Rainy Day Ethics Warm-Up, 8/12/2020: More Ethics Thoughts On Kamala Harris [UPDATED!]

I always thought Glenn Yarbrough was the B version of Gene Pitney, who was better. Did you know that Gene Pitney wrote “Hello, Mary Lou (Goodby Heart)” and “He’s a Rebel”? He’s a singer we don’t usually think of as a songwriter, but like the great Bobby Darin, he was a prolific and a successful one who is in the American Songwriters Hall of Fame. Unlike Darin, however, Pitney didn’t record his own songs, saying in one interview that as odd as it sounds, his best songs were not ideal for his own voice and style.

The melody of “Baby the Rain Must Fall” was the creation of Elmer Bernstein, the acclaimed composer of so many classic film scores, like “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Great Escape.”

And thus endeth the pop culture sermon for the day….

More on the scary-horrible Kamala Harris…

1. Well that didn’t take long! Already the narrative is starting that criticism of Kamala Harris is based on racism and sexism, and not her dreadful personality, sketchy past, and career baggage.  Wholly predictable, and designed to keep the public just getting to know Harris from really learning about her by stifling critics. Journalists, of course, can be counted on to stifle themselves when a Democrat has a problematical record.

2. More spin...Dumped “Meet the Press” host David Gregory actually went on the air this morning to say Harris was “the safe choice.” Biden had no safe choices once he was trapped into naming a check-box candidate.  What Gregory meant, I assume, was that she was the least risky in a slate of horrible options. That is true.

3. “How deep is the ocean? How high is the sky?“…I neglected, in last night’s post, to recall this example of Harris’ hypocrisy, from April 2019, when Harris was widely regarded as a frontrunner for the Presidential nomination:

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she believes women who say they felt uncomfortable after receiving unwanted touching from former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said at a presidential campaign event in Nevada.


Then, after Harris’s run for the White House flopped and she began stalking the Vice-Presidency, Harris supported Biden and dismissed the accusations of Tara Reade, though she had savaged Brett Kavanaugh based on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s far more dubious accusations. I can’t wait to hear how feminists explain that one.

I wonder: Who has the greater integrity vacuum, Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris?

Luckily for Harris, if you are “of color,” you can’t be a  hypocrite, or at least no white critic can point out you’re one. Those are the rules…

4. Do I sound disgusted? Even though I assumed Harris would be the choice—in Jurassic Park, I’d pick being hunted by a velociraptor over the T-Rex or the Spinosaurus—this is a deeply cynical VP choice, far exceeding the previous record, when Kennedy chose LBJ, whom he detested, and the feeling was mutual.

5. A poison pill from Palin…Sarah Palin has resurfaced to advise Harris to refuse to be muzzled.  Boy, she’s good! The more Harris talks, as the primaries proved, the worse she looks.  (This was also true of Palin, though she doesn’t know that.) Palin, meanwhile, has signaled that she will be available to remind everyone of the  news media double standard as journalists try to shield this female VP candidate when they gang- mauled the last one.

6. Tulsi Gabbard? What Tulsi Gabbard? Someone’s going to have to explain to me why Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s kill shot at Harris’s Presidential aspirations isn’t still a kill shot.

Gabbard pointed out in a fateful debate that as California attorney general, Harris put “over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” Her office blocked DNA evidence that could have freed a man who appears to have been wrongly convicted, and, Gabbard said, “She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep (the) cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”

Are Harris’s defenders really going to stand on the argument that a “woman of color” like Gabbard can say that, but a man of pallor cannot? Once again, I have to conclude that the election will be determined by how dumb the American electorate is.

7.  So it really came down to just color. This tweet from trial layer Robert Barnes is 100% correct:

On the same theme, law professor David Bernstein explored Harris’s confounding racial identity, which appears to rest entirely on what she chooses to say it is. It also seems clear that if the United States ever went completely bonkers and agreed on reparations, Harris would not qualify to receive any! Read his fascinating article. A better example of how racial politics have become completely dishonest and incoherent would be hard to find.

8. [ADDED]. This is significant, I think.  Leftist law professor Laura Bazelon was quick out of the gate to slam Harris in the New York Times. I can’t stand Bazelon (“wrong side of history”—yecchh!), but this is significant. Many agree with her about Harris. As predicted, the Democratic hopes come down to relying on hate to motivate people to vote for a ticket they aren’t sanguine about.  That strategy didn’t work in 1972—people really hated Nixon too—-and it didn’t work in 2016. John Lennon wasn’t right about much, but “All You Need Is Love” is a lot closer to true than “all you need is hate.”


19 thoughts on “Rainy Day Ethics Warm-Up, 8/12/2020: More Ethics Thoughts On Kamala Harris [UPDATED!]

  1. Classic legal soft tyranny – the statute or the law or the case says whatever the judge interprets it to say. Harris’ heritage is whatever she says it is. Her record is whatever she says it is. But don’t dare criticize her, or you’re a racist and a sexist and a bigot and you’ll lose everything.

  2. Ugh. I’m already seeing “Birthers” coming back to the front complaining about Harris’ immigrant parents being residents of Canada and calling Kamala an anchor baby. They’re going to want the Supreme Court to weigh in on this – but they admit she was born in California. I hope this frickin’ thing dies on the vine.

  3. Tweet from great director, infantile progressive Rob Reiner:
    “Finally a Presidential ticket that looks like America!! Now we all go to work to restore the soul of our Nation. VOTE!!!!”

    A white Catholic senior and an Indian/Jamaican looks like America. Keep thinking, Meat Head…

  4. Great line from a Real Clear Politics article on what a disastrous pick Harris is for Biden: “At the very least, Biden should hire a food taster.”

    So a woman who failed to get any votes in the Democratic primary and polled microscopically is set to become the president of the United States shortly after Joe Biden is wheeled into the Oval Office?

    Just saw a photo of her shaking hands with Biden. SHE’S ONLY 5’2″ TALL! Will the media be able to hide that forever? A 5’2′ tall president of the United States? No way.

    • “Just saw a photo of her shaking hands with Biden. SHE’S ONLY 5’2″ TALL! Will the media be able to hide that forever? A 5’2′ tall president of the United States? No way.”

      No, they’ll never allow her to be cut down to size.

  5. Hey Jack,

    Slight tangent, and a little late to the game, but because Biden is starting to take up some political oxygen, people are comparing old video of Biden to current video of Biden, both to highlight his complete 180s on a lot of issues and because when you juxtapose old Biden with new Biden, you can tell very clearly that while he’s never been a great public speaker, he’s a shell of his old self.

    Regardless, It hit me at some point that old Biden, like 1980’s Biden, had significantly less hair than Biden does now… I thought that was weird, so I Googled it, and sure enough, it’s something of an open secret that Biden had hair plugs done. I remember when we were talking about Beto (who is still a furry) and the likelihood that he was wearing a toupee and whether or not it was ethical to wear said toupee. I believe I was of the opinion that I didn’t care (still don’t), but I remember you taking something of a strong stance on the subject. I’m curious on your take on this… Is body modification surgery more or less a dishonest representation of yourself than a toupee?

    • Joe’s plugs were a big topic of conversation when he had them done—he couldn’t exactly hide them, so there was no deception involved. Joe’s in the clear on that one—he’s never hidden the fact. My ethical objection is when public figures try to fool the public. I like Jerry Seinfeld’s routine about toupes: he regards them as an insult, and says the least wearers can do is have the price tag hanging down.

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