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Harris 2020 exit leaves potentially all white debate, causing consternation among Dems

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The sudden exit of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, from the 2020 presidential campaign is causing a panic among some within the Democratic Party over the remaining candidates who are participating in the upcoming debate, who are all white.

Despite qualifying for the December debate, Harris announced earlier Tuesday that she was suspending her candidacy amid sinking poll numbers and fundraising.

"In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do," Harris wrote in an email to supporters. "So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret -- but also with deep gratitude -- that I am suspending my campaign today."

Her departure leaves only six candidates on the debate stage: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer.

The other candidates of color have yet to meet both requirements set by the DNC to participate in the December debate. The requirements include having at least 200,000 unique donors and reaching four percent in four DNC-approved polls or six percent in two DNC-approved early state polls.

Both tech businessman Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have met the donor requirement to qualify for the December debate but have yet to meet the polling requirement as they each only have three polls and have until the December 12 cutoff to earn the fourth..
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has met the donor requirement but does not have any qualifying polls so far. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has not met either requirement and previously failed to qualify in the November debate.

Booker expressed on Tuesday evening that he was "a little angry" of his friend and Senate colleague's exit from the race, noting how the 2020 Democratic field began as "one of the most diverse."

Liberal activists decried the potential "catastrophic" all-white debate stage amid the fallout of Harris' withdrawal, some calling it "sickening" and blaming the "implicit racism and sexism of 'electability.'"



 

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It's almost like the care more about appearances instead of viability. This is completely uncharacteristic of the party.
I've been sitting here flabbergasted by those Tweets and that quote... No diversity? Man, fuck these people. One moment they only care about skin color, the next only gender identity and sexuality... They'll never be happy. They'll twist their argument and flip flop back and forth however they need to in order to have a grievance and a problem that needs to be talked about. Fucking lunatics.
 
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At risk of not qualifying for the next debate.

Glad to see that the Tweets in the OP are, of course, coming from a bunch of woke idiot white "allies."
They've met the donor requirement, but not met the polling requirement yet according to the article.
Which is possibly being caused by the DNC's own "that poll isn't legit" actions.
 

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Because being black is not a viable platform to obtain the presidency.
I wonder if they seriously think that is why Obama won and are now confused why they aren't seeing the same enthusiasm. Surely it's that racist sentiment increased dramatically in the country since 2012, right?!
 
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I wonder if they seriously think that is why Obama won and are now confused why they aren't seeing the same enthusiasm. Surely it's that racist sentiment increased dramatically in the country since 2012, right?!
Possibly.

Obama won because he had a message that worked, and being black helped. Harris' ONLY message was identity politics.
 
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Possibly.

Obama won because he had a message that worked, and being black helped. Harris' ONLY message was identity politics.
I'm not sure what the net benefit of Obama's blackness was to his getting elected, but he had a good message and goddamn did he know how to deliver it convincingly.

None of the current Democratic lineup (with the exception of Yang and maybe Bernie) have any kind of message that would get normal people excited. Instead they're focused on pure negativity (gotta beat Trump 'cause he's bad!) or pure identity politics, and neither are getting people raring to go out to the polls. It's telling how shitty their message and messaging is that Biden is getting the most support simply by way of name recognition and legacy in the Obama administration even though he fucking sucks.
 
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In the DNC we like diverse candidates but only if they poll above 5% otherwise they don't count.

Also when there are no Black people polling above 5% to hijack the civil rights movement from, Gay white men are no longer non-white minorities.

So this means that now the DNC is primarily white men and 1 White women. The debate will have 2 white women and 3 white men.

It's very clear that DNC has failed, there are no other candidates running that aren't white, any objections means you are a sexist nazi.

OH WAIT, this just in, the DNC is saved! I just heard word we have a NATIVE AMERICAN as one of the top polling candidates. ;)
 

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"We need to have a discussion."

No you don't bitch. It means that none of your black people were smart enough to actually be liked. Don't even talk about Kamala being "black." She's half Indian you morons.
More like 80% Indian based on history of the family. No such thing as half.

Also she will be replaced by actual Black person Deval Patrick who is actually likable but still a MA left wing socialist like Warren though a bit right of her. Kamala was disliked when she first stepped in, the actual Black voters aren't falling for the media hype behind her which is why the "undecided" numbers keep growing.

The DNC and the media are sabotaging themselves with this race bait nonsense..
 

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Most of the replies to Kessler tweets are telling him to support Yang and Tulsi then.

Instead he retweets someone else saying that Booker should be allowed to debate



and also retweeted another tweet that the debates are "a travesty" for "helping" Tulsi.



Judging by the rest of his twitter page, he's just a big stan for Booker using divesity to complain about his guy not making it. Yang and Tulsi aren't the "diversity" he is looking for. Neither is Sanders, a religious minority.
 
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Most of the replies to Kessler tweets are telling him to support Yang and Tulsi then.

Instead he retweets someone else saying that Booker should be allowed to debate



and also tweeted earlier that the debates are "a travesty" for "helping" Tulsi.



Judging by the rest of his twitter page, he's just a big stan for Booker using divesity to complain about his guy not making it. Yang and Tulsi aren't the "diversity" he is looking for. Neither is Sanders, a religious minority.
Of course they're full of shit. These people are freaking clowns :messenger_grinning_smiling:

Tulsi fits all the criteria these people are weirdly looking for in a candidate. "POC", woman, etc.
 
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If all the candidates were black, these people wouldn't be upset.
In the POC hierarchy being black trumps everything else.
 

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Blacks don't want a black candidate. Blacks are supporting Biden overwhelmingly. If they don't care about "skin color diversity" on stage, why should anyone else?
 
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Why does the skin color of the debate panel even matter when the person that they have already propped up is an old, straight, white, likely senile, man. This guy should be their anti-christ, not their savior. 🤷‍♂️

It fits the logic pattern though.
 

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Why should race matter in a debate or election? There should be no issue if everyone running is black, white, asian, indigenous american, etc.
Because minorities are the master race.
 

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Simple solution. Just look towards Canada. Trudeau already set the precedent.

Blackface for all. Problem solved, all candidates will be "black".

We know lefties don't mind blackface as long as its one of them. Biden in blackface dropping N-bombs would actually be an improvement over some of the insane gaffes he has already spewed out. Would rather N-bombs than him talking about kids rubbing his legs and jumping in his lap.
 
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The candidates for president have a fair distribution with the exception of an under-representation of women. If a person of color won the presidency in this election, it would actually be disproportional representation, and that wouldn't matter, but it's not something to get upset about.
 
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Putting aside the abject failure of anyone to successfully demonstrate a problem here, can someone explain what the solutions are for this "problem"? Are we talking trophy candidates? Limiting super delegates to those who vote on skin color alone? Different primary rules for different skin colors? Painting Yang up in black face? Having Chief Lies Alot start wearing feathers? What exactly are we talking about for solutions?