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce, @Jack D, @Pericles

    Daniel, forget Shrub but FDR and Ike knew how to get things done. FDR through the Great Depression and WWII. Ike through WWII, in the Theatre of Operations.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @Buffalo Joe

    Buffalo, FDR didn't know how to get things done to get this country out of the Depression (unless you regard getting us into WWII!).

  66. Well, we know Willie Brown likes her…

  67. @Arclight
    Polling so low in the primaries - even with blacks - that she dropped out before a single vote was cast ought to have been a giant flashing neon sign that she lacked the political talent to inspire loyalty in anyone. The media attacking anyone that suggested she owed her political rise to her affair with Willie Brown was sort of analogous to them refusing to cover the distinct lack of enthusiasm for Hilary at campaign events throughout 2016 - they knew all along something was off but couldn't put that in print when it really mattered because it clashed with their sincerely held belief that the mere existence of her candidacy meant it had to be brought to realization despite whatever warnings were obvious .

    I don't know if she is unintelligent, but having had her political career smoothed the entire way and within the confines of a one party state would not have sharpened whatever latent political talent she possesses. What is interesting today is that the powers that be have already decided it's time to start undermining her as a potential Biden replacement. Obviously ditching a black woman poses problems with the base, so a gradual chipping away at her image is underway to make the inevitable shoving aside go down with less resistance. That said, I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.

    Replies: @Altai, @Buffalo Joe, @Bill Jones, @Jim Don Bob

    Arc, your first sentence explains it all. The voters, even in California, did not want her but she checked two important fringe boxes, black and woman. The black women will forgive if the dems replace her with another black woman, they seem to be fungible. Next mistake up, Stacy Abrams?

    • Replies: @Arclight
    @Buffalo Joe

    I agree that they will feel compelled to offer up a substitute, but with Abrams running for governor this year, not sure she would run for president less than 2 years after being elected (assuming she is).

    I am no expert on the black political class, but it seems to me that most black congressladies are quite old, and the younger ones that are mayors have been mediocre at that task at best, which is why they haven't run for higher office in whatever states they inhabit.

    Replies: @Nachum, @Alden

  68. But if she were a man with her management style, she would have a TV show called ‘The Apprentice.

    In context this looks like an attempted defense of Harris, which suggests her supporters are such dim bulbs they think they’re helping by comparing her to Antichrist J Hitler.

    • LOL: Bumpkin
  69. Half-black and half-subcontinental,
    her assets were largely pigmental
    and gender-related,
    for people who hated
    the Caucasian male Occidental.

    As Vice President, Kamala Harris
    did little except to embarass
    herself, and that “bong”
    that you hear is the gong.
    (You remember that show with Chuck Barris?)

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes, Alden, Gabe Ruth
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @the one they call Desanex

    This one is too good to NOT be featured on Peak Stupidity. Are you OK with that, Desanex?

    Replies: @the one they call Desanex

  70. Bad veep choices? How about presidents?

    The first four were Washington, Adams,Jefferson and Madison. The last four Biden, Trump, Obama and Bush

    We did better when only white male property owners could vote

  71. It was less sucky when the #2 electoral vote-getter became VP.

    The big suck is how electors are no longer chosen by the legislatures. Electors are supposed to be wheeler-dealers who trade their votes for the special interests of their (dis)respective states. For instance, a pledge to pull-out Union troops. The current system only serves to protect the clubby, DEM-GOP duopoly.

  72. I’m glad shitlibs are choking on this poison pill.

    Hoe-riss being made VP is more insulting and less-deserving than Fraudsident Poopypants receiving the Medal of Freedom from the gay muslim kenyan in ’17.

  73. @Buffalo Joe
    @Daniel H

    Daniel, forget Shrub but FDR and Ike knew how to get things done. FDR through the Great Depression and WWII. Ike through WWII, in the Theatre of Operations.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

    Buffalo, FDR didn’t know how to get things done to get this country out of the Depression (unless you regard getting us into WWII!).

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  74. “Oh Lord-Please give me the confidence competence of a mediocre White Man!”

  75. @Daniel H

    Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?
     
    But passing the California bar exam - even on the second try - is smart enough. How smart were Ike, FDR, Shrub? The problem, really , is not understanding how to control the estrogen.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce, @Jack D, @Pericles

    Dubya’s a dimwit (smarter than Kum on me Harris, tho), but FDR and Eisenhower were both very smart. You don’t know what you’re talking about,

  76. @kaganovitch
    On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally , is an extremely capable man. He is also not disloyal. His terms only turned so disastrous because the weakness of the President he served, allowed him to pursue his own vision.Had he served a more fit President with a reasonable agenda he might well be universally lauded today.
    I confess I always got a kick out of the way he manhandled Press jackals like Sam Donaldson. In retrospect,though, even that was probably indicative of deeper character flaws..

    Replies: @Greta Handel, @epebble, @Tony massey, @SunBakedSuburb, @Corvinus

    I am also surprised by this criticism of Cheney. One may disagree with his politics, but he surely carried them out with force without any fear. Looking back, Iraq war (and Afghanistan war) was “tragic” for everybody concerned (not really; destroying Middle East so comprehensively is a long term good – look how Syria, Turkey, Pakistan etc., are destroying themselves now – all good for the world); but they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.

    • LOL: Gabe Ruth
    • Replies: @Ian Smith
    @epebble

    Yes, the rise of ISIS and the Arab exodus to Europe have brought such blessings to the world.

    Replies: @epebble

    , @Chris Mallory
    @epebble


    they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.
     
    More like they brought the NeoCons to power who then decided to call anyone against the wars on (some) terror a traitor.

    Remember this garbage? https://www.nationalreview.com/2003/03/unpatriotic-conservatives-david-frum/

    There is a direct line from the idiocy of the Iraq War to this website. Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos started The American Conservative in 2002, in response to the war. Ron Unz took over as publisher in 2007, holding that position until 2011/13 (both years have been stated) , starting this website in 2013. The Unz Review is the only good thing to come from the Iraq War, sadly the wheels came off of The American Conservative and they turned crunchy.

    Replies: @epebble

  77. @Daniel H

    Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?
     
    But passing the California bar exam - even on the second try - is smart enough. How smart were Ike, FDR, Shrub? The problem, really , is not understanding how to control the estrogen.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce, @Jack D, @Pericles

    Not to mention Biden himself – another intellectual mediocrity.

    High intelligence is not a prerequisite for being President and may even be an impediment. Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President. Likewise Hoover left a lot of people cold.

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament. Kamala has neither.

    FDR also came to Washington with a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The difference is that FDR entered the White House at age 51 and, by the time he was Joe Biden’s age, he had served out his 12 year presidency and been dead for another 16 years. The Joe Biden of 40 years ago is not the Joe Biden of today. Sure he had most of the same flaws but senility makes things much worse.

    • Replies: @Bumpkin
    @Jack D

    Most Presidents throughout history have been puppets for the party bosses or the billionaires, their intelligence was usually besides the point.

    My guess is that Kamala kissed the most rings, as she knew she'd have to, considering how unpopular she was in the primaries with actual voters. As the only female PoC senator available, she checked all the boxes for the increasingly checkbox-driven Democratic voters, while Biden's team knew she wasn't so appealing that they'd try to replace him with her so they okayed it, and the donors knew this stuffed-shirt VP was too stupid to ever go off the reservation.

    They thought their four-year Trump onslaught in the media meant he was done but it all nearly blew up in their face in the election though, only for a bunch of well-timed extra mailin ballots and electronic voting machine changes in urban districts of swing states to make sure the fix was in, just like JFK's dad did to Nixon.

    , @Bill Jones
    @Jack D


    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect...but a first-class temperament.
     
    I'd not heard that before, thanks.
    , @Johann Ricke
    @Jack D


    Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President.
     
    While I agree he was no great shakes as president, Jimmy Carter was *not* a nuclear physicist:

    In March 1953, Carter began nuclear power school, a six-month non-credit course covering nuclear power plant operation at the Union College in Schenectady.[8] His intent was to eventually work aboard USS Seawolf, which was planned to be the second U.S. nuclear submarine. However, he never had the opportunity to serve aboard a nuclear submarine. Carter's father died of pancreatic cancer two months before construction of Seawolf began,[14] and Carter sought and obtained a release from active duty to enable him to take over the family peanut business. Based on that limited training, in later years Carter would nonetheless refer to himself as a "nuclear physicist".
     
    And in the interval, Obama and Biden have exceeded Carter as sucking in the presidential role.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    , @Juvenalis
    @Jack D


    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament.
     
    Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes did remark that President Roosevelt was “a second-class intellect, but a first-class temperament.” But it may never be resolved as to which President Roosevelt the Justice was referring.

    Days after Franklin D. Roosevelt's inauguration, on March 8, 1933, FDR paid visit to the home of 92-yr-old Justice Holmes, retired a year prior. Holmes was reading with one of his former law clerks, Thomas Corcoran. They had a brief chat; FDR inquired as to why Holmes had been reading Plato, then sought the aged judge's advice on ending the Depression.

    Upon FDR's departure, Justice Holmes remarked to Corcoran “You know his Uncle Ted appointed me to the Supreme Court.” After a pause of undetermined length, Holmes made his famous quip, “a second-class intellect, but a first-class temperament.”

    It's unclear whether Holmes was referring to the man he had just met in 1933—based on a first impression—Franklin Roosevelt. Or, if Holmes was further reflecting wistfully on the man who had appointed him to the Supreme Court back in 1902—the late Theodore Roosevelt, with whom Holmes had had a long familiar relationship.

    Either way, Holmes did write in a 1921 letter that Teddy Roosevelt was “very likeable, a big figure, a rather ordinary intellect with extraordinary gifts, a shrewd and I think pretty unscrupulous politician. He played all his cards—if not more.”
  78. In “The Comedians” by Graham Greene, there is a character who once had been a candidate for U.S. President. He had run on the vegetarian ticket, and garnered, as I recall, 10,000 votes. Despite this preposterous candidacy, when he arrives at brutal Haiti, he is respected as a former presidential candidate and is able to pull strings for the other characters. That his candidacy was absurd is not relevant; he was a candidate, and that’s the end of it. (Perfectly cast in the film by Paul Ford, Sergeant Bilko’s Colonel Hall.)

  79. The one good thing I can say about her is she did well in the vice presidential debate. Mike Pence did pretty well, but Kamala won by tieing, and keeping the focus on Trump versus Biden and not on herself.

  80. @kaganovitch
    On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally , is an extremely capable man. He is also not disloyal. His terms only turned so disastrous because the weakness of the President he served, allowed him to pursue his own vision.Had he served a more fit President with a reasonable agenda he might well be universally lauded today.
    I confess I always got a kick out of the way he manhandled Press jackals like Sam Donaldson. In retrospect,though, even that was probably indicative of deeper character flaws..

    Replies: @Greta Handel, @epebble, @Tony massey, @SunBakedSuburb, @Corvinus

    Dick is so capable he nabbed two DUI in where was it? Wyoming? In the 60s. In the middle of nowhere.
    I myself managed to buy my way out of 2 30 years later and I’m not nearly as capable as ol dick. He’s handy with a scatter gun too.
    Naw…that woman he married is where his success came. You can bet that. Blame her if you wanna blame anyone other than the American voter.
    Explain to me,please, sir, the sort of capabilities that would be necessary to complete whatever vision of plunder ol dick would’ve required during an energy war? KBR was gonna KBR with or without dick same too Halliburton.
    And I’ll say until I’m prolly dead that anyone who thinks w and company weren’t running that whole show can believe what you want. Histories actors.. Conquerors they fancied themselves.
    Now w paints portraits of the wounded and even Ellen says he’s a pretty 👍 guy 👌.
    Where’s dick? Not in the gallery of potus. Naw he’s being taking care of by that wife of his just like always. She’s the one behind him. He’s just a guy with a bad ticker and receding hairline.

    • Troll: Inquiring Mind
  81. “Joe Biden … doesn’t generally drive staffers into resigning to spend more time with their families.”

    The staffers usually resign after creepy Joe asks about their wives and kids.

    “Dick Cheney … pared back the military-industrial complex.”

    Cutting fat from the Pentagon is particularly easy since it’s dripping with forever lard. But Cheney didn’t do that. He went the privatization route and created new millionaires and billionaires amongst his political class. The four services grouped together in DOD have seen their budgets expand and contract; but mostly expand. Meanwhilst, the squeaky voice of the USCG, housed within the sinister DHS bureaucracy, speaks up and pleads Hey guys, don’t forget about us. Can we get an icebreaker that’s sea-worthy? Antarctica is kind of important and stuff. Lovecraft was right about that place.

  82. I cannot improve on the anonymous comment made about a different upfailure but within the same administration: these are people who have never done anything in real life and they have no experiences or skill set. It’s like if our society worshipped TV and expected anchors and weathermen to frame economic policy. They’re not bad or malicious, but there is no way for an answer to come from them. That’s how you get Fauci quipping, “what happened on January Sixth?” to a guy who had nothing to do with the events of January Sixth, and in response to a straightforward verbal trap. This is why Peter Chickenfather says that working class rural people should buy expensive cars that won’t work in very cold or very hot weather. This is the basis of Jennifer Granholm laughing at gas prices driven up by our voluntary abducation and patronizing people about OPEC. This is why untested unmasked people can walk in their thousands across our border.
    If they all died, we would not be missing out on anything, and if they live, the only positive thing they can do is scam money.

  83. On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Did they really pare it back, or just retool it for the next enemy……………..the civilian population?

  84. Kamala Harris is Annoying Indian Girl.

    She really seems to have gotten the worst of both worlds (Indian and black).

    From the black side: Not smart. Not diligent. No respect for underlings. Mistress of Willie Brown.

    From the Indian side: Not smart. Not diligent. Unlikeable. Annoying. Short. Striver. No loyalty to any place. Willing to say anything to get ahead. No respect for underlings. Jewish husband.

    • LOL: Boomthorkell
  85. @Arclight
    Polling so low in the primaries - even with blacks - that she dropped out before a single vote was cast ought to have been a giant flashing neon sign that she lacked the political talent to inspire loyalty in anyone. The media attacking anyone that suggested she owed her political rise to her affair with Willie Brown was sort of analogous to them refusing to cover the distinct lack of enthusiasm for Hilary at campaign events throughout 2016 - they knew all along something was off but couldn't put that in print when it really mattered because it clashed with their sincerely held belief that the mere existence of her candidacy meant it had to be brought to realization despite whatever warnings were obvious .

