The National Pulse reported on an unusual development in the Biden White House. Vice President Kamala Harris has recently called on two heads of state, a duty typically reserved for the President.
On February 1, Harris spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the readout from Trudeau’s office, “the Prime Minister looked forward to working with the U.S. administration on shared priorities, including fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through close collaboration on borders and access to vaccines, and to building back better. He also looked forward to strengthening the bilateral trading relationship and Canada-U.S. supply chains, and avoiding the unintended consequences of Buy America policies, for the benefit of people in both countries….The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of strengthening North American energy security.”
President Joe Biden had previously called Trudeau two days after his inauguration. And a bilateral meeting between the two is scheduled for later this month.
On Monday, the White House released the readout from Harris’ call with French President Emmanuel Macron: The readout stated:
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalizing the transatlantic alliance. Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and around the world. They also discussed numerous regional challenges, including those in the Middle East and Africa, and the need to confront them together. The Vice President thanked President Macron for his leadership on the issue of gender equality and for France’s contribution to NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
Biden spoke to Macron on January 24.
A report in The Epoch Times says that “vice presidents rarely call heads of state. The last vice president, Mike Pence, did not share calls with Trudeau or Macron, though he visited in person with heads of state on a number of occasions. … The calls could be a sign that Harris will have an elevated position when compared to past vice presidents, particularly in matters of foreign policy.”
The calls could also be a sign that the President is not up to the job. When Biden returned to the national stage in April 2019, his cognitive problems were apparent to many of us. And since that time, America has watched Biden slide slowly into dementia.
Joe Biden is not okay. He may appear to be okay when he’s reading from a teleprompter, but when he speaks freely, something his handlers rarely allow to happen, he often stumbles badly.
But Biden’s performance in office was never a concern for the Democrats, who wanted only to drag him over the finish line.
Last March, after Biden had taken a decisive lead in the Democratic primary, Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s “The Circus” and a contributor to The Atlantic, gave away the game.
In an op-ed entitled “Stay Alive, Joe Biden.” Wagner claimed that his cognitive condition did not matter because “Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.”
Voters seem to have coalesced around Biden for his past—who they have known him to be for the past four decades in American politics—rather than for anything in his present. It’s as if Biden exists primarily as an idea, rather than an actual candidate.
Biden was never really convincing anyone on the stump—his political power at this point is an idea, held collectively, about how to defeat Trump. The work now is to keep that idea convincing enough, for long enough, among as many people as possible, for the corporeal man to actually win.
Democrats have chosen Biden as their vessel for Trump’s defeat, and that choice is the entire point: The vanquishing matters more than anything else.
At the time, I thought the notion that Democrats could prop up a man, as in “Weekend at Bernie’s,” for what he once was, was sheer madness.
But it’s now mission accomplished and I think we can expect to see Harris glide seamlessly into the Oval Office.