Is Kamala Harris a Nauseating Political Opportunist?

Mish

That's the claim I made yesterday following Biden's selection of Harris as his running mate.

Nauseating But Predicted: Biden Selects Kamala Harris as His VP Running Mate

This is as nauseating as it was predictable.

It will not help Biden beat Trump, but Trump is so far behind it likely does not matter.

I cannot support this ticket, nor can I support Trump.

In that regard, nothing really changed. No matter who Biden picked, I was not about to endorse him.

But Biden's caving into the progressive wing of the party with a political opportunist like Harris is sickening to say the least.

Mish

Progressive? 

She is not as progressive as Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders but she does support Medicare-For-All. 

No one can call here a centrist, so what is she?

Nauseating?

That is the word that caused the most questions, but I stand by it.

In regards to "inappropriate touching" Biden  Harris said she believed the accusers.

Sen. Kamala Harris, who was announced as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate on Tuesday, once said that she believed women who accused Biden of inappropriate touching.

“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” the California senator told reporters in April 2019.

Nearly a year later, Biden would be accused of sexual assault by former aide Tara Reade, which is the most serious allegations he had faced and one he vehemently denied. Harris, who had by that point dropped out of the presidential race, said that Reade “has a right to tell her story.”

I also found her presumption of guilt charges against Brett Kavanaugh more than a bit nauseating.

She asked Kavanaugh if he would take a lie detector test knowing full well as a prosecutor they are both unreliable and inadmissible in court.

Biden is Not a Racist But  ...

Political Opportunist?

There are only two possibilities in play. Harris either believes the charges against Biden or she doesn't.

Either way, Harris has problems.

Harris either made bald-faced lies of the worst kind or she is willing to be on a ticket with someone accused by many women of being a sexual predator while making the claim that she believes those women.

Please consider Kamala Harris believed Joe Biden’s accusers — until she didn’t.

The fact that Harris so eagerly climbed aboard Joe’s bus says something about her character and what she really thinks about #MeToo. Far from the feminist icon she portrayed herself as during the Kavanaugh hearings, she personifies the left’s weaponization of assault for political ends. The biggest losers in this game are true victims of ­assault and abuse, who now face an even more daunting climb to being believed.  

Harris’ addition to the Biden ticket, then, is not a great feminist achievement. Rather, it is a harsh blow to the feminist cause. Her decision to join Biden after accusing him of ­assault underscores, in a damning and irreversible way, how unseriously her party takes these issues when there are political ambitions at stake.

Nauseating Political Opportunist?

You bet.

If you have better words I will be happy to consider them.

And Trump will press Biden about this. Harris was not a good addition and it could cost Biden the election (I just doubt it at the moment).

For discussion, please see Biden is a Huge Favorite to Win the Election

By the way, what does picking Harris as a running mate say about Joe Biden? 

Mish

Comments (98)
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tokidoki
tokidoki

Trump will win and the next day there will be a huge riot.

Realist
Realist

That's it? Wow. I was expecting something significant. Trump says worse things before breakfast each day.

If one waits wait for perfection, one never accomplishes anything.

”No matter who Biden picked, I would not have endorsed him”.

Interesting. Even if there was a perfect vp candidate, you still wouldn't support the ticket. What if he had picked you Mish? Just kidding.

tokidoki
tokidoki

Donald Trump will drop out and Ivanka Trump will take over. America can NOT resist a hot blonde. It's a true game changer.

Hot Blonde vs Confused Old Man/Problematic Minority.

Trump Family wins again.

nzyank
nzyank

"Nauseating" is a harsh term to use for another human being, and is similar to Trump's use of the term "nasty" to describe his political opponents. Particularly when used without explanation as to why, it is a term that tends to polarize the debate and drag things into the mud, as we unfortunately saw with some of the responses yesterday. It would be much better to just state that one does not plan to vote for the ticket because f x, y and z, and then others can evaluate the reasons for themselves, instead of leaping to inappropriate conclusions. Thanks for your follow-up post doing so.

nzyank
nzyank

Mish - Just curious, would you use the term "nasty" in reference to Trump?

