Friday, February 15, 2019


Somehow, the little guys aren't ponying up for Kamala Harris

After a big buildup, and all those supposed thousands who attended her lollapaloozy Oakland presidential campaign announcement, Kamala Harris is facing a shortage of funds, at least if you look at her emails.  Seems the little guys she claims to champion by taking away their health after throwing the potheads among them in jail aren't opening their pocketbooks.
Get a load of this from the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard:
Some 17 days after announcing her 2020 Democratic presidential bid before a sizable crowd of 20,000, California Sen. Kamala Harris has issued an urgent email headlined "Falling Short."
In it, her campaign pleads for donations in time for the next Federal Election Commission reporting period, which campaigns use to show if they have the needed financial support to push through the Iowa caucuses.
"I need to be direct: right now, we are at a real risk of falling short of our February fundraising goals," said the email signed "Kamala."
Usually, the biggest funding bursts in early, what with people all excited about a launch and impulsively shelling out to join in.
Didn't happen with Kamala.  Whatever she has now, the next tranche she needs could very well be harder.
This kind of goes with her general phoniness — whether from not remembering key events that embarrass, falsifying a history of racial oppression, faking confessions to prosecutors, or an impressive history of fake Twitter followers.  She's always been all in for the fugazy.
But now it actually counts.  She needs between $50 million and $100 million in funds just to make it to Iowa, and she's sending out tocsin emails.  Now, Bedard notes that she could be faking that in trying to pump up her cash pile, which, knowing her, is entirely within character.
But it's also possible that she's faked it for a long time, and the Democratic voters can finally see it.
She comes off as slick, packaged, and willing to say anything if it advances her quest for power.  Actually, willing to do anything, too, given her tryst for a political leg up that she got from her sex relationship with married political kingmaker Willie Brown.
She has media outlets such as CNN and the New York Times absolutely in her pocket, packaging herself to please exactly their tastes about what a presidential candidate should be like.
And now we see her jiving and getting down with black radio hosts in a calculated Michelle Obama-like imitation.  (By the way, her denials about the pot-smoking and listening to Snoop do not hold water when you watch the tape.)
Say anything, do anything, and leave a long trail of phoniness.
Somehow, in the Age of Trump, I suspect that this isn't what voters want.  Harris may very well be seeing the little guys walking away from funding her, as her email claims, showing how hollow she is, her ambitions not matching her support.
Maybe she can get what she wants from a fat cat like George Soros.  Like Willie Brown, he seems to have a thing for the ladies.
Image credit: Caricature by Donkey Hotey via FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0.

Watch: Kamala Harris Shakes Head After Trump Calls for Stopping Drug Cartels, Human Trafficking

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) shook her head after President Donald Trump called for putting illegal drug cartels and human traffickers out of business at his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

President Trump had specifically called for the United States to commit to ending illegal immigration, as well as put coyotes, drug cartels, and human smugglers “out of business.” While others responded by standing and giving applause, Sen. Kamala Harris pursed her lips and shook her head in response to the president’s call to action.
Watch Below:

President Donald Trump calls on Congress to put "the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business"

Democrats refuse to stand or clap

2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris shakes her head in disagreement

“Now, Republicans and Democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis,” said President Trump, “Congress has ten days left to pass a bill that will fund our government, protect our homeland, and secure are very dangerous southern border.”
“Now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business,” continued the president.
Sen. Harris had recently announced her 2020 presidential bid, which was then followed up with a call to eliminate private health insurance, an issue that appears to be Sen. Harris’ more immediate priority, rather than securing the United States’ border.
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"Democracy Dies in California"

February 6, 2019

"Democracy Dies in California" is the usual saying for the socialist one-party state with the most rigged election and single party rule outside Cuba or Venezuela.
And so that meant Kamala Harris couldn't have lost her Senate race. She barely had to run. 
But California voters may have passively elected her, but no one is all that certain that she has what it takes to run the country into the ground.
On the heels of a high-profile White House campaign launch that cemented Kamala Harris‘ position as a top-tier 2020 contender, a new poll shows voters in her home state are divided on whether she would make a good president.
Forty percent of voters in overwhelmingly Democratic California say the first-term senator would make a good president, and 38 percent say she would not, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
That's quite an endorsement.
A majority of Californians polled can't even say Harris would make a good president. And that's in her own state.

