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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Frank Bruni: Already, I am dreaming of the debate. Mike Pence represents more than the Trump administration, God help him. He represents an America that's half memory, half myth. And there's Kamala Harris -- younger, blacker and more buoyant. She represents an America that's evolving, fitfully, toward equal opportunity and equal justice. Under her gaze, Pence has to defend a racist, sexist president.

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As he watches helplessly, Harris gets to talk about how that racism and sexism feel to a Black woman like her. This isn't any ordinary clash of perspectives and philosophies. It's an extraordinary collision of life experiences.

And that's exactly what Joe Biden wants.

Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Biden has defined himself as the opposite of President Trump in experience and earnestness and as the antidote to Trump in how he sees America and what he values about it. He has used his choice of a running mate to hammer home that last bit.

Harris is a distinguished public servant with a rsum " U.S. senator from California, state attorney general " unquestionably suited to this exhilarating and daunting opportunity, which she has earned. She is also an agent of contrast, emphasizing the difference between the Republican ticket and the Democratic one, between Trump's politics of division and Biden's politics of inclusion.

But even as she affirms Biden's orientation toward the future, she reflects his appreciation of his own past. She enables him, for a second time, to be part of a presidential ticket that sets a precedent and blazes a trail. It's almost as if he's trying to recreate the established magic, to repurpose the victorious script.

This. A thousand times this. People are calling Harris the safe choice, but once you look deeper than the surface, she appears to be way much more than that. She appears to be the right woman for this immense time. Hopefully that will bear out in the very near future.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-11 07:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Tim Kaine was a safe choice--and a poor one. Kamala Harris is neither.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-08-11 07:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Harris is smart and a good debater but it won't make much difference.

Pence will just deny everything just like he did with Tim Kaine and the evangelical faithful will let themselves be Sith mind-tricked into voting for Trump again.

At least I never have to give two farts ever again when a Trump-supporting-purported-Christian concern-trolls about anything on moral grounds.

#3 | Posted by censored at 2020-08-11 08:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Well, Kamala Harris is a practicing Baptist.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-08-11 09:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, Kamala Harris is a practicing Baptist. #4 | Posted by OCUser

Pretty sure Pence's White Evangelicals won't be rushing to vote for Kamala instead.

#5 | Posted by censored at 2020-08-11 09:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Baptists are Commies! - Evangels

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-08-11 09:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Well, Kamala Harris is a practicing Baptist.

OCU

"Practicing" the key word. "As you do unto the least of these so you do unto Me."

Pence is what I call a "Torquemada Christian," little different than the "Christians" who gleefully murdered and tortured millions in the name of their supposed God and completely ignoring the words of the namesake of Christianity.

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-08-11 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Baptists are Commies! - Evangels
#6 | POSTED BY CORKY

Now, dat dem dare Southern Baptists on the other hand, boy I tell you whut!

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-11 09:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Torquemada Christian,"
#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

That's a great way to describe them.

#9 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-08-11 09:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Baptists are Commies! - Evangels

#6 | Posted by Corky

But then Evangelicals don't consider Catholics as being Christians either. So they'll have nothing to like in the Biden/Harris team.

OCU

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-08-11 09:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Very relevatory article: Public defender: I worked with Kamala Harris. She was the most progressive DA in California.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-11 10:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There is an old joke about going fishing with Baptists..... you always take two Baptists in the boat fishing with you, never one.

If you only take one, he'll drink all the beer. But if you take two, they'll keep an eye on each other and you can drink all the beer.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2020-08-12 01:15 AM | Reply

Now I have to wonder who Joe Biden picks to clean up Barr's mess in the Justice Department.

I'd like to see Geoffrey Berman take on the job.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-12 03:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

An Evangelical vs a Baptist
What would Jesus do?

#14 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-08-12 05:17 AM | Reply

John Heilemann just made a very salient observation about how Trump and the Republican right wing chose to attack Kamala Harris immediately after she was chosen by Joe Biden.

Not a single person has uttered a solitary word alluding to any notion that she is not qualified nor ready to become President should the circumstances arise.

That wasn't true for Dan Quayle, wasn't true about Sarah Palin, just to name a few others for which the same could not be said.

No one has intimated that Harris is not prepared for the most testing crucible on the planet. On that level, apparently Joe has done a good job with his selection.

And sometimes what isn't even said actually speaks the loudest of all.

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-12 07:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Kamala Harris is what a good Vice President should be, ready from day one to step in if anything happens to the Presidence. I wouldn't let Mike Pence clean my bathroom. The man lives in a coma. Come on, Donald Trump placed him to lead the fight against COVID, look at the results. "No Mike, we don't clean the toilet with shampoo."

#16 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-12 08:18 AM | Reply

Kamala Harris pick sparks delight in India and Jamaica

Well before dawn on Wednesday, the phone began to ring in Gopalan Balachandran's home in India's capital. It was his sister calling from the other end of the country and she had exceptionally good news to share: their niece could become the next vice president of the United States.

Balachandran, Harris' 80-year-old maternal uncle, laughed and proclaimed himself "very, very happy" with the news. Harris is "quick on her feet and a damn good debater," he said. She is also well prepared to handle the nastiness of the upcoming campaign, he added. Harris "doesn't take things lying down."

His sister Sarala Gopalan, a retired doctor in the South Indian city of Chennai, told an Indian television channel that the entire family was thrilled by the news. She praised Harris as a kind and devoted niece. "If I send her a message right now saying, Kamala, I need you,' the next day she will be there," Gopalan said.

On social media, Indian politicians and commentators also exulted in Harris' selection. The fact that someone of Indian origin could be "a proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency is thrilling," wrote Shashi Tharoor, a politician with the opposition Congress Party.

