The logic is that the person who is lower in the organization does not have the range of options available to them that are available when both partners have a higher degree of parity. They are distressed sellers.
This simple comparison, one boss and one underling ignores the fact that the events unfold in a social ecosystem.
|"Jane Hathaway" from the Beverly Hillbillies|
What about the other (potentially more) qualified candidates who didn't enthusiastically throw themselves into the game?
Suppose there is an office. The Boss is a heterosexual man (for the sake of simplicity) and he has eight women and three men working for him.
The Boss is shopping for a second-in-command. Two women are eager to jump into the sack with the Boss. Six are not. The three men are straight. One of the women who wants to play ball is drink-milk-in-the-dark ugly.
Quickly, how many victims are in this scenario?
The ripples spread
In conventional Sexual Harassment Training, the only victim is the pretty girl who the Boss bedded.
But what about the ten others who were never considered? Likely, one of them was a more competent candidate than the pretty girl with round-heel. The brute numbers favor that speculation.
What about the customers who receive less-than-the-best service from the department with sub-optimal staffing assignments?
Kamala Harris's fatal flaw as VP is the perception that she may have traded favors quid pro quo to advance her career.
The current climate of victimology tries to frame this as Harris being some kind of underdog who fought her way through obstacles to become a success in spite of her being a victim.
The polling suggests that there is an overwhelming number of voters who identify with those who were on the invisible, losing end of the Boss/Enthusiastic Victim transaction. They don't see anything noble about enthusiastically willing victims blocking (potentially) more qualified candidates from being considered for advancement.
In any pairing of two people, there is the potential that the very best of each partners traits will come to the forefront.
In a Biden-Harris pairing, that seems unlikely.