If Joe Biden Wants the Energy of the KHive, He Has to Choose Kamala Harris
People keep saying that Joe Biden has an enthusiasm problem. I don’t know if that’s true, because I don’t really give a fuck about polls or what the pundits have to say, I mean, it could just be some shit Brie Brie Joy made up. In some cases it may be true. In many other cases, it’s not, and since I hang with the most dedicated Biden supporters, I don’t really see it that way. They tend to hang back and chill if they are ahead, and since they have been ahead the ENTIRE TIME, maybe they aren’t constantly having mood swings like the rest of us. Ok. Like me, I mean me. Just me.
One thing you never ever hear from anyone in politics is that Kamala Harris has any problems whatsoever with the enthusiasm (you may hear the opposite) of her base, regardless of its size. In fact, anecdotally, those of us who form the base of her movement have only seen her movement grow in the wake of Joe Biden’s nomination. Part of that can be explained by the deals we made to cease hostilities between supporters of Harris and Biden last Summer, in the wake of the debate that gets talked about endlessly by everyone who isn’t me. I have anxiety.
While many were super keyed up over Harris challenging Biden, I was anxiously looking at the impact it was having on supporters from both camps. It may come as a mild shock to you, but I found that supporters of Joe were none too pleased. Yeah, oop. Since I didn’t look forward to being trolled by yet ANOTHER group of fans, you didn’t see me making jokes and crowing about the polls, oh no, not I, instead I was busy making the Twitter equivalent of non-hostility agreements, and trying to sooth ruffled feathers. You see, I know something important about life that everyone else knows too, they just forget about it when shit is going well: white voters are notoriously fickle. And Harris had been shooting up due to the same white voters who had rushed to support Beto, then abandoned him for Pete, Warren, and even Harris. I wasn’t sure they’d stick around. They didn’t.
I had it worked out in my head that if Kamala Harris was not successful in pulling off the magic trick of the millennium-being Black, a woman, and the party nominee- we would need support from ALL the other groups of supporters to make our case for Kamala Harris to be Joe Biden’s VP choice. When approached with a truce agreement by a Biden supporter, who was ALSO tired of the bickering between the groups, I gladly accepted. I was exhausted. To be fair, I knew a lot of the people in the Biden Camp, most of them were big Obama supporters who had gone for Hillary last time, just like the Harris group, which consists of some of Hillary’s most stalwart defenders. Kamala supporters, just trended a bit younger and more activist. As for the deal, it was simple as hell: if I would try to steer our camp away from attacking Biden, and try to get them to support him if she dropped out, they would refrain from joining in on the weekly Berning Man Festivals, where Berners gleefully burned Kamala Harris at the stake. Then, they’d try to get their camp to accept Harris as the best choice for VP, if everything went to shit for us. So glad I made that deal.
We turned out to be pretty damn successful; over the past few months support for Harris has grown, and Harris supporters are firmly behind Biden as nominee. Since I knew that would not be enough, I had to take myself out of Stan-mode for a while and look at the other candidates neutrally and make a radical choice: What if I decided NOT to nitpick the other candidates, and instead I decided to praise them for their good qualities, and remember how much I liked them all before the campaign started? Genius, if I do say so myself (AND I DO), not only did that end the drama (Apparently, I was causing the bulk of it, oop.), but it also helped others remember how much THEY liked Harris before the campaign. What we DID NOT WANT was a repeat of the nasty bullshit that occurred in 2016. Now, I tried with the Sanders camp and the Warren camps too, but I was firmly rebuffed and met with a little problem–Progressive Racism.
Here is a kind and woke Lizzer discussing how having a Black VP would be giving Black People complete control, while completely forgetting that white people also chose Biden, and that white people have had complete control over both the VP candidate and the Presidential candidate since we started holding elections.
Isn’t that special? Appealing to Black People twice is like killing yourself. Wow. I bet he was all broken up during the pandering to the WWC that’s been going on for the past fifty years.
This guy seems to believe his white self knows who understands Black issues best, I mean, of course he does, don’t white men always focus their undivided attention on Black people, our concerns, our lives, and what we need to be successful, all without once talking to or listening to any actual Black people who aren’t already stanning for their own candidate? Yeah. It’s hard to deal with WarrenStans.
After being called Aunt Jemima by one of the Warrenites, and watching them treat my Native American friends like garbage to the point where I was the one in tears (They did not cry, apparently they are used to it. Oy vey!), I realized there was good reason both camps are so white. I won’t tell you the reason now, I have said it many times, but nobody but the choir I was preaching to ever listened. I made up with the Betos, the Petes, and kept shit cool with the other groups, and continued collecting my receipts on all of the candidates, good ones this time, and defending Harris. At this point, I can refute or explain any claim made about her in my sleep, I can show proof of anything I put out there about her, and I could probably do it for Pete, Beto, or Joe as well. I cannot do it for Warren, Abrams, Rice, Demings, or any of the people on Joe’s list besides Keisha Lance Bottoms. I took some time looking into her a while back and I liked what I saw, but still, I’m not anywhere near as knowledgeable on KLB as I am on KDH.
