They say that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When it comes to Vice President Kamala Harris, she can count on energetic admirers in the press who take it upon themselves to make lemonade from her lemons.
Take Washington Post White House reporter Cleve Wootson Jr., who emphasized the positive in a Sunday article with the headline “Left with a bunch of dead-end problems, Harris builds a network: earns credit with liberals focused on migration, abortion and voting. “
One would think that to be delivered “Volatile social issues” like illegal immigration, abortion and the right to vote can be very damaging to Harris. But no! Wootson praised this, “Behind the scenes, Harris has quietly seized the opportunity to build a liberal national network of dedicated activists who believe she embraces her causes.”
Wootson has found delighted leftists who appreciate Harris’ alliance. “Attorneys invited to the White House or Harris’ ceremonial office in the adjacent building of Eisenhower’s executive office often express appreciation for their views and position being amplified by a political star.”
Is this a report? Or just advertising? Cuddly Cleve has a sense of sweet talk.
The story began when Harris met Amy Hagstrom Miller, abortion advocate, founder of Whole Women’s Health in Austin, Texas. Miller said she appreciated the way Harris “Speak directly to extremist politicians in this country”, and she meant Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
It’s fascinating. The House of Representatives has just adopted a bill entitled “Women’s Health Protection Act” with 218 of 219 Democrats who are so extreme on unfettered abortion that it would force states to allow abortions of a viable unborn baby outside the womb if a doctor can claim an abortion would protect health of the woman. An army of Governor Ralph Northams could make postpartum abortions happen across America.
But of course label anti-abortion Republicans as the “Extreme politicians in this country”.
Liberal extremism is not a flaw in the pursuit of the presidency. Wootson added, “If Harris has a path to the presidency, he’s likely to go through an energized liberal base – not, as he did for Biden, through blocs of centrist Democrats and moderate Republicans. “
Political scientist Matthew Wilson argued that Harris does not need to be widely popular to win the presidency, but can triumph as “Champion of a fundamental cause”.
The Washington Post article noted that Harris was “obstinate” by Republicans on the issue of “Irregular migration”. She was hunted down like the “border czar” who wouldn’t go to the border. But when she (sort of) got there in June, to El Paso, it was a triumph with her base.
Fernando Garcia of the left-wing Border Network for Human Rights, a group with hashtags such as “#HugsNotWalls”, said Wootson, “I made some remarks about remembering our history – this border, the US-Mexico border, is the new Ellis Island. And then when she went to give a press conference in the hangar, she said the same thing.
Wootson concluded the story by telling readers that an audience with Harris gives activists the proverbial “Sit at the table” and then they will feel heard and this will make them more open to “Bring in a Harris administration”, whenever Joe Biden is no longer president.
“She is innovating and black women will continue to fight and support her”, said Melanie Campbell of the Black Women’s Roundtable, another leftist collective.
Harris doesn’t exactly hold a stack of press conferences, so hardly anyone can name his press secretary. But keep an eye out for Wootson. He defends himself well.