Sunday, July 07, 2019

California Sleaze

On Friday, Joe Biden, who never misses an opportunity to be intimidated, stated

I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was. I regret it and I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception I may have caused anybody,

To her credit, Kamala Harris realized that Biden had expressed regret not for his prior (and current?) position on school busing nor even for believing that collaborating with segregationists such as Herman Talmadge and James Eastland. She responded

He is right to recognize the impact of his words, and I applaud him for doing that. There is still a point of disagreement between he and I, and that remains... which is the issue of busing. We cannot rewrite history about what segregationists were doing at that time on a number of issues including opposing busing.

To her discredit, she meant "between him and myself." Admittedly, however, English is not an easy language to learn and she may have missed out on sixth grade English class.

More importantly, Harris is criticizing the former Vice-President for a position which she herself holds.  In the Thursday edition of Democrats Debate, Biden explicitly stated that he did not oppose busing ordered by the local governing authority, as was evidently the case for young Kamala Harris of Berkeley, California. He remarked

I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education. That's what I opposed. I did not oppose...

Yet, six days later, after a Democratic Party picnic in Iowa, Senator

Harris was asked by reporters whether she supports federally mandated busing.

“I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America’s schools,” she responded.

Asked to clarify whether she supports federally mandated busing, she replied, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”

She is "for the goal of desegregating America's schools," Harris maintained, six days after her nemesis had said in debate "that's one of the things I argued for, that we should not be- we should be breaking down these lines."

This "tool" should be considered by a school district," Harris said, six days after her nemesis had remarked "I did not oppose busing," but rather "busing ordered by the Department of Education."

The dirty little secret- and it is a secret, for all the attention it has received- is that Kamala Harris and Joe Biden have identical views of the use of busing to promote school integration. And yet, the California senator, evidently adept at seizing and exploiting an issue where there is none, says "there is still an issue between he and I, and that remains... which is the issue of busing."

This is sheer dishonesty, and while Joe Biden is being implored to clear up this matter, Kamala Harris herself clearly has some explaining to do, and this time not in her toolbox of deception.

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