The Harris and Biden supporters have regained the closeness we shared back during the Hillary days, and most of us voted for Joe Biden in the primary to ensure that the country didn’t fall into unworthy (BERNIE’S) hands. As the supporters of other candidates mourned the end of their campaigns, we welcomed them into the fold, and helped defend them from attacks made by the Leftist set. All in all, I’d say we did a decent job, we were even making headway with the Warrenites until Elizabeth got herself in the running for VP, and the attacks began anew.
Apparently, asking that a Black Woman be allowed to take a turn as VP candidate is demanding white women get in the back of the line, which is wrong, because their place is in the FRONT of the line, ahead of us, and always will be. Sadly, the fighting has been reignited, and we have been hit with a slew of hit pieces on Kamala from Warren friendly media, attacks from supporters, nonstop “Pick Liz Warren!!!” articles and op-eds, some almost outright declaring Liz Warren is Blacker than Kamala. I won’t link to it.
A series of open letters signed by very important mostly NOT BLACK people explained how UNIMPORTANT it is to have a Black running mate for Joe. The more arguments flow that downplay the importance of a Black VP, the more the polls declare the opposite. The articles continue, and so do the heartfelt cries about Liz Warren’s beautiful brain.
Apparently I’m an asshole, because I don’t find Jason to be ONE BIT CLEVER when he writes shit like this, I think it feeds into the bullshit about Joe having cognitive issues. and I said so. I tend to say things rather harshly, and Kamala Harris tends to keep shining and working so hard I rarely know what state she’s in, or what she’s working on, so the attacks on Kamala Harris from the Bernie and Warren camps continue ceaselessly. It has gotten so sad, people are crying to Kamala about me, tagging her in like she spends all day on Twitter waiting to play the role of My Supervisor. They are beside themselves with despair these days, I mean, how dare she ignore them and not immediately collect me for being all, TOXIC by laughing at them. See, Kamala Harris is apparently responsible for every single wisecrack I make, and I am responsible for every wisecrack and Khiver makes, likely because we are Black. Yeah, I don’t see anyone blaming Liz or Bernie for their supporters, so, it’s the only conclusion I can legitimately draw. Shrug.
Even sick with Coronavirus, I managed to be swift with receipts, and my trash talk can match or surpass any zinger a Berner-Lizzer can dish out, so, of course there are tensions between us and them. And they play the victims flawlessly and hopelessly, because, honestly? Nobody cares. KHive is no longer a tiny group of BIPOC and our white allies, we have grown by forming ties with other groups since Harris dropped out, and allied groups often support us just like we had supported them. Teamwork, bitches!
Even the Berners have begun to lament the KHive’s very existence.
Oops! Watch out now! The misery they feel really has nothing to do with anything anyone has actually done; they were some cocky assholes for the past 5 years when they were certain Bernie would win in 2020, and now they have to watch us be all types of enthusiastic for a candidate who is still in the running for some type of leadership position, while Bernie had sung his last song as a candidate on the big stage. Hopefully.
Since Harris is the candidate they went after with such vehemence and glee that her supporters had to become Ninja level receipt producers, it really Berns their asses that they may have to vote for her. I have always found this amusing, since she pretty much agrees with Bernie on policy, and was one of the first co-sponsors of his Medicare for All bill. But, she has a vagina- a black one- and has her own opinions! That’s not PROGRESSIVE!
I should have never called them “Hezbrollah” now that I think about it. Maybe that upset some of the screeching dorks all capsing “KAMALA HAD SLAVESSSS!!” and they won’t show up for Joe just like they didn’t show up for Bernie. Wait. Um? Oh well.
Eyeroll. No we are not. We haven’t even sent out any death threats to union leaders in Nevada, bro. Calm your tits. I had forgotten how scary it is to be proven wrong all the time by women, I’m surprised its not a diagnose-able condition, “Fear of Women With Receipts” is an epidemic.
KHive IS very enthusiastic, and we go about our job of supporting and defending Kamala Harris, and often, Joe Biden, like it’s our actual job. We cannot help ourselves, we have all these damn receipts we gathered when trying to be more like Kamala Harris. Harris’ people never issued talking points like some campaigns do, the truth is at our finger tips, all we have to do is find primary sources, and non-biased ones to fill in the blanks. So, Harris never goes undefended, if someone makes a factual error, or uses quotes pulled from an opinion piece like its fact, we hold them accountable, and we never shut up. Ever.
Biden would do well to take a look at how we operate, I mean, we do it for him ALL THE TIME too. We don’t just defend Harris; we defend pretty much ALL Democrats, we have even taken it upon ourselves to defend Warren a time or two, because we cannot help it when we have receipts. I rather think Biden needs all of us enthusiastically behind him. I can’t see how KHive would be as enthusiastic for some other VP choice, I doubt we’d be eagerly supporting her, and not just resentfully go through the motions. But, we will vote; we are Democrats, after all.
