Today’s paragraphs come to us from writer/commentator/talk show host Ben Shapiro.
Here, from his latest commentary at townhall.com, is Mr. Shapiro’s take on Joe Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate:
He made an early error…when he declared publicly that he would pick a woman. This made it obvious that Biden was seeking a token — some sop for the woke progressives in his base. And that sop opened the door to further demands: the demand, for example, that he pick not merely a woman (or, as the woke left might have it, an individual with a cervix) but a black woman. And so Biden was trapped into a limited selection of politicians, ranging from the unknown (Rep. Val Demings of Florida) to the communist (Rep. Karen Bass of California), from the quietly sinister (former President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice) to the loudly ridiculous (Georgia non-governor Stacey Abrams).
None of these picks would be great; some would be far worse than others. But there was one pick who would prove far worse than all the others: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Harris is deeply radical. She endorsed “Medicare for All” while announcing that she would move Americans away from their private health care plans; she announced in open debate that she would use executive orders to ban “assault weapons”; she said she would ban fracking; she attacked Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a purported rapist and Judge Brian Buescher for his Catholicism. Harris is unpopular with many black Americans: As a prosecutor, she was fond of pursuing heavy sentences for light charges, as well as civil asset forfeiture — and then she bragged about smoking marijuana during her campaign. Harris has similarly alienated moderates, attacking Biden himself as a vicious racist for his unwillingness to support forced school busing in the 1970s, and suggesting that she believed Biden’s sexual harassment accusers. There is a reason Harris utterly flamed out in the primaries, aside from her bizarre habit of breaking into a Joker-esque whoop when asked difficult questions.
In selecting Harris, Biden has opened the door to the Trump campaign. And Trump should take full advantage. Biden’s alleged moderation means nothing if he is willing to place Kamala Harris one heartbeat from the presidency. Biden’s entire campaign strategy has now been undercut — all in a vain attempt to please the Twitterati, who will remain pleased for precisely seven seconds. Trump should be ecstatic. The race is on. And that’s all on Biden.
Mr. Shapiro is not very complimentary, is he? Certainly not to Kamala Harris and certainly not to Joe Biden.
But does he make valid points? That’s for you to decide.
As for me, I award Ben Shapiro Paragraphs Of The Day honors for reminding us of how many ways Kamala Harris is controversial, and how easy it should be for the Trump people to attack both her personally, and Joe Biden for selecting her.