    I don't know if she is unintelligent, but having had her political career smoothed the entire way and within the confines of a one party state would not have sharpened whatever latent political talent she possesses. What is interesting today is that the powers that be have already decided it's time to start undermining her as a potential Biden replacement. Obviously ditching a black woman poses problems with the base, so a gradual chipping away at her image is underway to make the inevitable shoving aside go down with less resistance. That said, I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.

    Replies: @Altai, @Buffalo Joe, @Bill Jones, @Jim Don Bob

    I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.

    Perhaps, but I’m not convinced that the average black woman voter sees the Kamal as “one of us”.

    • Replies: @Arclight
    @Bill Jones

    A good point - perhaps her selection and possible replacement was more aimed at white liberal women.

  86. @Altai
    @Arclight

    I think it's fascinating that despite desperately wanting to win this election at all costs (Unless it meant having other populists like Sanders spreading the 'contagion' to other party) they still couldn't argue against the logic of "We need a black woman. Harris is (Technically under the terms of the US census) a black woman, therefore she is the best candidate". When anyone could have predicted that she would be a net drag on their campaign and that she wouldn't even appeal to black people and particularly not black women who hated her and did not see her as a black woman.

    I find it hard to believe anyone who made those decisions thought they were correct or didn't realise this. That they did it because they didn't feel like they were allowed to do anything else. But maybe there really are true believers at that level.

    But it goes further to the point of neoliberalism taking so much politics out of politics that the Western world is running out of leaders and politicians, these people are just managers who wait for others to tell them what to do.

    Kamala Harris doesn't seem to be genuinely passionate about anything politically.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

    The frogs in the pond complained to Zeus. “The animals on the land have the Lion as their King. The birds in the air have the Eagle. The fish of the sea have the Shark. But we have no one to rule over us.”

    So Zeus threw a rotten log into the pond. At first, the frogs knelt down to the log and awaited its guidance. But the log just sat there.

    “Zeus,” said the frogs, “The King you sent is useless. We want something better.”

    So Zeus sent a Stork to the pond, and it ate all the frogs.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Paul Mendez

    We have a log which rolls over us and kills more than a stork would.

  87. Who is to say that Joe even picked Kamala to be his running mate? It is not clear that Joe decides anything. Harris was being feted by billionaires as the future of the Democratic party already before the balloons at Hillary’s campaign headquarters had started to deflate:

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/342431-dem-donors-buzzing-about-kamala-harris

    https://www.businessinsider.com/kamala-harris-more-billionaire-donors-than-any-other-democratic-candidate-2019-11

    Perhaps the people who jerk Biden’s strings just said “Here Joe, here’s your girl. Don’t sniff this one; she’s going to be your VP. Here’s a pudding cup.”

    The people who picked her might not have realized that she’s a dud when it comes to actually persuading voters.

    I no longer believe that politicians are prime-movers in any important sense. Some may be ruthlessly competent, like Dick Cheney, some may be addled or dim-witted, like Joe Biden or GW Bush. But they are all puppets. Nothing but the hired help for the wealthy overlord class.

    • Agree: Kylie
  88. @Anon
    @EdwardM

    Might just be that she would certainly lose a presidential election, so they are playing for somebody else to get the nomination.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @J.Ross

    Harris wins by Napoleonic margins if they use the same procedures from 2020; they probably don’t want to, though.

  89. @Paul Mendez
    @Altai

    The frogs in the pond complained to Zeus. “The animals on the land have the Lion as their King. The birds in the air have the Eagle. The fish of the sea have the Shark. But we have no one to rule over us.”

    So Zeus threw a rotten log into the pond. At first, the frogs knelt down to the log and awaited its guidance. But the log just sat there.

    “Zeus,” said the frogs, “The King you sent is useless. We want something better.”

    So Zeus sent a Stork to the pond, and it ate all the frogs.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    We have a log which rolls over us and kills more than a stork would.

  90. @kaganovitch
    On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally , is an extremely capable man. He is also not disloyal. His terms only turned so disastrous because the weakness of the President he served, allowed him to pursue his own vision.Had he served a more fit President with a reasonable agenda he might well be universally lauded today.
    I confess I always got a kick out of the way he manhandled Press jackals like Sam Donaldson. In retrospect,though, even that was probably indicative of deeper character flaws..

    Replies: @Greta Handel, @epebble, @Tony massey, @SunBakedSuburb, @Corvinus

    “Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally, … is also not disloyal.”

    George H.W. Bush’s Narco-Terror War rolled into George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror which slimmed down into the War on Putin during the reign of the ill-fated Orange which then transformed into the Global Pandemic brought to you by Steve’s friends in Science. All of these events amount to money rushing upward into the pockets of select elites, a populace binging on fear, and the centralization of control in Europe and the U.S. leading to their ultimate goal of a bio-medical police state which is currently being stitched together by Steve’s Science friends.

    Cheney, and now through his surrogate, daughter Liz, has always serviced these psychotic European and Americans elites and their sovereignty-stripping plan. Cheney is a traitor. And we’ve paid for at least two of his five hearts. Congratulations on being wrong about most everything.

    • Agree: Greta Handel
    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @SunBakedSuburb

    What I meant, is not disloyal to the President, thus with a stronger President he would have pursued the President's agenda loyally.

  91. @Jack D
    @Daniel H

    Not to mention Biden himself - another intellectual mediocrity.

    High intelligence is not a prerequisite for being President and may even be an impediment. Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President. Likewise Hoover left a lot of people cold.

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament. Kamala has neither.

    FDR also came to Washington with a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The difference is that FDR entered the White House at age 51 and, by the time he was Joe Biden's age, he had served out his 12 year presidency and been dead for another 16 years. The Joe Biden of 40 years ago is not the Joe Biden of today. Sure he had most of the same flaws but senility makes things much worse.

    Replies: @Bumpkin, @Bill Jones, @Johann Ricke, @Juvenalis

    Most Presidents throughout history have been puppets for the party bosses or the billionaires, their intelligence was usually besides the point.

    My guess is that Kamala kissed the most rings, as she knew she’d have to, considering how unpopular she was in the primaries with actual voters. As the only female PoC senator available, she checked all the boxes for the increasingly checkbox-driven Democratic voters, while Biden’s team knew she wasn’t so appealing that they’d try to replace him with her so they okayed it, and the donors knew this stuffed-shirt VP was too stupid to ever go off the reservation.

    They thought their four-year Trump onslaught in the media meant he was done but it all nearly blew up in their face in the election though, only for a bunch of well-timed extra mailin ballots and electronic voting machine changes in urban districts of swing states to make sure the fix was in, just like JFK’s dad did to Nixon.

  92. @Buffalo Joe
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Ach, they would be exhausted. Tiredness is now pandemic in black women.. Don't you remember reading that in the nyt and wa po?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Now that you’ve reminded me, no, Joe, I don’t remember reading about that in the NY Times and Washington Post. I remember Steve Sailer, with obviously no blood pressure issues to worry about, reading about this in the NY Times and Washington Post many times for me. Yeah, Steve!

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  93. @epebble
    @kaganovitch

    I am also surprised by this criticism of Cheney. One may disagree with his politics, but he surely carried them out with force without any fear. Looking back, Iraq war (and Afghanistan war) was "tragic" for everybody concerned (not really; destroying Middle East so comprehensively is a long term good - look how Syria, Turkey, Pakistan etc., are destroying themselves now - all good for the world); but they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.

    Replies: @Ian Smith, @Chris Mallory

    Yes, the rise of ISIS and the Arab exodus to Europe have brought such blessings to the world.

    • Replies: @epebble
    @Ian Smith

    ISIS has tremendously weakened Middle-East and that is good for everyone. Arab exodus into Europe is just pointing out weak Europe. That may not be much worse than African exodus anyway. But it has also helped Brexit - so there is a silver lining.

    Replies: @Ian Smith

  94. @Inquiring Mind
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I really like your posts, dude, but that "Oh, wait" Internet meme really needs to be retired and kept out of public view in a skilled-nursing facility.

    Especially since you blew the "Oh, wait" line because the people leaving appear to have both better person-of-color and competency bona fides than their boss.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    OK, to you and H.H., you’re right – I don’t keep up with who’s at the White House or Naval Observatory, cause I don’t give a crap, but yeah, thanks for the correction. Honestly, I’ve never heard more than 5 minutes out of this broad’s mouth either, and that was from youtube clips on here.

    I can’t guarantee retirement of the “oh, wait” thing though. We’ll just have to… ahhh … wait and see…

  95. @Altai
    I think what people really respond negatively to Harris is her total lack of authenticity or political purpose. The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president (Or Tony Blair's advisor talking about their problem with the 'vision thing', ie, his lack of one) sounds quaint by comparison.

    At a time when the political consensus has never been more unpopular or unlivable, Harris just shrugs her shoulders. It's a system that's always been good to her. There isn't anything she really wants to change, the system, the parasitic anti-social one that makes people miserable and cracks open society for various jackals to feast upon, likes her and she likes it. Nor does she even seem to be particularly impassioned to defend it, she got hers from it, if it falls, it falls.

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUpWGOEXcHg

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Rob, @James J O'Meara, @William Badwhite, @ScarletNumber

    Ten minutes for a clip is too long for me, though I thank you for posting it. Would someone tell me if the poor lady got some appropriate footwear? “I ran for state Senate barefoot!”

    I would hate to have my shopping trips televised!

  96. There is a Kamala Silver Lining.

    With Shuffling Joe barely able to mumble, much less speak, the Dem Inner Party would have by now prepared his exit. “Medical reasons” etc.

    However Kamala “Giggles” Harris prevents that. The Inner Party hates her for as yet undisclosed reasons. Perhaps because unlike regular Americans, they have been around her personally.

    So the Biden/Harris chess game of the incoherent is currently a draw.

    Imagine if Liz ‘Pocahontas’ Warren was VP. That screechy liar would already be shredding our nerves and eardrums with pure Progressive blather. She would resume her POC act and her wall building would be to keep Americans in, not out of the US by now.

    So Kamala is the “enemy of our enemy.” Hence, in the usual equation, our friend. Uh, not a friend we would invite into our homes. No, not that. Or even publicly support. But just someone who thwarts the Obama Mafia Inner Party which is now hopelessly stuck with Shuffling Joe.

    I don’t think the Dem Inner Party has the wits to do a real Three Card Presidential Monte: get rid of Joe, force Giggles out, and pave the way for then newly appointed VP Nancy Pelosi. After all, we all know what happens when the Wicked Witch of the West gets wet.

    So two cheers for Kamala! Things could always be worse.

    • Thanks: Inquiring Mind
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Muggles

    I agree with your comment, Muggles, but on that last part: Wouldn't they do it in the order that they did it with Spiro Agnew, as Anonymous-#549 nicely described? First, they get rid of the VP, then they get whomever they want in there (Nancy would not automatically get it, but Creepy Joe could appoint her on command), and then do some number on Creepy Joe - fell getting out of the bath tub, bad booster shot, whatever, and have their pick become President.

    Thank you for the great elucidation of the details with Mr. Agnew, #549. I will watch the video later.

    Since this is a racial realism blog, I will mention that Spiro Agnew was one open racial realist back in his day in Maryland I read something about one of his speeches in Baltimore - it makes even Paul Kersey sound like a piker!

  97. Anon[361] • Disclaimer says:

    Democrats, I have been saying for some time, have moved to the ‘weak President’ political model. They want a weak, dumb, passive president so the Democrats can steal from the national till and run their own power centers in Congress and the big U.S. cities without interference from the president.

    This is a concern for them because Democratic officials have been growing more corrupt in recent years, and they don’t want to be held accountable for their thefts. The amount of the stealing from the public money they have been indulging in ever since Obama came to power is staggering compared to the scale of Democrat corruption in, say, the 1950s. Democrats have always run their cities with big party machines. But ever since Obama, they have tried to extend the model and make the entire U.S. itself one big Democrat-run Daley-type political machine.

    Anyone who doesn’t realize this is an idiot.

    Someone as weak and dumb as Harris is the person the Democratic oligarchy want. However, they don’t want someone who is weak but also fussy and bitchy. Fussy and bitchy is a problem. No one wants to work for fussy and bitchy. And if no one wants to work for fussy and bitchy, good people aren’t going to stay on the team for the presidential run.

    Harris’ presidential run is going to be handled by inept fools operating in a state of chaos and constant staff churn. The only way she can win is with a massive vote steal. But Harris’ 2020 run was so lacking in support among Democrats that if swing state Democrats bolt and vote for the other side, then the scale of the steal is going to have to be around 10 million votes larger than Biden’s to push her over the edge–just in swing districts. Democrats will have to produce so many fake votes that there will be way more votes cast than registered voters in practically all the swing districts, and it will be impossible to cover up the steal.

    This will create a major electoral crisis our system is not designed up to handle, and the only way out is the usual recourse to this sort of thing, namely Civil War. Jan 6 was a mere blip compared to what will happen next.

    Democrats are fools if they make Kamala Harris the hill they choose to die on. She’s too unpopular for them to endure the disastrous fallout if they go to the trouble to rig an election for her. If Democrats try to do it with Harris, they’ll upend the system entirely. We owe a lot to the January 6 crowd. They frightened the Democrats enough that they didn’t try to rig the vote–much–in the recent Virginia governor’s election.

  98. @Reactive Reaction
    @Bardon Kaldian

    "it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck"

    It's not 30-40 years, the last Presidential election between two competent individuals was 1956.

    1960 was a race between a competent man (Nixon) and a pretty boy, and, not coincidentally, was the first time television was used for a Presidential debate.

    It would be reasonable to hypothesize that, if appearing on television makes a man win a majority in a Presidential election, that he will be, ipso facto, incompetent.

    Replies: @David In TN, @ScarletNumber

    Historian Alan J. Levine has written that the last presidential election in which both candidates were able and honest was 1956 with Eisenhower and Stevenson. He also said there have been many elections since were neither presidential nominee was both able and honest.

    Levine’s latest book is The Soviets’ Greatest Gambit: The Cuban Missile Crisis. It’s overpriced but very good. It has a different take on JFK’s decision making than most accounts. And also a provocative take on Nikita Khrushchev’s motives.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @David In TN

    David, I was 10 years old in 1956 and proudly wore an "I like Ike" button because it seemed cool. I think my parents preferred Stevenson but I am not sure. I was in a Catholic HS for the Cuban missle crisis and I remmember being lined up in the hallways to attend a forced Sacrament of Confession. Ah, the good old days.

  99. Maybe Santa will bring Kamala and Bette Midler copies of Laurent de Brunhoff’s “The One Pig With Horns” wherein the pig gets so uncontrollably angry his head explodes. Remember scream therapy? Turns out it only made the practitioner more irrational and upset.