So, why did I tell you all of that? Because, I wanted you to see how much effort it takes to get everyone on the same page, and build up genuine support for a candidate, especially during a time when we don’t have the ability to make personal contact. We’re not going to be packing ourselves into huge stadiums, pressed together, breathing coronavirus on each other. Much of the General election campaigning will have to be done online, using social media, and SM is a terrible place where misinformation blossoms. Since we’ve all been at this for a while, we have formed a pretty sizable coalition, even Berners, as you can see, are seriously annoyed about it. HAHAHAHA! We have responded to every single attack Trump’s teams can think up to smear Kamala with, and we know how to push back. And we will push back endlessly.
Lately, I have been asked if we intend to utilize our skills for WHOEVER Joe chooses as VP. My immediate answer was “No.” I felt kinda bad answering that way, but I personally am planning to use that time to take a break from politics completely. If Kamala ain’t on my ticket, I can finally get some well needed rest. I need sleep. But, I realized it wasn’t fair to not let anyone else get a chance to speak, so I posted a survey at an odd time and waited for responses. I will post them for you.
Now for the most important part of my meandering, what does the KHive think about Biden choosing someone other than Harris for VP? I personally hate the idea, since I am like an emo teenager, yet I will still vote. But, I shall do so very resentfully, and likely move away from talking politics very much for a while, just so I don’t rain on their parade. Luckily, many others in the KHive are grown ass adults, unlike me, and will not be wearing their hearts on their sleeves.
I did a survey of whichever Khivers felt like taking it, and in it I asked about their level of enthusiasm for another VP choice, and here are the results:
Up to a quarter of Khivers polled stated that they would, in fact, transfer support, and presumably enthusiasm, to another Black Woman VP candidate if Joe chooses someone not named Kamala Devi Harris. Over 4 in 10 have to see who it is before making a decision, and 3 in 10 are like “Hell no.” That’s actually not bad for whoever he chooses, they at least have the opportunity to get 3/4 of us behind them, maybe.
The answer changes COMPLETELY when it refers to a white woman taking the VP spot over Kamala Harris. 82% of the people polled basically said “Hell no!” they would not transfer enthusiasm and support to a white woman VP choice. I am not surprised.
EVERYONE is still voting for Joe Biden over Donald Trump, regardless that some clever person wants us to wait and see wtf they decide to do.
Fuck around and find out.
Here is where it starts getting sticky. KHive never took a break in between supporting Kamala and pushing for Joe, so, most of us are not going to be volunteering, fundraising, or participating in any campaign activities for Joe unless Kamala is the VP choice. Much of this stems from Harris being the most qualified for the job, so many will feel offended if she’s not offered the role, also, the length of the campaign season, and group identity. I mean, duh, we ARE the KHive, of course we’d do far more for Kamala.
Will the people supporting Kamala Harris spend as much of their energy putting their own boots on the ground for get out the vote operations as they would for Kamala? This year, unlike other years, we have had way too much time on our hands to think about it. Many people have dedicated over a year of their lives to the Harris campaign, and the KHive, so the answer is “No.” Many Khivers are already volunteering for Joe’s campaign, working for Joe’s campaign, or, like me, using their Social Media influence to the benefit of Joe’s campaign, along with fundraising, so we really don’t have too much interest in promoting someone else.
In talking to various people, I realized something interesting; people seemed to believe KHive is a reservoir filled with enthusiastic, and dedicated Dems who would immediately transfer their support to whichever woman Joe chose. Kinda like a generic movement just waiting for some random lady to slap her name over the door and call us her very own. All they’d need is a note from Kamala and a selfie of the two of them together smiling for the camera, and presto chango, we’d transmogrify into the Liz-Hive, the Gretchen-Hive, the Amy-Hive, or the Stacey-Hive. This will not happen. During the campaign, we saw Warren metaphorically measuring KHive’s imaginary quarters for new drapes, and sending out fundraisers with Kamala Harris featured prominently. Poor Liz. All she would have had to do was defend Kamala Harris from the misogynoir, like Karen Bass did yesterday, tell her media stans to stop attacking, and teach her own supporters not to exhibit so much White Fragility over her false claims of Native American heritage. She might have looked good, and additionally, she would have pulled many more of us than she did. See, Feminism is not just having women of color in solidarity behind you, its mainly about how willing you are to get in solidarity behind them.
Last, but not least, KHive is not here for Joe’s All White Ticket fantasies, if he has them. The best way to piss off thousands of the Democratic party’s most dedicated stalwarts of the Grassroots variety, is to have what we call, “A White Supremacy Ticket.” I think I made that term up, maybe not, but it sounds like me. I have Corona Brain Fog, I honestly have no idea what I’ve said a lot of the time over the past months. I am surprised I didn’t say anything crazy enough to get Twitter banned (knock on wood). About 90% of respondents are opposed to an All White Ticket, and we are unlikely to change our minds anytime soon, so, Joe should maybe not do that.
I could link to op-eds in favor of Kamala Harris for VP all day, but I won’t, I can leave that for some other day, if necessary. Hopefully Joe gets the message and is fully on board with the idea of a Biden-Harris ticket, but if not, come look for me on Meghan and Harry Twitter, I can always find something to do to fill my free time. It’s been popping off in the Meg-Hive, maybe I’ll see you there after you buy your “Biden-Not Kamala 2020” t-shirts. I won’t be buying one, k? Cool, cool. Awesome.