With visions of former President Donald Trump's dominant, Monday night Iowa caucuses win fresh in their heads, the now-frantic ladies [ahem] of "The View" welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris to their show on Wednesday for a serious sit-down. Translation: They pleaded with Harris for the Biden campaign to get its act together — and keep Trump out of the White House a second time.
Harris got her first histrionic question from Sarah Haines — about the Jan. 6 "insurrection," of course. Haines said:
The president has made saving democracy the center of his campaign, and many of us, I think every one of us at this table understands the damage and the fear of January 6th and all that happened. But it's been three years since then and a lot of minds are already made up. Attacks on Trump are not moving the needle.
In fact, 91 indictments are not moving the needle. Voters want to hear about issues affecting their lives like the economy and the border. Should the campaign be pivoting on its messaging?
Yep, ignore the disaster of Biden's presidency, and kick up the attacks on Trump. Please.
Surprisingly, Harris first pivoted to the economy. Why? I mean, Bidenomics, which led to Bidenflation, has made it hard for millions of hardworking Americans to make ends meet, month after month, with no relief in sight. Still, Kamala went there:
So, there's no doubt that one of the first issues that anyone will think of is the issue they think of when they're at their kitchen table trying to pay their bills, which is how is the economy treating them?
So, there's no question whatsoever that that is an important issue, which we have been in the process of addressing. We still need to do more.
Harris then played the "democracy is at risk" card, as Democrat politicians across the country continue to campaign on fear — of Trump — continues, daily.
I would not separate that from the issue of what is at stake in terms of our democracy and, frankly, I think most people don't think of it in the context of democracy so much as freedom.
Joy Behar, ever the incisive political analyst [sarc], hysterically bloviated, next.
Let's talk a little about how you're going to go after the other side. Because some heavy-hitting Democrats are sounding the alarm behind closed doors.
President Obama reportedly has said that he thinks the Biden campaign is too complacent when it comes to Trump. Representative Jim Clyburn has said the campaign isn't breaking through the MAGA wall. Michelle Obama says she's terrified, as we are, about the potential outcome of the election.
Now, are you scared, first of all, what could happen if Trump ever became, God forbid, president again and what are you going to do to stop the crazies?
Again, no solutions or even thoughts about how to save Biden's toilet-bowl-swirling campaign — just more Trump-bashing. Pretend- Republican Alyssa Farah Griffin was up next, immediately bringing up Trump's felony indictments.
Off of that, Donald Trump is facing 91 felony counts across four different indictments for a variety of crimes, yet, ABC's latest poll has President Biden's approval rating at 33 percent, behind Donald Trump’s. In head-to-head matchups in a number of battleground states, Donald Trump edges you and President Biden out. What does it say that the party is struggling to compete with an unfit man who is likely going to jail?
Likely to go to jail? Wishfully thinking, much, Ms. Griffin?
Race hustler Sunny Hostin even suggested that Harris would be an asset for Biden in November.
Many say that one of your many strengths as a surrogate is your connection to young people. I believe that to be true. Now, voters between 18 and 29 years old stand out as disapproving of the way the Biden administration is handling the Israel-Hamas war.
They do not support sending weapons and money to Israel. They are advocating for a humanitarian cease-fire. How does the administration respond to the concerns of this very important part of the Democratic voter base?
Behar came back with a pointed question about 81-year-old Biden's age, unable to understand why Trump isn't getting the same scrutiny.
So, people are saying that Biden is too old. We hear it constantly. I've met him many times. He seems very robust. He told me he works out every day. I see him on television. I'm the same age so I resent that remark.
But besides that, the other side seems doddering to me. He’s eating cheeseburgers, he’s overweight, he's always in a golf cart. I mean, why is Biden getting the bad rap and not Trump? I don't get it.
Memo to Ms. Behar: Robust? Biden shakes hands with the air after he finishes barely intelligible speeches, wanders around lost on the stage, and recently, the moment his speech ended, Jill Biden raced out, grabbed his hand, and quickly led him off stage.
Needless to say, it's not been a good week for Harris. As my colleague Nick Arama reported on Wednesday, the embattled vice president is just as unpopular as Biden. When asked by a reporter — as was the case on "The View" — why she and Biden weren't attacking Trump, more. the Queen of Word Salads™ gave one of her most bizarre answers in recent memory:
I am of the school that you either run without an opponent or you run scared. Ha ha ha.
Yeah, I got nothin'.
Kamala Harris: "I am of the school that you either run without an opponent or you run scared. Ha ha ha." pic.twitter.com/kzPADQPOaa— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 17, 2024
The Bottom Line
Clearly, Biden's incessant fearmongering about Trump and "MAGA extremists" hasn't worked. Yet, the co-hosts of "The View," and some random reporter, believe more of the same will do the trick.
Why? Because Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have nothing else to run on. From the continuing border crisis to the never-ending war in Ukraine to threats of an expanded war in the Middle East to Bidenomics and Bidenflation, this administration has been a disaster since day one.
So... all that Joe and Kamala have left is "We're not as bad as Donald Trump."
Sorry, kids — not gonna work. Not this time.