Kamala Harris Announces Run for Presidency


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Somewhere in the last couple of years my e-mail address got onto Harris’s list (probably a donation I made to some other Western candidate). I got her announcement e-mail this morning. Speaking broadly, there’s not enough policy difference between her, or Warren, or Gillibrand to matter. There’s exactly one mention of the environment: “Where every single person can breathe clean air and drink clean water.” Not a word about climate change. So far, Jay Inslee is still my guy. Not that he’s got a snowball’s chance of getting the nomination — this will not be a good cycle for white male governors.Report

    • Avatar greginak in reply to Michael Cain says:

      I don’t think there is going to be huge policy differences between the main contenders. Each will pick one or two things to stand out on but all will pick from the buffet of current D consensus. The primary process will lead the winner to pick up the other popular proposals from the others. Harris will have some enviro policies if she doesn’t now that will be in the general consensus of the D’s. If she is slow on that she will pick up popular polices from the other candidates.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    My feed is full of pinkos arguing that Kamala Harris cannot be the nominee because she was a particularly earnest prosecutor and nominating her would be a slap in the face to the whole #BlackLivesMatter movement alongside people arguing that this shouldn’t be held against her and we need to nominate someone who can appeal to the center and, like it or not, Law&Order appeals to the center.

    So the nomination fight is going to be bloody. (Who is the most populist of the Democrats who have thrown their hat into the ring? Is it Harris?)Report

    • Avatar Michael Siegel in reply to Jaybird says:

      She wasn’t just a prosecutor. She was a bad one. One who fought any accountability for cops or prosecutors, tried to deny compensation to people unjustly imprisoned, brought garbage lawsuits against backpage, argued against decarceration because the state would lose cheap labor and thought parents of truant kids should be arrested. Fie on her faux progressivism.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe in reply to Jaybird says:

      By the current Democratic definition of ‘populist’, probably Warren, but only because she’s been someone whose made her political brand (earliest) as being a foe of ‘Big Finance’ as popularly imagined.

      Castro has some cred as a ‘populist’ insofar that his resume has ‘HUD Secretary in a Dem adminstration’. But I couldn’t name any actual accomplishments. And it’s kinda hard for any Obama alum to make the ‘populist’ case for themselves.

      But really, like said elsewhere on the thread, it’s going to be the tyranny of small differences between anyone in the front 5-6 of the field. Ecept for Bernie and Biden, and Gabbard too if she manages to get that 6th seed. Both Bernie and Biden are going to get obliterated, but for different reasons.

      Although, I can see a scenario – Gillibrand, Harris, Warren, and Booker are so close that they split the field almost evenly between them, Biden and the kids table pick up close to 10% of the total vote , so Bernie manages to squeak in with a low 20s percentage vote total.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Kolohe says:

        I have Warren in the “Damaged Goods” category in my head so I no longer see her as particularly relevant to the nomination debate (though her endorsement will be worth a considerable amount).

        My assumption is that the Trump Backlash among the Dems will manifest as antithesis and so, as such, I see The Populistest among them as being the one who will eventually get the nomination. (Well, if the invisible nomination process isn’t hijacked by the money people and superdelegates before the fact.)Report

      • Avatar aaron david in reply to Kolohe says:

        I really doubt that any man gets through the process, not in this political environment. Harris has way too much Brown baggage, what with her getting a start in politics being the “girlfriend” of the Wiley one. Warren is already a punching bag for Trump, though she is the populist choice. That leaves Gillibrand, Kohlbluchar, and Tulsi.


        All Biden and Sanders, Booker, Beto, and Castro will do is weaken the field during the primaries. So, who else will pop up in the next few months? That might be the answer.Report

  3. Avatar Murali says:

    Harris’s video is a bit on the nose. She really needs a token white male in there.Report