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Assault on America, Day 266: Three (or more) reasons why Kamala Harris won’t be president

Kamala Harris
It’s always fascinating -- and a bit sad -- to behold the unraveling of a once promising presidential candidacy, unless it’s someone who’s clearly not suitable for the job -- and then witnessing the metaphysical political disrobing is curiously exhilarating.

Such is the case with California Senator and Democrat hopeful Kamala Harris. The 54-year-old (she’ll turn 55 on October 20th next month) was elected to her current post on the same day as President Donald Trump and came to Washington for one reason and one reason only: to realize her ambitions. Harris immediately set to work making a name and national profile for herself, especially through her highly visible interrogations of Trump nominees and officials such as Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions. Then last year she went full-bore against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the die was cast on her repute as a wingnut.

As a one-time prosecutor Harris quickly earned a senate reputation as pointed, direct and relentless cross-examiner… but not in good ways. Instead of homing in on possible flaws in qualifications or background she made it intensely personal and slimed good people for no reason. From the beginning it appeared Kamala was more interested in character assassination and scoring political points than discovering the truth. Hard as it is to believe, in the short time she’s been in the swamp Harris seems more radically liberal than her predecessor, the notorious Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Running for president was practically a forgone conclusion all along for the outwardly single-minded Harris. Only it’s not going as originally planned for the former Golden State Attorney General, whose campaign is languishing, leaving her desperate and singularly focused on Iowa as her (first?) last stand. Rick Moran wrote at PJ Media, “Harris's campaign is faltering badly. Since her [June] confrontation with Joe Biden, accusing the former Obama vice president of blocking forced busing, she has been slipping in the polls. The latest Fox News survey has Biden falling to 29 percent while Warren is surging to 20 percent. Harris stands 4th with only 7 percent of the vote.

“It's clear that she's going to have to abandon her original strategy and look to make a splash somewhere in the early states. South Carolina, with its large black population, would be a possibility. But there's a danger that Harris would already be an afterthought by then...

“…After a 16-city bus tour in the state [Iowa] last August, Harris hasn't been back. That will certainly change as will her efforts to build a statewide organization to challenge Biden who has already made a huge investment in the state. Playing catch-up is usually a losing strategy, especially with the caucuses less than 5 months away.”

In his piece Moran quotes a Politico article which reported Harris was recently overheard telling a colleague, “I’m fu**ing moving to Iowa.” Aside from the less-than-classy, inappropriate and unprofessional use of language, Iowa is a risky place for the former Willie Brown mistress to set up camp. I don’t know the exact figure but upwards of 90 percent of the Hawkeye State must be rural and socially conservative, neither of which are good fits for the San Francisco-based Harris. Whereas Obama ingratiated himself to Iowans in ‘08 through natural charm and an agenda that fit with the big government crowd at the time, Kamala’s main thrust is decidedly negative and vengeful as well as socialistic and unworkable.

Harris’s problems are multi-fold, and “fu**ing moving to Iowa” isn’t going to help her.

First and most prominent, Harris lacks a defining issue… she’s got no “brand”. Again, comparing her to Obama, who had his “Hope and Change” slogan at the ready from day one, Kamala doesn’t offer anyone anything to remember her by. Sure, she’s the lone (part) African-American woman in the field, yet beyond surface characteristics there isn’t much to latch onto. She can’t explain how her healthcare plan is different from the others’ (in truth, the only one that’s comprehensible in the slightest is Bernie Sanders’ and “Pocahontas” Warren’s Medicare for All, and that’s a dead-letter right off the bat to anyone with common sense).

At various times Harris has dipped her foot into the slavery reparations pool, but that isn’t likely to get whiter-than-white Iowans interested in her spiel. Besides, the “white guilt” candidate is “Beto” O’Rourke, who comes across as much more pathetic and pandering even than Kamala does. Often indecisive and not thoroughly grounded in principle, Harris is a lady rebel without a cause and she’s proving impossible to define. The ambiguity’s costing her in the polls -- and would be fatal at the voting booth.

Second, her rivals have already clogged the running “lanes” and there simply isn’t room for another candidate in the places she’s looking to gain ground. If Biden has secured the “moderate” lane, Harris won’t get much love there. The former Obama VP has also apparently locked down the black Democrat vote, which one would think would be a fertile place for a black woman to mine voters. Even there she’s up against Sen. Cory Booker, the only viable African-American male competitor. (Note: More bad news for Harris -- it looks like black Democrats are warming to “Pocahontas” too.)

