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Kamala stumbles out of the gate

Vice President Kamala Harris was decidedly underwhelming this week as she undertook her assigned task of dealing with U.S. immigration problems.

She traveled to Guatemala, home country of the majority of immigrants currently swarming U.S. borders.

“The goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,” Harris said in a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. “At the same time, I want to be clear to folks in the region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come.”

Not that her statement will make the least bit of difference. The U.S. has been saying “Do not come” for many years and it has fallen on deaf ears.

Then during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that aired Tuesday, Harris was pressed about the fact that she hasn’t yet visited the US-Mexico border. “Do you have any plans to visit the border?” Holt asked. (3:55 in the video)

“I’m here in Guatemala today. At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border. So this whole, this whole, this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”

(There’s that conveniently confusing royal “we.” Also a pronoun that in today’s society she might want to stop using.)

Holt replied: “You haven’t been to the border.”

“I, and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t — I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” Harris said with a laugh. She added: “I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”

(Famous female lawyer at a loss for words?)

Apologies for the long video. It was that or a concise edit from Fox News or the New York Post, with lots of editorial comments interspersed.

I wasn’t crazy about Kamala Harris being put on the Biden ticket in the first place, and to date she has fulfilled my lowest expectations rather admirably. Cue the Picard facepalm from my previous post because it was exactly my reaction as I watched her interviews this week.

For my money, she should have stopped at the border on her way to Guatemala. (Actually, I think she should have gone to the border as soon as Biden assigned her to immigration.) Now, of course, if and when she goes, it will be perceived as simply trying to defuse all the criticism.

She had a reputation as a pretty slick lawyer in California, and I’d say, “Let’s see her talk her way out of this,” but that’s precisely what got her into this predicament.

8 Comments »

    • Biden needs better. Depressing to think she’s now in line to be first female President. She obviously has A LOT to learn. She’d better not try to keep winging it as VP. She can’t waltz around international leaders the way she did with California lawyers.

    • I didn’t even know her name before she jumped into the 2016 race. I think it’s pretty obvious she was chosen for reasons not entirely related to her competence.

  1. When I went diving in Belize about 4 years or so ago, I did a side trip to some Aztec ruins in Guatemala. First of all, crossing the border was definitely something I’ve never seen…. soldiers, dozens of them, all walking around in full fatigue with machine guns (or whatever they’re called now) slung over their shoulders. I was with a tour group so we just literally waltzed in (and out, thankfully). But they were checking most vehicles coming in and out.

    Then, there was the drive to the ruins. The poverty I saw was horrid. People living in such horrible conditions. Shacks, garbage, “tents”, children barefoot in ragged clothing playing among garbage. But there was one place I went after that which had ever worse conditions…. Honduras. I went to Roatan, Honduras, which is an island off the main coast. Went on a diving cruise so I wasn’t on the island for very long. But had a few hours to kill before we needed to board so I went for a walk. One of the locals that worked at the docks joined me for security reasons. And the rubble I saw that were considered homes was the worse than I could ever imagine. The piles of garbage that children were playing in – barefoot. I didn’t think I’d see anything worse than Guatemala, but I did. Honduras was indescribable.

    After I saw those conditions, I understand completely why parents are doing what they can do to get their children up to the US/Mexico border. Completely. And I don’t blame them one bit for it.

    • I can understand fleeing a country that’s unliveable for any number of reasons. I still can’t comprehend sending minor children alone to cross the length of Mexico, trusting them to strangers and/or coyotes. I’m not very well traveled, just three short trips to Mexico many years ago.

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