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Disney heir joins other Democrat backers to pause donations until Joe Biden steps aside
Abigail Disney says choice to suspend donations is based on ‘realism, not disrespect’, and suggests Kamala Harris as an alternative

Kamala is a useful alternative to what?

19 thoughts on “This phrase doesn’t read right”

  1. Kamala was hired for her incompetence, so that when a senile Biden made the Democrats nervous he could point to her and say “so, you want this one?”. The fact that it has come to pass that Biden is so bad they have to pass it to her because she’s a black women as per the original selection criteria is just delicious 🙂

  2. Bob Rees Mogg Truss

    I think Kamala Harris would be a good candidate. I like Biden. But I think the Democrats need a new candidate.

  3. Kamala Harris is the reason the 25th amendment hasn’t been invoked. Nobody in their right mind wants President Kamala Harris.

  4. I think Karmala would make an excellent Dem candidate, with perhaps ocasio cortez as running mate.

  5. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    James Clyburn stated last week that Harris is the only alternative to Biden that will be palatable to himself, and by extension, the Congressional Black Caucus. It was Clyburn who derailed Bernie Sanders in 2020 and got Biden the nomination. The Democrat Party simply cannot cross either him or the CBC (at least openly they can’t).

    The USA is living in DEI times, and Harris personifies DEI. She polls worse against Trump than Biden and is despised by a large swath of the black community, but it doesn’t matter. Washington DC is its own little world and operates using its own unique logic. The only person who can derail her is Obama, and I don’t see him doing that.

  6. Yep, don’t underestimate how much Kamala is loathed in deep blue California after her stint there as AG, jailing weed smokers and threatening parents who took their kids out of school for 3 days in a year (pre-COVID, of course).

  7. Senior figures in the party must have known about Biden’s mental and physical decline for a long time, so I will be very surprised if they don’t already have a plan to replace him at the last minute. I have been expecting them to try an Obama 2.0 strategy.

    Step 1: Find a young, energetic, and media-friendly candidate with no political baggage, and preferably some combination of black/female/gay to keep the DEI crowd on side.

    Step 2: Secretly prepare a media strategy to launch this candidate at the right moment, and brief selected donors and media figures on what lines to take and when.

    Step 3: Let Biden flounder until he is utterly discredited and the party’s supporters are in a total panic.

    Step 4: Once they are in utter despair and all seems lost, the chosen one steps forward to seek the party’s nomination, and is then quickly endorsed by Obama, the media and major party donors. Harris is sidelined, and despair turns to rejoicing as their new hero goes forth to slay the orange dragon.

    Note that this strategy depends on a last-minute switch, to shield the candidate from scrutiny and to let the party faithful become so fearful that they will back anybody who promises to save them from disaster.

  8. @Marius ” with perhaps ocasio cortez as running mate” – AOC is a spellbinder, she might have some touch of greatness to her, she is to be feared and respected. I hope they go for Kamala and Hilary 🙂

  9. And for the record, I find Kamala quite sexy, and AOC. Please let it be Kamala, she is bound to bomb.

  10. Johnnybonk is an even sadder case than I am 🙂

    Mind you if AOC did become VP can you imagine what a double act she’d make with our own galactobrain deputy PM ?

  11. @AndrewZ:

    There are several problems with the strategy you outline:

    1) All the money the Biden/Harris ticket has raised can only be spent on one of them running for Pres. If Biden pulls out and Harris is sidelined then all that loot presumably goes back to the donors. A new candidate would have to have their own campaign fund. And donors are unlikely to just be prepared to swap horses in mid race. Some might, but plenty won’t.

    2) Equally if the switch is done late then Biden will have spent lots of his campaign funds promoting his own candidature, so there wouldn’t be much money left in the pot anyway, and little time to spend it getting public recognition of a new candidate.

    3) Once Biden’s name is on the ticket as the Dem candidate you can’t just insert a random in his place, especially at the last minute. Its not unknown for candidates who have died to win elections in the US, as their names cannot be removed from the ballot paper after a certain point. (Example: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/09/pennsylvania-dead-democrat-tony-deluca-victory) One assumes that if Biden is confirmed as Dem candidate at the August convention, then he is on the ballot regardless, even if he is gibbering in a rubber room somewhere on November 5th. I have read that in certain States he cannot be removed from the ballot already.

    I don’t think the Dems are the omniscient strategists you suggest. If they were they wouldn’t be in the position they are. They’ve backed themselves into a corner, with all the exit options being poor ones.

  12. Kamala and Rayner have a lot in common – they both got a start in life behind the bike sheds, giving hand jobs for cigarettes.

  13. Jim said:
    “1) All the money the Biden/Harris ticket has raised can only be spent on one of them running for Pres.”

    Ah, but who controls the funds? It wouldn’t surprise me if they decided that, in the unusual circumstances, blah blah blah, they can do a switchover.

    “3) Once Biden’s name is on the ticket as the Dem candidate you can’t just insert a random in his place, especially at the last minute. It’s not unknown for candidates who have died to win elections in the US, as their names cannot be removed from the ballot paper after a certain point. “

    True, but the Presidential election isn’t a direct one. The election is for members of an Electoral College, and it’s them who elect the President. Yes, a lot of States have laws that the electors have to vote for the named candidate, but will that apply of he’s pulled out? It’s all a lot less certain.

  14. “all that loot presumably goes back to the donors”

    Or to Slick Willie and Has-been Hellbitch as the case may be.

  15. @Jim:

    I’m not suggesting that they are “omniscient strategists”. I’m just assuming that insiders in the Democratic Party must have known for years that Biden’s mental competence was steadily declining, and if the DNC doesn’t have serious contingency plans in place then it has become utterly incompetent.

    If that actually is the situation, Trump will win by a country mile regardless of what dirty tricks and electoral fraud the Dems resort to, and they will leave a huge trail of evidence for him to use against them later.

    This would also leave a challenge for future historians, to explain how multiple Western political parties which had once been ruthlessly effective at electoral politics suddenly forgot how to do it in the 2020s.

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