Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has made herself unavailable to direct questions from reporters since her selection nearly eight long weeks ago.
This is why the moderator of Wednesday’s debate in Utah — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page — should ask Harris lots of questions. Page is on the political Left, but isn’t a moonbat; she is a veteran reporter with Midwestern roots, who’s reasonable enough to often appear on Fox News panels.
I’ve been clear-eyed about the presidential race but adamant and outspoken in my disdain for Harris. If her 2019 campaign debacle didn’t confirm the first-term California senator is insecure, mendacious, vacuous, absent-minded, radical and meretricious, the last two months should have proved my prescience.
Some of my questions to her would be:
- Statistically, you are the most left-wing senator in America and hail from the most left-wing state. With Joe Biden nearing age 80, can you assure voters that your doctrinaire views won’t be the driving force behind his policies, since your own party resoundingly rejected you last year?
- During your failed primary run, you expressed authoritarian beliefs and scoffed at those, including your running mate, who explained that presidents are constrained by the Constitution. Have you learned from this fabulism, and if so, how?
- Among several odious performances by Democrat senators during the Justice Kavanaugh circus, you stood out as particularly abominable and petty. Will calumnious behavior, like anti-Catholic bigotry and pre-planned outbursts, occur again next week toward Amy Coney Barrett; and do you believe in due process or innocent until proven guilty?
- The vast majority of Americans across political affiliations have long rejected late-term abortion. You are rather extreme on abortion. Are you out of touch?
- During just a few years in the U.S. Senate, you’ve compiled a history of disrespectful and demagogic comments. Do you see how that, and your ghastly performance in the 2018 confirmation hearings, causes concern?
- Many believe your presidential campaign became a fiasco due to an inconsistent and incoherent message on guns, health care, criminal justice, energy, dietary guidelines and more. Have you studied up since?
- With outlandish comments like these, are you a conspiracy theorist, or someone who’d put millions of lives at risk (and delay a vaccine) over partisan politics?
No, I do not expect Mrs. Page to use my vernacular or ask most of these questions, but since even sympathetic reporters can’t pin down the evasive Harris, she could try.
Expect Vice President Mike Pence to win the debate on facts and character. While the conversation likely won’t be as substantive or civilized as the 2000 Dick Cheney-Joe Lieberman VP debate, it could help the suddenly stifled Trump campaign.
Let’s just hope the debate is better than last week’s calamitous presidential version.