One heartbeat (possibly) away

Tucker Carlson Tuesday:

Big news in the political world. Just hours ago, Joe Biden’s handlers announced they have selected Senator Kamala Harris of California to run as Biden’s vice president. We will admit, we did not see this coming. In fact, just last night on this show, we told you Susan Rice was likely to get that job. Rice is a hardened partisan but she’s not stupid. And more to the point,Rice has sincere beliefs, whether you like them or not, and we don’t.

But Kamala Harris is the opposite of that. Harris may be the single most transactional human being in America. There are time-share salesmen you would trust more than Kamala Harris. You could find payday lenders who are more sincere. So it seemed inconceivable that given his current state, Joe Biden would chose someone so transparently one-dimensional as Kamala Harris. Someone as empty as he is. It would be the first entirely hollow presidential ticket in American history and we thought it could never happen. But it is, they’re doing it anyway. Biden-Harris, that’s what they are going with.

And the choice tells you a lot about the current state of the Democratic Party. America is still technically a democracy yet neither Biden nor Harris has ever been popular with actual voters. This is Joe Biden’s third run for president. The first two attempts ended in embarrassing disasters. The third was headed at high speed in that direction and then a series of unforeseen flukes and highly crowded primary field left Biden the last man in the race. He was clearly shocked by his own victory. On election night, the night he clinched the nomination in March, Biden was so rattled he mistook his sister for his wife during the acceptance speech.

At the time, Joe Biden’s relative unpopularity seemed like a major problem for Democrats. This is politics, after all. The people who tend to have the most support tend to win. So, if you’re choosing a presidential nominee, you think you’d want someone with built-in constituency, a base of passionate voters you can count on election day. But as it turns out that’s the last thing leaders of the modern Democratic Party wanted. They already had a candidate like that, in fact, his name was Bernie Sanders. And they did everything they could to stop him.

No. What they wanted instead was someone they could control and Joe Biden for that discretion perfectly. Biden was eager, malleable, and totally blank. He was willing to be whatever his handlers wanted him to be. Kamala Harris will be every bit as eager and that’s the point. If Biden-Harris still doesn’t make sense to you as a ticket, it’s only because you are not cynical enough. Harris clearly wasn’t picked for her personal charm. More than 30 years ago she dated a man called Willie Brown, who was later the mayor of San Francisco. She was 29 years old at the time, Brown was 60 and still married. Brown launched Harris’ political career. He knows her very well. Last week Brown publicly urged Joe Biden not to pick Kamala Harris as his running mate. It turns out Willie Brown’s opinion no longer matters in the Democratic Party. Jeff Bezos’ opinion matters, so do the opinions of his fellow Bay Area tech titans and the finance moguls in New York. These are the people who bankroll the Democratic Party. They are the economic engine of the left, and they love Kamala Harris. Not personally. It’s business. Their main interest is in keeping the government carve outs that have made them rich. They know the last thing Kamala Harris will do is threaten any of those. Never, under any circumstances. One thing you can be certain of the in a Biden-Harris administration, private equity barons will still pay half the tax rate you pay. That’s the real point.

Voters may not like Kamala Harris but Wall Street does. Just in case you’re wondering who’s actually in charge. And yet still, even politicians have souls, technically anyway. How could Joe Biden pick a running mate who once publicly denounced him as a racist? You remember the moment. It was in the debate last summer.