  100. @Mike Tre
    It's pretty obvious that Komodo Harris is a nasty woman with a nasty disposition; a complete and thinly veiled fake in everyday. Ambitious, narcissistic (childless as well, I suspect an abortion or two) and based on what I've heard from her, not nearly as smart as most people, even here, give her credit for. As soon as she's off script her inability to think on her feet or answer simple questions about current events and policy are embarrassing.

    I suspect behind closed doors she is vile and cruel and verbally abusive towards everyone who works for her, assigning blame for her lack of popularity and taking no responsibility for anything, much like Hillary and Mooch, except they had their husbands' power to back them. Kamala has nothing. I expect a halfhearted, obligatory run for pres before she drops out early for the same reasons as before. After that, it'll be random, toothless advisor positions until she wears her welcome out permanently and then fades into obscurity.

    Replies: @Zachary Smith

    It’s pretty obvious that Komodo Harris is a nasty woman with a nasty disposition; a complete and thinly veiled fake in everyday.

    The DNC has a lot to answer for with this mess. They forced Biden on Democrats, then they somehow rammed Harris onto the ticket with him.

    Getting rid of Harris at this stage of the game may be impossible. Even if a Supreme Court opening appeared, IMO shoving her in that direction would be insane. Even if she could get confirmed.

    Possibly something might be worked out in the Senate. Dianne Feinstein is 87, and reportedly in very, very bad shape mentally. Somehow get her resignation, then Harris could resign to be appointed California Senator. Again.

    Could “they” pull this off? Secret sex tapes would help. A huge pile of under-the-table money wouldn’t hurt, either.

    Next would be the problem of who would replace Harris. Bad as the woman is, I think I’d prefer her to “Mayor Pete”. I’d be really surprised if the Power Elites allowed anybody decent to advance to VP.

    • Replies: @TWS
    @Zachary Smith

    There's got to be sex tapes of her but how old are they. More importantly, who else is on them? Democrats almost never shuffle someone off for a sex scandal anyway.

  101. Steve —

    You are not reading the Tea Leaves. Biden’s health is so fragile its an open question if he will make it to the Super Bowl. Much less 2024. He looked really bad the other day on TV.

    This is Mayor Pete, fresh off his Amazon Series aiming to be President. That Amazon series did not happen by accident, Mayor Pete (Buttplug) is probably one of the more gifted, natural politicians next to Hillary Clinton. Who *IS* gifted, just with people from the Hamptons and Malibu, not you dirt people who actually (ugh) work for a living. How gauche!

    Voting and popularity don’t matter. Just ask President Maricon. He is wildly unpopular but will still “win” as vote fraud means the elite power centers just get whoever they want. That is the whole point. Democracy is fake and gay elections that are as real as “reality TV” with the same amount of legitimacy and ability to generate consensus. Which is to say, none. That’s why the clampdown, if elections were honest there would be no need.

    However its moving into a disaster for the elite. As long as times were good, i.e. energy relatively cheap, credit cheap, and consumption up dissent was marginal and non threatening. Inflation according to Goldman Sachs will be 15% next year min, and it could be well higher. Energy simply will not be affordable or available for decades as more than 20 years of “Green” investment has led to a global shortfall. Food shortages, freezing cold winters and boiling summers, are going to make the downwardly mobile Whites from the UMC and MC very angry, fearful, and resentful of the elites pets: trannies, gays, blacks, other aggressive and obnoxious non-Whites. Which worked like a charm in good times but doesn’t when people have more to lose from the status quo than any alternative.

    So the move to get rid of Kamala is coming from the backers of Mayor Buttplug, likely Amazon, Gates/Buffett, and a few other oligarchs. There is a sense of urgency as Biden could die in office at any time — he’s senile, frail, fragile, and his staff clueless. Again, elections don’t matter — Dems know they will sweep to a massive “victory” in both midterms and 2024 Presidential elections but Kamala is likely to be unfavorable to the oligarchs backing Mayor Buttplug so there is that. With war with both Russia and China looming (and our defeat decisively by both inevitable given our “diverse” military) the oligarchs are prepping for the Soros vs. Bezos death match.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Whiskey

    I prefer to call him Mayor Bootyplug. More consonant with his name.

  102. @Meretricious
    @Jack D

    Harris strikes me as the quintessential affirmative action lightweight: 1. 105 IQ 2. high self-esteem 3. no original ideas blah blah blah. She's a cipher

    Replies: @Jack D

    I don’t know that Kamala is especially dumb. Certainly not any dumber (or filled with unwarranted high self-esteem) than Biden. Her problem seems to be more in the personality dept.

    Also VP is traditionally a thankless job. Biden handled it OK because he was a glad hander and not a sourpuss like Kamala. But the staffers (every mediocre politician is only as good as his staff) saw some potential upside with allowing Joe to take credit for their ideas – many of them are sitting in the West Wing right now. Her staffers have decided that putting up with her shit in the short run is not worth it because unless Joe croaks there’s never going to be a West Wing office for them in a Kamala Administration with her popularity numbers trending toward zero.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @Jack D

    @Jack--my estimate of Harris's IQ is about 105, which is prolly what Biden's IQ is--but for someone to have an IQ that low in an executive position is ridiculous! And I disagree with yout characterization of the VP's most important function, which obviouly is to step up to P in an emergency. I think Barry Obama's choice of Biden as VP was lame, just as lame as Sotomayor for SCOTUS

  103. @JEG
    Does anyone know why Kamala seems to have nothing to do with her father. I believe he didn't even participate in her inauguration even though he lives in Washington DC.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @Alden

    Kamala’s dad is descended from a long line of slave masters who don’t want anything to do with uppity negro/dot indian mongrels!

  104. Anon[361] • Disclaimer says:
    @Inquiring Mind
    @Altai

    Not saying giving advice to Vice President Harris on how to salvage her political viability is Good for America, but I guess that isn't stopping me.

    I somehow thing her situation is salvageable. Her "I feel your pain" speech admitting inflation to be more of a problem to more of us than even the Treasury Secretary is now grudgingly admitting, this is a good start.

    Is the Vice President constrained by what the President tells her is her duty as VP, or could she just go rogue and travel someplace and do whatever she cares to draw attention to herself?

    Case in point, the Supply Chain Crisis. Ms. Psaki's snark about it being a crisis of not getting a Peloton exercise machine for Christmas is inexplicable. No one is "for" the Supply Chain Crisis in the way that there are people actually "for" the Border Crisis in that there is a political constituency to admit more persons from Central America, Haiti and other places.

    Could not the VP travel to California, announce that she is going to tackle the Supply Chain Crisis? Could she not meet with the Governor and plead, "Gavin, babe, couldn't you just relax a few of the rules you have in California to unclog the port? For old-time's sake?"

    Couldn't she ride around in a helicopter touring the scene of the logjam of container ships bobbing around off the coast? She doesn't have to announce a policy prescription, she just needs to get out there and look concerned? Political home base for her is California, and she has a reputation there of "triangulating" by locking up drug offenders of color, so stepping on political toes in addressing the port jam is not getting her in trouble.

    Suppose taking this initiative sets here at cross purposes with Jill and Ron and Susan and Pete (!?) and whoever, what are they going to do about it? Oh, noes, the Vice President is going rogue calling public attention to the Supply Chain Crisis? I think she could stage a palace coup of flying around in a helicopter looking concerned at this point, and who is able to stop her?

    Or is she as hopeless as the departures from her staff are indicating?

    Replies: @Anon, @HenryA

    As Veep, Harris doesn’t have the power to give her black staffers graft money or arrange lucrative jobs for spouses and their kids like they expected. Veeps really have very little power. Black staffers expect their boss to be a provider–with emphasis–like the ‘big man’ of the African village. He’s supposed to make goodies rain from the tree for his supporters, and the black staffers are shocked that Harris can’t do that. As a half-black woman, Harris wants to hog all the goodies she can get for herself. She’s too selfish to be a proper rain-maker for her supporters.

    Also, as a half-black woman, she has emotional armor against the sort of the black woman staffer who has been needling and guilting-tripping her superiors for decades. When a black staffer whines that as a downtrodden minority, she expects to have nice stuff from Harris for all this work, Harris just whines back, “Oh yeah? I’m a down-trodden minority too. I deserve to keep everything I come across, and I’m not giving anything away to conniving ingrates.”

    Black women don’t work well with each other.

    • Agree: Alden
  105. @Jack D
    @AnotherDad

    Now, picking a mediocrity as #2 (a tough act for Joe, who was himself a mediocrity so he had to set the bar extra low), who will not challenge you for power or tempt your enemies to eliminate you, is a time tested strategy of strongmen. BUT, that level of chess playing was beyond Joe. It was merely the Luck of the Irish.

    The reason for Kamala (who BTW, had brutally beaten Joe about the shoulders and face at the 1st Dem debate - lucky for her that Joe was too senile to remember) was that one day Joe blurted out (as Joe is wont to do) that he was going to have a female VP and the dynamics of primaries (blacks saved his ass in SC and he "owed" them) required that it be a black female.

    As of July, the contenders list was down to Harris, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice and Rep. Karen Bass. For various reasons, the others were deemed not suitable and Harris was the winner out of that not very distinguished group. It's hard to say that the American public would have yearned for ANY of these women to sit in the Oval Office in preference to Joe.

    Replies: @Rob

    Kamala (who BTW, had brutally beaten Joe about the shoulders and face at the 1st Dem debate

    Lol! No, she said Biden did not support busing in 1960-whatever. Thing is, no one who remembers busing thinks it was a good idea. No one who has met blacks and so went an extra 200k in debt to buy a house “in a good school district” wants busing. Blacks don’t even want busing! I do not know why, though. You’d have to ask them. After the debate, when she learned that no one supported busing, she clarified that she also opposed busing.

    An intelligent pol would have gone in knowing no one wants busing. After pwning Biden, she would have clarified at the debate that she opposed busing, too. Do you see how that does not work? At best, she caused Biden an awkward moment, like when you’re talking to someone and they let out a huge fart. You are kind of embarrassed for them. You don’t know quite how to respond. But they did not humiliate you.

    Not to mention, reminding older voters of the disastrous time liberal Democrats were in charge was probably not the best idea for the party to win the general. Like Beto O’Roarke saying, “hell yes, we are coming for your guns!” may have helped Beto, but it did not help the party.

    “You showed foresight as a Senator! You did not do the easy thing and go along with the crowd! That was wrong!”

    What Biden was trying to do by picking Harris was to do an Obama. Biden had embarrassed himself by saying Obama was “clean” — by which Biden probably met not corrupt, but the media, unwilling to admit that most black politicians are crooks, pretended he meant “had good hygiene, unlike most blacks.” Obama picked Biden to show he did not hold racial grudges. Biden was trying to show that he did not hold racial grudges, either.

  106. “then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?”

    Not really. The CA bar exam is legendarily hard, and people often take it 3 or 4 times. Passing it on the second try after (according to you) attending a mediocre law school is pretty good, actually.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @James J O'Meara

    Yes, the Ca Bar exam is one of the hardest in the country. Nothing shameful in failing one or two or even three times.

    And Hastings isn’t a mediocre law school. It’s an excellent top law school. Very highly regarded. The practice of law isn’t a novel or movie where only Harvard and Yale produce functional attorneys. Who always wear “ pin striped Armani suits and drink their morning coffee out of bone China cups in their walnut and cherry paneled offices with priceless oriental rugs “ You would be surprised how many truly excellent attorneys attended mediocre and low level law schools. The worth of an attorney is easy to measure. How much does he win for his client.

    She was a good prosecutor right out of law school in her first job. And as elected district attorney she replaced 3rd generation communist Terence Hallinan whose idea of his office was not to charge anyone and let crime run rampant. She was a law and order district attorney and put many black criminals in prison for maximum terms where they belonged. Top law school doesn’t mean much when it comes to practicing law. Hastings is considered a top law school.

    Replies: @Prester John, @Hibernian

  107. “Maybe Kamala — … — isn’t super-smart?”

    Are any of Biden’s cabinet ‘heavy weights’? Maybe Gina Raimondo? Why pick on Harris when Buttigieg actually was given a pile of money to recreate the South Bend Indiana economic miracle?

  108. @Jack D
    @EdwardM

    Remember that once you take white men out of the equation (e.g. the fight for the Democrat nomination after Sleepy Joe is gone) the Coalition of the Fringes assumes the shape of a circular firing squad. The one thing they can agree upon is that they hate, hate, hate white men but after that, there is not much agreement.

    Kamala is the natural contender for the next nomination. So she is a target for everyone else who would like that job. And who in Washington hasn't imagined xerself (or xerselve's boss/mentor) sitting in the Oval Office? The question is not, who in the Democrat Party is trying to undermine Kamala, but who ISN'T?

    But, fundamentally, there are two kinds of successful people - those who make it to the top by being boosted on the shoulders of their associates and those who climb to the top by stepping on their heads. Kamala (like Trump) is pretty clearly the latter kind.

    People are attracted to money and power like flies to shit so, even after someone like Kamala has developed a toxic reputation, they are still able to find staff, but generally they are not able to attract top quality people. Trump for example hired Michael Cohen, a graduate of Cooley Law School, which is ranked #193 out of the 193 law schools in America and who has ceaselessly trash talked Trump since he was fired.

    Now as you point out, the Post never tired of endlessly pointing out Trump's flaws. But like Biden's , Kamala's flaws are situational. If by some miracle Kamala was able to clinch the nomination, then like Sleepy Joe, all of her flaws would be memory holed and she would be the best thing since sliced bread. But not yet.

    Replies: @Meretricious, @additionalMike

    OK, so let me pose the question:
    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany, followed up by attacks on all his appointees and his brother Frodo, I mean, Fredo?
    There are some undercurrents in the Party that a good investigative reporter, if there were any left, might be interested in exploring.
    Perhaps some shadowy billionaire is trying his hand at running the Party directly, and is meeting resistance from the rank and file?

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @additionalMike

    It's Hillary clearing the field for 2024.

    Replies: @JMcG

    , @Jack D
    @additionalMike


    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany,
     
    What do Kamala and Cuomo have in common? They were both considered top contenders to succeed Biden. In olden days Kings would have their own brothers murdered just so that they wouldn't challenge them for power (as did Kim Jong-il). As I said before, if the standard for suspicion is cui bono? then every other contender is a suspect. The person (black woman) most responsible for dethroning Cuomo wants his job as governor in the next election.

    Replies: @additionalMike

  109. @Altai
    I think what people really respond negatively to Harris is her total lack of authenticity or political purpose. The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president (Or Tony Blair's advisor talking about their problem with the 'vision thing', ie, his lack of one) sounds quaint by comparison.

