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Late last month, I received an email from Market Research Foundation (MRF) – a predictive analytics firm specializing in grassroots political engagement. Its focus? Vice-president Kamala Harris, and the “huge hesitations” Americans purportedly have over her ability to lead the nation.

These hesitations were brought to the fore last week when Harris briefly assumed the powers of the presidency while Joe Biden underwent a routine medical procedure which required anesthesia. This was the first time in American history executive authority had ever been vested in the hands of a woman.

How did Harris do? Well, she only had her hands on the conn for around eighty-five minutes, so it’s hard to say … but it is abundantly clear the public has little faith in her ability to handle the job on a more permanent basis.

This lack of faith could become a much bigger deal in the event Biden declines to seek a second term in office, although a trio of Washington Post reporters insisted over the weekend that the incumbent and “members of his inner circle” have “reassured allies … that he plans to run for reelection in 2024.”

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According to the Post, such a move would “effectively freeze the field” for Harris and other prospective Democratic presidential contenders.

Has Harris already frozen herself out, though? You know … sort of like she did during the 2020 campaign? That is certainly what the current numbers would suggest.

“Americans do not appear at all confident Harris is qualified to lead the country,” MRF’s analysts noted, citing recent polling data from a variety of sources.

Since this report came out, polling data has gotten even worse for Harris …

According to a USA Today/ Suffolk survey released earlier this month, Harris’ approval rating stood at an atrociously low 27.8 percent – a full ten points lower than Biden’s anemic 37.8 percent mark. Conversely, 51.2 percent of respondents disapproved of Harris’ performance in office – while 21 percent said they were “undecided.”

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Those are truly awful numbers, people … in fact, they are even worse than the polling data on former “Republican” vice president Dick Cheney, who prior to Harris was the least popular vice president in American history.

Why is Harris so unpopular? According to reporter Eugene Daniels, who covers Harris for Politico (and appears eager to maintain his access), the problems do not emanate from the vice president.

“This is a woman who has been attacked by Republicans all year,” Daniels said during an interview with one of his colleagues earlier this month. “They have spent a lot of time making sure that every problem that Biden has is her problem. Even if there is an ad about Joe Biden, there is a picture of her. So there are all these little things that have happened over this time; so much money has been spent by Republicans saying, ‘This woman is the border czar, where is she? Where’s Kamala?’ And those have all had an effect on Biden’s poll numbers and then her poll numbers.”

Wait, though … wasn’t the border criticism valid on some level?

I think so … and again, I have defended Harris from some of her critics in the past.

Daniels wasn’t finished, though.

“There is obviously racism involved, and we know how women politicians are treated in this country,” he added. “So she is kind of the first test case in national office of what that looks like.”

Racism? Really?

In parsing some of the recent polling, MRF analysts found the problem with Harris had less to do with her skin color and more to do with her left-of-center ideology. Citing a late October YouGov poll (.pdf), they noted 38 percent of Americans said Harris was “too liberal” compared to 28 percent who say she is “just right” ideologically.

Among independent voters, 41 percent said Harris was “too liberal” compared to 22 percent who said she was “just right” ideologically.

“The American people are just not that into Harris,” Myra Adams wrote recently for The Hill. “She rubs many voters the wrong way — branded as an uninspiring leftist and weak leader — although she’s credited with a historical gender and race breakthrough.”

Whatever is driving down Harris’ polling numbers, Democrats need to figure it out if they hope to stave off a potential shellacking at the polls in 2022 and 2024 (like the one they absorbed earlier this month in Virginia).

Don’t take my word for it, though … ask Harris.

“What happens in Virginia will, in large part, determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on,” the vice president said just prior to the GOP’s decisive victory in the commonwealth on November 2, 2021.

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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children. And yes, he has LOTS of hats (including that Washington Nationals’ lid pictured above).

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“Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night” arrives in theaters across North America on December 3, 2021. For those in Japan, the film has been available for a couple of months, having debuted back in late October. Funimation teamed up with Sony’s distribution company, Aniplex of America, to bring the movie to fans across the world, including the approaching North American release, plus a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on December 9. The film will be available both in its original Japanese with English subtitles, and in English dub.

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NBA 2K22 update 1.08 patch notes and Season 3 release date confirmed | Gaming | Entertainment

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A new NBA 2K22 update is available to download today ahead of the game’s Season 3 launch.

While we don’t have a rundown of everything that’s included in the new patch, we do know what will be added to the game later this week.

That’s because Visual Concepts has confirmed that NBA 2K22 Season 3 will release on Friday, December 3, across PlayStation, Xbox and PC platforms.

The development team behind the hit Basketball sim has confirmed that Season 3 will be called Iced Out and will bring a festive feel to the game’s social hubs.

A new deal with Def Jam Records also means the introduction of fresh music and tracks, as well as the headlining Clutch Time mode in MyTEAM.

As mentioned above, Season 3: ‘Iced Out’ focuses on the clutch gene, showcasing Damian Lillard’s ability to bury the competition with some of the coldest game-winning shots in NBA history.

A message from NBA 2K adds: “Being a clutch player means you need to have ice in your veins, and the ability to be unfazed by any situation. Portland Trail Blazers star point guard, Damian Lillard, has made a habit of freezing the competition and burying them with some of the coldest game-winning shots in NBA history.

“For NBA 2K22 Season 3, we’re calling upon all players undeterred by the elements to channel their inner Damian Lillard and showcase their clutch gene in what will be NBA 2K22’s coldest season yet.

