If Sarah Palin had been elected Vice President in 2008, nobody can think about CNN’s Dana Bash gushing about her Second in Historical past. However on Sunday’s State of the Union, Bash’s interview was shamelessly comfortable.
The primary query out of the mouth of any self-respecting journalist given the prospect for a one-on-one with Harris would have been alongside these strains:
“It has been a month since President Biden put you accountable for the state of affairs on the US-Mexican border. But you continue to haven’t visited the border. Why not, and may you give us a agency date when you’ll go to?”
However Bash did not even increase the difficulty of “immigration” till the second phase of the prolonged interview. And when she did, she by no means requested Harris something about her failure to go to the border! And naturally, she by no means referred to the state of affairs as a “disaster.”
Earlier than starting the interview, Bash framed it as an opportunity to glorify Harris and her Historic Second:
“I spoke completely with Vice-president Kamala Harris about her-history making function, the load of the accountability that brings, and the way and when president Biden seeks her recommendation.”
Most of what handed for “questions” by Bash had been, for essentially the most half, merely Bash’s affirmations of no matter Harris wished to say.
CNN started by skipping any first query in operating the pre-taped phase. Harris started by discussing George Floyd’s loss of life. Then Bash cooed:
That is actually a second in America. Racial tensions as you simply talked about, they’re actually palpable. Your expertise, your life expertise is totally different from each certainly one of your predecessors. How is that bringing itself to bear proper right here within the White Home?”
When it got here to the border, Bash framed Harris’s tasks in essentially the most Kamala-friendly method. Somewhat than saying that Biden put her accountable for the border disaster, Bash mentioned Biden “tasked you with main diplomatic efforts to work with Mexico and the Northern Triangle international locations.” Far, distant from these disturbing photographs of children crammed into border amenities!
And much from discussing the failure of the Biden administration, Bash solely wished to understand how Harris would “outline success“ within the function to which Biden appointed her
And in that key failure of the interview, Bash did not ask why Harris hasn’t visited the border, or whether or not Harris might set a agency date for her first go to. As an alternative, Bash solely requested if Harris would go to Central America and Mexico. Harris did not even give a agency reply on that, blaming “Covid points.”
When Harris blamed issues on the border on the Trump administration having supposedly halted nation-building efforts in Central America, Bash helpfully said, “you are rebuilding it.”
When it got here to Afghanistan, Bash did not ask whether or not Biden’s choice to withdraw all US troops would, as others have mentioned, result in a human rights catastrophe and allow Al Qaeda and ISIS to make use of the nation to launch terrorist assaults. As an alternative, Bash questioned whether or not Harris was “the final particular person within the room” when the choice was made. Harris assured Bash that she was.
It is exhausting to get to the left of Biden-Harris, however Bash’s hardest push was on gun management: “There have been a minimum of 50 mass shootings in America in a bit of over a month. Your administration has made clear that infrastructure is the subsequent massive legislative precedence. Why not weapons? Anthony Fauci instructed me over the weekend that gun violence is a public well being emergency.”
Along with failing to ask Harris about her failure to go to the border, Bash additionally did not take the chance to ask about different urgent points, equivalent to how Biden’s large tax-increase proposals would harm the financial system. Or how the US would reply if China invaded Taiwan, or if Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny died in jail.
Bash’s final “query” was this piece of downy-soft fluff:
“Inform me one thing that has shocked you that you simply by no means thought you’ll see, hear or really feel personally because the Vice-president of the USA.”
Harris boasted that the Biden administration would “raise half of America’s kids out of poverty,” telling Bash, “that is great things! That is actually great things.” And on that completely satisfied notice, the love-in concluded.
CNN’s comfortable, heat, embrace of Harris and the Biden administration ought to have been sponsored by the DNC. As an alternative, it was sponsored partially by Skechers, Tractor Provide, and Google.
Here is the transcript.
State of the Union
9:01 am EDT
DANA BASH: Because the nation waited to listen to from the Chauvin jury, I spoke completely with Vice-president Kamala Harris about her history-making function, the load of the accountability that brings, and the way and when President Biden seeks her recommendation.
KAMALA HARRIS: [Smiles] 9 minutes and 29 seconds, proper? All of us watched that video.
. . .
And that is why congress must act. And that is why they need to go the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
BASH: That is actually a second in America.
BASH: Racial tensions, as you simply talked about, they’re actually palpable. Your expertise, your life expertise is totally different from each certainly one of your predecessors. How is that bringing itself to bear proper right here within the White Home?
. . .
BASH: Let me ask about immigration.
HARRIS: After all.
BASH: President Biden tasked you with main diplomatic efforts to work with Mexico and the Northern Triangle international locations.
HARRIS: Yeah, yeah.
BASH: To deal with the basis causes of migration. How do you outline success on this function?
HARRIS: Yeah, that is an awesome query. Nicely, let’s first discuss what it’s.
. . .
The form of work that has to occur is the diplomatic work that we have now been engaged in together with my calls to the President of Mexico, the President of Guatemala, and we have now a plan to really have one other assembly arising quickly.
BASH: Are you going to go there?
HARRIS: Sure, we’re engaged on the plan to get there. We’ve got to cope with Covid points. However I can not get there quickly sufficient by way of personally getting there.
. . .
A part of the issue is that beneath the earlier administration, they pulled out, primarily, quite a lot of what had been the continuum of labor, and it primarily got here to a standstill.
BASH: You are rebuilding it.
HARRIS: We’ve got to rebuild it!
. . .
BASH: President Biden all the time mentioned that he needs you to be the final particular person within the room, notably for giant choices, simply as he was for President Obama.
HARRIS: Yeah, yeah.
BASH: He simply made a extremely massive choice: Afghanistan.
BASH: Have been you the final particular person within the room?
BASH: And you are feeling comfy?
HARRIS: I do.
. . .
BASH: We’re nearly at 100 days. Inform me one thing that has shocked you that you simply by no means thought you’ll see, hear, or really feel personally because the Vice-president of the USA.
HARRIS: We’re going to raise half of America’s kids out of poverty, Dana. How about that? How about that? Take into consideration that. I can not let you know [chuckles], perhaps it is apparent, how a lot which means. What that may imply. That is great things! That is actually great things.
BASH: Thanks to your time. I respect it.