Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Harris-Biden Administration

 

Political commentator Michael Kinsley defined a gaffe as “when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris made a curious one Monday, mentioning “A Harris Administration … together with Joe Biden.”

Perhaps this was just a misstatement. It could be another example of Harris’s legendary ambition and preening self-regard. But it appears she was reading from a teleprompter. Is the Veep nominee telegraphing what seems obvious to most Americans, left and right — that Joe Biden will be unable to fulfill his presidential duties for long, if at all?

As I noted yesterday, Joe better hire a food taster.

But Harris’s Monday “gaffe” made a Tuesday statement by Biden even more concerning.

Straight from a teleprompter, the Democratic presidential nominee said “Harris-Biden administration.” Perhaps this was yet another misstatement. It couldn’t demonstrate Biden’s ambition or preening self-regard since he subordinated himself to a woman who dropped out of the primaries before anyone had a chance to vote against her.

Not to wax conspiratorial but what on earth is going on here?! Are the Dems preparing voters for a flipped ticket? For Biden stepping down due to health reasons immediately after the election? Before the election?

Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. With one more “Harris/Biden” gaffe, look out for the greatest bait-and-switch in American political history.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    In 2002, Robert Torricelli dropped out of the running for a US Senate campaign because of the illegal gifts he had gotten from convicted campaign donor David Chang. The Democrats, with the New Jersey Supreme Court’s official okie-dokie, appointed Frank Lautenberg to stand in for the election.

    Running gags like this is nothing new to the donks.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 12:45 PM PDT
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they switched positions. Crazier things have happened over the last four years!

    • #2
    • September 15, 2020, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. StephensJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    In 2002, Robert Torricelli dropped out of the running for a US Senate campaign because of the illegal gifts he had gotten from convicted campaign donor David Chang. The Democrats, with the New Jersey Supreme Court’s official okie-dokie, appointed Frank Lautenberg to stand in for the election.

    Running gags like this is nothing new to the donks.

    The laws mean nothing to them.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Hmmm, “Harris-Biden” isn’t alphabetical. Maybe Biden is being polite, ladies first and all.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 1:12 PM PDT
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  5. Judge Mental Member

    Let’s not discount the possibility that Joe has forgotten his name.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 1:19 PM PDT
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  6. WI Con Member
    WI ConJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You think ‘Ole Joe’ thinks he’s still Vice President and that Obama simply “transitioned”? 

    (And I’m only sort of joking-this whole election on the Democrat side feels like the wheels are coming off)

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    • September 15, 2020, at 1:21 PM PDT
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  7. Belt Member

    I’m going to assume that this is nothing nefarious. That this is not a subtle signal, that this is not a slip-up that’s exposing their secret plans. The odds are that this is probably just an honest goof, a misstatement. On the other hand, this is 2020, and that word ‘probably’ is carrying a lot strain these days.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  8. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This is what we call, “floating a trial balloon.” They’ll be watching their internals very closely over the next few days. . .

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    • September 15, 2020, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  9. Jon1979 Lincoln

    While the Democrats have great media support for any spin they undertake, I’m not sure what being so overt here about who’s really running for president gets them with swing voters.

    The entire raison d’etre for choosing Joe Biden over Bernie was to assuage swing voters that wacky-but-loveable Uncle Joe would roll the clock back to the Obama years, when Democrats, #NeverTrumpers and the media in general weren’t in a 24/7/365 freak-out cycle over Trump’s existence, and where Biden was seen as being to the right of Obama (though not on the right — just more palatable to moderate voters). That advantage goes out the window if the Democrats aren’t even willing to put up a fig leaf of claiming Joe’s healthy as a horse and is going to serve out his entire term, and they flip to essentially telling voters the old geezer’s outta here as soon as the Electoral votes are counted.

    Doing that also gives Trump the weapon of telling voters directly they’re voting for a Harris-Biden administration, and even running against Kamala’s record, and the record of Democrats in California generally.

    The only reason I can think of doing this is that even with the external polls claiming to show Trump has only the tiniest path to winning re-election, the internal polling by the Democrats must be showing zero enthusiasm on the left for Biden at the top of the ticket. By being more overt about telling them Biden’s barely going to be president, if at all, they’re either hoping to energize the progressive wing of the party into boosting turnout and/or they somehow think suburban women, who they were expecting would be more enthused about Joe’s harkening back to the Obama era, will now be all fired up about de facto electing the first woman president (even though that stratgerie didn’t work for the Dems in 2016 with Hillary, where they thought XX chromosome solidarity would cause them to pull the lever for Clinton).

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    • September 15, 2020, at 2:31 PM PDT
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  10. Zed11 Lincoln

    The day after Biden “comes down” with Covid-19, the vaccine will be available. #fourteendimensionalchessyall

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    • September 15, 2020, at 3:52 PM PDT
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  11. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    “Harris/Biden” gaffe…

    Interesting photo.

    Uh, who’s the White Lady?

    Trump should call it the future Harris administration occasionally and perhaps in a debate too. I would be interesting to see how Biden reacts:

    1.  If Biden gets mad, that would be normal.
    2.  If Biden doesn’t get mad, that would indicate that perhaps the campaign has already talked about Biden turning things over to her a few months or years after the election. Alternatively, if Biden doesn’t get mad, it could mean Biden isn’t all there enough to reply to an insult.
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    • September 15, 2020, at 5:46 PM PDT
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  12. Z in MT Member

    If they try to switch the ticket – all bets are off. I am expecting that they are actually trying to dog whistle. Biden will be president in name only.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 5:55 PM PDT
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  13. Belt Member

    I think it was Dan McLaughlin who said, “Two of the best arguments for Trump’s reelection are Vice President Pence and Vice President Harris.

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    • September 15, 2020, at 6:50 PM PDT
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  14. The Reticulator Member

    Will Trump debate Harris and Pence debate Biden?

    Trump ought to tweet and let us know. 

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    • September 15, 2020, at 7:15 PM PDT
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  15. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If Joe Biden in 2020 sometimes says to vote for him for the U.S. Senate, it’s not exactly surprising that he sometimes forgets that this time he’s running for president, not vice president. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a pitch to “Vote for me, Joe Biden, for University of Delaware Class President.”

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    • September 16, 2020, at 10:50 AM PDT
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  16. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    “Harris-Biden administration.”

    Oh come on, Joe was going in alphabetical order. 

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    • September 16, 2020, at 7:09 PM PDT
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