The Moral Inconsistency of Progressive Presidential Contender Kamala Harris

By Dan Cadman on February 1, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has already declared herself to be a presidential aspirant in the upcoming 2020 elections, among the dozens of other Democrats who are mulling over whether or not to run.
Many readers will know that Harris wants to be a progressive darling of the party, and has gone on record as being morally opposed to the border wall, comparing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the KKK, and expressing her dismay at the separation of alien parents from their children when they cross the border illegally.
She went so far as to declare that the Trump administration's actions constitute a "crime against humanity" — a declaration that grates in the ears when one thinks of real crimes against humanity, such as the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, the Rwandan genocide, the mass murder in Srebrenica, and even the wanton, murderous barbarity of ISIS in every area which it has held.
But having announced her candidacy, Harris now finds she is subject to the same kind of close scrutiny that she is so fond of according others, and her star is perhaps not shining quite so brightly.
Jim Geraghty at National Review Online, among others, has discussed a Twitter feed including a video of Harris discussing a policy she adopted as a chief prosecutor in California that jailed the parents of truant children. Yes, that's right, the parents. (Interestingly, when you click the hotlink inside Geraghty's article to the Twitter feed showing the video, it now says "Account suspended." One wonders why. Is Twitter helping Harris squelch the unexpected and unwanted focus?)
So, to recap: Harris endorsed a policy of locking up the parents of truant children — many of whom were undoubtedly difficult-to-manage rebellious teens that neither the parents nor the school district could manage — but somehow finds no fault in an alien parent who drags his or her infant or toddler, or eight or 10 year old, 1,700 miles across difficult terrain of jungle and then desert, exposes them to poisonous insects and reptiles, as well as predatory animals and humans, including smugglers who are as likely to physically or sexually assault as to help, just so that the parent has a "get out of jail free" card when they arrive at and illegally cross the U.S. southern border.
Does anyone else see a problem with moral consistency and a whiff of hypocrisy here?

Harris 'Stands With' DACA Kids/Parents, But No Wall 'Under Any Circumstances'

By Susan Jones | January 29, 2019 | 5:27 AM EST
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a newly minted presidential candidate, participates in a CNN town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Photo: Screen capture/CNN)
( - Following a rousing defense of legal status for DACA recipients and their parents, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told CNN Monday night that she would not be willing to give them permanent legal status if it means giving President Donald Trump money for his border wall.
Jake Tapper asked Harris, "Would you be willing to vote for some border security money, wall money, barrier money to give permanent protection to DACA children, DACA young people like Cecilia? Would you be willing to make that exchange?"

Let me be very clear," Harris said.
I'm not going to vote for a wall under any circumstances, and I do support border security, and if we want to talk about that, let's do that. And let's talk about what really accomplishes border security, which is let's upgrade the technology. Let's look at the fact that the folks who are working on border security on the ground know that they need upgraded infrastructure, around things like drones, and they need cameras. So, yes, I'm all for increased border security where we need it.
I am not for a wall. And let me just tell you something. So here's the thing. I have worked on this issue on both sides. I have worked on this issue including being a prosecutor, who went after transnational criminal organizations. And let me tell you something. I'm talking about organizations that, for profit, engaged in the trafficking of guns, drugs, and human beings. That wall ain't going to stop them. Let's be clear about that.
Let's be clear about the fact that --let me tell you. I have been to the border. I have seen the tunnels. I have seen photographs of tunnels that had already been demolished with walls as smooth as the walls here, tunnels lined with air-conditioning and lighting because this is the level of sophistication that is going on with people who are trafficking in guns, drugs, and human beings for profit.
They're going underground, through tunnels. They've got boats. They've got drones. They're not jumping over walls. So the idea that we're going to sell this thing to the American public and require the taxpayers of our country to pay $5 billion for something that will not deliver what he is suggesting we need is ridiculous, and I will not support it.
Moments earlier, a DACA recipient named Cecilia told Harris she's tired of being used as a "bargaining chip." She said she's worried about the future of herself and other DACA recipients, as well as the possible deportation of the parents who brought them to the U.S. as young children.
"What solutions do you see to help protect the parents of DACA recipients or those for which there is no clear path to citizenship?" Cecilia asked Harris.
Harris used her response to Cecilia to criticize the Trump administration for breaking a promise made to them "in writing."
(President Barack Obama's Homeland Security Department -- not Congress -- established DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, with a memorandum. Yet the courts have blocked the Trump Administration from overturning Obama's executive action with an order of its own.)
"I have had serious concerns about the fact that they are refusing to keep America's promise to you and everyone who went through that process. And it is wrong, and it also is contrary to who we said we were," Harris told Cecilia.