    At a time when the political consensus has never been more unpopular or unlivable, Harris just shrugs her shoulders. It's a system that's always been good to her. There isn't anything she really wants to change, the system, the parasitic anti-social one that makes people miserable and cracks open society for various jackals to feast upon, likes her and she likes it. Nor does she even seem to be particularly impassioned to defend it, she got hers from it, if it falls, it falls.

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUpWGOEXcHg

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Rob, @James J O'Meara, @William Badwhite, @ScarletNumber

    “But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.”

    The new Black Like Me.

  110. @Mike_from_SGV
    @EdwardM

    "What’s the agenda? " I've had the same question. Clearly all these bitchy anonymous hit pieces aim to knock her out of a slot in 2024. Everyone thinks Biden is weak, so these stories might reflect the jockeying for position by prospective Dem Presidential or VP candidates. Why would the WaPo (the belly of the woke beast) play along though? As much as it worships the Holy Negro Female, it also wants the Dems to hold power; so the inference is that the WaPo has now concluded that Harris is a net liability. My take, anyway.

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

    “As much as it worships the Holy Negro Female, it also wants the Dems to hold power; so the inference is that the WaPo has now concluded that Harris is a net liability. ”

    Indeed. There is some truth, after all, in the “own the Democrats” trope about “Democrats are the real racists/owned slaves” etc. That was certainly true until the New Deal. The Democrats don’t really give a damn about the bleks, they just find them useful as shock troops. Power is the name of the game, of course, and if the bleks need to be dumped, so be it.

  111. @Jack D
    @Daniel H

    Not to mention Biden himself - another intellectual mediocrity.

    High intelligence is not a prerequisite for being President and may even be an impediment. Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President. Likewise Hoover left a lot of people cold.

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament. Kamala has neither.

    FDR also came to Washington with a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The difference is that FDR entered the White House at age 51 and, by the time he was Joe Biden's age, he had served out his 12 year presidency and been dead for another 16 years. The Joe Biden of 40 years ago is not the Joe Biden of today. Sure he had most of the same flaws but senility makes things much worse.

    Replies: @Bumpkin, @Bill Jones, @Johann Ricke, @Juvenalis

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect…but a first-class temperament.

    I’d not heard that before, thanks.

  112. @Hangnail Hans
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://i.ibb.co/CzckRLx/Capture-2021-11-21-04-29-07-2.png

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Buffalo Joe

    Hangnail, they say the same thing in San Francisco when anyone criticizes Mayor london breed or DA chesa boudin, except SF is 85% registered dems.

  113. @Jack D
    @Daniel H

    Not to mention Biden himself - another intellectual mediocrity.

    High intelligence is not a prerequisite for being President and may even be an impediment. Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President. Likewise Hoover left a lot of people cold.

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament. Kamala has neither.

    FDR also came to Washington with a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The difference is that FDR entered the White House at age 51 and, by the time he was Joe Biden's age, he had served out his 12 year presidency and been dead for another 16 years. The Joe Biden of 40 years ago is not the Joe Biden of today. Sure he had most of the same flaws but senility makes things much worse.

    Replies: @Bumpkin, @Bill Jones, @Johann Ricke, @Juvenalis

    Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President.

    While I agree he was no great shakes as president, Jimmy Carter was *not* a nuclear physicist:

    In March 1953, Carter began nuclear power school, a six-month non-credit course covering nuclear power plant operation at the Union College in Schenectady.[8] His intent was to eventually work aboard USS Seawolf, which was planned to be the second U.S. nuclear submarine. However, he never had the opportunity to serve aboard a nuclear submarine. Carter’s father died of pancreatic cancer two months before construction of Seawolf began,[14] and Carter sought and obtained a release from active duty to enable him to take over the family peanut business. Based on that limited training, in later years Carter would nonetheless refer to himself as a “nuclear physicist”.

    And in the interval, Obama and Biden have exceeded Carter as sucking in the presidential role.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Johann Ricke

    He was a nuclear engineer.

  114. @Inquiring Mind
    @Altai

    Not saying giving advice to Vice President Harris on how to salvage her political viability is Good for America, but I guess that isn't stopping me.

    I somehow thing her situation is salvageable. Her "I feel your pain" speech admitting inflation to be more of a problem to more of us than even the Treasury Secretary is now grudgingly admitting, this is a good start.

    Is the Vice President constrained by what the President tells her is her duty as VP, or could she just go rogue and travel someplace and do whatever she cares to draw attention to herself?

    Case in point, the Supply Chain Crisis. Ms. Psaki's snark about it being a crisis of not getting a Peloton exercise machine for Christmas is inexplicable. No one is "for" the Supply Chain Crisis in the way that there are people actually "for" the Border Crisis in that there is a political constituency to admit more persons from Central America, Haiti and other places.

    Could not the VP travel to California, announce that she is going to tackle the Supply Chain Crisis? Could she not meet with the Governor and plead, "Gavin, babe, couldn't you just relax a few of the rules you have in California to unclog the port? For old-time's sake?"

    Couldn't she ride around in a helicopter touring the scene of the logjam of container ships bobbing around off the coast? She doesn't have to announce a policy prescription, she just needs to get out there and look concerned? Political home base for her is California, and she has a reputation there of "triangulating" by locking up drug offenders of color, so stepping on political toes in addressing the port jam is not getting her in trouble.

    Suppose taking this initiative sets here at cross purposes with Jill and Ron and Susan and Pete (!?) and whoever, what are they going to do about it? Oh, noes, the Vice President is going rogue calling public attention to the Supply Chain Crisis? I think she could stage a palace coup of flying around in a helicopter looking concerned at this point, and who is able to stop her?

    Or is she as hopeless as the departures from her staff are indicating?

    Replies: @Anon, @HenryA

    Kamala Harris doesn’t need to stage a palace coup. All she needs to do is to wait.

  115. @Altai
    I think what people really respond negatively to Harris is her total lack of authenticity or political purpose. The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president (Or Tony Blair's advisor talking about their problem with the 'vision thing', ie, his lack of one) sounds quaint by comparison.

    At a time when the political consensus has never been more unpopular or unlivable, Harris just shrugs her shoulders. It's a system that's always been good to her. There isn't anything she really wants to change, the system, the parasitic anti-social one that makes people miserable and cracks open society for various jackals to feast upon, likes her and she likes it. Nor does she even seem to be particularly impassioned to defend it, she got hers from it, if it falls, it falls.

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUpWGOEXcHg

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Rob, @James J O'Meara, @William Badwhite, @ScarletNumber

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    She has no American ancestors, and being childless she will have no American descendants. She’s just passing through. That this bothers very few people is depressing.

    • Agree: Travis, Mr. Anon
  116. ‘Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?’

    Maybe she’s just not much of a leader — that is to say, she shouldn’t be where she is.

    It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person (although I think Harris is). Evelyn Waugh was an infamously bad officer in the Second World War. There’s no particular reason to think Claude Monet would have made a successful captain of industry.

    One of the several unfortunate effects of affirmative action is that people get pushed into trying to play parts they’re just not cut out for. In a color-blind society, Kamala Harris might have found some niche whose obligations she could have fulfilled passably well — but she never would have become vice-president.

  117. @David In TN
    @Reactive Reaction

    Historian Alan J. Levine has written that the last presidential election in which both candidates were able and honest was 1956 with Eisenhower and Stevenson. He also said there have been many elections since were neither presidential nominee was both able and honest.

    Levine's latest book is The Soviets' Greatest Gambit: The Cuban Missile Crisis. It's overpriced but very good. It has a different take on JFK's decision making than most accounts. And also a provocative take on Nikita Khrushchev's motives.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    David, I was 10 years old in 1956 and proudly wore an “I like Ike” button because it seemed cool. I think my parents preferred Stevenson but I am not sure. I was in a Catholic HS for the Cuban missle crisis and I remmember being lined up in the hallways to attend a forced Sacrament of Confession. Ah, the good old days.

  118. @Old and Grumpy
    @EdwardM

    If she doesn't listen to her handlers for whatever reasons, she isn't a controllable entity, In Harris' case she won't go rogue on policy ever, so that is not the issue. The real problem is she can't perform to the standards her bosses want. Even with Biden's dementia, he can do some semblance of an approachable human being. So the powers are choosing lose her now to the Supreme Court. Kamala gets an acceptable participation award for her obedience to the agenda. Wonder what judge they plan to off?

    Replies: @Bugg

    Dems have made noise for a long time, since the waning years of Obama, to get Justice Breyer to retire. He is 83.

  119. Kamala, an affirmative action verison of Hillary- not as likeable or competent. Plus side is she’s not as deadly, body count is more injured then dead

  120. @Muggles
    There is a Kamala Silver Lining.

    With Shuffling Joe barely able to mumble, much less speak, the Dem Inner Party would have by now prepared his exit. "Medical reasons" etc.

    However Kamala "Giggles" Harris prevents that. The Inner Party hates her for as yet undisclosed reasons. Perhaps because unlike regular Americans, they have been around her personally.

    So the Biden/Harris chess game of the incoherent is currently a draw.

    Imagine if Liz 'Pocahontas' Warren was VP. That screechy liar would already be shredding our nerves and eardrums with pure Progressive blather. She would resume her POC act and her wall building would be to keep Americans in, not out of the US by now.

    So Kamala is the "enemy of our enemy." Hence, in the usual equation, our friend. Uh, not a friend we would invite into our homes. No, not that. Or even publicly support. But just someone who thwarts the Obama Mafia Inner Party which is now hopelessly stuck with Shuffling Joe.

    I don't think the Dem Inner Party has the wits to do a real Three Card Presidential Monte: get rid of Joe, force Giggles out, and pave the way for then newly appointed VP Nancy Pelosi. After all, we all know what happens when the Wicked Witch of the West gets wet.

    So two cheers for Kamala! Things could always be worse.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I agree with your comment, Muggles, but on that last part: Wouldn’t they do it in the order that they did it with Spiro Agnew, as Anonymous-#549 nicely described? First, they get rid of the VP, then they get whomever they want in there (Nancy would not automatically get it, but Creepy Joe could appoint her on command), and then do some number on Creepy Joe – fell getting out of the bath tub, bad booster shot, whatever, and have their pick become President.

    Thank you for the great elucidation of the details with Mr. Agnew, #549. I will watch the video later.

    Since this is a racial realism blog, I will mention that Spiro Agnew was one open racial realist back in his day in Maryland I read something about one of his speeches in Baltimore – it makes even Paul Kersey sound like a piker!

  121. Joe Biden, for all his other flaws, doesn’t generally drive staffers into resigning to spend more time with their families.

    This is true. He actually encourages them to spend time with their families while they still work for him.

    When I was in high school debate in the 1970s, one of our topics was reforming the vice-presidential selection process

    The actual topic from 1974-75 was as follows

    Resolved: That the United States should significantly change the method of selecting presidential and vice-presidential candidates

    Considering Spiro didn’t resign until October 1973, this was a quick reaction by the NFHS. Of course, from my experience with debate, it probably devolved into debating the meaning of the word “significantly”.

  122. I can’t decide if I don’t like Kamala because I’m a racist or because I’m a sexist.

    • LOL: Captain Tripps
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Ghost of Bull Moose


    I can’t decide if I don’t like Kamala because I’m a racist or because I’m a sexist.
     
    I want her to be President as soon as possible because I'm a cynic.
    , @Paleo Liberal
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    If it makes you feel any better my woke anti-racist daughters hate her too.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  123. she has struggled to make progress on her vice-presidential portfolio

    A vice president should only have 3 items in their portfolio:
    1. Funerals not important enough for the president attend.
    2. Breaking a tie vote in the Senate.
    3. Various ceremonial events to shake hands and kiss babies on behalf of the US government, but too unimportant for the president to attend.

    Most people really don’t care about her being female and mixed race.
    They don’t like her because she is an evil, disingenuous skank.

  124. @Achmed E. Newman
    If the criticisms of Mrs. Harris are based on racism and sexism, why doesn't she hire a bunch of black women to remedy that?

    (Oh, wait, stuff needs to get done ... never mind!)

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @Hangnail Hans, @Inquiring Mind, @Buffalo Joe, @Batman

    Disagree only because the VP does not “need to get [stuff] done.” The only thing that VP needs to do is not embarrass the President and our country.

  125. @epebble
    @kaganovitch

    I am also surprised by this criticism of Cheney. One may disagree with his politics, but he surely carried them out with force without any fear. Looking back, Iraq war (and Afghanistan war) was "tragic" for everybody concerned (not really; destroying Middle East so comprehensively is a long term good - look how Syria, Turkey, Pakistan etc., are destroying themselves now - all good for the world); but they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.

    Replies: @Ian Smith, @Chris Mallory

    they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.

    More like they brought the NeoCons to power who then decided to call anyone against the wars on (some) terror a traitor.

    Remember this garbage? https://www.nationalreview.com/2003/03/unpatriotic-conservatives-david-frum/

    There is a direct line from the idiocy of the Iraq War to this website. Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos started The American Conservative in 2002, in response to the war. Ron Unz took over as publisher in 2007, holding that position until 2011/13 (both years have been stated) , starting this website in 2013. The Unz Review is the only good thing to come from the Iraq War, sadly the wheels came off of The American Conservative and they turned crunchy.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @epebble
    @Chris Mallory

    All that eventually led to the rise of Trump. So, not all bad.

  126. @KenH
    Mutiracial dumbocracy gives us people like cackling Kamala Harris. If the vote was restricted to white men or even just white people we wouldn't have to suffer creatures like her. Heck, if we barred people on the welfare rolls from voting the Democrats would never win the presidency again.

    Replies: @Moses

    Heck, if we barred people on the welfare rolls from voting the Democrats would never win the presidency again.

    I concluded some time ago that universal suffrage is a bad idea.

    Lee Kwan Yew proposed weighting votes of parents at 2x other votes, on the theory they would vote policies supporting a better future for their kids and not just gibs.

    No perfect criteria. But seems clear restricting suffrage to persons better able and informed would improve outcomes. Or at the very least excluding wards of the state. USA already disenfranchises certain criminals, so there is a precedent.

  127. @Jack D
    @Daniel H

    Not to mention Biden himself - another intellectual mediocrity.

    High intelligence is not a prerequisite for being President and may even be an impediment. Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President. Likewise Hoover left a lot of people cold.

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament. Kamala has neither.

    FDR also came to Washington with a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The difference is that FDR entered the White House at age 51 and, by the time he was Joe Biden's age, he had served out his 12 year presidency and been dead for another 16 years. The Joe Biden of 40 years ago is not the Joe Biden of today. Sure he had most of the same flaws but senility makes things much worse.

