1. Obama was unusual in that he wasn't the handpicked candidate of the DNC or its owners. (Having billionaire Penny Pritzker run his fundraising sealed his Wall St bona fides.) Otherwise, Dems choose unelectable VPs (Biden, Kaine, Harris) they hope they can install later.
2. But it's weird they always tend to pick VPs who are just awful retail politicians with no support. Biden ran unsuccessfully for president for decades and called Obama "articulate" and "clean." Harris was polling 5th in her home state. TIM KAINE?!!!?! Who was he???
3. You can see the utter contempt on Harris's face. She didn't win primaries. She hates ppl. She seems put out by @cthagod or journalists. She is not comfortable working a room, unless it's of rich donors who tell her she's brilliant bc they know they'll dictate her policy, they
4. just need her to think she's brilliant and that ppl like her.

Maybe it's not new JFK didn't pick Johnson bc he wanted him to be the next generation of the party. Reagan didn't choose Bush either for this. Johnson happed into and ran that job like no other president since.
5. Bush (the elder) also happed into a term as president.

But it's weird to me that, especially the modern Dems, pick someone as their second banana who has no ability to talk to press, who no one likes, who (except for Cheney) can't even go out and be a bulldog for them.
6. Look at Harris here. She hates even having to be here. She has no idea how to defend w/o being defensive. And why was she doing this interview anyway, when, as VP, she IS the President of the Senate and they had a VERY close vote in the chamber?
7. My brother James, who reads political theater v well, noticed a shift in how politicians talk. Bill Clinton, Obama, George W Bush can speak to a crowd. Trump did it spectacularly.
8. Hillary, Kaine, Biden, Harris, they're only good at speaking to small groups of sycophants. They don't know how to win anyone over. They have CONTEMPT even being asked to do so, and listening/responding to humans is impossible for them!

Look at these kids in Chicago. THAT'S politics. THAT's courage. What they are expressing is as honest as what Harris and Biden can't even be bothered to try to sell is dishonest.
Sometimes I think the Democrats have bad politics. Sometimes I think they are just bad retail politicians (Hillary just needed 80K more votes!) MAYBE IT'S BOTH. But their affect of seeming aggrieved and put out to have to explain anything to anyone is bad politically—FOR THEM!
CORRECT! A noteworthy except. He went down in a baby mama drama "scandal" later, he WAS a good retail politician, the rare pick by a Dem POTUS contender who might outshine them

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