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TBF

(32,717 posts)
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 11:08 AM Mar 2024

Elevating VP Harris - it's about time


I have noticed VP Kamala Harris in the press the past few weeks & wanted to comment because I agree it's time. I think it's time for her to be out and about so folks can see our rising VP. She is younger, female, and non-white. These are positives as she represents a ton of Americans who are also not old Maga members. She is speaking the truth on GAZA, which is critical to keep our younger voters. She needs to be seen as a bright and forceful leader who can step in if necessary, given the age of the president.

Of course, republicans hate her - but I've been around many decades and seen this game before. They hated Teddy, they hated Bill, they hated Hillary, they hated Barack, and hated Michelle. Why? Because they were all great leaders fighting on the side of the people. The White House and the party have done a good job of protecting Harris, but I think it's time for her to do a lot more of this - and show Americans we not only have Joe Biden, but we have his understudy who would also make a very good leader for this country.

I don't make OP's much - just wanted to throw in an opinion after reading this great article in the Guardian -


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/09/kamala-harris-reaching-voters-abortion-gaza-election-2024
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Elevating VP Harris - it's about time (Original Post) TBF Mar 2024 OP
On Gutfield's show they call her Karmelkorn. Diamond_Dog Mar 2024 #1
They do it every time and folks fall for it, TBF Mar 2024 #2
They do it to all women. How Republican women keep voting for oppressors is beyond me. flying_wahini Mar 2024 #3
If you want to know how Repubs see Farmer-Rick Mar 2024 #14
Kamala's been to Wisconsin recently, too Wild blueberry Mar 2024 #4
She's definitely grown into the job as VP. patphil Mar 2024 #5
I would love to see VP Harris out there, strongly and calmly... Think. Again. Mar 2024 #6
They have not been PROTECTING her. They've been giving her some difficult assignments. . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Mar 2024 #7
I felt like at first they were protecting her so she wouldn't be attacked TBF Mar 2024 #17
Agree! cilla4progress Mar 2024 #8
Basically, most republicans are stuck in high school mode PatSeg Mar 2024 #9
K&R redqueen Mar 2024 #10
I've followed her career since the early days. byronius Mar 2024 #11
Their big complaint nowforever Mar 2024 #12
"I think it's time for her to be out and about" BumRushDaShow Mar 2024 #13
Yes, thanks for adding this - TBF Mar 2024 #18
Yes..."the media". Isn't that a favorite whipping boy of the right & maga crowd? elocs Mar 2024 #20
They own and run most of it BumRushDaShow Mar 2024 #23
Couldn't agree more mountain grammy Mar 2024 #15
Joe didn't pull focus from Obama either. By design...Going to Kamala's Lucinda Mar 2024 #16
VP Harris should have been elevated 3 years ago. elocs Mar 2024 #19
The press is used to ignoring the VP. It's the extra "strike" against her after the racism and mysogyny. Wounded Bear Mar 2024 #21
Good point. TSExile Mar 2024 #22
Are you serious? Cheney was constantly in the press throughout those two terms of office thebigidea Mar 2024 #25
Way overdue. Joinfortmill Mar 2024 #24
Just wait until her second term when Biden is getting her ready for '28. Sneederbunk Mar 2024 #26
Protecting Harris? I didn't know she needed protecting. live love laugh Mar 2024 #27

Diamond_Dog

(32,931 posts)
1. On Gutfield's show they call her Karmelkorn.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 11:33 AM
Mar 2024

According to someone I know. I personally could never stomach even one minute of him.

It’s sickening the knee - jerk hate. I think she is doing a fantastic job. The press either ignores her or makes noises about her being incompetent. It’s so unfair.

TBF

(32,717 posts)
2. They do it every time and folks fall for it,
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 11:59 AM
Mar 2024

they were just as hateful to Teddy Kennedy back in the day, and they really went after Hillary Clinton because she had the intelligence to be a great president.

flying_wahini

(7,183 posts)
3. They do it to all women. How Republican women keep voting for oppressors is beyond me.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 12:12 PM
Mar 2024

They are afraid of Kamala.

Farmer-Rick

(10,687 posts)
14. If you want to know how Repubs see
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 02:24 PM
Mar 2024

Women just watch Katie Britt's response to the SOTU. That over the top emotionalism, as if the woman is acting and lying about everything.

White, young, emotional, wearing fake religiosity is what the Repubs want. Always in the kitchen and pregnant, then divorced as soon as they get as old as the ugly balding husband they marry.

A "Magda" Goebbels but without the murdering of six of her children.

Wild blueberry

(6,876 posts)
4. Kamala's been to Wisconsin recently, too
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 12:19 PM
Mar 2024

She does great in a thankless job. Glad she's out and about these days.

patphil

(6,517 posts)
5. She's definitely grown into the job as VP.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 12:19 PM
Mar 2024

Getting her more visible and more involved will help bring in voters who didn't know her and were concerned about her ability to take over if the President was unable to continue for any reason.

Think. Again.

(12,473 posts)
6. I would love to see VP Harris out there, strongly and calmly...
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 12:43 PM
Mar 2024

...debunking all of the rightwing nonsense coming at us.

She could make a terrific counter-point to that britt thing on the topic of sex-trafficking.