“Decorated from top to bottom with garlands and wreaths, the City and the Cancha Del Mar will be your home away from home this holiday season. For six weeks, beginning December 3, joy and cheer will blanket the courts like a fresh snowfall, and you’ll swear you can smell hot cocoa and chestnuts in the air.

“From new rewards to chilly pickup games on the rooftops of the City, Season 3 will celebrate the Holiday season and ring in the New Year with fresh, festive content.”

At the heart of the City, gamers will find a full Holiday tree laced with ornaments, twinkling strands of lights, and presents abound sitting at its base.

And on the morning of December 25, everyone will be able to head to its base to claim a present on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, or directly to account on Xbox One and PS4.

Other features coming during NBA 2K22 Season 3 include the following:

ALL-NEW SINGLE-PLAYER GAME MODE: ROOFTOPS

NBA 2K22 features some of the most scenic courts in the history of the franchise, and starting in Season 3, we’ll be taking things to the next level by introducing the City Slam. On PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, battle in a series of 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 competition against players that take place exclusively on City rooftops, all orchestrated by the great Jackson Ellis. Convince sceptical streetballers to join your team by beating them on their own turf, then bring your custom-built roster into the final City Slam tournament, where you’ll compete in a variety of challenges against increasingly elite opponents. Playing in the City Slam will earn you some fantastic rewards, including a championship belt for winning the whole thing.

2XP COIN UPDATE

We want to address a change we’re making to the way 2XP Coins work in NBA 2K22 Seasons. Starting at the beginning of Season 3, your previous 2XP Coins will not transfer over from Season 2. While we’re changing the format from Season 1, we believe this will improve the Season-to-Season experience and competitive balance. Going forward, 2XP coins will now remain tied to the Season they were acquired in, so make sure to use those 2XP Coins as you’re leveling up in this Season and beyond.

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Donald Trump now senses his opportunity to win back the White House

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I’m back at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is home to many of America’s richest and most famous citizens, but the best known of all of them is, of course, Donald Trump. Since my last visit here at the end of April, little has changed. Everything from the perfectly manicured lawns to the beautifully painted buildings is impeccable.

Over the coming months, this part of America will effectively be the headquarters of the Republican Party movement. Just as those seeking the blessing of Europe’s monarchs centuries ago would pay homage to kings and queens, so a never-ending stream of potential candidates come to meet Trump seeking his backing. They know that his personal endorsement will make a huge difference in the primary elections coming up.

Yes, some of the old guard, country club Republicans like Senator Mitt Romney may still be around, but there is no doubt that this is Donald Trump’s Republican Party now.

Apart from having a good time here, the purpose of my visit is to conduct a sit-down interview for GB News with America’s 45th President. It is the first interview with an overseas organisation that he has given since long before the 2020 presidential election, making it a genuine exclusive outside of America. 

Trump is the man whose every move and comment once dominated global news. But now that Twitter, his primary means of communication, has banned him, he has effectively been silenced. Ahead of the interview, I reflect privately on how astonishing — and deeply worrying — it is that the leadership of the Taliban is still allowed to use Twitter but Trump is not.

He appears to be noticeably lighter than he was when he occupied the White House. Living primarily at Mar-a-Lago certainly seems to be having a positive impact on him, yet burdens remain on his shoulders. The Democratic Party is pursuing a modern day Spanish Inquisition into the storming of the Capitol by a group of his supporters. The Democrats believe that the attack was an attempted coup and are busy indicting many of Trump’s former aides. 

To make matters worse, rumours continue to swirl that the New York tax authorities intend to go after Trump’s children. I have known Trump for long enough to see that he is living under considerable strain.

Whether you like him or loathe him, however, one thing is beyond doubt. He is a fighter who never gives up. Not only is he handpicking candidates at all levels for the party, but I can see that he wants to put himself at the centre of the campaign for the midterm elections in November 2022, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested, together with 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

Perhaps the most illuminating part of our conversation comes when I ask him why, once again, he would give up his enviable life in Florida to go back into the sewer of politics. “Well, if you love your country, you have no choice,” he answers, adding: “I think you will be very pleased.” 

As he utters those words, all signs of the burden lift. The mischievous Trump, the heavyweight fighter relishing the chance to win back his crown, is back. But can he succeed?

The narrative pushed by some that the 2020 election was stolen from him is, I would say, harming his chances. Admittedly, we in the UK know from our own experience of postal voting that this system is open to fraud and intimidation, whichever country it’s used in. But I have seen private polling illustrating that 20 per cent of potential Republican voters are demotivated by the “stolen election” message. 

My sense is that Trump must very quickly turn this around into a positive campaign for electoral reform, state by state. His voter base adores him, and he has made great inroads into the black and Latino vote, but he still has much work to do to secure white voters who lead comfortable lives in middle class suburbs. They find Trump’s style difficult to take. When I put this to him in the interview, he denies it, but I would urge him to think again.

Aside from this section of the electorate, I remember a dinner I had some years ago with John Howard, the former Australian prime minister who won four general elections for Australia’s centre-right Liberal Party. Howard told me that no conservative in the Western world can win a majority without a large blue collar vote. 

The Red Wall in the north of England is testament to this statement. Looking at the other Republican figures who could run in 2024, including the excellent Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, I do not believe any of them can reach those voters living in the eight states that make up the Great Lakes region in the way that Trump can.

As the Democratic Party makes the same mistake that the British Labour Party did by moving to the hard Left, the opportunity for Trump to appeal to these voters is enormous. Yes, three years is a long time and a lot may happen between now and the next presidential election. But after this encounter, I genuinely believe that my friend will be back in the White House in January 2025.

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