Well, he’ll probably piss off the Left again, but that’s what he's done so well over the past three or so years. Liberal reporter Michael Tracey absolutely ripped into Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and her debate performance Wednesday night. Tracey is no fan of Harris and said that she was an “awful” VP pick from the get-go. So are we shocked her debate performance was equally disastrous? It was a train wreck.
Harris came off unprepared on a host of issues, avoided the court-packing question, and seemed incapable of delivering a solid blow against Vice President Mike Pence, who was prepared and lethal. Vice President Pence did well mounting a defense of the Trump-Pence record, whereas Harris couldn’t land any of the zingers Pence quietly doled out like an assassin. COVID was the highwater mark for Harris. She came off strong, but even that was torched when she peddled an anti-vaccine line regarding the coronavirus. These debates are about who we can trust should any situation arise when the president cannot perform their duties. Pence passed that test. Harris, not so much; you have to be more than just a machine that peddles talking points from MSNBC. That bubble landed her in trouble as there were a couple of points where she literally had nothing to say.
As Tracey noted, “Kamala was hyped as the ‘front-runner’ in the 2020 Dem primaries, flamed out in spectacular fashion partly due to her terrible debate performances, and only became VP nominee thanks to an extensive lobbying effort by the Dem professional and donor class.”
Reminder -- Kamala was hyped as the "front-runner" in the 2020 Dem primaries, flamed out in spectacular fashion partly due to her terrible debate performances, and only became VP nominee thanks to an extensive lobbying effort by the Dem professional and donor class— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 8, 2020
If Joe Biden wins this election it will be in spite of Kamala Harris -- awful debate performance and awful VP choice overall— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 8, 2020
The "Russian bounties" story was manufactured by intelligence community leaks and a credulous partisan media, so it's only fitting that the Democratic nominees would be constantly harping on it— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 8, 2020
The idea that Trump has practiced "isolationism" as president is such a load of nonsense. ("Isolationism" would have been preferable to the actual policy.) Kamala has clearly never had an original thought in the area of foreign policy— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 8, 2020
The way Kamala says "I'm speaking" -- as if any back-and-forth in what's supposed to be a "debate" is some kind of affront -- reminds me of an excessively domineering teacher in Middle School— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 8, 2020
Kamala's incoherence on China is embarrassing— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 8, 2020
Indeed, the media did treat Harris as someone who was a solid candidate when Biden picked her as his running mate, despite her not lasting as long as Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, or Deval Patrick—and none of those guys had a shot at winning the nomination let alone this election. Her 2020 campaign was a mess. She had no message, no direction, and no plan. That was the rudderless circus act that was Kamala 2020. And let’s not forget that her presidential ambitions were shot out of the sky when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) highlighted her top cop record, where she went heavily after the Black community. Harris is trying to be social justice warrior and top cop at the same time. Maybe there’s a way to thread that needle regarding selling that message or neutralizing the fallout, but we know that Harris doesn’t have the goods. She doesn’t.
Tracey also delivered more blows, calling Harris's answer on China “embarrassing.” Oh, and the Russian bounties story that the Left tried to weaponize against Trump as evidence he was a bad commander-in-chief was tossed around. It’s not corroborated. And that story died eons ago because it’s straight trash. The same way The Atlantic story about Trump denigrating our war dead is fake news. No one went on the record. No one. And that story died as well.
“The ‘Russian bounties’ story was manufactured by intelligence community leaks and a credulous partisan media,” wrote Tracey. “So, it's only fitting that the Democratic nominees would be constantly harping on it.”
It was not a good night for Democrats.