Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kamala Harris Positions for White House Run

Sen. Kamala Harris is increasingly positioning herself for a what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary for the White House in 2020. The former California attorney general, who is just at the beginning of her second year in the Senate, is taking positions that could endear herself with the Democratic base while allowing her to stand out from a group of Democrats who might seek the progressive mantle. Harris voted against a Senate immigration bill backed by centrists from both parties earlier this month, waiting until the last minute to break with other liberals such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who both backed the measure. Political observers say it is clear that Harris is laying the groundwork and setting herself up to make a run for the White House, if she chooses.


She argued that while the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who entered the country illegally, she could not support it in good conscience because of the inclusion of money for President Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border.

"While this bill would put Dreamers on a pathway toward citizenship, the appropriation of $25 billion for a border wall is a waste of taxpayer money," she said. "A wall will not secure our border and I remain concerned those billions of dollars may also be used to implement this Administration's anti-immigrant agenda -- one that targets California and its residents." ...

"She's not only positioning herself to run for president but she is positioning herself to the progressive left, and one of the ways she's been most effective at doing that is to pick a fight with the demons on the right," said Thad Kousser, a political science professor and department chair at the University of California, San Diego.

"Taking on Donald Trump as early and often as possible, and now second to Donald Trump is the NRA, and there's no better foil than the NRA. That's political gold for someone trying to establish a national reputation as a champion of the left," he said.


You go, girl!

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2018-02-26 06:58 PM

Corrupt Willie Brown's former c#ck holster wants to be president? Laughable. I hope she does run. I don't see her shtick playing too well outside of CA and NY.

#2 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-02-26 07:49 PM

If she keeps on playing this hard for the More Liberal Than You! primary vote against the likes of Sanders and Warren, she'll find herself where Bernie was against Hillary... nowhere close to convincing Dems she could win the general election.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-26 09:57 PM

If she keeps on playing this hard for the More Liberal Than You! primary vote against the likes of Sanders and Warren, she'll find herself where Bernie was against Hillary... nowhere close to convincing Dems she could win the general election.


She has no choice. The Dems have been splintered as a party. The 'big tent' is coming undone and she needs to pick a side so she is not "primaried" by the Antifa wing of the DNC. Like it or not, the Dems basically have:

20% African Americans (about 90% of those that vote but likely to decrease if the economy stays strong).
20% Poverty level people that still still vote
15% Millennials not already part of the above mentioned groups
10% Hispanics with immigration being their only issue
7.45% Unmarried women over 40
7.45% Male cucks old enough to know better
0.1% Rich white people that make up nearly 100% of campaign contribution and influence

So, there is a big fight brewing between open border Latino voters and black voters. Another fight is brewing between the LGBTQQIP2SAA and black community as the black community that actually votes is mainly older, church-going and socially conservative. We saw this split in the CA gay marriage ban (gay marriage voted against in the same election where Obama carried like 65% of the vote). Further, there is a huge split between those that think the platform should be about social justice vs. those that think it should be about increasing handouts. Given that the Dems don't have a workable economic agenda and Trump's economy is strong and still gaining steam, the Dems know the economy and jobs is a losing topic for them.

So, it is impossible to be a 'mainstream' democrat. Traditionally, they propose 'green' initiatives to get bribes back from the green industry which is what funds their campaigns. But, a vast majority of their voter base ranks that as a low priority now. The Dems with money aren't really aligned politically with a majority of their voters with the sole exception in that they all dislike Trump (but, as Hillary proved, that is not enough). They still have the one-off kook like Soros, whose sole purpose seems to sow social strife in the US. But, there aren't enough of those types of kooks that can spend enough money to brainwash sane people into supporting a party that is only interested in social justice and government handouts.

Which leaves us with corrupt Willie Brown's former c#ck holster. She has an undistinguished academic track record, really did nothing of note in her career (other than Willie Brown), and really has done nothing as a senator. In reality, she has achieved 1000x more than she ever should have given her innate abilities. Now she thinks that she can be president, which is laughable. She should stick to banging successful politicians rather than trying to be one.

