If Kamala Harris keeps up the gaslighting, one has to wonder how long she can keep advancing the polls. Sooner or later her adversaries are going to make an issue of her flip-flops. Should she become the nominee, Republicans could have a field day.
After debates, I wrote that her cynical and staged attack on former Vice President Joe Biden for his decades-old opposition to federally mandated forced busing could backfire. Well, backfire it did. From the Associated Press:
Sen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday that busing students should be considered by school districts trying to desegregate their locations — not the federal mandate she appeared to support in pointedly criticizing rival Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week.
Harris had a breakthrough moment at the candidates’ first debate when she criticized Biden for his opposition to mandatory school busing when he was a senator in the 1970s. Harris said she benefited from busing as an elementary school student in Berkeley, California, in the early 1970s.
“That’s where the federal government must step in,” Harris said, looking at Biden and winning a burst of applause from the auditorium in Miami.
On Wednesday, though, Harris characterized busing as a choice local school districts have, not the responsibility of the federal government.
Just to be clear, in Des Moines on July 3rd, Kamala Harris took the exact same position Joe Biden did in the 1970s and in the Democratic debate. Her campaign made t-shirts to capitalize on her planned attack and she reiterated support for federal action on busing in the immediate post-debate period. Oh, what a difference a week makes.
And good on Joe Biden’s Communications Director for calling her out:
This comes on the heels of Harris floundering on her own answers regarding Medicare for All and private insurance multiple times. She keeps backtracking to the position that her plan will allow “supplemental insurance”. What she refuses to clarify is what exactly that means. In a single payer plan, I can assure you it does not mean “plastic surgery”. It can mean things like elective joint replacement and angioplasty except in life threatening circumstances. Ration is a feature, not a bug in nationalized systems.
While I do not really want to see a Biden presidency, I am completely aghast at the idea of a Harris presidency. Her rhetoric on the use of Executive Orders to implement her agenda and prosecutorial attitude have no place in the Oval Office. Fortunately, her inability to clearly articulate a policy position and stick to it may be a serious handicap, even with the fawning coverage she is getting from the press.
If nothing else, this latest reversal on busing demonstrates clearly that the Senator from California is not an honest broker. She is a craven politician willing to throw a bomb to score cheap political points and reverse herself when there is pushback. This is not leadership. It is naked identity politics seeking applause lines when the room is stacked for her. I hope the Biden team makes this as big of an issue as it actually is.