    Replies: @Bumpkin, @Bill Jones, @Johann Ricke, @Juvenalis

    What is needed, as was said of FDR, is not a first-class intellect (not to say that you should be a complete dummy) but a first-class temperament.

    Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes did remark that President Roosevelt was “a second-class intellect, but a first-class temperament.” But it may never be resolved as to which President Roosevelt the Justice was referring.

    Days after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration, on March 8, 1933, FDR paid visit to the home of 92-yr-old Justice Holmes, retired a year prior. Holmes was reading with one of his former law clerks, Thomas Corcoran. They had a brief chat; FDR inquired as to why Holmes had been reading Plato, then sought the aged judge’s advice on ending the Depression.

    Upon FDR’s departure, Justice Holmes remarked to Corcoran “You know his Uncle Ted appointed me to the Supreme Court.” After a pause of undetermined length, Holmes made his famous quip, “a second-class intellect, but a first-class temperament.”

    It’s unclear whether Holmes was referring to the man he had just met in 1933—based on a first impression—Franklin Roosevelt. Or, if Holmes was further reflecting wistfully on the man who had appointed him to the Supreme Court back in 1902—the late Theodore Roosevelt, with whom Holmes had had a long familiar relationship.

    Either way, Holmes did write in a 1921 letter that Teddy Roosevelt was “very likeable, a big figure, a rather ordinary intellect with extraordinary gifts, a shrewd and I think pretty unscrupulous politician. He played all his cards—if not more.”

    • Thanks: Sam Malone, Jack D
  128. @Jack D
    @Meretricious

    I don't know that Kamala is especially dumb. Certainly not any dumber (or filled with unwarranted high self-esteem) than Biden. Her problem seems to be more in the personality dept.

    Also VP is traditionally a thankless job. Biden handled it OK because he was a glad hander and not a sourpuss like Kamala. But the staffers (every mediocre politician is only as good as his staff) saw some potential upside with allowing Joe to take credit for their ideas - many of them are sitting in the West Wing right now. Her staffers have decided that putting up with her shit in the short run is not worth it because unless Joe croaks there's never going to be a West Wing office for them in a Kamala Administration with her popularity numbers trending toward zero.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    @Jack–my estimate of Harris’s IQ is about 105, which is prolly what Biden’s IQ is–but for someone to have an IQ that low in an executive position is ridiculous! And I disagree with yout characterization of the VP’s most important function, which obviouly is to step up to P in an emergency. I think Barry Obama’s choice of Biden as VP was lame, just as lame as Sotomayor for SCOTUS

  129. Reminds me of Tom Lehrer’s National Brotherhoos Week … and everybody hate the Jews!

    I actually think there is too much Jew-hate here on Unz, tho not on iSteve.

    Steve is doing great work on data ant truth, tho with too much snark for my comfort.

    Kamala got her start, on her knees servicing Willie Brown like Monika. And Willie, like slick Willy, was a successful womanizer – pump & dump and feel good.

    Willie was married – why would married women support a “marriage breaking” hoe?
    Why would women who want their husbands to love them, faithfully, support such adultery.

    Acceptance of boomer adultery, and individualist “liberal” promiscuity is destroying morals in America, and the reputation of Liberalism.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Tom Grey


    Willie was married – why would married women support a “marriage breaking” hoe? Why would women who want their husbands to love them, faithfully, support such adultery?
     
    Blanche Brown was the bitch holding the Bible.

    Acceptance of boomer adultery...
     
    This may surprise you, but adultery predates 1969. I believe it's even mentioned in Mrs Brown's Bible, in Exodus and Deuteronomy somewhere.

    And the only state where "boomers" introduced no-fault divorce, i.e., state-sanctioned adultery, is New York, which held it off until 2010.

    Adultery is much lower among the young today. They don't bother to marry.


    Reminds me of Tom Lehrer...
     
    Speaking of Lehrer (and Hos; check the byline), he has offered his entire œuvre to the public domain:


    Satirist Tom Lehrer has put his songs into the public domain

    , @Alden
    @Tom Grey

    I think Willie was divorced when he was involved with Harris. He had hundreds maybe a thousand girl friends. He and his wife were perfectly happy with him never coming home. Early on, Willie had a one bedroom apartment in his law office building where he spent the nights. He had out of wedlock kids with his girl friends while still married. He was out in the singles bars 5 nights a week. Hundreds of girl friends and Harris was the only one he sponsored in politics.

    Many people were unaware he was married as his wife never accompanied him to events or appeared in public with him.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  130. @JEG
    Does anyone know why Kamala seems to have nothing to do with her father. I believe he didn't even participate in her inauguration even though he lives in Washington DC.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @Alden

    He abandoned the wife and kids very early on. No child support. Don’t be shocked child support was very skimpy and difficult to collect at the time. Supposedly that’s why mother went off to live with parents in Canada as soon as she got her doctorate. I vaguely remember when Kamala first ran for SF DA some propaganda about growing up on welfare in Berkeley. After dead beat dad cut out Mom and kids could very well have gotten food stamps or something. Alameda county was very very generous with welfare then. Dad said some nasty things about her when she ran for senate I remember. He bragged that he was descended from White slave and plantation owners. Marxist check the black box economist. And of course top 5 Stanford just had to hire him as full time tenured propagandist.
    In case anyone thinks that the elite of elites isn’t as communist as Fidel Castro

  131. @anonymous
    Kamala may face what is too little known about Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, who later went on local television in California talking about how they threatened to murder him to push him out the door. The 'charges' against Spiro Agnew were a stitch-up, dredging up old and doubtful material from the files.

    It is also little understood that 'Watergate' was a 'Silent Coup' against Richard Nixon in revenge for his ending the Vietnam war, making peace with China & commies, and trying to help the US working class ... Bob Woodward being a US Navy Intelligence officer under Admiral Maurer, planted at the Washington Post to assist then-Joint-Chiefs head Maurer and the CIA with the coup.

    Before ousting Nixon, they needed to replace the Trump-like Agnew, with appointed Vice President Gerald Ford, who helped lead the JFK assassination cover-up. Ford then became President when Nixon was forced to resign in summer 1974, Nelson Rockefeller joining him as another appointed USA veep.

    Agnew tried to warn Nixon that once he was gone, Nixon would be next, but Nixon failed to draw the battle line where it might have held.

    Spiro Agnew actually later went on US television to talk about how they threatened to murder him to force his resignation, a clip still on GoogleTube ... 'Go Quietly or Else' 3min15s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTCfm3-l0eY

    Replies: @Hans, @Ralph L, @Ganderson, @Mr. Grey

    19 months ago I would have said “ you’re nuts”! Now?…

  132. Dan Quayle was an inspired pick. Bush spent eight years with him in the Senate, and decided he could probably handle the top job if called on in a pinch. But nobody else believed it. Thus Quayle served as insulation from impeachment.

  133. @dearieme
    Didn't Madame Clinton also fail a bar exam? But she did pass in a state where her husband was a rising young politician. Ah, the power of coincidence!

    Replies: @Hibernian

    I’ve read that the DC bar exam is difficult enough that young DC lawyers take the easier PA bar exam.

  134. @watson79
    The Vice President needs a staff of max 3 people. One to tell him/her the president is dead or disabled, one to tell him which funeral to attend and a third to answer the phone.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Dave from Oz

    A smart President would use them for legislative liaison, since they’re Constitutionally the president of the Senate anyway, the foreign funeral detail, and as a sounding board in the Cabinet since they need to be there anyway to know what they need to know if something happens to the President. It’s not a good idea to give them any Executive responsiblities since they’re Constitutional officers in their own right and the President can’t fire them.

  135. A couple more thoughts, whenever they might appear.

    1. When the spastic moderation reloads, the thread looks like a Sixties era Milton-Bradley board game with random blue & white squares.

    2. The proportion here in the HBD Boys Only tree fort who can still rationalize voting for the likes of Dick Cheney is, at this point, saddening. I know you think yourselves smart and tactical, but that support for your part of the Establishment has played a big part in the ruination of the country. If you were long on Halliburton and Raytheon, remember whose are the bloodstains.

  136. @Altai
    I think what people really respond negatively to Harris is her total lack of authenticity or political purpose. The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president (Or Tony Blair's advisor talking about their problem with the 'vision thing', ie, his lack of one) sounds quaint by comparison.

    At a time when the political consensus has never been more unpopular or unlivable, Harris just shrugs her shoulders. It's a system that's always been good to her. There isn't anything she really wants to change, the system, the parasitic anti-social one that makes people miserable and cracks open society for various jackals to feast upon, likes her and she likes it. Nor does she even seem to be particularly impassioned to defend it, she got hers from it, if it falls, it falls.

    But the attempts to desperately try to get American blacks to identify with her to get some blood from the stone, despite her being an upper class half-Indian the daughter of immigrants who grew up in Canada, are pretty funny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUpWGOEXcHg

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Rob, @James J O'Meara, @William Badwhite, @ScarletNumber

    The joke about Ted Kennedy being puzzled when asked why he wants to be president

    What do you mean by “joke”? This happened live on national television with Roger Mudd of CBS.

  137. @Alden
    I watched a few YouTube short discussions about the staff resignations The most important one is another Donna Brazil Stacy Abrams big fat ugly black woman Symone Sanders. The great fat black hope of the Democrats. Symone was promised press secretary as reward for her work for Biden. But yet another big fat ugly arrogant bullying black woman is not good optics for nationwide daily press conferences So a normal weight average attractive White woman got the spot.

    And Symone became VP chief of staff . I wonder, did Harris even know Sanders? Usually the chief of staff is either known to be excellent or an old and trusted friend of the VP.

    So here we have what Harris has had to deal with her entire career as a Democrat. A slim intelligent competent average attractive half Indian the other half 1/8 black 3/8 White woman surrounded by totally incompetent fat ugly black women’ who hate her because she’s not one of them.

    And Sanders was foisted on Harris. And proceeded to do what every affirmative action black woman does. First incompetence and mistakes covered up by bullying and bluster. Second outright sabotage lies and setting up non blacks to have problems.

    If you’ve ever worked with black women you know exactly what I mean.

    Black women love being fat. Makes them equal in size to men and overpowering to White Asian Hispanic all other women. So a lowly minimum wage black clerk can bully a Dr her manager even a judge.

    Replies: @Mark G.

    So here we have what Harris has had to deal with her entire career as a Democrat. A slim intelligent competent average attractive half Indian the other half 1/8 black 3/8 White woman surrounded by totally incompetent fat ugly black women who hate her because she’s not one of them.

    I once worked with an attractive biracial woman, half black and half white. She told me one time that when she was in high school the white boys liked her, the black boys liked her, the white girls liked her but the black girls hated her. Sometimes I think the rest of life is just a continuation of high school. People who thought Harris would be popular with blacks because she is half black don’t really understand the hostility many black women have towards half black women. I suspect this is partly sexual related since half black women are ranked higher on the sexual totem pole than completely black ones. This is true as early as high school but also afterwards, as you can see how in Kamala’s case a powerful black politician picked a half white mistress over a black one, thus giving her career a boost. In addition to the sexual component, the hatred by black women towards half black ones has a racial component. They don’t like white people and tend to see biracial women as half white rather than half black and not really one of them.

  138. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    I can't decide if I don't like Kamala because I'm a racist or because I'm a sexist.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Paleo Liberal

    I can’t decide if I don’t like Kamala because I’m a racist or because I’m a sexist.

    I want her to be President as soon as possible because I’m a cynic.

  139. @SunBakedSuburb
    @kaganovitch

    "Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally, ... is also not disloyal."

    George H.W. Bush's Narco-Terror War rolled into George W. Bush's Global War on Terror which slimmed down into the War on Putin during the reign of the ill-fated Orange which then transformed into the Global Pandemic brought to you by Steve's friends in Science. All of these events amount to money rushing upward into the pockets of select elites, a populace binging on fear, and the centralization of control in Europe and the U.S. leading to their ultimate goal of a bio-medical police state which is currently being stitched together by Steve's Science friends.

    Cheney, and now through his surrogate, daughter Liz, has always serviced these psychotic European and Americans elites and their sovereignty-stripping plan. Cheney is a traitor. And we've paid for at least two of his five hearts. Congratulations on being wrong about most everything.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    What I meant, is not disloyal to the President, thus with a stronger President he would have pursued the President’s agenda loyally.

  140. @watson79
    The Vice President needs a staff of max 3 people. One to tell him/her the president is dead or disabled, one to tell him which funeral to attend and a third to answer the phone.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Dave from Oz

    The vice president is speaker of the senate, which is a position of considerable power.

  141. @Danindc
    What does she do? What is she unprepared for? A speech? Nobody is asking anything from this administration and their mistakes are covered up by a compliant press.

    Just relax and enjoy the ride Kamala!

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    enjoy the ride Kamala

    This is how she got into this predicament in the first place

    • Replies: @Danindc
    @ScarletNumber

    Lol “us”into this predicament

  142. @Reactive Reaction
    @Bardon Kaldian

    "it is puzzling how such a powerful & influential nation always ends up with presidents & their close associates who simply- suck"

    It's not 30-40 years, the last Presidential election between two competent individuals was 1956.

    1960 was a race between a competent man (Nixon) and a pretty boy, and, not coincidentally, was the first time television was used for a Presidential debate.

    It would be reasonable to hypothesize that, if appearing on television makes a man win a majority in a Presidential election, that he will be, ipso facto, incompetent.

    Replies: @David In TN, @ScarletNumber

    the last Presidential election between two competent individuals was 1956

    Which was a repeat of 52, except for Adlai’s running mate, with Kefauver replacing John Sparkman.

  143. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    ‘It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that’s usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.’

    I think she really is that horrible — and worse, blacks don’t like her either.

    That means she’s got no constituency. She represents no one.

  144. @BB753
    Kamala Harris is the kind of woman other women hate and men only like as a young woman.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Hypnotoad666

    Yep. She’s a lightweight bimbo who got where she is by a combination of sexual favors (when she was young) and affirmative action (when she was older).

    I also think blacks recognize that she’s not really one of them. She’s a classic committe-approved candidate that ticks all the right boxes on paper. But in reality, she just comes off as an inauthentic mediocrity to all groups.

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Hypnotoad666

    She comes off as unhinged. High on white wine and Prozac.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

  145. @Tom Grey
    Reminds me of Tom Lehrer's National Brotherhoos Week ... and everybody hate the Jews!

    I actually think there is too much Jew-hate here on Unz, tho not on iSteve.

    Steve is doing great work on data ant truth, tho with too much snark for my comfort.

    Kamala got her start, on her knees servicing Willie Brown like Monika. And Willie, like slick Willy, was a successful womanizer - pump & dump and feel good.

