Why Kamala Harris is Emerging as the Early Patron Saint of the #Resistance
As far as 2020, it is still very early, to be sure. But at this point she is leading-assuming she is running which of course we don’t know.
Again, don’t forget the qualifier-it’s very early. The only candidate I know for sure about is Bernie-I won’t be voting for him. Anyone But Bernie.
But at this point she has a leg up if anyone does. This is because she exudes the basic spirt of #TheResistance.
There is a lot of misunderstanding by the media as to who the #Resistance is. Jeet Heer assumes it’s simply an extension of the Bernie Bros.
A recent NY Times piece did the same. Nate Silver hit the mark in response:
Arguably—given that she won the Democratic primaries by a healthy margin—Clinton had more base support. Mostly women. Mostly nonwhite.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 11, 2017
In many ways the #Resistance is more Hillary than Bernie. When she claimed that she was part of the #Resistance much of the Beltway scoffed-what else is new.
But Hillary is more than just in the #Resistance, for many of us in it, she is our patron Saint, Period.
Again let’s be clear about my own 2020 preferences:
1. Anyone but Bernie
2. If Hillary ran again I’d vote for her in a NY second. But I don’t expect her to run again.
3. In the early going, I find Kamala Harris very intriguing
4. Again, it’s very early
What makes Harris such a natural favorite of the #Resistance:
1. It doesn’t hurt at all that she’s a-very smart and accomplished-woman. That she’s a Black woman hurts even less.
This touches on one of Bernie’s many problems as far as any future run he might consider. This is what the MSM doesn’t get. Bernie’s numbers with AA and Hispanic voters remain terrible.
Then there’s the female vote. Remember that women are a huge part of the #Resistance. I believe they are making something like 84% of the calls to Congress these days. They are organizing the marches, etc.
Remember that huge Women’s March the day after Herr Trump’s so-called Inauguration. Women are pissed. And a big part of it is the shoddy treatment, just despicable treatment of Hillary Clinton.
Where a very highly qualified woman lost to the most unqualified man in history, who also happens to be a raging misogynist, accused by 14 different women of sexual assault. And who had the temerity to attack Hilary as the sexual predator based on her husband’s extramarital affairs.
Remember what Bernie said: It’s not enough to say ‘I’m a woman vote for me.’
Saying that was an insult to all of us-women and men-who voted for Hillary Clinton. And it puts him totally out of step with the Resistance.
2. Senator Harris is a tough, smart prosecutor who has been one of the big standouts in the early Senate Intelligence hearings. She has now been shushed by John McCain in two staight hearings-for her tough questioning of both Rod Rosenstein and now Jeff Sessions.
Being tough, especially on Trump and Russia is the way to Democrat’s hearts in 2020. Even Bernie knows this as he did a campaign video where he talked about Russia for his 2018 Vermont race.
You think he wants to have to talk about Russia? But he knows even in his own state of Vermont, this is what voters want to hear about.
Kamala Harris on the other hand is totally in step with the #Resistance:
1. Anti Trump
2. Very tough on Russia
3. Certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s a highly intelligent and strong Black woman.
The RNC didn't pay much attention to Obama in 2007. Are they paying attention to Sen. K. Harris (D) CA? They best.https://t.co/BuaDdLBowq
— Adam B. Bear (@democraticbear) June 17, 2017
“In Greek mythology, the Eumenides were three goddesses tasked with protecting the cause of justice. They originally redressed wronged womanhood, pursuing the prince Orestes after he murdered his mother. In Aeschylus’ tragedies, they are chthonic, ambiguous forces. They do not tire and they do not stop; their persistence—at least in the imagination of the male playwright—feels almost monstrous. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris have become the Eumenides of the U.S. Senate, summoned by the blood of Hillary Clinton, formed from liberal feminists’ desire for a reckoning.”
1. I like Warren but she’s not my first choice. I’d only take her if there had to be an acceptable candidate for both the Bernie and Hillary wings.
2. Gillibrand is someone else I’ve been watching early. In many ways she makes sense-she is the woman who took Hillary’s old NY Senate seat.
However, if she is intending to run, she needs to do more to put herself out there. Her f bomb at that college address was not a bad place to start.
Still, she’s not part of any Senate Commitee investigating Russia. That gives Kamala Harris a major leg up on her.
More from Slate:
“In Harris’ case, her positioning as a resistance hero flattens out complex views and a tortured rise. The 52-year-old spent 25 embattled years in law enforcement before winning a seat in the Senate in 2016. During her two terms as the district attorney of San Francisco and five years as the attorney general of California, she amassed legions of admirers and almost as many enemies.”
But that’s the spirit of the #Resistance. It’s what makes it different than the Bernie Bros. It’s not a progressive beauty contest-Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most progressive of them all?
The author seems concerned that Harris isn’t a True Progressive. But that’s now what the #Resistance is. There is more ideological variation than on Team Bernie-as demonstrated in the rise of Jon Ossoff.
The key for the #Resistance is not who is the True Progressive but who is the strongest in opposing Donald Trump-resisting him-and who is strongest on Russia. This gives Harris an early lead.
“In the criminal justice world, Harris is a divisive figure, too progressive for the law-and-order diehards and too draconian for those who embrace comprehensive change. A New York Times Magazineprofile from May 2016 said she “embodies the [Democratic] party’s ambitions and contradictions” in the age of Black Lives Matter. Harris believes in addressing crime’s underlying causes, but she also defended convictions secured by prosecutors who lied under oath. She launched a program that offered first-time drug offenders the chance to earn high school diplomas instead of going to prison. She also battled the release of inmates from California jails the Supreme Court had pronounced overcrowded. While one wing of her party vowed to remake the system, she worried about achieving a more modest seat “at the table where decisions are made.” Her aim, in the words of the Times’ Emily Bazelon, was to “chart a middle course.”
All this to me, suggests, she’s like Hillary in a way who was also never a doctrinaire Far Leftist on every issue.
“Yet Harris is also a trailblazer, her resume a riot of firsts. She is the first black woman from California to serve in the Senate (and the nation’s second), as well as the state’s first female attorney general, its first black attorney general, and its first attorney general of South Asian descent. (Harris’ mother was born in India.) She is the first Indian American senator in U.S. history. She was San Francisco’s first female district attorney. She was also, according to President Obama in 2013, “the best-looking attorney general in the country,” though he later apologized for saying so. (Obama, who also described Harris as “brilliant,” “dedicated,” and “tough,” reportedly placed her on his shortlist to succeed Eric Holder. Then he considered her for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Antonin Scalia.)”
Yes, yes-early. But I certainly want to hear more from Ms. Harris.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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