Why not Harris?
First off, I have already said that pandering to a voting bloc only works when that group is actually a VOTING bloc. It doesn’t help at all if it’s not really a “voting bloc” but more of a reluctant group of people that is utterly unreliable for actually showing up to vote. The “Black Vote” is just such a group. Ignore them. Instead focus on swing voters who are actually going to show up and possibly vote for your opponent. Every swing voter you add to your side, you SUBTRACT from the other. The Black Vote if it shows up in any number is probably not going to vote for Trump anyway. Kanye perhaps? But not Trump.
2: If you ARE going to try to entice the Black Vote…...why the fuck would you go with Harris? A PROSECUTOR and daughter of Jamaican and Indian professionals* is not the poster child of urban, Black America. (Admittedly anecdotal, I talked with Nickki recently and SHE knows of no one in her circle who is happy about Harris.) So I wonder if Harris is really the right choice for the Black community, or is instead what clueless White people think Black people want. And if these white folks based their choice on advice from Black politicians, they are clueless.
*I was a Bio Major in college and I wonder how genetics work in politics? It seems if you are half Jamaican and half Asian-Indian, you are indeed half Black and half Indian…..but if you are half white and half black, you are Black. Why are caucasian genes apparently so recessive?
3: She reeks of opportunism. Not “ambition”........but OPPORTUNISM. I am not saying that SNL is the best source of serious political analysis, but comic writers do have a sort of sharp insight into the character of the people they lampoon. SNL NAILED Harris. And if it’s that obvious to a bunch of comedians, I’m guessing she comes across that way to others too…...and that’s why they laughed at the characterization. She certainly does to me. I feel like she will say ANYTHING.
4: I can’t see her appeal to a swing voter. She is merely the darling choice of people already fully in Biden's corner. And Biden needs swing voters, not big smiles on the faces of his solid constituency. My choice? Prior to the race riots, it was Klobuchar, but now it would be Duckworth.
5: Then there’s her voice. She sounds like a smarmy female professional trapped inside of a higher-pitched bagpipe that is being slowly deflated. Now that doesn’t make her a bad person or bad politician, But it doesn't endear her to anyone either. And in case no one noticed….. politics is a bit of a popularity contest. Remember how "likable" Hillary was?
So will Harris sink the Biden campaign? Hopefully not, but I don't see it doing much good either…... except for making solid Blue-Democrats feel very pleased with themselves…….right up until they lose again to Trump. Vice presidential choices rarely impact a campaign to a large degree, but this time a lot of people are a bit more concerned about Biden’s age than is sometimes the case. As such, his VP IS a bigger deal than it normally would be. So people ARE looking at her as a potential president…….and the moderates and swing-folk and even Blacks, don't seem thrilled at that prospect. I find it a very interesting barometer that Chris Wallace…...who is FOX News’ rare independent and someone I personally find refreshing, seems to like Biden but seems to be no great fan of Harris. Curious.
So basically Harris is the wrong person for the wrong reason......a twofold mistake. Now, what I would be eager to hear is a comment here from someone who voted for Trump in 2016, was on the fence for most of this year, and made a pro-Biden decision based on the inclusion of Harris on the ticket.......particularly if that person is from a swing state. THAT might make me reconsider my opinion!