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Room with a view: Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential contender

If you like Kamala Harris, you can keep her at least through the early 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. That will include California, which moved its primary from June to March so that conservative voters in the Golden State can have no effect on the presidential race much sooner than before, and progressive voters can delude themselves that they are more than a piggy bank for campaign funds and guaranteed votes.

Personal bias alert: Harris’s biggest plus from my point-of-view is that she is not Hillary Clinton.

Liz Mair at The Bulwark expands on a list of Harris’s strong points one year before the Iowa caucuses:

  1. money
  2. campaign staff
  3. TV time
  4. social media presence

I don’t care that Harris is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. Really: I don’t care one way or the other.

Her policy positions are awful. For example, she wants a government takeover of health insurance, and only backed off when a backlash convinced her to (publicly) moderate her position.

She consistently acts like the Constitutional ban on a religious test for government service is an awkward relic from our benighted past — sort of a sixth finger that makes finding stylish gloves impossible and should be amputated to make life easier.

At a confirmation hearing for judicial nominee Neomi Rao, Harris suggested that teaching our daughters to act responsibly in public — for instance, not get falling-down drunk — is “blaming the victim” for sexual assault. Ms. Harris acts as though Bad Guys™ won’t take advantage of the situation because it wouldn’t be fair, or perhaps because it would be ungentlemanly. This, after decades of self-styled feminists beating on boys for daring to show “gentlemanly” behavior and declaring holding a door open as paternalistic subjugation.

Teaching our daughters to act responsibly is not blaming the victim — it’s self-discipline and self-defense that prevents victimization.

Watch between now and next June: Senator Harris will take the most progressive positions possible without severe public backlash, in order to crowd out possible Democratic rivals to her left.

Ballotpedia currently lists ten announced Democratic candidates — nobody on the list makes my pulse race.

Cory Booker is likely to flame out — he has a bad temper. Julian Castro and other men do not have national name recognition. Tulsi Gabbard and Kirsten Gillibrand are outdone in intersectionality and wokeness by Kamala Harris.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren seems to have left a trail of “cultural appropriation” bread crumbs that may drive her from the field over her past claims to American Indian ancestry. The latest crumb is a 1986 Texas bar association registration card that shows her claiming American Indian ancestry. I would not care about the flimsiness of her claim to American Indian ancestry — see above where I declare disinterest in the ethnic background of Kamala Harris — except that Senator Warren has used it to her selfish advantage.

Of talked-about Democratic possibles, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that he will not run. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa has not been heard from since coming in third in the 2018 California gubernatorial primary.

For now, Kamala Harris leads the Democratic pack. If she wins the Democratic nomination and Donald Trump repeats as the Republican nominee, she is likely to be much more adroit than Herself in response to The Donald’s attacks. Candidate Trump will have to content with an opponent who can smile and laugh and clap with more than animatronic verisimilitude, and does not stink of political corruption.

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  1. What do we do if we don’t like he? Can we begin the smear campaign now and let the world know she took advantage of several men sexually to advance her career? We can also point out her tendencies toward Socialism? How about the way she, without facts, tried to ruin the life of a now sitting Supreme Court Justice? I could go on and on but, you get my point.

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