Your objection to the ticket seems to be less due to libertarian ideology, and more due to other factors? The factors you cite don't seem all that significant and even petty in the context of where we are at right now as a country?

Both Biden and Harris have what I would refer to as "nuanced" histories, I don't think you will find anyone that doesn't. I think she is well qualified to address many of the issues our country faces, based on her background and experiences. My sense is that she is pragmatic, as opposed to an idealogue, which I think is important. She also has the intellectual training and capacity to understand complex issues. I believe she is someone that will use these skills to try to represent the entire country to her best ability and I support her and Biden and wish them the best.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Judging with tRump as the standard, any candidate would be a saint. This election is about tRump vs. anybody else. The choice should be pretty easy.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Today she showed it isnt about politics.

"America is crying out for leadership. Yet we have a President who cares more about himself than the people who elected him," said Harris, who abandoned her own bid for the White House less than a year ago before a single vote was cast. "As someone who has presented my fair share of arguments in court, the case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut."

Trump can attack however he wants but he is worse in every way.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Your bar for Harris seems to be wound with a double standard. Dont let perfect be the enemy of good.

Tengen
Tengen

Kamala represents the status quo. The blue team is portraying her as a stalwart for women and minorities, which is false, and the red team is characterizing her as a far lefty, also untrue. It looks like there is already chatter online about where her parents are from, similar to the Obama birther debate, but this is a waste of time.

Harris represents the "left" in the manner of the Clintons or Obama, just as the "right" is represented by Trump or the Bush family. These labels are meaningless, all that matters is that the Harris will continue screwing the poor and middle class while protecting the very wealthy, just like every other mainstream politician. The Fed and MIC will win, regular people will lose.

Meet the new boss...

nzyank
nzyank

Harris' asking Kavanaugh if he would take a lie detector test was fair game since Kavanaugh was already on record supporting the use of lie detector tests in hiring decisions. Kavanaugh was not on trial, he was being vetted to be hired to a pretty important job, and there was a serious, credible accusation against him.

jacob_zuma
jacob_zuma

"By the way, what does picking Harris as a running mate say about Joe Biden? "

He's looking at the polls and is thinking this election is easy to win. Just pick someone who appeals to women and black americans and it's a slam dunk. Feels eerily similar to the overconfidence of the Dems back in 2016.

Sechel
Sechel

The entire Democratic party has embraced health care. Can't pin this on one person. Personally I think the country needs to do something. I prefer the Swiss Health care model. I think it does a better job of containing costs and providing good service while better embracing the market but I don't see Americans embracing being require to purchase private health insurance and see their wages garnished if they don't. Pre-existing condition is huge and what we have now doesn't adequately address it. It's nuts to tie health care to one's job. You lose the job you have no health care options. Not a problem if you are young and health but as you age this is becomes a bigger problem. Lots of Americans playing Russian roulette on this one.

Sechel
Sechel

Anything you said Harris did I could make the claim Warren did as well. Also saw similar theatrics with Republican crowd in 2016. I do think we're more tolerant of this behavior when it occurs in men. Trump does this sort of thing all the time. Yea the eyes roll but we describe it differently.

I agree nauseating reminds me of Trump's "Nasty" description

wmjack
wmjack

All Democrats are nauseating political opportunist just one of the gang

Herkie
Herkie

I think SHE thinks she is a progressive, but her UBI proposal is typical of how she isn't, the progressives just want to do MMT till the gap between rich and poor is closed by some decent fraction, she instead wants to make it a partial UBI which is not U at all and only to targeted people who work. It would far more accurately be called a minimum wage increase to about $50k per year. But cutting out millions particularly disabled vets.