    Willie was married - why would married women support a "marriage breaking" hoe?
    Why would women who want their husbands to love them, faithfully, support such adultery.

    Acceptance of boomer adultery, and individualist "liberal" promiscuity is destroying morals in America, and the reputation of Liberalism.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Alden

    Willie was married – why would married women support a “marriage breaking” hoe? Why would women who want their husbands to love them, faithfully, support such adultery?

    Blanche Brown was the bitch holding the Bible.

    Acceptance of boomer adultery…

    This may surprise you, but adultery predates 1969. I believe it’s even mentioned in Mrs Brown’s Bible, in Exodus and Deuteronomy somewhere.

    And the only state where “boomers” introduced no-fault divorce, i.e., state-sanctioned adultery, is New York, which held it off until 2010.

    Adultery is much lower among the young today. They don’t bother to marry.

    Reminds me of Tom Lehrer…

    Speaking of Lehrer (and Hos; check the byline), he has offered his entire œuvre to the public domain:

    Satirist Tom Lehrer has put his songs into the public domain

  146. @James J O'Meara
    "then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?"

    Not really. The CA bar exam is legendarily hard, and people often take it 3 or 4 times. Passing it on the second try after (according to you) attending a mediocre law school is pretty good, actually.

    Replies: @Alden

    Yes, the Ca Bar exam is one of the hardest in the country. Nothing shameful in failing one or two or even three times.

    And Hastings isn’t a mediocre law school. It’s an excellent top law school. Very highly regarded. The practice of law isn’t a novel or movie where only Harvard and Yale produce functional attorneys. Who always wear “ pin striped Armani suits and drink their morning coffee out of bone China cups in their walnut and cherry paneled offices with priceless oriental rugs “ You would be surprised how many truly excellent attorneys attended mediocre and low level law schools. The worth of an attorney is easy to measure. How much does he win for his client.

    She was a good prosecutor right out of law school in her first job. And as elected district attorney she replaced 3rd generation communist Terence Hallinan whose idea of his office was not to charge anyone and let crime run rampant. She was a law and order district attorney and put many black criminals in prison for maximum terms where they belonged. Top law school doesn’t mean much when it comes to practicing law. Hastings is considered a top law school.

    • Agree: epebble
    • Replies: @Prester John
    @Alden

    Top law means top moolah and an endless network of "contacts." Nothing more, nothing less. Old man Cuomo graduated St. John's Law, a middle-level school, and was a successful trial lawyer before transferring his oratorical skills to politics and probably would have been the 1992 Democrat presidential nomination had he chosen to run.

    , @Hibernian
    @Alden

    At one point Hastings boosted its standing by hiring mandatorily retired professors from top rated schools.

    Replies: @Alden

  147. @Tom Grey
    Reminds me of Tom Lehrer's National Brotherhoos Week ... and everybody hate the Jews!

    I actually think there is too much Jew-hate here on Unz, tho not on iSteve.

    Steve is doing great work on data ant truth, tho with too much snark for my comfort.

    Kamala got her start, on her knees servicing Willie Brown like Monika. And Willie, like slick Willy, was a successful womanizer - pump & dump and feel good.

    Willie was married - why would married women support a "marriage breaking" hoe?
    Why would women who want their husbands to love them, faithfully, support such adultery.

    Acceptance of boomer adultery, and individualist "liberal" promiscuity is destroying morals in America, and the reputation of Liberalism.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Alden

    I think Willie was divorced when he was involved with Harris. He had hundreds maybe a thousand girl friends. He and his wife were perfectly happy with him never coming home. Early on, Willie had a one bedroom apartment in his law office building where he spent the nights. He had out of wedlock kids with his girl friends while still married. He was out in the singles bars 5 nights a week. Hundreds of girl friends and Harris was the only one he sponsored in politics.

    Many people were unaware he was married as his wife never accompanied him to events or appeared in public with him.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Alden

    I read a biography of Willie Brown. It said that during his endless separation from his legal wife, he'd occasionally drop by the old house and do some home repairs for her. (This was before he went blind.) She seemed okay with the arrangement.

    Replies: @Alden, @Hypnotoad666

  148. @Alden
    @Tom Grey

    I think Willie was divorced when he was involved with Harris. He had hundreds maybe a thousand girl friends. He and his wife were perfectly happy with him never coming home. Early on, Willie had a one bedroom apartment in his law office building where he spent the nights. He had out of wedlock kids with his girl friends while still married. He was out in the singles bars 5 nights a week. Hundreds of girl friends and Harris was the only one he sponsored in politics.

    Many people were unaware he was married as his wife never accompanied him to events or appeared in public with him.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I read a biography of Willie Brown. It said that during his endless separation from his legal wife, he’d occasionally drop by the old house and do some home repairs for her. (This was before he went blind.) She seemed okay with the arrangement.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Steve Sailer

    She had it great. Early 1970s they got a legal separation with spousal and household maintenance for her. Greatest thing a woman could have. Well, if the husband has enough money for comfortable lifestyles for both. Which Willie had. Best thing about household maintenance for a woman is that it’s not child support . Which ends at 18 or when the kids finally get a BA degree. It’s for a Lifetime. But only if the wife never worked after the marriage.

    Think about it. A Lifetime very generous income. The house kids money and independence. The wife doesn’t have to work. She didn’t have to do the political wife thing. All the benefits of a rich husband or good provider without having him around and taking care of him.

    Most people didn’t know he was married. A few had a vague notion Bonnie? Berenice? Barbara? Aren’t they divorced?

    As well as being a great attorney he was an excellent handyman semi skilled construction worker. Often hired a journeyman out of the union hall and apprenticed him. Gorgeous old house on upper Masonic. Not quite a mansion but very grande bourgeoisie. Solid primeval forest redwood. Especially when they were teens he seemed to be the primary parent of the kids. A perfect husband. All the benefits none of the aggregation of living with a husband .

    Love him or hate him, Willie was something. And got rid of pro criminal district attorney Hallinan and got a real prosecutor Harris into the DA’s office.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Steve Sailer

    Warren Buffet (of all people) had a similar "endless separation" arrangement with his "legal wife." But instead of "dating" bimbos he just lived with his "real wife" for 25 years and they all hung out together. This is probably the only interesting thing about Buffet.


    Buffett married Susan Buffett (born Thompson) in 1952. They had three children, Susie, Howard and Peter. The couple began living separately in 1977, although they remained married until Susan Buffett's death in July 2004. Their daughter, Susie, lives in Omaha, is a national board member of Girls, Inc., and does charitable work through the Susan A. Buffett Foundation.[100]

    In 2006, on his 76th birthday, Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, who was then 60 years old—she had lived with him since his wife's departure to San Francisco in 1977.[101][102] Susan had arranged for the two to meet before she left Omaha to pursue her singing career. All three were close and Christmas cards to friends were signed "Warren, Susie and Astrid".[103] Susan briefly discussed this relationship in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show shortly before her death, in a rare glimpse into Buffett's personal life.[104] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett#Personal_life
     

    Replies: @epebble, @Reg Cæsar

  149. @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753

    Yep. She's a lightweight bimbo who got where she is by a combination of sexual favors (when she was young) and affirmative action (when she was older).

    I also think blacks recognize that she's not really one of them. She's a classic committe-approved candidate that ticks all the right boxes on paper. But in reality, she just comes off as an inauthentic mediocrity to all groups.

    Replies: @BB753

    She comes off as unhinged. High on white wine and Prozac.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753


    She comes off as unhinged. High on white wine and Prozac.
     
    Agreed. Whenever she has to respond to a tough question she starts that giggly cackling (gackling?) thing she does as if she is stalling for time until something smart comes into her head but then . . . nothing comes, and she's gackiling demonically for no reason.

    Replies: @Jack D

  150. @additionalMike
    @Jack D

    OK, so let me pose the question:
    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany, followed up by attacks on all his appointees and his brother Frodo, I mean, Fredo?
    There are some undercurrents in the Party that a good investigative reporter, if there were any left, might be interested in exploring.
    Perhaps some shadowy billionaire is trying his hand at running the Party directly, and is meeting resistance from the rank and file?

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Jack D

    It’s Hillary clearing the field for 2024.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Ralph L

    That’s exactly my read. She’s popped up recently expressing amazement that the electorate hasn’t appreciated all that the Biden administration has done for us. Kamala gets pushed out and Hillary in as VP.

  151. @Buffalo Joe
    @Arclight

    Arc, your first sentence explains it all. The voters, even in California, did not want her but she checked two important fringe boxes, black and woman. The black women will forgive if the dems replace her with another black woman, they seem to be fungible. Next mistake up, Stacy Abrams?

    Replies: @Arclight

    I agree that they will feel compelled to offer up a substitute, but with Abrams running for governor this year, not sure she would run for president less than 2 years after being elected (assuming she is).

    I am no expert on the black political class, but it seems to me that most black congressladies are quite old, and the younger ones that are mayors have been mediocre at that task at best, which is why they haven’t run for higher office in whatever states they inhabit.

    • Replies: @Nachum
    @Arclight

    Obama was in office for two years.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    , @Alden
    @Arclight

    Agree just look at the cities Lightfoot Breed LanceBottom and other black mayors preside over. High crime dangerous retard schools homeless, complete mess. Black men mayors seem to have begun the slide to destruction. The women inherited it and made it worse.

    Mayor of Los Angeles Garcetti had plans to run in 2020. He decided not to after opponents publicized the homeless encampments high crime and general squalor in and around the Los Angeles civic center. Plus the outbreak of typhus among government workers in the main city and county building complex. Due to fleas and rats.

  152. @Arclight
    @Buffalo Joe

    I agree that they will feel compelled to offer up a substitute, but with Abrams running for governor this year, not sure she would run for president less than 2 years after being elected (assuming she is).

    I am no expert on the black political class, but it seems to me that most black congressladies are quite old, and the younger ones that are mayors have been mediocre at that task at best, which is why they haven't run for higher office in whatever states they inhabit.

    Replies: @Nachum, @Alden

    Obama was in office for two years.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Nachum

    Four in the Senate before becoming President. Preceded by a few years in the Illinois State Legislature.

  153. @Bill Jones
    @Arclight


    I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.
     
    Perhaps, but I'm not convinced that the average black woman voter sees the Kamal as "one of us".

    Replies: @Arclight

    A good point – perhaps her selection and possible replacement was more aimed at white liberal women.

  154. Kamala and her people (such as they are) seem bewildered by this slow motion hit job to replace her with CIA Pete. Like Cuomo, she doesn’t understand that she never did anything to warrant her temporary adulation in the first place. When the deep state decides to take them out, ‘deserve’ got nothing to do with it.

  155. @Arclight
    @Buffalo Joe

    I agree that they will feel compelled to offer up a substitute, but with Abrams running for governor this year, not sure she would run for president less than 2 years after being elected (assuming she is).

    I am no expert on the black political class, but it seems to me that most black congressladies are quite old, and the younger ones that are mayors have been mediocre at that task at best, which is why they haven't run for higher office in whatever states they inhabit.

    Replies: @Nachum, @Alden

    Agree just look at the cities Lightfoot Breed LanceBottom and other black mayors preside over. High crime dangerous retard schools homeless, complete mess. Black men mayors seem to have begun the slide to destruction. The women inherited it and made it worse.

    Mayor of Los Angeles Garcetti had plans to run in 2020. He decided not to after opponents publicized the homeless encampments high crime and general squalor in and around the Los Angeles civic center. Plus the outbreak of typhus among government workers in the main city and county building complex. Due to fleas and rats.

  156. @anonymous
    Kamala may face what is too little known about Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, who later went on local television in California talking about how they threatened to murder him to push him out the door. The 'charges' against Spiro Agnew were a stitch-up, dredging up old and doubtful material from the files.

    It is also little understood that 'Watergate' was a 'Silent Coup' against Richard Nixon in revenge for his ending the Vietnam war, making peace with China & commies, and trying to help the US working class ... Bob Woodward being a US Navy Intelligence officer under Admiral Maurer, planted at the Washington Post to assist then-Joint-Chiefs head Maurer and the CIA with the coup.

    Before ousting Nixon, they needed to replace the Trump-like Agnew, with appointed Vice President Gerald Ford, who helped lead the JFK assassination cover-up. Ford then became President when Nixon was forced to resign in summer 1974, Nelson Rockefeller joining him as another appointed USA veep.

    Agnew tried to warn Nixon that once he was gone, Nixon would be next, but Nixon failed to draw the battle line where it might have held.

    Spiro Agnew actually later went on US television to talk about how they threatened to murder him to force his resignation, a clip still on GoogleTube ... 'Go Quietly or Else' 3min15s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTCfm3-l0eY

    Replies: @Hans, @Ralph L, @Ganderson, @Mr. Grey

    A very interesting clip, I wish it didn’t cut off so soon.

  157. @Steve Sailer
    @Alden

    I read a biography of Willie Brown. It said that during his endless separation from his legal wife, he'd occasionally drop by the old house and do some home repairs for her. (This was before he went blind.) She seemed okay with the arrangement.

    Replies: @Alden, @Hypnotoad666

    She had it great. Early 1970s they got a legal separation with spousal and household maintenance for her. Greatest thing a woman could have. Well, if the husband has enough money for comfortable lifestyles for both. Which Willie had. Best thing about household maintenance for a woman is that it’s not child support . Which ends at 18 or when the kids finally get a BA degree. It’s for a Lifetime. But only if the wife never worked after the marriage.

    Think about it. A Lifetime very generous income. The house kids money and independence. The wife doesn’t have to work. She didn’t have to do the political wife thing. All the benefits of a rich husband or good provider without having him around and taking care of him.

    Most people didn’t know he was married. A few had a vague notion Bonnie? Berenice? Barbara? Aren’t they divorced?

    As well as being a great attorney he was an excellent handyman semi skilled construction worker. Often hired a journeyman out of the union hall and apprenticed him. Gorgeous old house on upper Masonic. Not quite a mansion but very grande bourgeoisie. Solid primeval forest redwood. Especially when they were teens he seemed to be the primary parent of the kids. A perfect husband. All the benefits none of the aggregation of living with a husband .

    Love him or hate him, Willie was something. And got rid of pro criminal district attorney Hallinan and got a real prosecutor Harris into the DA’s office.

    • Thanks: JMcG
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    She didn’t have to do the political wife thing.
     
    Except the "bitch holding the Bible" part, which she liked.
  158. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    I can't decide if I don't like Kamala because I'm a racist or because I'm a sexist.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Paleo Liberal

    If it makes you feel any better my woke anti-racist daughters hate her too.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Paleo Liberal


    my woke anti-racist daughters
     
    https://images.bwbcovers.com/069/Liberal-Parents-Radical-Children-Decter-Midge-9780698106758.jpg
  159. @Ian Smith
    @epebble

    Yes, the rise of ISIS and the Arab exodus to Europe have brought such blessings to the world.

