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Kamala Harris confronts Joe Biden during the Democratic Party presidential primary debate in June (with poor Bernie Sanders caught in the crossfire). The incident gave Harris a spike in the polls, but her campaign ultimately fizzled, with her announcing the suspension of her campaign today. Biden, meanwhile, is displaying the signs and symptoms of significant cognitive impairment — but he remains No. 1 in the nationwide polling nonetheless, which isn’t scary at all…
I had figured that Kamala Harris would drop out of the race, but not this early; I’d figured that she would exit right before or right after a huge loss in Iowa on February 3.
Harris rather slimily has posited that perhaps her lack of campaign success is due to the fact that she’s a black woman, but this allegation wholly ignores the fact that Barack Obama was elected president twice and that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate was a woman. (Nice try, though…)
No, what happened to Harris, among other things, is that no one knows her, since she’s been in the U.S. Senate for not even three full years yet, and she never presented a compelling case as to why she, and not someone else, should be president. (I mean, fuck: As a presidential candidate she had one job…)
Because Harris never presented a convincing case as to why she should be president, she looked like either just another fucking power-mongering egomaniac — or like she expected to be simply coronated with the nomination because she’s a black woman. Or both.
I look at it from another angle: Because Harris could not simply coast on the fact that she’s a black woman, this is good news; it means that race and biological sex alone won’t get you the Democratic presidential nomination. And that is as it should be.
Don’t get me wrong; if Harris were a true progressive, instead of a corporate whore who has had more billionaire donors than anyone else running for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, I’d be happy to support her. That she is a black woman would be the cherry on top; we’d get a progressive president and another historic expansion of diversity at the same time.
But I won’t support anyone who isn’t progressive — including the center-right Boy Scout Pete Buttigieg (is he an Eagle Scout yet?), who, like I am, is a gay white man, but who, unlike I am, is a soulless political calculator.
Harris’ failure indicates that the era of toxic identity politics — in which your race and/or your biological sex were held up not only as your “qualifications,” but the only fucking “qualifications” that matter — is over. Again, this is good news; it suggests that perhaps we actually can get on with equality (a quaint notion, I know…).
Harris’ failure also indicates that the billionaires can’t buy the next so-called Democratic president. In that sense, it’s no failure at all; it’s great news.
On that note, the presidential campaign of corporate whore Cory Booker, who is second only behind Harris in taking money from billionaire sugar daddies, also is on life support. He is expected to not make this month’s Democratic presidential primary debate. (Politico notes that “Booker is the only candidate who participated in the fifth debate who is not close to making the sixth debate.”*)
What I’m hoping is that Harris’ departure will inspire the other candidates who don’t have a snowball’s chance (that is, minimally, those who have been polling even below Harris) to drop the fuck out already and let the rest of us get on with choosing the challenger to “President” Pussygrabber.
And lest you think that I’m only picking on Harris because she’s a black woman, know that I’m beyond appalled by DINO Joe Biden (he’s No. 3 in taking money from billionaires, by the way) and continued images such as this one:
Yes, it’s Uncle Joe’s wife’s fingers that he is nibbling on like an Alzheimer’s patient who wandered onto the stage, but what the fucking fuck? In what alternate universe is it OK for a presidential candidate of a major party to display this kind of bizarre behavior in public, with cameras rolling?
And how about the creepy video that recently surfaced in which an addled Uncle Joe talks about children rubbing their fingers along his sun-bleached leg hair and bouncing on his lap? (Because that’s not Ewwwww-inducing!)
Really, DINOs? I know you’re DINOs, but really? Joe Biden? This is the candidate that you want to put up against Pussygrabber?
Because what could go wrong?
*Politico reports that six candidates have qualified for this month’s debate thus far: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. Politico reports that Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang still have a good shot at qualifying for this month’s debate.
All in all, it’s looking like no more than eight candidates will take the debate stage later this month, at least two fewer than last month. That’s an improvement.