As anticipated, Kamala Harris threw her hat in the ring this morning for the 2020 presidential race.
Kamala Harris as she announces her candidacy for president: "I love my country. And this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are." Via ABC pic.twitter.com/5tcYcm6jbH— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2019
I have no idea who I am ultimately going to vote for in the primaries, but at the moment, Harris is the candidate to whom I’m most drawn. She’s brilliant. She was among those Obama considered for Supreme Court seats. She’s been a big leader of the resistance, made some big waves during confirmation hearings in 2016 and in questioning Rod Rosenstein in the Senate, and is an outspoken critic against the Muslim ban and Trump’s immigration policies, and a fierce protector of LGBTQ community, and she opposes the death penalty.
She is not, however, without baggage that Trump will undoubtedly try and use against her. She’s a former prosecutor, and a good one, and there are probably more than a few cases that opponents will be able to use against her. A reader emailed me recently to take her (and Elizabeth Warren) to task for sponsoring the anti-sex trafficking laws SESTA and FOSTA, which admittedly had some unintended consequences — it is the reason tumblr no longer will feature porn, and why Craiglist killed the personal ads (for the record, however, the Senate voted yes on that bill 97-2, and one of those holdouts was Rand Paul).
There’s also the relationship that Harris had with Mayor Willie Brown that I’m sure that Donald Trump will be quick to pounce on, because that is where he goes. She’s also a “San Francisco liberal,” who has been very tough on those who commit hate crimes against the LGBTQ community, and I’m sure that is something that folks like Ted Cruz will use against her.
I guess I would just say that there is no perfect candidate — and that is true of all the Democratic hopefuls, some more than others — but that I hope to God that liberals don’t start eating their own over the next year and a half. There’s not a single candidate who has announced (or is thinking of announcing) that cannot be criticized in some way. Trump and the Republicans will take care of that and God knows, no one is better than Trump at defining his opposition. We don’t need to help them out by tearing our own candidates down. I would hope that 2020 is not another Bernie/Hillary situation. I’d really rather not Bernie or Biden win the nomination, but even if they do, they’re a far sight better than the alternative.
At the end of the day, after all, this is not just about electing the next President of the United States, it’s about giving Ruth Bader Ginsburg an opportunity to retire. Please, liberals, don’t eat your own. Do it for RBG!