Sunday, July 07, 2024

Heading Down a Ruinous Road

Credit to black-oriented Philadelphia radio station HURD. After an interview (the second by a black-oriented station) with President Biden recorded July 3 was aired on July 4, CNN's Victor Blackwell asked Andrea Lawful-Sanders

about your interviews, and something – I listened to both of them. And there’s something that’s similar here. You each were, you asked for questions, and maybe that’s what you were allowed to ask by, the campaign or the White House. But they were essentially the same questions, both interviews about accomplishments, progress in your respective state, what’s at stake in the election, what do you has to say about this debate performance, and what he would say to voters who think their vote doesn’t matter or might sit this election out. Were those questions given to you by the White House, or did you have or the campaign, or did you have to submit questions ahead of this interview?

The friendly chat with the President turned out to be a bad political move because

Lawful-Sanders arranged the interview, including the prewritten questions, without the knowledge of WURD management, which “violates our practice of remaining an independent media outlet accountable to our listeners,” wrote Sara M. Lomax, the president and CEO of WURD Radio. Lawful-Sanders’ separation from the station is effective immediately.

“This is something we take very seriously,” Lomax added in the statement. “Agreeing to a predetermined set of questions jeopardizes that trust and is not a practice that WURD Radio engages in or endorses as a matter of practice or official policy.”

The exchange with Lawful-Sanders was not a good political move also by the President, who stated

By the way I’m proud to be, as I said the first vice president, the first Black woman served with a Black president, proud of the first Black woman, the Supreme Court. There’s just so much that we can do because together we, there’s nothing. Look, this is the United States of America.

Identifying himself as a black woman was apiece with Biden's theme during the interview as

Biden likely jumbled the sentence because he'd earlier spoken about being the first vice president to serve under a Black president.

Earlier in the interview, he also spoke about how he was the first president to have a Black woman as vice president and had appointed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

This is governance by quota.  The President had ruled out males, as well as whites, Latinas, Asian-American, or members of American Indian tribes. But, O.K.: results matter, and Mrs. Jackson was an excellent choice.

However, there should be no more pride in serving under a black President than under a white President, especially because Biden would not have been selected if he had not been white.

That's all in the past, of course. But Kamala Harris was tapped by former Vice President Biden because she is a black woman, one about whom Jill Biden, following a presidential debate in June of 2019, maintained

I think that they were looking at the past. I mean, the one thing you cannot say about Joe is that he’s a racist. I mean, he got into politics because of his commitment to civil rights. And then to be elected with Barack Obama, and then someone is saying, you know, you’re a racist?

According to New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns in their book published in May, 2022, Dr. Biden complained "There are millions of people in the United States. Why... do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?"

That was a question she should have (and probably did) addressed to her husband.  A bad Attorney General, unremarkable United States Senator, and terrible candidate, Harris nonetheless was selected as a running mate by a 77-year-old white male because, well, he was a 77-year-old white male.

He is now an 81-year-old male in serious decline and facing irresistible pressure to leave the race. There is little indication that the Democratic Party has chosen to be democratic and open the process to candidates other than the sitting Vice President because.... (See above.)

If President Biden had heeded the advice of Bill Maher andJames Carville late last year, he would have chosen to sit this one out. There would have been a season of primaries and campaigning and a good chance that a strong Democratic nominee would have emerged. However, f the very unpopular Joe Biden drops his re-election bid, the very unpopular Kamala Harris now is the most likely nominee, an occurrence which would be applauded as "historic" by a Party which considers that a higher priority than defeating Donald J. Trump.



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