Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Biggest Problem for Harris?

 

Her personality. Yes, she has plenty of other baggage, of which we politicos know well – sometimes too well – but a good portion of voters go by personality. (See: Trump, Donald.)

People have a fairly sophisticated sense of a ‘good’ person, and television and public appearances amplify personality. Of course, every public figure works tirelessly to present the best ‘side’ of themselves. This is basic human nature, but I argue that, like so-called reality television shows, we all can see the reality of the artifice, and the artifice in the reality, and get a pretty good sense of the person.

Here, Kamala has just spoken on the seriousness and gravity of actually impeaching a US President. The tone of the room is solemn. The importance of this event was, and was meant to be seen as, historic. Now it’s Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s turn to speak. Ms. Harris is distracted and is seen giggling over something. Schumer admonishes her looking over his glasses and… well, you just have to see her reaction.

In the clip below, I want to focus on the footage of Kamala starting at around 4:45. She is speaking at a Biden event and apparently telling a story. It’s difficult to describe my reaction, which I would assume is widely shared, but this woman comes off as unserious and immature, for lack of a better description. Imagine any other politician, male or female, telling a story with this kind of abandon and delight. It doesn’t matter what she’s talking about, her demeanor is reminiscent of a high school cheerleader who can’t wait to tell her friends the latest hilarious gossip about the quarterback. Notice how the audience members standing behind her in the frame are not joining in her revelry.

There are many examples of Ms. Harris looking self-indulgent, narcissistic, and inappropriately casual.

But then we have the prosecutorial Kamala.

Watch out! She means business! She’s downright scary. She comes off as ruthless, determined, uncompromising, and holding a demeanor of sour contempt for effect:

Or just remember her attitude toward Brett Kavanaugh.

Finally, here is Kamala Harris herself going on record telling the American people how it is perfectly acceptable to delve into 36-year-old allegations of someone’s past behaviors. So I guess people can do that with her life without claims of sexism and unfairness, right?

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  1. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    But, she fights! I am put off by her acting like she has charisma, when she doesn’t. 

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    • August 12, 2020, at 7:41 AM PDT
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  2. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Franco,

    Interesting that you mention this. I also have noticed this unappealing quality about her. She has a sort of “horse laugh” thing she often does. I suspect she picked this locution up from Willie Brown. For him, it probably worked well. However, on her, it is very unappealing. She looks & dresses the part but the delivery is less than advertised.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • August 12, 2020, at 7:55 AM PDT
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  3. She Reagan
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    I think putting the word “baggage” (see Entry #2) in the same sentence as the name “Kamala Harris” is probably a microaggression of the sort roundly proscribed in the recent “We Have Her Back” letter sent out by a bunch of Lefties “powerful women activists and leaders,” instructing the press on the proper way to cover a female vice-presidential nominee. Watch your step.

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    • August 12, 2020, at 8:00 AM PDT
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  4. Franco Member
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Franco,

    Interesting that you mention this. I also have noticed this unappealing quality about her. She has a sort of “horse laugh” thing she often does. I suspect she picked this locution up from Willie Brown. For him, it probably worked well. However, on her, it is very unappealing. She looks & dresses the part but the delivery is less than advertised.

    Regards,

    Jim

    It’s a laugh of triumph and power. It’s not that something is actually seems funny to her. I think the word might be, haughty?

     

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    • August 12, 2020, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  5. Bishop Wash Member

    She (View Comment):

    I think putting the word “baggage” (see Entry #2) in the same sentence as the name “Kamala Harris” is probably a microaggression of the sort roundly proscribed in the recent “We Have Her Back” letter sent out by a bunch of Lefties “powerful women activists and leaders,” instructing the press on the proper way to cover a female vice-presidential nominee. Watch your step.

    I didn’t click on your letter link, but I’m assuming those women just dusted off their 2008 letter and changed Sarah to Kamala. 

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    • August 12, 2020, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  6. Boss Mongo Member

    Franco: Finally, here is Kamala Harris herself going on record telling the American people how it is perfectly acceptable to delve into 36 year-old allegations of someone’s past behaviors. So I guess people can do that with her life without claims of sexism and unfairness, right?

    And moral turpitude. I want there to be reenactments. Don’t want to watch them, just want them out there.

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    • August 12, 2020, at 9:38 AM PDT
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  7. Franco Member
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    Simple Trump campaign troll

    Print bumpers tickers reading:

    Harris/Biden 2020

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    • August 12, 2020, at 9:45 AM PDT
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  8. TBA Coolidge

    She may not have charisma but she has affect. 

