Harris can only hurt Biden

Biden broke the cardinal rule in selecting Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor Manchin rebuffs progressive push for infrastructure guarantee It's time for domestic workers to have rights MORE as his vice-presidential running mate.

The selection first and foremost should “do no harm.”

Harris is not able from day one to be President of the United States.


She barely got to the U.S. Senate in 2017 when she began running for president. Before serving in the Senate, she was the attorney general of California, and before that district attorney in San Francisco. She has zero foreign policy experience and no economic gravitas.

At a time when even some Democrats are questioning Biden’s competence to be president in light of his advanced age and cognitive abilities — the vice-presidential running mate becomes even more important to voters. Before you even get to her policies, Harris doesn’t pass the qualifications test.

The other rule Biden violated was that a running mate should bring something to the table other than gender, race or ethnicity. The running mate should bring Electoral College appeal. Harris is from the bluest of blue states: California — a state that Trump has no shot of winning. Harris will not appeal to swing states because she is from California, and her record — and those of California Democrats generally — is abysmal on taxes, immigration, law and order, climate, energy… and the list goes on.

California is a liberal laboratory of bad governance and incompetence.

A Biden-Harris ticket is very good news for the Trump-Pence campaign. The contrast between Pence and Harris will be stark in resume, ability and record.


At a time when America is challenged by a national health crisis and economic recovery, the last thing Americans should want to do is change horses in the middle of a race. This is especially true when President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE prior to the pandemic was delivering on his promises on the economy, trade, energy, defense… and the list goes on. But for the pandemic — which was no fault of his own — he would be 20 points ahead of Biden nationwide.

Typically, the American people go into the voting booth in presidential election cycles asking themselves: “Am I better off today, then I was four years ago?” Clearly the answer is no this year, but not due to the fault of the president. The question voters will be asking themselves this cycle is: “Who do I trust to get us through this crisis?”

Democrats have shown they are not up to the task to get us to brighter days. All you need look at is every state and city run by Democrats and you can see the failure in policy and direction. Kamala Harris is part of that failed system, and so is Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE.

Bradley A. Blakeman was a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004. A principal of the 1600 Group, a strategic communications firm, he is an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University and a frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business.