Kamala Harris’s Identity Ticket, by Jonathon Keiler.
Now that first-term Senator Kamala Harris has formally announced for the presidency in 2020, she has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination.
This stems not from anything in Harris’s relatively slight résumé, other than her “identity” and a hard-left stand on most issues. Harris checks almost all the critical boxes. Barring a particularly toxic skeleton in the closet or a major campaign error, she will likely end up President Trump’s opponent in 2020.
Harris identifies as both an African-American (her father is Jamaican) and Indian-American (her mother hails from the subcontinent.) Being half Native American and gay would be a bit better, but among the current crop of possible Democrat candidates, none identify better as far as Democrats are concerned.
A couple decades ago, making a solid prediction on nothing more than identity would have be laughable, but not anymore. Identity is clearly the first consideration in the Democrat nominating process, something made abundantly clear by the positions and problems of the announced candidates that preceded Harris, those considering a run, and those that might stay out because of it — yes, I’m speaking of you, Joe Biden. …
It’s hard to see any other Democrat matching Harris’ identity bona fides. Plus, nobody’s going to get to her left and she’s combative, which is seen as necessary to take on Trump.
Reader Scott writes from California:
Potentially most dangerous politician in the world. A pretty, intersectional leftist who is absolutely power mad.