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    • August 12, 2020, at 2:07 PM PDT
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  9. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    The voice. Why do so many women on the left have that awful, grating voice?

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    • August 12, 2020, at 2:23 PM PDT
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  10. Franco Member
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    The voice. Why do so many women on the left have that awful, grating voice?

    Because they are perennial naggers? Which reminds me:

    For those unfamiliar with South Park characters, Randy is a knee-jerk liberal ex-hippie.

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    • August 12, 2020, at 3:00 PM PDT
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  11. WI Con Member
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    The ‘yucking it up’ when she was trying to ingratiate herself with that black radio host & crew about smoking pot really set my teeth on edge. At least Obama had the good sense to act sheepishly about The Choom Gang.

     

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    • August 12, 2020, at 5:49 PM PDT
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  12. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    So the biggest problem for Kamala Harris is Kamala Harris? If she wins, she may well be our biggest problem as well.

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    • August 12, 2020, at 5:53 PM PDT
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  13. Southern Pessimist Member

    To answer your question: Joe Biden.

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    • August 12, 2020, at 6:14 PM PDT
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  14. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    She (View Comment):

    I think putting the word “baggage” (see Entry #2) in the same sentence as the name “Kamala Harris” is probably a microaggression of the sort roundly proscribed in the recent “We Have Her Back” letter sent out by a bunch of Lefties “powerful women activists and leaders,” instructing the press on the proper way to cover a female vice-presidential nominee. Watch your step.

    Maybe the very mention of her back is a micro aggression, isn’t that how and where her career started. 

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    • August 12, 2020, at 9:20 PM PDT
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  15. Front Seat Cat Member

    I never paid much attention to her until the Kavanaugh hearings. She was very rude and overly aggressive to him, condescending. So were many on the panel, but she stood out to me. When I heard her district was California, and San Francisco, my eyebrows went up further. Homelessness, people pissing on the streets, crime, graffiti and trash were in the news of this famous, once lovely place. The snark will increase, and will be glaring next to Mike Pence who even when he’s saying something intense, comes across like your local neighborhood chaplain……

    I agree that she was hand-picked by other than Joe, because the way she took him down notches during the debates and being far apart on several key issues, would not have sat well for picking someone as a running mate, to me. She reminded me a bit of Hilary’s running mate, same personality.

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    • August 13, 2020, at 6:18 AM PDT
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  16. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Obviously the bulk of the media is already doing a reverse Palin here, and making Kamala out to be one of the wisest choices for VP in American history. But as far as her flaws go, and how much the public will care about them, it’s probably tied to what the public sees of Joe Biden between now and November.

    The idea of showing Harris’ lack of charisma, compassion and warmth while highlighting her past civil libertarian problems and general lack of concern for Constitutional law is all well and good. But the public’s less likely to focus on her being ‘Hillary v2.0’ if Biden and his supporters can get him to come across as mentally competent between now and Nov. 3, since voters will then care less about what they’re getting in Kamala Harris if they don’t think she’s going to be president between now and 2025. It’s why it’s a good idea to keep dinging her, but don’t make targeting Kamala the main focus over going after Joe.

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    • August 13, 2020, at 7:19 AM PDT
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  17. Western Chauvinist Member
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    The woman would have been in favor of forced busing — one of the most unpopular policy positions of all time!

    And when she’s not totally into use of government force against our children, she acts like she just smoked a doobie and is about to get a bad case of the munchies. 

    I think Ben Shapiro has a good take: she completely negates the Biden campaign’s underlying message of being non-threatening. I’m glad Biden didn’t listen to me and pick Rice. Unless the Dem ticket actually wins and then I’ll be freaked.

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    • August 13, 2020, at 8:46 AM PDT
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  18. CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker Coolidge

    She is Hillary Clinton with a darker complexion and an even darker soul.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 3:19 PM PDT
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  19. Western Chauvinist Member
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    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    She is Hillary Clinton with a darker complexion and an even darker soul.

    Now I’m not sure we can go that far. It’s pretty hard to top the black hole that is Hillary Clinton’s soul. Not even light escapes that monster. She stood over the Benghazi dead and politicked (lied) to their families.

    Reprehensible isn’t strong enough. Repugnant? Vile? Loathsome? Spawn of Satan? Stop me when I’ve exhausted the possibilities. . . Despicable. Murderous. Loathsome. Oh, wait, I used that one. . . Odious. Contemptible. . .

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    • August 14, 2020, at 3:52 PM PDT
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