There are certain things in life that you do not do because the consequences are often bad. Playing chicken on railroad tracks, drinking gasoline, and kicking a beehive are such examples. Another one is “splitting on fives”, which in blackjack terminology, means splitting one’s cards when one has fives, and the reason for this being an awful move is because statistically, it makes it almost impossible to win against the dealer. Call it dementia, senility, old age, or just the tradition of political manipulation that we have seen, but Biden just “split on fives” by inclining, as TheHill notes, to Kamala Harris to be his Vice President, something that even many Democrats are upset about.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown (D) advised Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to “politely decline” any offer to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.
Brown wrote that the vice presidency would likely hinder any further political ambitions for Harris.
“Historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George H.W. Bush, who ascended from the job to the presidency, there’s an Al Gore, who never got there,” Brown wrote in an op-ed for the San Francisco Examiner.
Brown, who served as mayor from 1996 to 2004, has said he briefly dated Harris while she was an Alameda County, Calif., deputy district attorney. As Speaker of the California Assembly, he later appointed her to positions on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission.
The former mayor further noted that Biden and his vice president would almost certainly take office amid a continued economic downturn.
“The next few years promise to be a very bumpy ride,” he wrote. “Barack Obama and the Democrats saved the nation from economic collapse when he took office, and their reward was a blowout loss in the 2010 midterm elections.” (source)
With all respect to Kamala, she shouldn’t be Vice President because she is likely to be a much greater burden than asset to Biden, and it largely isn’t because she is black or a woman- it is because she was already a weak candidate who could barely raise enough money to support herself, and her positions do not support her, but will divide people in an unhelpful way.
Consider her view on guns, she plays perfectly into the concerns of many on the right and increasingly on the left, saying:
“Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress a hundred days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. If they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.” (source)
She does a similar position on race, saying:
“On the issue of race, I couldn’t agree more that this is an issue that is still not being talked about truthfully and honestly. There is not a black man I know, be he a relative, a friend, or a coworker who has not been the subject of some form of profiling or discrimination. (source)
She makes similarly provocative comments about immigration, saying:
“Let’s be clear. This is a nation founded by immigrants. Unless, you know, your history is of – your ancestors being kidnapped and brought over on a slave ship, unless you are Native American, your people are immigrants.” (source)
In the current political climate of 2020 and all of the chaos that has followed, and given the lack of energy and weakness from Biden, who wants to support a losing candidate whose positions on race, guns, and immigration- three issues that incite passion in Americans at the time for a variety of reasons -provide no answers but only frustrate? It would be different if Biden had 2016 Trump energy, where encouraging division and even racist ideas helped him, but this election is about as exciting as watching a checkers tournament in a retirement center. Lacking the energy, excitement, and justifications for taking divisive positions in a time of division does not strengthen her, but detracts from her image and power as a candidate in the eyes of the public.
Likewise, Kamala is also not attractive at all. This is no offense to her, but she doesn’t look physically attractive in her facial characteristics. Rather, to many people, she may seem to appear more as an HR lady waiting to lecture and fire him for something nonsensical in the workplace.
People hate the HR lady at work- nobody wants to vote her for Vice President.
Now if she was black AND was attractive and could say intelligent things quickly and consistently, that would be a lot different. However, her words and appearance do not serve her, and they tend to push people at a national level away from her.
Biden should run away from her as fast as possible, but the fact that the news media is suggesting that he may pick her- and most likely he is being told to choose her -is a sign that he is going to lose, and drive more votes to Trump, suggesting more of what Ted, Walid, and I have been saying, which is that the 2020 election is being grossly manipulated.
But be aware, if Trump does win in 2020, expect a MAJOR Democrat victory in 2024, as it is part of the natural swing of the American political pendulum.
But until that time, Biden still needs to “play his cards” well, and the fact that he appears to be looking at “splitting on fives” is always a bad sign.