Kamala Harris is considered by many pundits to be a favorite to be Joe Biden’s running mate in a matter of hours.
Yet many recent reports cite sources expressing doubts from Biden’s inner circle about Harris, and other options such as former National Security Adviser Susan Rice or Rep.
Proponents of Rice and Bass cited their lack of political ambitions as strengths for any of them serving as an honest choice of VP who could also offer their own policy expertise to the White House – the subtext which means they will not be the motivation of a potential run in 2024 or 2028 like Harris.
So what is really going on here, and where is Harris standing?
The drama and mystique of a potential VP selection makes the process ripe with innuendo and gossip in the press.
In the near future, the supposed favorite can oscillate from one candidate to another. The reasons why those who do not change the details of a candidate or other rumors appear at a certain time can be confusing for those who follow the legend from afar.
Arriving in Harris, the crux of the conflict split between two areas at the time: the first televised television of the Democratic debate last July, and the presidential race of 2024.
As for those with reservations about Harris, things get a little murkier, but very few confidants close to Biden should watch.
This is about Kamala drama.
The ̵6;inner circle’
This week’s big story is about a meeting Harris had with one of Biden’s closest advisers and best friend, former Senator Chris Dodd.
Dodd, who won the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill after the 2008 financial crisis, was one of four members on Biden’s vice-presidential election committee.
The 76-year-old reported that there were those who qualified for Harris who showed no “remorse” for following Biden in the debate about his opposition to the federal-mandated bus, with California senator telling Dodd that “that’s politics.”
That viral moment centered around Harris challenging Biden in opposition to the federal mandate, drawing his personal story into the mix by describing how the bussing allowed him to go for a better. school.
“There is a little girl in California who is part of the second class to include her public schools and she buses to school every day,” Harris told Biden. “That little girl is mine. So I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats.”
Biden and Harris later appear to bury the hatchet, which appears even rugged at times in the main before Harris falls and is later endorsed by Biden.
But Dodd’s meeting with Harris, first reported by Politico, seemed very difficult to declare “a contingent of Democrats who lobbied against Harris for VP – some are private, some are open,” according to Politico.
Dodd is seeking a sincere apology for what he reportedly described as a “cheap” “gimmick” debate, according to Politico, instead of taking Harris’ view that Biden’s previous positions were fair. game.
Whether Harris can be a credible representative to Biden or put his own political ambition first is what Dodd and others in Biden’s inner circle as well as some donors are concerned about, Politico reported. .
Harris’ credibility was reported to be the issue Dodd was most concerned about with the release of the meeting, but critics questioned why a septuagenarian white man should have been so concerned about Biden’s choice of a woman of color for her running husband.
It also creates gender tropes, with various connotations of ambition and loyalty that potentially work against Harris as a woman in politics.
But under the radar, the two women were also key to Biden’s VP decision, and neither was on the official selection committee.
One was Biden’s wife Jill, who is on record as very critical of Harris’ attack, calling it “like a blow to the gut” before striking a more attractive tone when they were both appeared on stage together in Michigan in March.
Biden said he often consults his wife on important decisions, and it is difficult to read where he stands with Harris despite campaign efforts to turn the page when the California senator endorses him.
The other important figure in Biden’s inner circle is his sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
Biden Owens led each of his brother’s political campaigns up to this one, from student government to all seven of his Senate running and even his presidential proposals in 1988 and 2008.
He carries many of his brother’s same methods, and may show sharp elbows along the way than the more inconsistent Biden.
Back when I was in New Hampshire working as a political reporter for The Keene Sentinel covering the main 2020, Biden Owens came to the local campaign office to meet with supporters and volunteers.
We stepped in for an interview once he was done shaking hands, and I asked about the momentary debate.
Biden Owens’ behavior suddenly turned into a shadow of irritation, and he let it go before an assistant came in to say he needed to get back in the SUV parked outside to head to another event.
“He was very aware of that T-shirt moment,” he told me, referring to Harris ‘merchandise-selling campaign referring to the moment of debate and one of Harris’ ‘most memorable quotes,’ “Little Girl Was Me. “
“You know what the T-shirt moment means? ‘I’m the little girl’ and – for Christ’s sake, Joe has been for civil rights since he lived it for the rest of his life, “said Biden Owens.
In a recent June story from The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan and Annie Linksy reported that qualifications with Biden’s wife and brother were enough of a campaign concern they had to face in a show of solidarity.
“Looking to eliminate rumbling from some Democrats who said they saw signs of Harris’ failure from Jill Biden and Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister and longtime political adviser, Biden’s campaign on Friday looked on to the public to dispel the notion that their views on Harris are anything less than positive, “Sullivan and Linsky wrote.
“Both Dr. Biden and Valerie have nothing but respect, admiration and love for Senator Harris,” Biden campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander told The Post in a statement. “Any gossip or speculation on the contrary is untrue and has no zero basis for truth or fact.”
If those feelings are truly smoothes only those who do not yet have access to Biden’s inner circle will know.
But if Harris is short, warning signs are in place long before veepstakes stories begin to fall in the summer.