Written By: Ishton W. Morton – June 26th, 2019
On Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 Americans will elect the next president of the United States. Notable twenty-seven (27) elected officials and public figures are making bids for this honorable position. Subsequently 25 Democrats and (2) two Republicans have entered the race and/or have formed a presidential exploratory committee.
Today will go-down in history as a very remarkable day. Kicking off the race to 2020, the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle will be held in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday evening. Subsequently 20 candidates are expected to be stage where they will be grilled on everything from polices to party politics and news of the day.
In the weeks leading-up to this day front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden has come under attack by two (2) of his presidential rival Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey and Senator Kamala Harris from California.
They have lapsed into a sad state of lamentation after Biden apparent boastfulness of his ability to work with segregationist senators during a period he described as a more “civil” time in politics has overshadowed his efforts.
Senator Cory Booker has called on Biden to apologize for his comments. Meanwhile, Senator Kamala Harris continued had this to say. “We cannot be ignorant of the history of race in this country. And certainly, anyone who is a leader should not be. I would not be a member of the United States Senate if those men that he praised had their way.”
Harris added; “That is a very loaded term, loaded with a history that includes extreme racism, violence. Discrimination prejudice you name it. All of that. It’s a very loaded term. And I think it is very important that we all who. Who are leaders, or profess to be leaders that we choose our words carefully understanding the significance and the power of our word.
To the contrary, there were nothing in Biden comments that is even slightly suggestive of race. Yes! Racial segregation is the systemic separation of people into racial or other ethnic groups in daily life. It may apply to activities such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a public toilet, attending school, going to the movies, riding on a bus, or in the rental or purchase of a home or of hotel rooms. I get it. What Biden was saying he has the ability to work with those who are in complete disagreement with him. Now! Tell me what could be wrong with that?
Subsequently, both Senator Cory Booker and Senator Kamala Harris polling numbers are enormously lagging. As of today neither-one seems to have a pathway to victory in this race. Booker’s is polling at 3% and Harris is polling at 7 percent.
Logically, both Senators can do themselves a big favor in the direct their attention on improving their polling status as opposed to being stock on criticizing Biden for remarks about segregationist senators. Get over it! He did nothing wrong!
The latest Emerson Polls suggest a percentage break-down for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination which are as follows: Biden 34, Sanders 27, Warren 14, Harris 7, Buttigieg 6, O’Rourke 1, Booker 3, Yang 1, Klobuchar 1, Castro 0, Ryan 0, Inslee 1, Gabbard 0, and Bullock 0. Of course there are other polls.
Although Biden boastfulness of his ability to work with segregationist senators during a period he has described as a more “civil” time in politics has slightly overshadowed his efforts. Nonetheless, to date, he is still topping the polls. As a result his comments has subjugated conversations in the national political arena. This week, his presidential rival Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey has called on Biden to apologize for his comments. However, Biden, in turn, said he wouldn’t and added that Booker should apologize to him.
Now! According to Bernice Scott, a strong supporter of the California Senator Kamala Harris had this to say; she was not bothered by Biden’s remarks. As a longtime member of the Richland County Council, she has worked with people she disagreed “to get the job done.” Thusly, what is her whimpering about? Biden’s comments about Segregationist Senator(s) is a non-factor. Again, get over it!
Meanwhile, and rightfully so, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the No. 3 Democrat in the House, has offered Biden cover for his remarks, telling reporters that he worked with the noted Dixiecrat, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, who loomed large over politics here for decades.
According to NBC News, which is hosting the debate, candidates’ podium placements will be “based on polling.” Also, to qualify for the first debate in Miami, which will play out over two nights, candidates had to fulfill one of two criteria: either get 65,000 donors to their campaigns, with at least 200 donors in 20 different states, or obtain at least 1% in three polls recognized as legitimate by the committee.
Both Senator Cory Booker and Senator Kamala Harris could be losing supporters in the Black Community. They need to fix that! Let’s see what happens tonight and tomorrow.