The Brandon-Harris Admin Now Has a New Name

How are things going at the White House between Kamala Harris and her team and Joe Biden and his team?

Not well, if we are to believe recent stories about the division between the two camps.

When even CNN is writing about it, you know there’s an issue. Are they abandoning Kamala or simply taking Biden’s side in the throw down?

Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff — deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now, especially at a moment when President Joe Biden faces quickly multiplying legislative and political concerns.

The exasperation runs both ways. Interviews with nearly three dozen former and current Harris aides, administration officials, Democratic operatives, donors and outside advisers — who spoke extensively to CNN — reveal a complex reality inside the White House. Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined. The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically. And those around her remain wary of even hinting at future political ambitions, with Biden’s team highly attuned to signs of disloyalty, particularly from the vice president.

Meanwhile, she was pretty much ignored by the French on her visit to Paris. This was the take on the trip from Politico.eu:

Isn't it one of the things that's missing? They ridiculed the French.

So, if the plan was to utilize her to aid with relationships or to introduce her on the world stage, it doesn't appear to have worked.

Harris was one of the VIP guests at the opening ceremony of the Paris Peace Forum, Macron’s yearly marquee event on global multilateralism.

But her speech fell a bit flat, with Harris offering little by way of concrete solutions or new game-changing proposals to fight inequalities.

Instead, the U.S. vice president called on world leaders to “refuse to accept the status quo” and fight the “dramatic rise” in inequalities.

They must first notice you in order for you to be launched. That would be a critical component of everything.

But this is a big part of the reported division — that Harris doesn’t think that she’s getting treated appropriately or featured favorably for things she wants.

That's why what occurred today during Joe Biden's signing of the infrastructure bill was so amusing and, in pure Biden-Harris manner, so perplexing.

Harris was present, hoping to profit from the bill's "success." When it was her turn to speak, though, the music played "Hail to the Chief," which seemed unusual given that Joe Biden was seated immediately behind her. But you can see her grinning with joy at the prospect of the song being written for her.

Then the announcer asked everyone to “Please welcome Heather Kurtenbach” as Harris awkwardly stood at the podium to make her remarks. Kurtenbach was the lady standing behind Harris. You could see Harris’ face change and tighten, then came the fake smile and she said, “In a moment,” obviously disturbed. She then cackled a bit and Joe Biden laughed.

Then, you would think, normally, it would be Harris who would be introducing Joe Biden for his comments on the bill. Instead, they had Kurtenbach, the political director of Iron Workers Local 86 in Washington state.

How did this all come to be? After the rumors of disagreement, Harris was presumably penciled in to make statements at the last minute to pacify her. They didn't, however, rearrange the order of events with the announcer. Is this indicative of the Biden-Harris administration's incoherence? Or was it a direct mocking of Harris by Biden's team? We can only state that the Brandon-Kurtenbach Administration is currently in charge.

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