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Donna Brazile calls the alleged rivalry between Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg “gossip” and “manufactured BS”.
“With an emphasis on B and S,” added Brazile, a former Democratic Party leader and current confidante of Harris.
Unfortunately, Washington is a city that thrives on hypotheses, intrigue and – yes – gossip. So no matter how many times people like Brazile try to put it down, the speculation remains.
Here’s the theory: the two bold names in the Biden administration are vying for the party’s nomination, either in 2024 if President Biden, the oldest president in US history at 79, resigns – or in 2028, if he does its working again.
On Thursday, the two protagonists will take to the streets together in this latest Beltway drama. Anyone hoping for a captivating oratorial showdown in Charlotte, NC, has to settle for talks about potholes and rural broadband access. The topic of the day is infrastructure.
But rest assured, television analysts will be providing significant insights into their body language as they tour the Charlotte Area Transit System Bus and Light Rail Garage. Some may notice who is most passionate about the country’s deteriorating bridges or who fails to capture the excitement of the rapid transit lines from buses.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of dissection yet,” said Elaine Kamarck, a former assistant to Vice President Al Gore who studies the presidential nomination process in the Brookings Institution think tank. “Whether it means something is a guess.”