I didn't say it's a bad thing for Biden. As I said, it's still very early yet. And I also said that Biden and his team should learn from what happened and be better prepared in future debates. But again, I really hope the candidates will bring substance and civility. I do not need to see Kamala Harris using emotional 'race-based' push-button personal memories prefaced by "I know you have a good civil rights record, but...' strategy to take down the apparent front-runner in an attempt to take early advantage.... it reveals a weakness for Biden. This doesn't have to be a bad thing for him. Now he knows he needs to be prepared in a debate and not take his lead for granted. The Republicans will not play clean. Biden better have better responses later on when things get more serious. Plus, Biden was far from the only person who had to deal with tough questions. He just got caught being woefully unprepared for this debate or at least thought he had an answer that pleased people and it did not. Better for him to know now...
I don't doubt topics of 'race' (based on faux social constructs and actual painful history which we've all been impacted by) are valid topics of discussion. But, I don't like the knee-jerk slyness. I don't believe it was a genuine, heartfelt motive on her part. It was a strategic, dirty tactic. Bring out egregious aspects of our social-cultural history for purposeful, policy measures you plan to enact, or at least as a way of outlining ways to begin tacklng such problems responsibly, rather than pointing fingers and grandstanding. I don't think we need Trump 2.0 as a WOC, simply because Trump plays dirty and is a mindless bully.
I see Harris using her personal school-busing experience and acting all put-out and emotional as a strategy. I don't believe she's being genuine. It reminds me of a kind-of #MeToo era, chest-beating pile-on which is over-reactive and ultimately self-serving, and not actually helpful to those who are suffering from ongoing racist and misogynistic acts and unfairness.
Just because it may have 'resonated' with some people in the current cultural climate, doesn't make what she did or said 'legitimate.' Some people don't know how to think for themselves. And quite a few people in this country are unfortunately easily taken in and goddamn stupid, obviously. If that wasn't the case, we might not be in the current fix we're in with the Trump circus presidency.Anyways, even if it was just grandstanding and a strategy works to increase poll numbers, then, if it worked, then something she said resonated with people, so how can it be really illegitimate?
That's your perception and presumption, based on whatever.If one doesn't like someone already, like Harris, then you're going to think whatever she did was just grandstanding for increased poll numbers...
Personally, I don't know enough about Harris yet. What I first had heard sounded impressive, but our culture has a tendency to glorify and hype people, sometimes for not the best reasons. @Vagabond awhile later mentioned something about Kamala Harris that made me think twice. Still, I am basing my opinions of the debate incident on what I saw and heard in the debate, not on any preconceived impressions of Harris. If I felt what Harris said and the way she presented it was actually heartfelt and legitimate rather than a sly and strategic use of the 'race card' in reverse, then I would say so.
I'm not going to fall in line with Harris simply because she's a skilled lawyer and an ambitious, capable WOC. I want to see and hear more. And I'd appreciate @Vagabond weighing in again with his knowledge and objections he previously voiced about Harris, which I can't recall in detail.
I'm also unfortunately skeptical that our country is yet ready to elect a woman of any color for the presidency of the U.S. And yes, I also admit to being very bitter about Hillary being rejected out of hand because stupid idiots in this country, willing to fall for anything, didn't like Hillary because she's been maligned and caricatured by Repubs and right-wing pundits and operatives since forever, among other nefarious Russian and Comey-related machinations.
Any woman who dares to take on the 'glass-ceiling' mantle better be bringing something better than Hillary brought, which is a very tall order IMHO.