The senator noted that all DACA recipients have been vetted to see if they are living a "productive life" and are worthy of deferred deportation:
And we promised them. And it is in writing. If you give us this information about who you are, we will not share it with I.C.E., and we will not use that as a basis for deporting you. We promised you that.
Then this administration came in and broke that promise. Broke that promise. And so what we have is bad role modeling, not to mention the fact that we have hundreds and thousands of young people like you who are presenting us with the promise of America and have to live in fear every day that you might be deported because an administration came in and broke America's promise to you. And it is wrong.
And on your point about parents, it is wrong, and you are exactly right, for this administration to then trade the idea that, okay, well, maybe we'll let the kids stay but not their parents. So yet again we have an example of this administration willing to separate children from their parents, which is inhumane and contrary to who we are and the values we hold as Americans.
And so I will say to you that I stand with you. There are so many who do, and we should not be trading on your life for the sake of the political games that this president is playing in trying to vilify young people like you, who are doing nothing except being productive and believing in and living the American dream.
The audience applauded enthusiastically, even though Harris never once mentioned that Congress could solve the problem legislatively.

Exclusive–Angel Mom: Kamala Harris’ Staff Threatened to Call Capitol Police When Angel Families Visited Her Office

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Angel Mom Maureen Maloney, the vice president of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), says Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)’s staff threatened to call Capitol Police when Angel Families visited her Senate office in Washington, DC, this month.

Maloney — whose 23 years-old son, Matthew Denice, was killed in August 2011 by an illegal alien who ran over him while drunk driving without a license — told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight that the staff of Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris threatened to call Capitol Police when Angel Families visited the offices of prominent House and Senate Democrats to discuss illegal alien crime.
Meanwhile, Maloney told Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that Harris makes it known that illegal aliens are welcome in her office.
“So we went past her office about two weeks ago, we were in D.C. to see … Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, and Kamala Harris, in front of her office, has a big welcome sign in Spanish that says ‘Dreamers Are Welcome,'” Maloney said.
MANSOUR: Were you welcome?
MALONEY: No, in fact two of the people I was with, they threatened to call Capitol Police on them if they didn’t leave.
MANSOUR: Kamala Harris’ staff threatened to call the police on you?
Listen to Maloney’s full interview here:
In her 2020 presidential campaign kickoff speech in Oakland, California, Harris portrayedherself as an advocate for crime victims and thanked illegal aliens for visiting lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
You see, in our system of justice, we believe that harm against any one of us is harm against all of us. That’s why when we file a case, it’s not filed in the name of the victim. It reads, “The People.” This is a point I have often explained to console and counsel survivors of crime, people who faced great harm. Often at the hands of someone they trust – be it a relative or a bank or a big corporation. I would remind them. You are not invisible. We all stand together. [Emphasis added]
During the health care fight, I saw parents and children with grave illnesses walk the halls of the United States Congress, families who had traveled across the country at incredible sacrifice. They came to our nation’s capital believing that if their stories were heard, and if they were seen, their leaders would do the right thing. I saw the same thing with our Dreamers. They came by the thousands. By plane, train, and automobile. I’m sure they were sleeping ten-deep on someone’s living room floor. [Emphasis added]
Maloney said it is illegal aliens who have the upper hand against their American victims, not only when it comes to trying to speak with lawmakers, but also in the court system.
“Illegal aliens are treated with such leniency compared to American citizens. It’s really sickening what goes on in the courts,” Maloney said.
Harris and other elected Democrat lawmakers are “absolutely not” working on behalf of illegal alien crime victims, Maloney said, noting that she and other Angel Families have been unable to meet with Democrats about the immigration issue for years.
“My senators up here, Sen. Markey and Sen. Warren, I’ve tried for years to get an appointment to meet with them. They’re unable to meet with people here in Massachusetts and down in Washington,” Maloney said. “When I’ve been down in Washington to meet with Democrat leaders, they’re not available. Members of AVIAC have been trying to meet with Nancy Pelosi as long as we’ve been in existence and they’ve made public pleas to meet with her and she won’t meet with any of us.”
“No, I don’t feel that the Democrats are representing my family at all,” Maloney said.