    Replies: @epebble

    ISIS has tremendously weakened Middle-East and that is good for everyone. Arab exodus into Europe is just pointing out weak Europe. That may not be much worse than African exodus anyway. But it has also helped Brexit – so there is a silver lining.

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
    @epebble

    “ISIS has tremendously weakened Middle-East and that is good for everyone.”

    If by everyone you mean Zionists and Wahhabis, then sure.

  160. @Chris Mallory
    @epebble


    they helped unite Republicans under a lukewarm GWB.
     
    More like they brought the NeoCons to power who then decided to call anyone against the wars on (some) terror a traitor.

    Remember this garbage? https://www.nationalreview.com/2003/03/unpatriotic-conservatives-david-frum/

    There is a direct line from the idiocy of the Iraq War to this website. Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos started The American Conservative in 2002, in response to the war. Ron Unz took over as publisher in 2007, holding that position until 2011/13 (both years have been stated) , starting this website in 2013. The Unz Review is the only good thing to come from the Iraq War, sadly the wheels came off of The American Conservative and they turned crunchy.

    Replies: @epebble

    All that eventually led to the rise of Trump. So, not all bad.

  161. Cheney, for all of his faults as a man, father and career politician, at least treated the position of Vice President with a modicum of the respect and dignity that the position deserved. Camela is just…. awful, as a human and a politician, in every way.

  162. @BB753
    @Hypnotoad666

    She comes off as unhinged. High on white wine and Prozac.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    She comes off as unhinged. High on white wine and Prozac.

    Agreed. Whenever she has to respond to a tough question she starts that giggly cackling (gackling?) thing she does as if she is stalling for time until something smart comes into her head but then . . . nothing comes, and she’s gackiling demonically for no reason.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Hypnotoad666

    The gackling is to show "Of course I have a good and sufficient answer for your question such that I am not threatened or angered by it. In fact, I find your question to be amusing rather than threatening." So in this way you disarm the questioner - he is pointing a verbal gun at you and you laugh in his face because you know that you are bulletproof. Maybe you are really wearing body armor under your dress , maybe you ain't, but either way your laughter disarms him.

  163. @additionalMike
    @Jack D

    OK, so let me pose the question:
    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany, followed up by attacks on all his appointees and his brother Frodo, I mean, Fredo?
    There are some undercurrents in the Party that a good investigative reporter, if there were any left, might be interested in exploring.
    Perhaps some shadowy billionaire is trying his hand at running the Party directly, and is meeting resistance from the rank and file?

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Jack D

    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany,

    What do Kamala and Cuomo have in common? They were both considered top contenders to succeed Biden. In olden days Kings would have their own brothers murdered just so that they wouldn’t challenge them for power (as did Kim Jong-il). As I said before, if the standard for suspicion is cui bono? then every other contender is a suspect. The person (black woman) most responsible for dethroning Cuomo wants his job as governor in the next election.

    • Replies: @additionalMike
    @Jack D

    "The person (black woman) most responsible for dethroning Cuomo wants his job as governor in the next election."

    Unlikely for Attorney General James to succeed, I think. She has a huge apparent conflict of interest, having used her office to put a legal gloss on the Cuomo Coup and thus being instrumental in getting rid of him. Now she wants his job. Of course, these days, that may not matter to the Party or its media groupies. Pat Buchanan is correct in observing that we are becoming a lawless society.

    Tom Suozzi, although a pale male, is a much more attractive candidate, with Long Island roots in politics and law going back many years. His Da founded one of the biggest firms in Nassau County. He is also a better public speaker than Lee Zeldin, the probable Republican candidate.

    Hochul? Probably a pawn, like most Lt. Governors.

    Personally, I would be delighted if A.G. James was the candidate. She might lose.

    Of course, if she won, I would have to start looking at houses for sale in Tennessee or Florida.

  164. @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753


    She comes off as unhinged. High on white wine and Prozac.
     
    Agreed. Whenever she has to respond to a tough question she starts that giggly cackling (gackling?) thing she does as if she is stalling for time until something smart comes into her head but then . . . nothing comes, and she's gackiling demonically for no reason.

    Replies: @Jack D

    The gackling is to show “Of course I have a good and sufficient answer for your question such that I am not threatened or angered by it. In fact, I find your question to be amusing rather than threatening.” So in this way you disarm the questioner – he is pointing a verbal gun at you and you laugh in his face because you know that you are bulletproof. Maybe you are really wearing body armor under your dress , maybe you ain’t, but either way your laughter disarms him.

  165. @Steve Sailer
    @Alden

    I read a biography of Willie Brown. It said that during his endless separation from his legal wife, he'd occasionally drop by the old house and do some home repairs for her. (This was before he went blind.) She seemed okay with the arrangement.

    Replies: @Alden, @Hypnotoad666

    Warren Buffet (of all people) had a similar “endless separation” arrangement with his “legal wife.” But instead of “dating” bimbos he just lived with his “real wife” for 25 years and they all hung out together. This is probably the only interesting thing about Buffet.

    Buffett married Susan Buffett (born Thompson) in 1952. They had three children, Susie, Howard and Peter. The couple began living separately in 1977, although they remained married until Susan Buffett’s death in July 2004. Their daughter, Susie, lives in Omaha, is a national board member of Girls, Inc., and does charitable work through the Susan A. Buffett Foundation.[100]

    In 2006, on his 76th birthday, Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, who was then 60 years old—she had lived with him since his wife’s departure to San Francisco in 1977.[101][102] Susan had arranged for the two to meet before she left Omaha to pursue her singing career. All three were close and Christmas cards to friends were signed “Warren, Susie and Astrid”.[103] Susan briefly discussed this relationship in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show shortly before her death, in a rare glimpse into Buffett’s personal life.[104] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett#Personal_life

    • Replies: @epebble
    @Hypnotoad666

    Looks like polygamy with Buffett characteristics. Is he a crypto LDS?

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Hypnotoad666


    All three were close
     
    My mother became good friends with her second husband's first wife. Rare, but it happens. Mom and her three brothers and three sisters were so combative, everyone got along better with their siblings' spouses than with their own blood relatives.
  166. @EdwardM

    Have we gotten any better at picking Veeps in the half-century since?
     
    Have we gotten any better at picking anyone for jobs in the past half-century, when affirmative action has been the main criterion?

    Pence was a good pick. Even Tim Kaine, given Hillary's electoral calculations, was a fine pick (inoffensive white guy, viable resume, from a semi-swing state, who wouldn't upstage her). Ditto for Paul Ryan. But the quota-fillers, Palin and now Kamala, haven't worked out so well.

    I will repeat the question I posed on the last thread about a Kamala Harris semi-hit-piece. What's the agenda? The Post 's agenda doesn't support throwing barbs at The First Woman, The First Woman of Color, The First Black Woman, The First Brown Woman, etc. Usually cherry-picking the inevitable gaggle of aggrieved, self-serving political hacks to anonymously bash their current or former boss is used against Republicans, or at least white males. What's the angle here?

    It is possible, I suppose, that she is really that horrible. But that's usually not enough to get a favored person skewered like this.

    Replies: @Anon, @IHTG, @Mike_from_SGV, @Old and Grumpy, @Jack D, @AnotherDad, @Paul Mendez, @Colin Wright, @Prester John

    My instincts tell me that neither she nor her boss were the Numero Uno picks among the Democrat Party tree shakers. I’m not sure who was but it sure as hell wasn’t Biden and Harris. Frankly, if one looks at what passes for “presidential material” in the Democrat Party–it’s difficult to take Pete Booty seriously–the pickings look pretty thin. Of course, the other party doesn’t bring much to the table either.

    Third party anyone?

    • Replies: @EdwardM
    @Prester John

    But recall how the Democrat primary field miraculously thinned right around the time COVID lockdowns started. It seems like everyone coalesced around Biden when it was far from clear that he would win.

  167. @Alden
    @James J O'Meara

    Yes, the Ca Bar exam is one of the hardest in the country. Nothing shameful in failing one or two or even three times.

    And Hastings isn’t a mediocre law school. It’s an excellent top law school. Very highly regarded. The practice of law isn’t a novel or movie where only Harvard and Yale produce functional attorneys. Who always wear “ pin striped Armani suits and drink their morning coffee out of bone China cups in their walnut and cherry paneled offices with priceless oriental rugs “ You would be surprised how many truly excellent attorneys attended mediocre and low level law schools. The worth of an attorney is easy to measure. How much does he win for his client.

    She was a good prosecutor right out of law school in her first job. And as elected district attorney she replaced 3rd generation communist Terence Hallinan whose idea of his office was not to charge anyone and let crime run rampant. She was a law and order district attorney and put many black criminals in prison for maximum terms where they belonged. Top law school doesn’t mean much when it comes to practicing law. Hastings is considered a top law school.

    Replies: @Prester John, @Hibernian

    Top law means top moolah and an endless network of “contacts.” Nothing more, nothing less. Old man Cuomo graduated St. John’s Law, a middle-level school, and was a successful trial lawyer before transferring his oratorical skills to politics and probably would have been the 1992 Democrat presidential nomination had he chosen to run.

  168. @AndrewR
    @Bardon Kaldian

    It's not puzzling at all. The quality of a government is a function of the quality of its people.

    Replies: @Prester John

    True. And with occasional exceptions, most of the people are fifth-rate.

  169. @Hypnotoad666
    @Steve Sailer

    Warren Buffet (of all people) had a similar "endless separation" arrangement with his "legal wife." But instead of "dating" bimbos he just lived with his "real wife" for 25 years and they all hung out together. This is probably the only interesting thing about Buffet.


    Buffett married Susan Buffett (born Thompson) in 1952. They had three children, Susie, Howard and Peter. The couple began living separately in 1977, although they remained married until Susan Buffett's death in July 2004. Their daughter, Susie, lives in Omaha, is a national board member of Girls, Inc., and does charitable work through the Susan A. Buffett Foundation.[100]

    In 2006, on his 76th birthday, Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, who was then 60 years old—she had lived with him since his wife's departure to San Francisco in 1977.[101][102] Susan had arranged for the two to meet before she left Omaha to pursue her singing career. All three were close and Christmas cards to friends were signed "Warren, Susie and Astrid".[103] Susan briefly discussed this relationship in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show shortly before her death, in a rare glimpse into Buffett's personal life.[104] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett#Personal_life
     

    Replies: @epebble, @Reg Cæsar

    Looks like polygamy with Buffett characteristics. Is he a crypto LDS?

  170. @Hypnotoad666
    @Steve Sailer

    Warren Buffet (of all people) had a similar "endless separation" arrangement with his "legal wife." But instead of "dating" bimbos he just lived with his "real wife" for 25 years and they all hung out together. This is probably the only interesting thing about Buffet.


    Buffett married Susan Buffett (born Thompson) in 1952. They had three children, Susie, Howard and Peter. The couple began living separately in 1977, although they remained married until Susan Buffett's death in July 2004. Their daughter, Susie, lives in Omaha, is a national board member of Girls, Inc., and does charitable work through the Susan A. Buffett Foundation.[100]

    In 2006, on his 76th birthday, Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, who was then 60 years old—she had lived with him since his wife's departure to San Francisco in 1977.[101][102] Susan had arranged for the two to meet before she left Omaha to pursue her singing career. All three were close and Christmas cards to friends were signed "Warren, Susie and Astrid".[103] Susan briefly discussed this relationship in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show shortly before her death, in a rare glimpse into Buffett's personal life.[104] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett#Personal_life
     

    Replies: @epebble, @Reg Cæsar

    All three were close

    My mother became good friends with her second husband’s first wife. Rare, but it happens. Mom and her three brothers and three sisters were so combative, everyone got along better with their siblings’ spouses than with their own blood relatives.

  171. ” Spiro Agnew, who had to resign the following year for taking bribes when governor of Maryland.”

    Agnew didn’t merely take bribes while Maryland governor. That was only to be expected! But he continued to take bribes as VP of the United States, which could be considered a bit outside the bounds.

  172. @Jack D
    @additionalMike


    why are elements of the Party attacking their own sitting POC, female V.P.,
    and why did the Party unite in crow-barring Cuomo II (in my opinion, one of the more politically qualified candidates for the 2022 presidential race) out of his perch in Albany,
     
    What do Kamala and Cuomo have in common? They were both considered top contenders to succeed Biden. In olden days Kings would have their own brothers murdered just so that they wouldn't challenge them for power (as did Kim Jong-il). As I said before, if the standard for suspicion is cui bono? then every other contender is a suspect. The person (black woman) most responsible for dethroning Cuomo wants his job as governor in the next election.

    Replies: @additionalMike

    “The person (black woman) most responsible for dethroning Cuomo wants his job as governor in the next election.”

    Unlikely for Attorney General James to succeed, I think. She has a huge apparent conflict of interest, having used her office to put a legal gloss on the Cuomo Coup and thus being instrumental in getting rid of him. Now she wants his job. Of course, these days, that may not matter to the Party or its media groupies. Pat Buchanan is correct in observing that we are becoming a lawless society.

    Tom Suozzi, although a pale male, is a much more attractive candidate, with Long Island roots in politics and law going back many years. His Da founded one of the biggest firms in Nassau County. He is also a better public speaker than Lee Zeldin, the probable Republican candidate.

    Hochul? Probably a pawn, like most Lt. Governors.

    Personally, I would be delighted if A.G. James was the candidate. She might lose.

    Of course, if she won, I would have to start looking at houses for sale in Tennessee or Florida.

  173. @kaganovitch
    On the other hand, the worst pick, Dick Cheney, was the most qualified, having during his term as Secretary of Defense won a war and pared back the military-industrial complex.

    Cheney, whatever one may think of him morally , is an extremely capable man. He is also not disloyal. His terms only turned so disastrous because the weakness of the President he served, allowed him to pursue his own vision.Had he served a more fit President with a reasonable agenda he might well be universally lauded today.
    I confess I always got a kick out of the way he manhandled Press jackals like Sam Donaldson. In retrospect,though, even that was probably indicative of deeper character flaws..

    Replies: @Greta Handel, @epebble, @Tony massey, @SunBakedSuburb, @Corvinus

    An extremely capable man of enriching himself and his cronies at the expense of American soldiers. Halliburton profited from the mess in Iraq with massive overcharging and wasteful practices, thanks to a no bid contract.

  174. @the one they call Desanex
    Half-black and half-subcontinental,
    her assets were largely pigmental
    and gender-related,
    for people who hated
    the Caucasian male Occidental.

