For many pundits, Senator Kamala Harris has been hailed as the favorite to become Joe Biden’s running mate for quite some time.
However, several recent reports have cited sources relating doubts in Biden’s inner circle about Harris, and other options such as former National Security Adviser Susan Rice or Rep. Karen Bass, both black women with extensive experience in the capital. of the country, have seen their stocks increase.
Advocates of rice and bass have highlighted their lack of political ambitions as strengths for any of them who serve as a faithful representative of VP, who can also offer their own experience in politics to the White House. The subtext means that they will not be motivated by a potential operation. in 2024 or 2028 as Harris could.
What exactly is going on here, and where is Harris?
The drama and mystique of a potential candidate for taking pieces makes the process come to light in the press.
Virtually every day, the supposed favorite can range from one candidate to another. The reasons why certain details of a candidate appear at a given time or other rumors can be confusing to those who follow the saga from afar.
When it comes to Harris, the strong point of the conflict is split between two places in time: the first Democratic primary democratic debate in July and the 2024 presidential race.
As for those who allegedly have reservations about Harris, things look a little more unpleasant, but there are only a few confidants close to Biden.
This is the Kamala drama.
The “inner circle”;
This week’s big story has been about a meeting Harris had with one of Biden’s closest advisers and best friends, former Senator Chris Dodd.
Dodd, who promoted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform project after the 2008 financial crisis, is one of four members of Biden’s official vice presidential selection committee.
The 76-year-old had been positive about Harris showing no “remorse” for having after Biden debated his opposition to the federal government attack, with the California senator telling Dodd. ” that is politics. “
That viral moment centered around Harris challenging Biden to oppose the attack on federal authorities and drawing his personal story into the mix and describing how bussing allowed him to go to a better school.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second grade to integrate into her public schools and took her to school every day,” Harris told Biden. “That girl was me. So I’ll tell you there can’t be an intellectual debate on this issue among Democrats.”
Biden and Harris would later appear to bury the pit, appearing even silly at times during the primary before Harris left and ended his approval.
However, Dodd’s meeting with Harris, first reported by Politico, seemed so bad that it revealed “a contingent of Democrats putting pressure on Harris for VP – some private, some openly,” according to Politico.
Dodd sought apologies for what he described as a “debate” debate that was “cheap,” according to Politico, rather than having Harris ’view that Biden’s past positions were fair.
Whether Harris was able to be a trusted MP for Biden or get in touch with his own political ambitions, that was what Dodd and other people in Biden’s inner circle, as well as some donors are worried about, Politico reported.
According to Harris, Dodd’s question was more concerned with leaving the meeting, but critics have asked why a septuagenarian white boy should be so brave for Biden choosing a woman of color for his career partner. .
Gender troops are also at stake, with different connotations of ambition and loyalty that may work against Harris as a woman in politics.
However, under the radar, two women are also key in Biden’s VP decision and are not on the official selection committee either.
One is Biden’s wife, Jill, who was on the record as highly critical of Harris’ attack, calling him “like a punch in the gut” before making a more conciliatory tone when they both went appearing together on stage in Michigan last March.
Biden has said he often consults his wife about important decisions and that it has been difficult to read a location Harris is on, despite the campaign’s efforts to turn the page once the California senator approved it.
The other crucial figure in Biden’s inner circle is his sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
Biden Owens led each of his brother’s political campaigns to this one, from the student government to his seven Senate nominations to his 1988 and 2008 presidential bids.
He wears many of the same manisms as his brother, and can show the sharpest elbows on the track as the Biden more averse to the conflict.
When I was in New Hampshire working as a political reporter for The Keene Sentinel covering the 2020 primary, Biden Owens came to the local campaign field office to meet supporters and volunteers.
We stepped aside for an interview once he shook hands and asked about the timing of the debate.
Biden Owens’s behavior suddenly turned to a shadow of irritation, and he let go before an assistant intervened to say he had to get back to the SUV parked outside to head to another event.
“He’s very aware of that t-shirt moment,” she told me, referring to Harris ‘campaign selling merchandise referring to the time of the debate and one of Harris’ most memorable quotes, “That Little Girl Was Me.” .
“Do you know what I mean by the time of the t-shirt? ‘I was that girl,’ and for Christ’s sake, Joe has been for civil rights since he lived her all his life,” Biden Owens said.
In a late June story from The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan and Annie Linksy reported that the relationship with Harris between Biden’s wife and sister was of enough concern for the campaign that they had to deal with union union.
“In a bid to scold some Democrats who have said they detected signs of frustration with Harris of Jill Biden and Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister and political adviser, Biden’s campaign on Friday sought to publicly dispel the idea that his views on Harris are “nothing less than positive,” Sullivan and Linsky wrote.
“Both Dr. Biden and Valerie have nothing but the utmost respect, admiration, and affection for Senator Harris,” Biden campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander told The Post. “Any rumor or conjecture to the contrary is not true and has a zero basis in reality or fact.”
If those feelings have been truly softened, only those who have unrestricted access to Biden’s inner circle.
But if Harris doesn’t stay short, the warning signs were in place long before the stories of the summer working groups began to fall.