The question is she an opportunist? The answer is I think they all are. And if your goal is to be president what better way to get there than to accept the VP slot of a near octagenarian way ahead in the polls. Biden will be lucky to make it to the swearing in.

nlightn
nlightn

Totally agree with Mish here.

Harris is a complete opportunist.

She speaks from a platform of 'I don't care what it takes, even to sacrifice my own words nailing Biden as a sexual predator, I want to be the first Afro / Asian America woman as VP.' It's a Gilda Ratner news commentator moment of " Never Mind."

I'm so sick and tired of all these politicians / unprincipled elite spouting out mental masturbation as their rationalizations. It's a circle jerk and we the public are the recipients !

Great perspective Mish,...totally on target.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump's is not an opportunist? How else do you describe the demagoguery?

Misgivings
Misgivings

Now it's came out that her father's ancestors were slave owners. I'm sure this will play out well for her.

CCR
CCR

Harris is a soulless unconscionable person if for the only reason she withheld evidence that would have freed an innocent man and then claims to be a judicial reformist of the grandest kind. Following one's party blindly is a mental flaw, it emboldens. One shouldn't be asking if she is unconscionable compared to someone else, but compared to her potential to hit her "best self". She probably has hit her best self many years ago, just a hunch on that. I am a conservative, more or less, but I won't be voting for Trump either. It's a shame this country has these 4 human nincompoops as our options.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Disappointed in this community, it is not WOKE enough. Mish has every right to feel nauseated, full stop. If Mish is nauseated by the letter "Ä" then so be it. Who are we to judge?

I once ate a baked potato and it made me very nauseated. Is that ok?
Trump makes me nauseated, Is that ok?

Do we need to form a "nauseated committee" and set some acceptable standards for everyone to comply with or what?

And given Harris' oxymoronic position as Mish outlined it does give credence to the standard definition of "opportunist."

Click here for some WOKE training:

numike
numike

The Case for Trump
There's little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn't solve.

KS123
KS123

Mish: By election day 2016, it was abundantly clear (to me) that Trump was worse-than-nauseating opportunist, among his many other despicable flaws. Yet, as I recall, you voted for him. Does your commentary reflect a streak of double standard? Perhaps you were more nauseated then but still, for other reasons, voted the way you did?

Woodturner
Woodturner

I think in most cases “opportunist” and politician are interchangeable words. Almost any politician who makes it to the national stage is an opportunist. I despise voting for the lesser of two evils as I have most of the last 55 years but given the current president I’ve decided to quit hoping for someone with mostly good ethics and support Biden/Harris without my usual disappointment. I read an article 10 months ago that said amongst corporate CEO’s Biden was the preferred democratic candidate followed by Harris so now we know why that is the ticket. “Money don’t talk, it shouts”.

sundown333
sundown333

Is it normal to pay so much attention on a VP nominee? Doesn't say much for Biden as the actual candidate if the focus is on her.

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

"If you have better words I will be happy to consider them."
Two words.
Mike Pence.
This is not a purity test for Kamala.
It is a comparative test between Mike and Kamala.

awc13
awc13

"what does picking Harris as a running mate say about Joe Biden? "

biden did not have a choice. the democrat party heads selected harris

awc13
awc13

the republicans need to make the message that harris is really the candidate for president. Biden has basically said this many times over the past 8 months and he even made a reference to that in his speech announcing harris

Hansa Junchun
Hansa Junchun

"By the way, what does picking Harris as a running mate say about Joe Biden?"

Biden picked Harris? Huh. Is he aware he did so? From what few appearances he's made in the last months, it doesn't seem like he can remember his wife's name, much less decide on a running mate.

Unless he was angry when he did it, of course. Uncle Joe is cognitive only when he's angry. That's why its safe for him to debate Trump. He will fly into a terrible rage and unleash his fury on Orange Man Bad, who naturally will respond in kind. It will show the whole world that Joe's not completely senile and incapacitated.