CARLSON: ‘I do not believe you are a racist. I do not believe you beat your wife.’ Right. Kamala Harris, civil rights icon. Actually, Harris group mostly in Canada and in any case forced busing was a disaster from the beginning to the end. Nobody liked it, including black families. Joe Biden may be a bigot but it’s not because he opposed forced busing. But apparently he has forgiven Harris for that slur. Maybe he doesn’t member it. But even a dimming 77-year-old must have some memory of what Harris once said about his purported sex crimes. Just last year, several women came forward to say Joe Biden had touched them in sexually aggressive ways, both on and off camera. Kamala Harris wholeheartedly endorsed their claims. “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” Wait, what? You believe that Joe Biden sexually assaulted a number of women, sexually assaulted them. But you’re joining his presidential ticket anyway? How does that work exactly? How can you do that? As it turns out, she can do it happily, shamelessly without even taking a breath. Just tell Kamala Harris what to say and she will say it. That’s the whole point of Kamala Harris. It’s why she’s so useful. And for the next several months, Harris is going to say that Donald Trump is a racist. She will say that every day until November. That’s her job now. You watch. But keep in mind as you watch that there’s no fighting back. It’s not allowed. Kamala Harris is a “historic” candidate and that means you have no right to criticize her regardless of what she says. They are already telling you that. They are making a clear.

Just last week a group of abortion lobbyists … sent a letter to media organizations around the country about Biden’s upcoming VP pick. It was addressed to editors, news directors, reporters. The choice of the vice presidential candidate was most certain to be a black woman they said. They were right and they wanted to warn reporters that in the wake of George Floyd’s death, any critical coverage of Joe Biden’s VP pick what amount to “systemic racism.” That wasn’t guidance. It was an unveiled threat. They made it because they knew it would work and in fact it’s already working. Immediately after Harris was chosen today “The New York Times” sent out a bulletin describing her as “a pragmatic moderate.” Got that? A pragmatic moderate, not some kind of kooky ideologue, not someone flaky liberal from San Francisco. Not at all, no. Instead someone who wants to solve America’s toughest problems and solve them without regard to orthodoxy or partisanship. A sober, steady leader in troubled times. Actually it might be nice to have someone like that. But that’s not kamala Harris, not even close. Harris has endorsed forcing schools to let biological males play on girl’s athletic teams. That’s not a majority position. It is nuts. But it’s not as crazy a subsidized abortions for biological men. Harris is for that too, she has announced it. Men can’t get pregnant so how do we pay for their abortions? Harris has never explained, of course, at this point it would be ‘systemically racist’ to ask her so no one ever will ever ask. Shut up. No questions allowed. Meanwhile there is not a fashionable rich lady position that Kamala Harris doesn’t have. Plastic straws are bad. Red meat is worse. If there was a bill to make SoulCycle mandatory, Kamala Harris would get behind it. …

But she has non-frivolous positions too. On health care Harris believes illegal immigrants have every bit the right to taxpayer-funded medical treatment that you do as a citizen. This is yet another position, whatever you think of it, that the majority of Americans do not support. But as we have noted, Harris doesn’t care what most people want. They are not her audience. She was told to support free health care for foreign nationals who break our laws and so she does support it. …

Kamala Harris isn’t an idiot and she knows what she just suggested is actually impossible. You can have a welfare state. Lots of countries do. You can have open borders. But you can’t have both. No country can survive with a welfare state and open borders. That’s obvious. No one disputes it. But Kamala Harris doesn’t care either way. The survival she cares about his or her own survival. By the way, if you think you can keep your family safe as a country collapses around her ambitions, you’re wrong because she plans to disarm you first.

We could go on and on. Oh, the ironies. The party that is angry about police brutality has just hired the former chief law enforcement officer of California. Again, there’s a lot to say and in coming weeks we’ll say it. There’s a lot of available tape and Harris will soon provide more. But we’re going to sum Kamala Harris this way: Last year when actor Jussie Smollett staged his fake hate crime, Harris was one of the first national leaders to jump in with position of support. Smollett was ‘the kindest, most gentle human being Harris had ever met,’ she wrote. The attack on him was ‘An attempted modern-day lynching.’ Okay, she fell for it. Lots of credulous rich people did but what makes Kamala Harris a remarkable figure is it in the face of changing evidence she never recanted her support. That tweet is still up, she did not delete it. You can still read it on her Twitter feed tonight. Smollett’s story was entirely concocted. Harris knows it. We all know it. But she doesn’t care. In fact, Harris understands perfectly well why Smollett lied, by smearing Trump supporters as bigots, he hoped to advance his career. And Kamala Harris of all people can respect that.

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