#4 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-02-27 06:03 AM

I am not a fan of hers, I would rather not vote for her.

I suppose if she took the Dem ticket I would vote for her, but I hope not

#5 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-02-27 06:18 AM

I am not a fan of hers, I would rather not vote for her.



Honest question - what is it about her that you do not like?

#6 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-02-27 06:45 AM

Prison conditions and sentencing reform

After the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Plata (2011) declared California's prisons so overcrowded they inflicted cruel and unusual punishment, Harris fought federal court supervision, explaining "I have a client, and I don't get to choose my client."[12] After California failed to fully implement the court's order to reduce crowding, and was ordered to implement new parole programs, lawyers for Harris appealed the decision on grounds that if forced to release these inmates early, prisons would lose an important labor pool.[80]

Harris refused to take any position on criminal sentencing-reform initiatives Proposition 36 (2012) and Proposition 47 (2014), arguing it would be improper because her office prepares the ballot booklets.[12] Former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp considered her explanation "baloney".[12]
Daniel Larsen case

On August 24, 2012, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial calling on Harris to release Daniel Larsen from prison.[81] Larsen, who was sentenced to 28 years to life under California's three strikes laws for possession of a concealed weapon in 1999, was declared "actually innocent" by a federal judge in 2009 and ordered released. Evidence in favor of Larsen included that of a former chief of police and the actual owner of the knife; Larsen's original lawyer, who failed to call a single witness, has since been disbarred.[82] Larsen remained in prison because Harris's office objected to his release on the grounds that he missed the deadline to file his writ of habeas corpus. The California Innocence Project, which had taken up Larsen's case, said this amounted to a paperwork technicality. The Times editorial stated that if Harris was not willing to release Larsen, Governor Jerry Brown should pardon him. In March 2013, Larsen was released on bond with the case on appeal by order of Attorney General Harris "on technical grounds".[82] In September 2013, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, and on January 27, 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office dismissed the charge.[83]

#7 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-02-27 07:02 AM

County prosecutors' misconduct

In 2015, Harris defended convictions obtained by county prosecutors who had inserted a false confession into an interrogation transcript, committed perjury, and withheld evidence.[12] Federal appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski threw out the convictions, telling Harris's lawyers, "Talk to the attorney general and make sure she understands the gravity of the situation."[12]

In March 2015 a California superior courts judge ordered Harris to take over a criminal case after Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was revealed to have illegally employed jailhouse informants and concealed evidence.[12] Harris refused, appealing the order and defending Rackauckas.[12]

Harris appealed the dismissal of an indictment when it was discovered a Kern County prosecutor perjured in submitting a falsified confession as court evidence. Harris asserted that prosecutorial perjury was not sufficient to demonstrate prosecutorial misconduct. In the case,[99] Harris argued that only abject physical brutality would warrant a finding of prosecutorial misconduct and the dismissal of an indictment, and that perjury was not sufficient.[100]

#8 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-02-27 07:03 AM

woops source

#9 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-02-27 07:05 AM

Prison conditions and sentencing reform



Thank you. Fair enough. Although I would argue the thing keeping prison reform from happening is the prison guard union and she was just making sure the money keeps flowing to her rather than actually being against it.

#10 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-02-27 07:16 AM

Remember when she refused to prosecute Mnuchin's bank?

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-27 10:45 AM

Kamala Harris positions herself for...

Much better headline. :-)

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-27 11:55 AM


Corky wouldn't have posted this unless he had clearance straight from Keith Ellison's morning email briefing.

Look out, Kamala, the DNC will take you down. Consider this a shot across the bow.

Tow the line, or face the torpedos...and no back-sassin' either.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-28 12:56 AM

I don't know too much about California politics but Punchy's posts are quite interesting and don't make Harris look very good to me. An issue I hold to be of utmost importance is the innocence project and the actions of AG or prosecutors to keep prisoners incarcerated who have been virtually exonerated. I don't care if they miss a deadline or whatever other technicality is presented, if a prisoner is possibly innocent we need to swiftly examine the evidence and grant him/her a new trial or release ASAP. Harris apparently does not share my concern for those who are innocent but find themselves incarcerated anyway.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-28 02:56 PM


Let a candidate appear this next election, Democrats. Don't force one on us again.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-28 04:21 PM

She leapfrogged Gavin Newsom in a flash.