TBF

(32,717 posts)
17. I felt like at first they were protecting her so she wouldn't be attacked
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 04:02 PM
Mar 2024

(by keeping her in the background) - I could be wrong. Lately the assignments have definitely been difficult, but she's doing great.

I'll be interested to see who Trump finally selects to be his VIP. Right now to younger folks - and especially folks who are not as political - they see two elderly white men running for office. I like seeing Harris coming up in the press and looking like the great leader she is (although admittedly I'd like to see it in the NYTimes, and not just overseas press!)

PatSeg

(49,294 posts)
9. Basically, most republicans are stuck in high school mode
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 12:47 PM
Mar 2024

And as such, they really resent the "cool kids". Even worse, they hate when those cool people beat them in elections. I think they need some therapy to get over their adolescent feelings of inferiority.

byronius

(7,468 posts)
11. I've followed her career since the early days.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 02:00 PM
Mar 2024

I’m a big Kamala fan. She’s a seriously cool politician and person.

nowforever

(367 posts)
12. Their big complaint
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 02:19 PM
Mar 2024

She laughs and smiles inappropriately. Meanwhile they worship the Orange Blob who insults everyone, which is often accompanied by a derisive laugh and mocking gestures. A competent intelligent black woman, who might be President someday, is seemingly a great fear amongst the Orange Pig worshipers.

BumRushDaShow

(134,288 posts)
13. "I think it's time for her to be out and about"
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 02:23 PM
Mar 2024

She HAS BEEN "out and about" the entire time she has been in office. It's the fucking racist media that refuses to cover her until recently.

Since the campaign is underway, the media eventually plows into her by accident.

If you don't count her trips around the world attending international conferences, etc (like the Munich Security Conference last month or at COP28 in Dubai in December), she had been touring at colleges rallying students to vote this past fall -

Vice President Harris Launches Nationwide “Fight for Our Freedoms College Tour” to Mobilize Students and Young People in the Fight for Their Rights

And she has been on a "reproductive freedoms" tour since January -

Vice President Kamala Harris Launches Reproductive Freedoms Tour

This was her kick-off -



Her 5th stop for that tour was just a couple days ago in Phoenix.

She sometimes gets "local" news coverage at these stops but the "national" M$M don't give a shit.

TBF

(32,717 posts)
18. Yes, thanks for adding this -
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 04:09 PM
Mar 2024

I think you are making a critical point. I tend to watch the NYTimes and Wash Post because I used to live in Washington when I was younger. Those two papers have gotten particularly bad. I started looking to overseas press again lately, especially to read about Israel/Gaza.

Originally, before DC, I grew up in the midwest (northern state), and I was pretty clueless about the institutional racism in this country as well. Not that it had existed, but I thought things had "gotten better" here as time went on. Until Obama was elected and the racists stopped holding it in and I saw how horrible a lot of folks (and our systems) really are. So agree on that point about the racist press as well.

mountain grammy

(26,908 posts)
15. Couldn't agree more
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 02:27 PM
Mar 2024

If republicans hate anyone it’s because they’re doing something right and she’s doing great!

Lucinda

(31,170 posts)
16. Joe didn't pull focus from Obama either. By design...Going to Kamala's
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 02:40 PM
Mar 2024

official pages lays out what she is/was working on... So the info is out there, but she, like Joe, just keeps her focus on getting stuff done and for whatever reason, the MSM and GOP pretty much ignore it.

elocs

(22,840 posts)
19. VP Harris should have been elevated 3 years ago.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 04:46 PM
Mar 2024

Now when even Democrats have questions about Biden's age, moving Harris more front and center may just make some nervous if Biden knows something we don't about his tenure as president. Why wait until the final year in office to elevate the VP to be someone other than the person who sits behind Biden when he addresses Congress.

Wounded Bear

(59,436 posts)
21. The press is used to ignoring the VP. It's the extra "strike" against her after the racism and mysogyny.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 06:39 PM
Mar 2024

All VPs get ingored. But the RW press hates her more for that extra reason.

At the heart of the matter, they fear her because she's a smart, strong woman of color. She was actually my pick in 2020 until Biden won the nom.

TSExile

(3,223 posts)
22. Good point.
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 07:21 PM
Mar 2024

I don't remember folks getting their panties in a twist about what Gore, Cheney, Biden and Pence did all day when they were VP. The first woman who becomes VP gets criticized about what she is or isn't doing on the job all day. Hypocritical but typical.

thebigidea

(13,176 posts)
25. Are you serious? Cheney was constantly in the press throughout those two terms of office
Mon Mar 11, 2024, 12:18 AM
Mar 2024

He was the most consequential VP in my lifetime for sure, he's the only one who knew how to work the levers of power and work them he did while Bush was off clearing brush. We raged about him every single day here on DU and he certainly was under tons of press scrutiny despite his fucking undisclosed locations.

live love laugh

(13,786 posts)
27. Protecting Harris? I didn't know she needed protecting.
Mon Mar 11, 2024, 08:14 AM
Mar 2024

I thought her lack of exposure was due to the same biased RW owned media outlets that favor Smelvis and shun Biden.

I’m happy that she’s gaining traction despite them.

(No doubt though they’re perched for a hot mic moment which I know she is situationally aware of.)

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