Debate! Debate! Debate!

RonJ
RonJ

"Progressive?"

Marxist.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Well now we have Nausea-gate.

Doesn't sound like any fun at all!

DevilsAvocadoToast
DevilsAvocadoToast

"Is Kamala Harris a Nauseating Political Opportunist?"

I will say No: while your usage of the verb and its meaning is correct, I have a fondness for the Strunk & White Style Guide insistence that "nauseous" means "sickening to contemplate", and would prefer the old-timey "Kamala Harris is a Nauseous Political Opportunist".

The country is in convulsions over ill-treatment of non-white communities by police; while, she made a career out of locking up - and keeping locked up - black men and poor people. So: as a reaction to "bad cop" practices, the Democrats pick a "bad cop" policy-maker to be President (let's face it, sooner or later).

She's described as a person-of-colour or capital-B Black standard-bearer, when Ghandi is being attacked for being insufficiently woke; while her parents weren't and aren't African American, her ancestors owned slaves, and she came from an economically and socially privileged family.

The Trump Whitehouse while a revolving clown-car, to give it credit (just like Obama's), it kept the US out of major wars with eg Iran. Unlike Obama's, Trump's one also avoided falling-domino-disasters like Libya and the great Mediterranean train-wreck of regime disruption and uncontrolled mass-displacement/migration. I can just bet Joe & Kamala's WH will be full of Samantha Power-Ranger types.

I made myself a promise when Bernie lost out: I'll vote for Biden, but please God, not if he picks Harris.

Don't know what I'll do now - but I'm not voting for Joe as a delivery platform for Kamala. I'm feeling nauseated.

ACEuro
ACEuro

You don't get it, do you. It doesn't matter, anybody but Trump!

TeleAllende
TeleAllende

Mish has flip flopped like a Fish on Trump in the past 6 months.
Aka needs audience for his blog, as the majority is now anti Trump.
This is my last post on Mish, despite many intelligent people posting here (Sechel etc.) and worth reading their opinions, I need blogs that I can trust. I can no longer trust Mish as any reasonable person could have seen that Trump is a con artist.
It is sad to see both Mish and Zerohedge scraping the bottom of the barrel in order to protect Trump in the last few years, and only flipping recently as the public opinion shifts.
Ban racists and old timer white guys like Mish from your life.
I just did.

TeleAllende
TeleAllende

Mish has been a Trump supporter for some time. That's all you need to know.

nzyank
nzyank

Mish - would you consider endorsing Biden/Harris on the basis that a strong democratic win is also strong repudiation of trumpism resulting in a better chance of reforming the republican party into something more coherent than the nauseous mess that it has become? Or are you a proponent of trumpism, just not of its leader?
Just trying to understand your thinking...

RLJ
RLJ

The media is trying to paint Kamala Harris as a pragmatic moderate which is nothing less than leftist propaganda.
" She was an early co-sponsor of the Senate version of the “Green New Deal” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), as well as the “Medicare for All” bill introduced by Sanders, which would have eliminated all private health insurance.
Harris also supported granting free health care to illegal aliens, slashing military budgets, and other radical proposals." Breitbart
For a more definitive evaluation, we go to GovTrack which rates Harriss as the most far-left Senator, a position once held by Obama. She is not a moderate by any means surpassing far-left Bernie Sanders as the most leftwing Senator in a Senate filled with extreme left-wing ideologues.
Ideology Score
Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.
All Senators
most conservative
#1 1.00 Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
#2 0.96 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
... EXPAND ...
#99 0.02 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#100 0.00 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
most liberal

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“By the way, what does picking Harris as a running mate say about Joe Biden? ”

It says he is on the brink of senility and likely played no role in the Harris selection. Most of us had already concluded as much.

Nevertheless, the majority of Democrat primary voters chose him as their candidate, which poses another question :

What does Biden’s nomination say about the rest of the field of Democratic candidates?