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Kamala Has Gripe With Cultural Icon

A new CNN report found that U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is more popular with Democratic candidates on the campaign trail than Vice President Kamala Harris, but what it really reveals are a set of gripes that Harris’ allies have when it comes to her utilization on the stump. 

The report found that Buttigieg — the young, articulate military veteran who ran for president in 2020 following two terms as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana — has become the most requested surrogate on the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in the midterms apart from President Joe Biden. It’s clear that, when presented with this information, Harris’ allies had to come up with excuses as for why a comparative political novice is more sought after than a career politician with a much larger national profile.

One is that Harris’s security footprint is larger than Buttigieg’s. Having the Secret Service and local police on scene creates financial and logistical problems that Buttigieg, who travels with just one bodyguard, doesn’t have to worry about.

The report found that Buttigieg — the young, articulate military veteran who ran for president in 2020 following two terms as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana — has become the most requested surrogate on the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in the midterms apart from President Joe Biden. It’s clear that, when presented with this information, Harris’ allies had to come up with excuses as for why a comparative political novice is more sought after than a career politician with a much larger national profile.

One is that Harris’s security footprint is larger than Buttigieg’s. Having the Secret Service and local police on scene creates financial and logistical problems that Buttigieg, who travels with just one bodyguard, doesn’t have to worry about.

Finally, Harris is — as one source in the CNN article put it — “in Biden’s house.” Buttigieg is not associated with Biden the way Harris is, which gives him more latitude with his remarks on the campaign trail. Harris, on the other hand, is closely scrutinized by Republicans and has to adhere to the administration’s general message. This puts her at a disadvantage with candidates who are looking for a surrogate with a fresh message or maybe don’t want to be associated with every aspect of Biden’s platform. 

Whether these excuses are justified is unclear. The reason for Buttigieg’s popularity as a surrogate could be that candidates simply like him more than Harris. After all, an appearance by Biden on the campaign trail entails all of the difficulties and optics that an appearance by Harris does, and he remains the most sought after politician among Democratic candidates.

Both Harris and Buttigieg are seen as potential successors to Biden, and Buttigieg’s popularity with other liberal candidates — at least at the moment — may signal that a tough primary fight will be in the cards for Harris.

Original Article: Harris allies leak fresh Biden, Buttigieg gripes to CNN (sfgate.com)

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  1. Buttaplug is clueless. All about his gay, equity, bs agenda that nobody but him cares about. Better than Kamalatoe? Gee, setting the bar pretty low

  2. None of Bidens Cabinet or the VP would not be who I would want to sell themselves to the American Voter. In 2024 I see a BIG ZERO of TALENT with the Democrats with what is in Congress or in GOVERNORS from the states. They don’t have anyone that I would see at this time who the Democrats could rally for. Maybe somebody will show up in the next 2 years, but I just don’t see it. There best bet would be if one of the Republicans would switch party.

  3. Why is Pete Buttplug viewed as a Biden successor? The Poof has failed as Transportation Secretary, just as he failed as Mayor of South Bend.

  4. If Buttigieg is the Democratic Communist Parties best chance, President Trump will just return in 2024 to his second term that was stolen from him.

    Buttigieg is as useless as VP Kamala Harris. He failed when he was elected as a Mayor and he’s definitely failed as Transportation Secretary. When America’s ports were stacked up with shipping boats, Buttigieg decided it was a perfect time to take 3-months off to strap on fake breasts to feed his two adopted children, even though he had his husband home that could of handled that.

  5. I’m sick of all the political crap coming out of Washington. I’m sick of all the self serving politicians who serve themselves while screwing “We the People” and asking for money money money for nothing. Taxes continue to climb,,food is almost unaffordable for many ,,not to mention for those on limited incomes,,but congressman/women,,and all politicians are living pretty damn good on the backs of every taxpayer. Kamala is the “WORST” VP,,,just as Biden is the worst president ever.

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