Sanders and “Pocahontas” are already battling over the ultra-leftist lane, with Warren appearing to gain ground with the Antifa-crowd. And there’s simply no way the party establishment would ever abandon Biden while he can still stand up and hold a microphone. The elites are solely preoccupied with beating Trump, and Joe looks like the only one who could do it with any degree of certainty.  

The Democrat poohbahs see Harris sinking like a stone in her home state (one poll even had her behind tech outsider Andrew Yang in fifth place) and they’re not about to take a flier on a risky bet like Kamala. She may be a minority and a woman -- but Harris isn’t exciting the people she needs to rouse. Everyone knows Biden. “Pocahontas” and Bernie draw big and raucous crowds. Harris claims neither characteristic.

Seriously, would anyone get ramped up to see Harris speak? What for? She can’t mumble like Biden, shout and gesticulate like Bernie or “fight the corporations” like “Pocahontas.” She’s not as funny as Yang or boorishly self-assured as Booker, either. There may be a segment of voters who love politicians emulating cold, nasty codfish, but they’re not many in number. Not even the enviro-freaks would take to Kamala -- they love “Beto”!

Lastly (at least for now), Harris isn’t likable. Biden’s known for his pearly-white smile and back slappin’ good guy personality (so what if he sniffs women’s coifs?). Sanders is the Democrats’ lovable curmudgeon and Warren is the fightin’ granny candidate who liberals seem to relate to. By contrast, Harris isn’t approachable, appears aloof and turns people off. Democrats have a tough time remembering, but most people in middle America aren’t wowed by someone from California’s Bay Area, which is not exactly renowned for its wholesome welcoming spirit and hospitality.

It’s the same way for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Anyone want to sit down and have a beer -- or a glass of cabernet -- with either Nanny or Kamala? Most “normal” people would rather shoot off their foot first.

Harris’s campaign theme is “Kamala Harris for the People”, but what does it mean? Perhaps she’d be better served by resurrecting and borrowing the old Elton John classic, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” which goes like this:

“What have I got to do to make you want me
What have I got to do to be heard
What do I say when it's all over?
And sorry seems to be the hardest word”

Harris could use the song as her campaign bumper music at her upcoming Iowa events. Who knows, maybe her designated constituency could be liberal Elton John fans who grew up in the 70’s. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Some think Harris blundered from the beginning and it’s only gotten worse. Philip Klein wrote at The Washington Examiner, “The way the Democratic presidential field has taken shape, however, these voters have been given a choice between accepting somebody much further to their Left or learning to live with a barely coherent elderly white guy who nonetheless seems relatively reasonable.

“Harris at her best can be a dynamic politician who offers youth, diversity, and significantly more mental acuity than Biden. Had Harris positioned herself as more sober-minded liberal reformer, she may not be winning right now, but she’d certainly have more room to grow in the event that Biden falters.

“Instead, she’s in a political desolation row, having given voters on all sides of the ideological spectrum reasons to view her suspiciously.”

Klein’s is an interesting theory. True, Harris could’ve (and maybe should’ve) positioned herself as a slightly more liberal alternative to Biden rather than a demented leftist whose views echo the Bernie/“Pocahontas” duo. But it wouldn’t have worked. There isn’t a whole heck of a lot in Kamala’s background that screams “moderate”, which is why she’s having such a hard time appealing to Democrats with common sense (if there are any left).

As Rep. Tulsi Gabbard pointed out (in the second Democrat debate), Harris was actually celebrated in some circles for being a tough prosecutor who put criminals away. This is a form of “moderation” to many voters, but not a rap Harris wants to adopt on a national level. The Black Lives Matter constituency doesn’t like hearing about sending the guilty to prison -- they’d rather have them marching the streets and raising fists.

As alluded to above, Harris’s main problem is the predominant general impression she doesn’t believe in anything -- and if she does believe in it, she’s not very good at explaining it. Her “I was that girl” moment in the first debate received positive comments because it was the first time people felt they could empathize with her. Now the opportunity’s been squandered.

With a little over four months to go until Democrats caucus in Iowa, much could potentially change in the intervening time. One thing that’s unlikely to improve for Kamala Harris, however, is her ability to fit in with a large enough segment of voters to make a difference when the race tightens.

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