Sen. Kamala Harris has been considered by many experts as the favorite to become his friend Joe Biden for quite some time.
However, several recent reports have cited sources that transmit suspicions from Biden’s inner circle about Harris, and other options like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice or Rep. Karen Bass – both black women with extensive experience in the country’s capital – have seen their shares rise.
Rice and Bass supporters have proven their lack of political ambitions as a force for each of them serving as a loyal VP voter who can also offer their White House policy expertise –; the subtext meaning no will be motivated by a potential candidate in 2024 or 2028 as Harris can.
So what exactly is going on here, and where does Harris stand?
The drama and mystique of a possible VP choice makes the process mature from induendo and gossip in the press.
On a daily basis, the supposed favorite can swing from one candidate to another. The reasons why vague details about a candidate or other rumors are coming up at a given time can be confusing for those who follow the saga from afar.
When it comes to Harris, the essence of the conflict is split between the two countries in time: the first major Democratic televised debate last July, and the 2024 presidential race.
As for those who reportedly have reservations about Harris, things get a little more difficult, but only a few believers close to Biden are the ones to watch out for.
This is what stands out for the Kamala drama.
The big story this week has been about a meeting Harris had with one of Biden’s closest advisers and best friends, former Senator Chris Dodd.
Dodd, who spearheaded the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill after the 2008 financial crisis, is one of four members on Vice President Biden’s official committee.
The 76-year-old reportedly pleaded not guilty to Harris by not showing “remorse” for following Biden in the debate over his opposition to federally mandated buses, with the California senator telling Dodd “this is politics.”
That viral moment centered around Harris challenging Biden to oppose federally mandated buses, dragging her personal story into the mix by describing how the bus allowed her to go to a better school.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of second grade to integrate her public schools and she went to school every day,” Harris Biden told. “That little girl was me. So I’m going to tell you that on this topic, there can be no intellectual debate among Democrats.”
Biden and Harris would later appear to bury the hat, appearing even bolder on occasions during elementary school before Harris was abandoned and eventually backed up by Biden.
However, Dodit’s meeting with Harris, first reported by Politico, apparently went so poorly that it revealed “a contingent of Democrats lobbying against Harris for the VP – some private, some openly,” according to Politico.
Dodd was seeking a sincere apology for what he reportedly described as a “fraudulent” debate that “was free”, according to Politico, rather than taking Harris’ view that Biden’s past positions were fair play. .
Whether Harris could be a credible Biden MP or put her political ambitions first was what Dodd and others in Biden’s inner circle, as well as some donors, are concerned about, Politico reported.
Harris’s credibility was reportedly the issue that Dodd was most concerned about leaving the meeting, but critics have questioned why a white septuagenese boy should have so much influence over Biden by choosing a woman of color for his running mate.
Gender tropes are also at play, with various connotations of ambition and loyalty that are potentially working against Harris as a woman in politics.
However, under the radar, two women are also key in Biden’s decision, and neither is on the official selection committee.
One is Biden’s wife, Jill, who was on record as highly critical of Harris’ attack, calling it “like a punch in the gut” before hitting a more conciliatory tone when the two appeared on stage together in Michigan back in March.
Biden has said he often consults his wife about important decisions, and it has been difficult to read where he stands at Harris, despite campaign efforts to turn the page when the California senator approved it.
The other important figure in Biden’s inner circle is his sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
Biden Owens led each of her brother’s political campaigns until this, from the student government to his seven Senate candidates and even his 1988 and 2008 presidential bids.
She carries much of the same manners as her brother, and may show sharper elbows in the tracks than Biden more because of the conflict.
When I was in New Hampshire working as a political reporter for The Keene Sentinel covering the 2020 primary, Biden Owens came to the local campaign field office to meet supporters and volunteers.
We stepped aside for an interview once it was done shaking hands and I asked her about the moment of the debate.
Biden Owens’ behavior suddenly turned into an irritating shadow and she let it go before an aide intervened to say she had to go back to the SUV parked outside to move on to another event.
“He’s very aware of that t-shirt moment,” she told me, referring to the Harris campaign selling goods referring to the moment of debate and one of Harris’ most memorable quotes, “That Little Girl was me.”
“You know what I mean by t-shirts at the moment?” I was that little girl “and – for Christ’s sake, Joe was for civil rights as he lived it for the rest of his life,” Biden Owens said.
In a late June story by The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan and Annie Linksy reported that the Harris qualifiers between Biden’s wife and sister were quite troubling for the campaign to be addressed with a unity show.
Seeking to dispel rumors from some Democrats who have said they found signs of frustration with Harris by Jill Biden and Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister and longtime political adviser, Biden’s campaign on Friday sought to publicly dispel the notion that “for Harris, they are nothing short of positive,” wrote Sullivan and Linsky.
“Even Dr. Biden and Valerie have nothing but maximum respect, admiration and kindness for Senator Harris,” Biden campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander told The Post in a statement. “Any rumor or conjecture to the contrary is not true and has zero basis in reality or fact.”
Whether those feelings have really softened can only be known by those who have uninterrupted access to Biden’s inner circle.
But if Harris came out quickly, the warning signs would have been created long before the summer wine stories began to fall.