Could popular public opinion be going favorable on Kamala Harris after a rough few years?
Some outlets seem to be drinking the kool aide. Time Magazine even went so far as to claim that the previously maligned vice-president could “spike the ball in the endzone” after she oversaw the opening a large semiconductor factory in California, the state she once represented in the United States Senate, as part of the Biden Administration’s rollout of the American CHIPS and Science Act.
At last, we are told to think, Harris has come into her own after three arduous years of living in the toxic miasma of bad press and a portfolio of poison pill policies.
Why is Harris Even Celebrating the CHIPS Act?
Now, with the construction of this semiconductor plant in California, built from funds out of the $52 billion CHIPS Act, Harris can mark a victory down.
This is an odd celebration that the media is forcing us to endure because, of course, the American CHIPS and Science Act was not part of the vice president’s policy portfolio. It was a signature move of President Joe Biden.
In fact, the Republicans wanted $250 billion for the CHIPS Act when it was initially negotiated in the United States House of Representatives in 2021, but the Democrats wouldn’t countenance that.
The Democrats, as led by then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), wanted to soften the language in the original bill on China’s threat and wanted to inject unrelated, radical Climate Change policies and subsidies into that domestic chip manufacturing legislation.
As it stands, the $52 billion CHIPS Act is a joke that is completely insufficient to the People Republic of China’s all-of-society challenge has mounted against the United States—notably in the high-tech domain.
But at least Kamala Harris gets to do a superficial ribbon-cutting that’ll get her positive headlines and allow for her to “spike the ball in the endzone” after three years of abysmal headlines and abject failures.
If Harris were a Republican, she’d have been driven out of her job after year one of such terrible failures.
Heck, if Harris were a Republican, the media would have just made stuff up about her to diminish her standing.
But Harris’ failures are real and yet the media carries bilge for her and calls it gold.
Kamala is Obama’s Pick
After all, Kamala was clearly both former President Barack Obama’s as well as the powerbrokers of the Democratic Party’s preferred choice as heir to Obama. As Biden even sheepishly admitted to during the 2020 Presidential Election, his was merely a “transition candidacy” for president.
The Biden team knew this was the view of the Democratic Party. They would spend the next three years diminishing and weakening Harris’ standing both in public and within the Democratic Party’s power structure.
Then Harris made her situation worse with the constant gaffes and bizarre laughing attacks in public. Now that the campaign is underway and her star has been dimmed by Biden’s intentional policies of diminishment, the Biden team is attempting to empower Harris.
It’s a typically cynical strategy by the craven Biden people.
They knew if they did not weaken her standing by saddling her with impossible tasks as vice-president, her star would automatically shine brighter than the dull Joe Biden. The Biden team understood that, in 2020, Joe Biden would’ve been kicked to the curb in the Democratic Party primary, had he not secured a victory in South Carolina.
And the only reason Biden got his win in South Carolina was the likely deal he struck with Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), whose price for supporting Biden over the other Democrats that year was that Biden would nominate a woman of color as his running-mate.
Biden and Harris’ Love-Hate Relationship
Biden’s running-mate did help him not only to win the South Carolina primary, but it helped Biden to edge out his opponent, Donald Trump, with minority voters (Trump won more minority votes than any Republican presidential candidate had in decades). Although Harris did not perform well with African-American male voters, she nonetheless pushed Biden over the edge with minorities in ways that Biden himself could not have done.
Yet, this gave Harris real cachet at the start of the Biden Administration that the forty-sixth president otherwise lacked. Biden needed to lower his number two’s standing and he effectively did that.
At the same time, he needed Harris to be popular enough to help him get reelected. So, as we enter into another arduous presidential campaign, Biden’s people will rebuild Harris—but just enough to get reelected. After that, they’ll go to work on her again.
But the Biden team had better watch out. Harris is crafty, too. Once reelected, Biden will be the oldest president in history. He’d be 86 at the end of his potential second term. The average male lifespan in America is 77 years old.
Biden already has health problems.
Harris just might be banking on the notion that, once he wins reelection, within a year or two, the forty-sixth president will step down or pass away while in office (maybe with Kamala Harris goosing that possibility along), leaving Harris in charge.
One thing is certain, though, Kamala Harris remains the unimpressive, power-hungry, radical Leftist that she has always been.
Biden and Harris Will Turn On Each Other After the Election
The Biden-Harris relationship has been one of the most fascinating—indeed, disturbing—aspects of the current political moment. They clearly resent and distrust each other. Yet, they absolutely require each other’s presence on the ticket to win reelection. Once that is accomplished, though, all bets will be off.
Grab the popcorn; we’re in for one wild ride.
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A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.