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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Kamala Departs

For John, BLUFEven though I am a registered Republican, and a Trump supporter, I thought Senator Kamala Harris might be an interesting contender.  But, she went left and ugly and did not gain traction.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Boston Globe, by New York Times Reporters Astead W. Herndon, Shane Goldmacher and Jonathan Martin, 3 December 2019.

Here is the lede plus two:

Senator Kamala Harris of California dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday after months of low poll numbers and a series of missteps that crippled her campaign, a deflating comedown for a barrier-breaking candidate who was seeking to become the first black woman to win the presidency.

The decision came after weeks of upheaval among Harris’ staff, including layoffs in New Hampshire and at her headquarters in Baltimore, and disarray among her allies.  She told supporters in an email on Tuesday that she lacked the money needed to fully finance a competitive campaign.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris wrote.

From The Washington Times we have this 3 December headline:  "Tulsi Gabbard knifed Kamala Harris in July; four months later, she has died from the wounds", by Reporter David Freddoso.

I thought that with her background Senator Harris had the possibility of walking a line that appealed in several directions, but she passed up the opportunity.  For example, she ran as a Black candidate, but her Father is an immigrant from Jamaica and her Mother is an immigrant from India.  Why didn't she play the "immigrant" card, casting herself as the child of immigrants who fell in love with America?  She could have gone with the late Senator Carl Schurz:

In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic.  My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
Room for traditional American values and for Progressive values.  But, alas, she did not go the middle way and thus didn't break through.  Maybe in 2024.

Rega; —  Cliff

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