Ram Madhav, a senior official in India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, saluted the history-making nature of the pick. Another Indian political commentator said the selection represented a "triumph of diversity and democracy."

In Tamil Nadu, the south Indian state where Harris's mother grew up, there was special pride. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, a local politician, praised the "inclusiveness" of the choice and wished Harris well in the election.

In Jamaica, there was also pride and delight at the new Democratic contender for vice president. Richard Bernal, a former Jamaican ambassador to the United States, is a longtime friend of Harris's father. Bernal likened the situation to when Colin Powell became the U.S. Secretary of State (Powell's parents were Jamaican immigrants).

"We are people from a small country," Bernal said. But Jamaicans "always feel they can accomplish anything," That self-confidence has helped them "survive and thrive all over the world."

Diversity is strength, in both genetics and the human experience.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-12 08:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Are you calling people with less diverse genetics weaker? That's racist.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-08-12 08:28 AM | Reply

No SITZKRIEG...having a moniker that is half Nazi is...

from Google: "During the eight months of the Sitzkrieg
Germany rapidly rearmed, adding a million new soldiers,
vastly increasing its ammunition stockpile,
and trippling the number of medium and heavy tanks."

#19 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-08-12 08:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

um... I believe that is a "BOOOOOOOM" you just heard...

#20 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-08-12 08:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well said Earthmuse.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-12 08:55 AM | Reply

he added. Harris "doesn't take things lying down."

Oh come on.
lol ~~

#22 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-12 08:58 AM | Reply

Steve Kornacki just illustrated the real reason Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, and it has nothing to do with white voters in swing states.

It was because black voter turnout dropped so low that those few white voters were able to swing key states to Trump's advantage.

Here's the numbers:

Black Voter Turnout By Year

2004 - 60%

2008 - 65%

2012 - 66%

2016 - 59%

Joe Biden is no dummy even if he's lost a few mphs on his fastball. Black turnout is the key to Democratic victory, full stop. The numbers bear this out.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-12 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Great. Just Great! There goes Kanye's candidacy. Unless he can get Oprah on his ticket. Hey, you--intern--make a call. You know Oprah, don't you? Your're colored...
--GOP mechanics trying to steal the African American vote from Biden by the use of a shill and useful idiot

#24 | Posted by catdog at 2020-08-12 10:43 AM | Reply

Hillary debated Trump well, did not matter one iota. She wins the debate, so?

#25 | Posted by dibblda at 2020-08-12 11:52 AM | Reply

It was because black voter turnout dropped so low that those few white voters were able to swing key states to Trump's advantage.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma

Or was it the result of voter suppression in Republican states, to say nothing of the Russian disinformation effort on the web that focused on African-American voters?

OCU

#26 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-08-12 12:34 PM | Reply

Or was it the result of voter suppression in Republican states, to say nothing of the Russian disinformation effort on the web that focused on African-American voters?

I have no doubt that both contributed to the outcome as well.

#27 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-12 12:43 PM | Reply

#25 - DIBBLEDA - True, but at the time Trump's "leadership" and mental capacity were relatively unknown quantities. Now we know how much of a vindictive simpleton he is. He now has a political record to attack. I don't expect him to exit these debates with honest people saying he won anything.

#28 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2020-08-12 04:40 PM | Reply

If "Plastic Pence" debates Kamila Harris he's going to feel like he just backed into a propeller blade.

As a V.P. I think Pence was just a name on a campaign poster. Unelected Jared Kushner was Trump's real V.P.

#29 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-13 03:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, Kamala Harris is a practicing Baptist.

OCU

Pence is practicing Deplorable.

He debates by making goo goo eyes at Humpy.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-13 12:07 PM | Reply

Kamala Harris: "What else do we know about this population, 18 through 24? They are Stupid! That is why we put them in dormitories and they have a resident assistant! They make really bad decisions!"
I'm sure that the Trump campaign will hate making a commercial that only shows Sen Harris speaking her own words.
www.youtube.com

#31 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-08-13 01:29 PM | Reply

#31 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Shieeet dude, welcome back.
Were you on board for the whole 206 days?

#32 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-13 01:31 PM | Reply

Black turnout is the key to Democratic victory, full stop. The numbers bear this out.

That's why Republicans are attacking Biden with his, "You ain't black!" and "Latinos are more diverse!" comments.

That's why Kamala is being attacked as not being black enough.

The attacks are full force and people are buying it.

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-13 01:35 PM | Reply

Biden and Kamala are going to get exposed as being imperfect enough for the Republican fascist ticket to win reelection.

#34 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-13 01:37 PM | Reply

Forty-seven percent of registered voters say Biden's selection of Harris as his running mate is "excellent" or "good," according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Thursday.

Twenty-nine percent of registered voters say Biden's choice was "not so good" or "poor," and 24 percent say they have no opinion.

The survey, which was conducted Aug. 11-12, is good news for Democrats days after Biden announced his choice. Harris is viewed favorably by 37 percent of registered voters and unfavorably by 32 percent. Pence, by contrast, is viewed favorably by 33 percent and unfavorably by 47 percent.

www.washingtonpost.com

#35 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-13 01:50 PM | Reply

Shieeet dude, welcome back.
Were you on board for the whole 206 days?

#32 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

Must have gotten bored with the "alternative facts channel".

Probably got tired of all the constant reach arounds.

#36 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-13 02:02 PM | Reply

he added. Harris "doesn't take things lying down."

said Willy Brown. NEVER!

#37 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-08-13 05:03 PM | Reply

he added. Harris "doesn't take things lying down."

said Willy Brown. NEVER!

#37 | Posted by AuntieSocial

You need to explain the willie brown jokes to those of us who dont go to klan meetings.

#38 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-08-13 05:19 PM | Reply

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