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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The California senator had a golden opportunity to emerge as a formidable contender. Instead, she's marginalized herself by pandering to her party's extreme.

If there was a primary for the most self-destructive presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California would be the front-runner of the 2020 field. Instead of leveraging her profile as a pragmatic prosecutor who has distinguished herself in the Senate as a tough litigator of top Trump officials, she's run a campaign that has embraced seemingly every half-baked idea from the party's left wing.

Supporting Medicare-for-all legislation that would all but eliminate private health insurance? Check. Decriminalize sex work? On it. Reparations for the descendants of slaves? Let's study it. Criticize Rep. Ilhan Omar for invoking anti-Semitic tropes that even the Democratic party leadership condemned? Hard pass. Voting rights for the Boston bomber? Let's talk about it, at least before backtracking the next day.

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This primary has been fascinating so far.

The widest lane of the Democratic Party's electorate is center-left, yet most of the candidates, Harris included, want to drive in the narrower and more crowded far-left lane.

With little competition in the wider moderate lane, Biden dominates.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-22 09:11 AM | Reply

I believe that the strategy is go left until the debates and then veer closer to the center. It is my belief that the candidate who best takes on Trump, challenging his law breaking and dishonesty, will emerge as the strongest candidate and win the nomination. Joe Biden's "bipartisan" baloney is going to look ridiculous when stronger candidates with spines explain to the electorate that Trump presents a Constitutional crisis. It is, by far, the largest such crisis that has occurred in my lifetime. He seems to model his Presidency on Andrew Jackson who openly ignored the SC on several occasions and caused the horrible deaths of thousands of Native Americans and the worst and longest depression in American history.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-05-22 09:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--I believe that the strategy is go left until the debates and then veer closer to the center.

Yeah, take whatever position is convenient at any given stage in the campaign. I expect that from Wokamala and Goofy Uncle Joe.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-05-22 09:41 AM | Reply

Danni,

I believe that the strategy is go left until the debates and then veer closer to the center.

Historically, Dem candidates go left during the primary and veer toward the middle in the general.

The problem I see with this primary is that it seems most of the candidates, like Harris, are going so far left that any veer toward the middle will still leave them too far to the left.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-22 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"The problem I see with this primary is that it seems most of the candidates, like Harris, are going so far left that any veer toward the middle will still leave them too far to the left."

She's not running to win, she's running to outflank Sanders, paving the way for a far more centrist candidate, and audition for the AG of the eventual nominee, as are at least half the other candidates (who are auditioning for various other cabinet level positions).

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-05-22 09:49 AM | Reply

She's not running to win, she's running to outflank Sanders, paving the way for a far more centrist candidate, and audition for the AG of the eventual nominee, as are at least half the other candidates (who are auditioning for various other cabinet level positions).

#5 | POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE

That is an interesting theory and is entirely plausible.

She was AG for the state of California so it would logically follow that she'd want to be AG for the federal government.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-22 09:53 AM | Reply

She was AG for the state of California so it would logically follow that she'd want to be AG for the federal government.
#6 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

It was a stepping stone, not a calling...

But I agree, she should have stayed middle-left, this puts her in the VP range.

The worry is that it will be an all WhiteMale ticket with Biden/Buttigieg...

My only hope is Beto can resurrect his campaign, my attacks really knocked him out of contention...

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-05-22 10:07 AM | Reply

If a Democrat doesn't go far enough left and support what 70% of what Democrats want they will be seen as Republican-lite when it comes to the debates, Joe Biden is looking like Republican-lite with his bipartisan baloney after all they years of Republican obstrucionism of everything Democrats want to do.

How can any Democrat (or Republican for that matter) say any of the Dems are too far left while McConnell and the Republicans refuse to even consider any bill to defend our own elections from Russian tampering? That isn't playing politics, it's down right treason.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2019-05-22 10:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

" Joe Biden's "bipartisan" baloney is going to look ridiculous when stronger candidates with spines explain to the electorate that Trump presents a Constitutional crisis."

Right, because the electorate just loves having things they already heard about a thousand times 'splained' to them. You sound exactly like the tone deaf mentality HRC had, that somehow people hadn't 'heard' her message yet.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-22 11:38 AM | Reply

"The worry is that it will be an all WhiteMale ticket with Biden/Buttigieg..."

Is anyone really seriously worried that that would be a problem? It seems like it is only the irrelevant fringe of the left and the concern trolls on the right fretting about that.

#10 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-22 11:43 AM | Reply

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"If a Democrat doesn't go far enough left and support what 70% of what Democrats want they will be seen as Republican-lite when it comes to the debates"

#8 | POSTED BY DANNI

The word is pander. lip service. a 'pack of lies'. "watch my mouth move a lot" - no honest intentions. zero integrity.

Enjoy 4 more Trump years.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-22 11:59 AM | Reply

My "guess" is that once the first couple of debates are done and the field has winnowed, Sen. Harris will lead the charge to the middle and try to suck up some of Biden's inevitable drop offs while letting Liz and Bernie duke it out for a while for the Purity Pony vote.

Momala's eye is on the VP slot under Biden as a consolation prize, the AG slot would be a poor third choice for her.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-05-22 02:43 PM | Reply

Kamala won't be at the top of the ticket, she's a better fit working under someone.

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-05-22 04:34 PM | Reply

#12-Dead on about the VP lust. She checks all the right boxes - she's a chick, she's black, and, as she's now proclaiming, a hard-lefty. A perfect counter to Middle O'Road Joe, and an appeal to the wackjobs who will hold their noses and vote BIDEN. Unless he strokes out before the primaries, which is where my money is.

#14 | Posted by Spork at 2019-05-22 04:39 PM | Reply

"Reparations for the descendants of slaves? Let's study it."

Harris is basically Black Hillary.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-05-22 11:21 PM | Reply

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