Kamala Harris is out of the 2020 Presidential race, leaving a pretty white field (Elizabeth Warren: “How white, kemosabe?”). Her campaign has been off the rails for a while and she seemed to be the last one to know.
Last week, staff from her campaign went on the record with the New York Times for a pretty damning break down of her campaign. Reported the Times:
One adviser said the fixation that some younger staffers have with liberals on Twitter distorted their view of what issues and moments truly mattered, joking that it was not President Trump’s account that should be taken offline, as Ms. Harris has urged, but rather those of their own trigger-happy communications team.
Harris was, like Beto, one of the most buzzed about candidates and she fell flat. She surged in the polling after confronting Biden about bussing, then flailed about for an actual reason for a campaign. She took to increasingly wild assertions of executive power. At one point she declared her power to confiscate patents as President.
Campaigns are hard and running for President in a crowded field is no easy undertaking. Her behavior and that of her staff made it worse. They set out to be President with no real reason other than Kamala Harris wanted it. The message fluctuated wildly. It was all rather embarassing.
She shot up in the polls taking on Joe Biden and bussing and ends her campaign as Biden’s bus rolls through Iowa. There’s a chance we’ll see her on Joe Biden’s bus at some point. Right now though, she’s under it.
Now, a brief word on Kamala Harris directly without snark, sarcasm, or irony — I actually really think she comes across as likable and if you read the New York Times story, her instincts seemed almost always correct, but she listened to her advisers who were almost always wrong. Her moment against Biden was a good one, but her shaming of Tulsi Gabbard was arrogant and spoke poorly of her. Several friends of mine in the Senate tell me she is actually a very likable person who is quite capable of flying under the radar to do good work. It’s coming up for the spotlight that is the problem. That constant emersion in the spotlight, pushed by her advisers, did her in.