Harris Gains In Polls And Criticism

Harris Gains In Polls And Criticism

Harris Gains In Polls And Criticism

After her performance at the second debate, Senator Kamala Harris has earned herself a bump in the polls.

The junior senator from California gained attention when she went after Joe Biden on mandatory school busing.

And while the debate clip has pushed Harris into a tie for third place with Elizabeth Warren in the current polling, she’s still running behind both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden (for what it’s worth, it does look like Bernie’s goose is cooked. His support is staying flat and he gained nothing from the debate – not good for him). However, Harris may have overplayed her hand on heavily implying that Joe Biden is a racist. While Biden himself didn’t do much at the time to confront Harris on that point, his former colleagues – many of them connected or well-known black Democrats – are coming to his defense.

Biden supporters and Democrats who have attended the former vice president’s events in the days after the first nationally televised debate, are describing Harris’ assault on Biden as an all-too-calculated overreach after she knocked him on his heels in a grilling over busing and his remarks on segregationist senators.”

“She played low ball, which was out of character. And he didn’t expect it, nor did I,” said Lee White, a Biden supporter who attended his remarks at the Jesse Jackson Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “She should not have gone that route. She’s much too intelligent, she’s been able to be successful thus far, why do you have to do that.”

One major Biden supporter from California who declined to be named for publication said Harris’ direct attack on Biden was a mistake that would haunt her.”

“It’s going to bite her in the ass,” the supporter noted. “Very early on there was buzz … Biden-Kamala is the dream ticket, the best of both worlds.’’

After this week, “That shit ain’t happening.”

“We can be proud of her nonetheless, but her ambition got it wrong about Joe,” said former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American woman to serve in the Senate who has endorsed Biden in the 2020 primary. “He is about the best there is; for her to take that tack is sad.”

And while Harris’s ex-lover Willie Brown came to her defense in her targeting of Biden, even he claimed in his weekly column that the Democrats are in trouble.

California Sen. Kamala Harris got all the attention for playing prosecutor in chief, but her case against former Vice President Joe Biden boiled down in some ways to a ringing call for forced school busing. It won’t be too hard for Trump to knock that one out of the park in 2020.”

Biden did himself zero favors by telling Harris that he opposed only busing that was ordered by the federal government. It was a weird endorsement of states’ rights and local jurisdictions’ right to segregate schools. That’s the best argument he could marshal against busing little kids miles across town?”

Trump must have enjoyed every moment and every answer, because he now knows he’s looking at a bunch of potential rivals who are still not ready for prime time.”

Ouch. That’s gotta sting a bit.

What also has to sting? African-Americans pointing out that Kamala Harris is half-Jamaican and half-Indian, and therefore, doesn’t have the same family history of forced segregation.

Is this when we start breaking out the popcorn? This clip from February is now making the rounds on Twitter.
And after all of that, Harris is now saying yes, she does love herself some school buses.

Well, I’m sure THAT is going to go over well with parents of all ethnicties. (Prepare for the inevitable Kamala Harris flip-flop in 3, 2, 1….)

In the end, Harris is not going to be undone by attacking Biden, or by not being “black” enough, or anything else but her own big mouth. Harris says whatever the crowd or the reporters want to hear in the moment (remember, she LOVES having “conversations“), and then backtracks and flip-flops to the exact opposite of what she just said. She doesn’t “clarify,” she doesn’t just add some details – she literally pulls out her Uno deck and plays the reverse card.

On a debate stage with fewer candidates (and better moderators), Kamala Harris won’t get her soundbites out nearly as easily as she did in the free-for-all clown show from last Thursday. And once fewer clowns are on that stage, I expect that Harris will be taking some heat of her own. Then we’ll see if her poll numbers continue to climb, or if this is as far as she can go.

Featured image: Senator Kamala Harris (official Congressional portrait, public domain)

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