    As Vice President, Kamala Harris
    did little except to embarass
    herself, and that “bong”
    that you hear is the gong.
    (You remember that show with Chuck Barris?)

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    This one is too good to NOT be featured on Peak Stupidity. Are you OK with that, Desanex?

    • Replies: @the one they call Desanex
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You can use it. I’m glad you like it.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  175. @Johann Ricke
    @Jack D


    Jimmy Carter was perhaps one of the most book smart Presidents ever and he sucked at being President.
     
    While I agree he was no great shakes as president, Jimmy Carter was *not* a nuclear physicist:

    In March 1953, Carter began nuclear power school, a six-month non-credit course covering nuclear power plant operation at the Union College in Schenectady.[8] His intent was to eventually work aboard USS Seawolf, which was planned to be the second U.S. nuclear submarine. However, he never had the opportunity to serve aboard a nuclear submarine. Carter's father died of pancreatic cancer two months before construction of Seawolf began,[14] and Carter sought and obtained a release from active duty to enable him to take over the family peanut business. Based on that limited training, in later years Carter would nonetheless refer to himself as a "nuclear physicist".
     
    And in the interval, Obama and Biden have exceeded Carter as sucking in the presidential role.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    He was a nuclear engineer.

  176. @Alden
    @James J O'Meara

    Yes, the Ca Bar exam is one of the hardest in the country. Nothing shameful in failing one or two or even three times.

    And Hastings isn’t a mediocre law school. It’s an excellent top law school. Very highly regarded. The practice of law isn’t a novel or movie where only Harvard and Yale produce functional attorneys. Who always wear “ pin striped Armani suits and drink their morning coffee out of bone China cups in their walnut and cherry paneled offices with priceless oriental rugs “ You would be surprised how many truly excellent attorneys attended mediocre and low level law schools. The worth of an attorney is easy to measure. How much does he win for his client.

    She was a good prosecutor right out of law school in her first job. And as elected district attorney she replaced 3rd generation communist Terence Hallinan whose idea of his office was not to charge anyone and let crime run rampant. She was a law and order district attorney and put many black criminals in prison for maximum terms where they belonged. Top law school doesn’t mean much when it comes to practicing law. Hastings is considered a top law school.

    Replies: @Prester John, @Hibernian

    At one point Hastings boosted its standing by hiring mandatorily retired professors from top rated schools.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Hibernian

    What’s that got to do with the fact that it’s an excellent law school, as difficult to get into as Boalt, great record of passing the Bar on the first try and better than Harvard for a young attorney who wants to make a career in N California.

    When you’ve been a plaintiff or defendant respondent a few times you’ll learn that it’s not the diploma on the wall. It’s what your attorney does for his or her clients.

    Replies: @Hibernian

  177. @Nachum
    @Arclight

    Obama was in office for two years.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    Four in the Senate before becoming President. Preceded by a few years in the Illinois State Legislature.

  178. @Zachary Smith
    @Mike Tre


    It’s pretty obvious that Komodo Harris is a nasty woman with a nasty disposition; a complete and thinly veiled fake in everyday.
     
    The DNC has a lot to answer for with this mess. They forced Biden on Democrats, then they somehow rammed Harris onto the ticket with him.

    Getting rid of Harris at this stage of the game may be impossible. Even if a Supreme Court opening appeared, IMO shoving her in that direction would be insane. Even if she could get confirmed.

    Possibly something might be worked out in the Senate. Dianne Feinstein is 87, and reportedly in very, very bad shape mentally. Somehow get her resignation, then Harris could resign to be appointed California Senator. Again.

    Could "they" pull this off? Secret sex tapes would help. A huge pile of under-the-table money wouldn't hurt, either.

    Next would be the problem of who would replace Harris. Bad as the woman is, I think I'd prefer her to "Mayor Pete". I'd be really surprised if the Power Elites allowed anybody decent to advance to VP.

    Replies: @TWS

    There’s got to be sex tapes of her but how old are they. More importantly, who else is on them? Democrats almost never shuffle someone off for a sex scandal anyway.

  179. @Ralph L
    @anonymous

    Admiral Thomas Moorer, not Maurer.
    They needed to get rid of Nixon to lose South Vietnam.

    I'm surprised the WaPoo got one former staffer to come forward by name. Guess he's changed careers or retired. Surely Hillary can soon assume the VPresidency by popular acclaim!

    Replies: @Anon

    Yikes! Hillary’s path to POTUS:
    Kamaltoe is fobbed off on the SCOTUS
    Hildabeast is approved as new VP
    25th Amendment time, baby!

  180. @Whiskey
    Steve --

    You are not reading the Tea Leaves. Biden's health is so fragile its an open question if he will make it to the Super Bowl. Much less 2024. He looked really bad the other day on TV.

    This is Mayor Pete, fresh off his Amazon Series aiming to be President. That Amazon series did not happen by accident, Mayor Pete (Buttplug) is probably one of the more gifted, natural politicians next to Hillary Clinton. Who *IS* gifted, just with people from the Hamptons and Malibu, not you dirt people who actually (ugh) work for a living. How gauche!

    Voting and popularity don't matter. Just ask President Maricon. He is wildly unpopular but will still "win" as vote fraud means the elite power centers just get whoever they want. That is the whole point. Democracy is fake and gay elections that are as real as "reality TV" with the same amount of legitimacy and ability to generate consensus. Which is to say, none. That's why the clampdown, if elections were honest there would be no need.

    However its moving into a disaster for the elite. As long as times were good, i.e. energy relatively cheap, credit cheap, and consumption up dissent was marginal and non threatening. Inflation according to Goldman Sachs will be 15% next year min, and it could be well higher. Energy simply will not be affordable or available for decades as more than 20 years of "Green" investment has led to a global shortfall. Food shortages, freezing cold winters and boiling summers, are going to make the downwardly mobile Whites from the UMC and MC very angry, fearful, and resentful of the elites pets: trannies, gays, blacks, other aggressive and obnoxious non-Whites. Which worked like a charm in good times but doesn't when people have more to lose from the status quo than any alternative.

    So the move to get rid of Kamala is coming from the backers of Mayor Buttplug, likely Amazon, Gates/Buffett, and a few other oligarchs. There is a sense of urgency as Biden could die in office at any time -- he's senile, frail, fragile, and his staff clueless. Again, elections don't matter -- Dems know they will sweep to a massive "victory" in both midterms and 2024 Presidential elections but Kamala is likely to be unfavorable to the oligarchs backing Mayor Buttplug so there is that. With war with both Russia and China looming (and our defeat decisively by both inevitable given our "diverse" military) the oligarchs are prepping for the Soros vs. Bezos death match.

    Replies: @Anon

    I prefer to call him Mayor Bootyplug. More consonant with his name.

  181. @Hibernian
    @Alden

    At one point Hastings boosted its standing by hiring mandatorily retired professors from top rated schools.

    Replies: @Alden

    What’s that got to do with the fact that it’s an excellent law school, as difficult to get into as Boalt, great record of passing the Bar on the first try and better than Harvard for a young attorney who wants to make a career in N California.

    When you’ve been a plaintiff or defendant respondent a few times you’ll learn that it’s not the diploma on the wall. It’s what your attorney does for his or her clients.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Alden

    The Wall Street law firms and similar firms in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, etc., used to hire exclusively, and I think still hire predominantly, Ivy League, plus Chicago, Northwestern, Michigan, etc., law school graduates from at or near the top of their classes. They have a lot of non-trial work (document review, etc.) and their civil cases (non - PI usually, mostly corporate) are usually settled out of court. Their criminal cases if any are white collar and a small part of their business. They don't depend so much on trial lawyer wizardry and having lawyers familiar with the judges and also culturally simpatico with the jury pool.

  182. @Alden
    @Steve Sailer

    She had it great. Early 1970s they got a legal separation with spousal and household maintenance for her. Greatest thing a woman could have. Well, if the husband has enough money for comfortable lifestyles for both. Which Willie had. Best thing about household maintenance for a woman is that it’s not child support . Which ends at 18 or when the kids finally get a BA degree. It’s for a Lifetime. But only if the wife never worked after the marriage.

    Think about it. A Lifetime very generous income. The house kids money and independence. The wife doesn’t have to work. She didn’t have to do the political wife thing. All the benefits of a rich husband or good provider without having him around and taking care of him.

    Most people didn’t know he was married. A few had a vague notion Bonnie? Berenice? Barbara? Aren’t they divorced?

    As well as being a great attorney he was an excellent handyman semi skilled construction worker. Often hired a journeyman out of the union hall and apprenticed him. Gorgeous old house on upper Masonic. Not quite a mansion but very grande bourgeoisie. Solid primeval forest redwood. Especially when they were teens he seemed to be the primary parent of the kids. A perfect husband. All the benefits none of the aggregation of living with a husband .

    Love him or hate him, Willie was something. And got rid of pro criminal district attorney Hallinan and got a real prosecutor Harris into the DA’s office.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    She didn’t have to do the political wife thing.

    Except the “bitch holding the Bible” part, which she liked.

  183. @Paleo Liberal
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    If it makes you feel any better my woke anti-racist daughters hate her too.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    my woke anti-racist daughters

  184. @Achmed E. Newman
    @the one they call Desanex

    This one is too good to NOT be featured on Peak Stupidity. Are you OK with that, Desanex?

    Replies: @the one they call Desanex

    You can use it. I’m glad you like it.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @the one they call Desanex

    It was one of your best out of many good ones. Thanks!

  185. @Daniel H

    Maybe Kamala — a graduate of Howard, an HBCU, who was the admitted to the undistinguished Hastings Law School as part of an affirmative action program, then failed the tough California bar exam on her first try (before passing on her second) — isn’t super-smart?
     
    But passing the California bar exam - even on the second try - is smart enough. How smart were Ike, FDR, Shrub? The problem, really , is not understanding how to control the estrogen.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce, @Jack D, @Pericles

    But passing the California bar exam – even on the second try – is smart enough.

    Are bar exams exempt from the general educational sleaze?

  186. @the one they call Desanex
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You can use it. I’m glad you like it.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    It was one of your best out of many good ones. Thanks!

  187. @Ralph L
    @additionalMike

    It's Hillary clearing the field for 2024.

    Replies: @JMcG

    That’s exactly my read. She’s popped up recently expressing amazement that the electorate hasn’t appreciated all that the Biden administration has done for us. Kamala gets pushed out and Hillary in as VP.

  188. @ScarletNumber
    @Danindc


    enjoy the ride Kamala
     
    This is how she got into this predicament in the first place

    Replies: @Danindc

    Lol “us”into this predicament

  189. @epebble
    @Ian Smith

    ISIS has tremendously weakened Middle-East and that is good for everyone. Arab exodus into Europe is just pointing out weak Europe. That may not be much worse than African exodus anyway. But it has also helped Brexit - so there is a silver lining.

    Replies: @Ian Smith

    “ISIS has tremendously weakened Middle-East and that is good for everyone.”

    If by everyone you mean Zionists and Wahhabis, then sure.

  190. @Alden
    @Hibernian

    What’s that got to do with the fact that it’s an excellent law school, as difficult to get into as Boalt, great record of passing the Bar on the first try and better than Harvard for a young attorney who wants to make a career in N California.

    When you’ve been a plaintiff or defendant respondent a few times you’ll learn that it’s not the diploma on the wall. It’s what your attorney does for his or her clients.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    The Wall Street law firms and similar firms in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, etc., used to hire exclusively, and I think still hire predominantly, Ivy League, plus Chicago, Northwestern, Michigan, etc., law school graduates from at or near the top of their classes. They have a lot of non-trial work (document review, etc.) and their civil cases (non – PI usually, mostly corporate) are usually settled out of court. Their criminal cases if any are white collar and a small part of their business. They don’t depend so much on trial lawyer wizardry and having lawyers familiar with the judges and also culturally simpatico with the jury pool.

  191. @Arclight
    Polling so low in the primaries - even with blacks - that she dropped out before a single vote was cast ought to have been a giant flashing neon sign that she lacked the political talent to inspire loyalty in anyone. The media attacking anyone that suggested she owed her political rise to her affair with Willie Brown was sort of analogous to them refusing to cover the distinct lack of enthusiasm for Hilary at campaign events throughout 2016 - they knew all along something was off but couldn't put that in print when it really mattered because it clashed with their sincerely held belief that the mere existence of her candidacy meant it had to be brought to realization despite whatever warnings were obvious .

    I don't know if she is unintelligent, but having had her political career smoothed the entire way and within the confines of a one party state would not have sharpened whatever latent political talent she possesses. What is interesting today is that the powers that be have already decided it's time to start undermining her as a potential Biden replacement. Obviously ditching a black woman poses problems with the base, so a gradual chipping away at her image is underway to make the inevitable shoving aside go down with less resistance. That said, I do think whatever damage control they have in mind, black women will notice what went on, and the Democrats are going to have a real turnout problem in 2024.

    Replies: @Altai, @Buffalo Joe, @Bill Jones, @Jim Don Bob

    CDAN says that KH has been asked to quit:

    https://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2021/12/blind-item-8_6.html

    The consensus is that KH is not too bright and is too lazy to even read the briefings prepared by her staff. Then she blames them for her mistakes.

    Being on the staff of the VP is probably a Big Deal in DC, so that fact that she has run so many people off over the years indicates that she truly is the Boss from Hell.

  192. @Prester John
    @EdwardM

    My instincts tell me that neither she nor her boss were the Numero Uno picks among the Democrat Party tree shakers. I'm not sure who was but it sure as hell wasn't Biden and Harris. Frankly, if one looks at what passes for "presidential material" in the Democrat Party--it's difficult to take Pete Booty seriously--the pickings look pretty thin. Of course, the other party doesn't bring much to the table either.

    Third party anyone?

    Replies: @EdwardM

    But recall how the Democrat primary field miraculously thinned right around the time COVID lockdowns started. It seems like everyone coalesced around Biden when it was far from clear that he would win.

  193. @Ralph L
    When I was working for a Beltway Bandit, SECDEF Cheney impressed me by killing one of his long-time pet projects for being too expensive after the USSR collapsed. That it happened to be one we were working on was immaterial.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    When I was working for a Beltway Bandit, SECDEF Cheney impressed me by killing one of his long-time pet projects for being too expensive after the USSR collapsed.

    IIRC, it was the Navy’s stealth fighter the A-12 which was way behind schedule and billions over budget. It was the right thing to do.

    2) I think Dubya should have let Cheney as VP be the Bad Cop VP that Agnew was for Nixon. Certainly kinder gentler didn’t get him anywhere with the people who hated him.

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