Sen Kamala Harris has been considered by many pollsters as the favorite to make the appointment of Joe Biden for a long time.
However several recent reports have cited sources questioning Biden’s inner circle about Harris, and other options such as former National Security Adviser Susan Rice or Rep Karen Bass – both black women with extensive experience in the capital of the nation – saw their stocks rise.
Rice and Bass supporters have made the most of their lack of political ambitions as one of those who serve as a loyal pick of a VP who can also offer their political expertise in the White House – the subtest means they will not be motivated by a potential run. in 2024 or 2028 it could be Harris.
So what exactly is going on here, and where does Harris live?
The drama and mystique of a potential VP pick make the process ripe with innuendo and rumors in the picture.
On an almost daily basis, the supposed favorite can oscillate from one candidate to another. The reasons why details coming out about a candidate or other rumor are coming up at a certain time can be confusing for those who follow the saga from a distance.
When it comes to Harris, the crux of the conflict is split between two places in time: the first televised primary Democratic debate last July, and the 2024 presidential race.
As for those who allegedly have reservations about Harris, things get a little abbreviated, but only a few who know near Biden are the ones who see.
This is that of the Kamala drama.
The ̵6;inner circle’
The big story this week was about a meeting Harris had with one of Biden’s closest advisers and best friends, former Sen. Chris Dodd.
Dodd, who went against Dodd-Frank Wall Street’s draft reform after the 2008 financial crisis, is one of four members on Biden’s official vice presidential selection committee.
The 76-year-old appeared to have the qualities on Harris who shows no “regret” as he goes after Biden in the debate over his opposition to a federal bussing warrant, with the California senator tells Dodd “that’s the policy.”
That viral moment centered around Harris challenging Biden for opposing the federal bussing mandate, drew her personal story into the mix by describing how bussing allowed her to go to a better school.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second grade to integrate into her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” Harris told Biden. “This girl was me. So I’m telling you that on this subject, it can’t be an intellectual debate among Democrats.”
Biden and Harris are seen later buried in the hatchet, appearing even chummy sometimes during primary before Harris dropped out and eventually approved of Biden.
However Dodd’s meeting with Harris, first reported by Politico, apparently went so badly that it revealed “a contingent of Democrats pushing Harris for a VP – some privately, some openly,” according to Politico.
Dodd was seeking a relentless apology for what he reportedly described as a “gimmick” debate that “was cheap,” according to Politico, rather than taking Harris ’view that Biden’s past positions were fair play.
Whether Harris could be Biden’s trusted deputy or put his political ambitions first was what Dodd and others in Biden’s inner circle as well as some donors are worried about, Politico reported.
Harris ’reliability was reported to have Dodd’s issue was the most concerned about leaving the meeting, but critics have asked why a septuagenarian white man should have the rocking on Biden teasing a black woman. for his running mate.
Gender tropes are also in question, with different connotations of ambition and loyalty potentially working against Harris as a woman in politics.
However under the radar, two women are also crucial in Biden VP’s decision, nor are they on the official selection committee.
One is Biden’s wife, Jill, who was on record as a highly critical of Harris’ attack, calling her “like a punch to the gut” before hitting a more conciliatory tone when the two appeared on stage. together in Meniku back in March.
Biden said he often consults with his wife about important decisions, and it was hard to read on where he stood on Harris despite the campaign’s efforts to turn the page once the California senator approved it.
The other crucial figure in Biden’s inner circle is his sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
Biden Owens ran each of her brother’s political campaigns until then, from the student government to his seventh Senate leadership and even his 1988 and 2008 presidential bids.
She carries many of the same magnitudes as her brother, and may show stronger elbows on the trail than most Biden opponent to the conflict.
Back when I was in New Hampshire working as the political reporter for The Keene Sentinel covering the 2020 primary, Biden Owens came to the local campaign office to meet with supporters and volunteers.
We approached the side for an interview once it was done took her hands, and asked about the moment of the debate.
Suddenly Biden Owens turned to a shadow of irritation, and felt loose before the assistant added that she needed to get back to the SUV parked outside to drive to another event.
“He’s very aware of that T-shirt moment,” she told me, referring to Harris ’campaign to sell merchandise referring to the moment of the debate and one of the most memorable quotes. of Harris, “That Little Girl Was Me.”
“Do you know what I mean by the moment of the T-shirt? ‘I was that little girl’ and – for Christ’s sake, Joe has been in civil rights since he lived his whole life,” Biden Owens said.
In a late June story from The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan and Annie Linksy reported that the matchup with Harris among Biden’s wife and sister were enough of a concern for the campaign to be addressed with a show of unity.
“They are looking for rumblings from some Democrats who said they found signs of frustration with Harris from Jill Biden and Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister and longtime political adviser, the Biden campaign on Friday looked to remove publicly the notion that their views of Harris are nothing short of positive, “wrote Sullivan and Linsky.
“Both Dr. Biden and Valerie have nothing but the utmost respect, admiration and affection for Senator Harris,” Biden campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander told The Post in a statement. “Any rumors or conjecture to the contrary are not true and have a zero basis in reality or in fact.”
Whether those feelings have really been dug up can only be known by those who have seamless access to Biden’s inner ring.
But if Harris comes up short, the warning signs were in place long before the stories of the summer veepstakes began to unfold.