Kamala Harris Will Be a Tough Sell [OPINION]
I'm not sure really who is happy about the selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate on the Democrat ticket this fall. Harris brings a lot of baggage to the table. She never really excited voters and that is why she is not topping the ticket.
More than 100 African American men sent a letter to the Biden campaign instructing Biden to select a Black woman as his running mate or risk losing the election in November. Biden has been under intense pressure to chose a woman of color. He did, but Kamala Harris is of Asian and Indian descent and is not African American. Details.
It's not entirely clear what Biden's people feel she can bring to the ticket. She is from California, but winning the Golden State's Electoral College votes was never seriously in doubt anyway.
As a prosecutor, Harris was responsible for locking up nearly 2,000 people on marijuana-related charges. Many of them were young Black men. She later joked about how she used marijuana when asked about it in an interview with Charlamagne Tha God in 2019: "I have. And I inhaled – I did inhale. It was a long time ago. But, yes."
Harris has articulated some fairly radical positions including Medicare for All – even illegal aliens – a mandatory gun buyback, and an end to fracking, which has helped to make America energy independent. Harris is pro-abortion.
Harris has also suggested that Joe Biden is at the very least racially insensitive and has attacked him on his views on busing. She has also stated that she believes the women who have accused Biden of sexually assaulting them. And yet she agrees to join his team.
Men who watched Harris' treatment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing ought to be concerned about her getting anywhere near the White House. Wives and mothers of sons should be concerned about her belief system as well.
Harris will make a good sniper for Joe Biden. Being a woman of color, she will be given certain hands-off protection not afforded to other candidates. She will be able to toss race bombs at Donald Trump, then hide behind her gender and race.
Time will tell just what value Harris brings to the ticket. Being Biden's attack dog against Trump might just be enough.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.