#16 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-28 04:38 PM

Too soon. Too inexperienced in politics at the federal level. Too obvious that the Democratic Party is going to double down on pushing female candidates over the best qualified.

#17 | Posted by morris at 2018-02-28 04:51 PM

"Too obvious that the Democratic Party is going to double down on pushing female candidates over the best qualified." - #17 | Posted by morris at 2018-02-28 04:51 PM

That's "too obvious" to anyone oblivious.

#18 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-28 04:56 PM

I'd probably vote for this Kamala kamala before I'd vote for Kamala Harris. Dems will keep losing the center of the country unless they pick better candidates. Why not a guy like Doug Jones from Alabama?

#19 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-02-28 05:04 PM


Meanwhile the Right has:

00.1% Rich, male WASPS
99.9% Compliant, scared, ignorants

#20 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-28 05:14 PM

Alabama and Mississippi, the two most depressing Slave States in the nation.

#21 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-28 05:18 PM

Corrupt Willie Brown's former c#ck holster wants to be presideNT....

we've had this conversation before about you're obvious oral fixation with "power penis". instead of living on the down low i'd suggest something more bold and honest. perhaps KING-COCKKISSER. english, not being your mother tongue, i'm just trying to help, comrade

#22 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-02-28 05:20 PM

I hope she runs. I may not support her in the primaries, but let's get new faces in the mix. I am so over Sanders, Warren et al.

#23 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-28 06:07 PM


she is a new face nationally and i think she'll be complimentary to sanders and warren. and hopefully the pointed rejection of fienstein is an indication of things too come

#24 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-02-28 06:19 PM

I think Harris has a good chance of getting the nomination. She's black and pretty. There are enough DEM voters to who will support her for those superficial reasons alone that she'll be among the top candidates for the nomination. I don't know when the Cali DEM primary is going to fall in 2018, but she'll probably finish well and those delegates will keep her hopes alive if it's early in the season.

#25 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2018-02-28 09:44 PM

we've had this conversation before


Sorry but I don't think I have ever responded to you before. Perhaps you are just really forgettable/insignificant.


about you're obvious oral fixation with "power penis".


I have never heard of "power penis" before. I was just using the Colbert line of c#ck holster because I find it rather funny. In regards to Harris, it is an undeniable fact that she was indeed Corrupt Willie Brown's c#ck holster. The only question is if she owes her entire career to that or only 75%. I am betting that if she was fat and ugly, Willie would not have touched her and we would have never heard of her. She is like the Weinstein girls that kept their mouths' shut and are stars today as a result.


instead of living on the down low


Sorry, I am not a homosexual like big-ears Obama.


english, not being your mother tongue, i'm just trying to help, comrade



You probably want to cut down on the spelling and grammar mistakes to avoid breaking the irony meter with that last line. BTW, do you know the difference between compliment and complement? Unfortunately for you, I suspect English is your only language and you still suck at it.

#26 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-03-01 12:52 AM

you still suck at it.

touchy, seem to always find the need include your oral fantasies, and you point out that you're not a homosexual like obama, would you care to explain the type of homosexual that you are?
yep, american english is what i speak and it's served me well enough. i mean, i speak it well enough to convey to you that i think that you're a bigoted little ----------. Ty ponimayesh

#27 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-03-01 01:47 PM

Rex is your standard dumbass righty with slightly better grammar but probably a little more overcompensation than normal.

#28 | Posted by jpw at 2018-03-02 02:01 PM

The Dems will probably lose in 2020 because they'll all try to out liberal each other.

Hopefully someone tries to primary Trump if he's still around.

#29 | Posted by jpw at 2018-03-02 02:05 PM

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