Joe Biden was seen earlier this week clutching a cheat-sheet full of praise for California’s junior Democratic senator (and veep hopeful), Kamala Harris.
Taking questions from the press on Tuesday, an Associated Press photographer captured Harris’ name “scrawled across the top” of Biden’s note, according to the AP report, along with these five talking points:
• Do not hold grudges
• Campaigned with me & Jill
• Great help to campaign
• Great respect for her
A couple of things worth noting about those talking points before we get to the broader veepstakes issue.
Four out of the five of these need reminding? Everything but the first item — which we’ll get to momentarily — is pure boilerplate. Those talking points aren’t anything more than the slick praise that slides out of a politician’s mouth as easily as lies do.
Furthermore, as the AP story noted, they’re things the former veep has already said about his potential veep on more than one occasion.
That said, as a belt-and-suspenders guy myself, maybe I shouldn’t give much thought to even seasoned politicians who bring cheat-sheets to the lectern with them.