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Willie Brown: My Extramarital Affair With


Kamala Harris Benefited Her Politically


Senator Kamala Harris announced last week her intentions to run for president, and on Sunday she officially kicked off her bid with a rally in Oakland.
While she’ll talk about a wide array of issues on the campaign trail and how she believes her qualifications make her the best Democrat to take on President Trump in 2020, one thing the first-time Senator won’t mention is her past relationship with former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
Brown, on the other hand, opened up about their time together in a short piece posted at the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday:
I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Most of them, I have not returned.
Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.
Brown went on to talk about other Democrats he’s helped in the past:
And I certainly helped with [Harris’s] first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.
Well, he went there, so we’ll go there, too.
Brown did indeed date Harris – who is 30 years younger than him – for a period of time between 1995 and early 1996, and yes – he “influenced” her career in a big way:
In 1995, she began dating Brown, then Assembly speaker and one of the most powerful men in California politics. Brown put Harris on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission, part-time posts that supplemented her prosecutor’s salary with nearly $100,000 in extra annual pay.
The December night Brown was elected mayor, Harris joined him at center stage in a longshoremen’s union hall and gave him a blue cap that said, “Da Mayor.”
One thing not mentioned in most pieces you’ll read on Brown’s dating relationship with Harris is that Brown was (and is still) married at the time (and has been since 1958, to Blanche Vitero, though they are have reportedly been estranged since 1981). And Harris and Brown remained political allies even after they split up shortly after his 1996 mayoral inauguration, according to the LA Times.
It’s interesting to see Brown downplay their history, as if to suggest it was no big deal to give his mistress at the time two cushy appointmentsand a 1994 BMW, and introductions to valuable political players. And his mention of how he also helped Pelosi, Newsom, and Feinstein was peculiar when you consider that, unlike Harris, none of them had had an affair with him.
Harris, for what it’s worth, detests when the subject is brought up, as she made clear in this 2003 interview with SF Weekly:
She acknowledges that Brown is an “albatross hanging around my neck” and fears that voters who dislike him will ignore her candidacy — even as she dismisses such an act as irrational. “Would it make sense if you are a Martian coming to Earth that the litmus test for public office is where a candidate is in their relationship to Willie Brown?” Harris asks. “Willie Brown is not going to be around. He’s gone — hello people, move on. If there is corruption, it will be prosecuted. It’s a no-brainer, but let’s please move on.”
Unfortunately for Harris, he’s not gone, and the man widely regarded as a kingmaker in California Democratic party politics decided to talk about her least favorite topic on the eve of her first presidential campaign rally.
Though the affair has long been a well-known fact in California, it did not hurt her state political ambitions in later years. However, Harris is now introducing herself to America on a national stage, and it remains to be seen as to whether Democratic primary voters in other states will hold her affair with Brown and allegations of cronyism against her.

Willie Brown admits it: Kamala Harris slept her way to the top

Kamala Harris, that vaunted self-righteous feminist candidate who's using her 'year of the woman' chops to challenge President Trump in 2020, has a little problem: She slept her way to the top.
You know, the mistress thing, not exactly moving on up based on hard work or merit, that little advantage of good looks (President Obama called her the 'best-looking' state attorney general), employed to their optimal practical use. Her political patron, former lawyer to pimps, Mayor of San Francisco, and State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, admitted he helped her get her political start, writing in his bloggy San Francisco Chronicle column:
Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.
And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.
Now you know where we get these people from. Somehow Harris, who was in her late 20s or at most 30 when she dated the 60-year-old married Brown around 1994 did so because he was just so very irresistable. Here's how the San Francisco Chronicle reported it on Twitter:
WILLIE BROWN: "I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my 'relationship' with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Yes, we dated."
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 26, 2019
That of course, was in exchange for certain kinds of favors. Her rival, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren got her start playing fake Indian. Kamala went the old fashioned way, sleeping her way to the top. Democrats have some pool of candidates here in this 'it's our turn' year of the woman and out to Get Trump offerings.
Willie Brown, of course, was California's most powerful politician, which might have had something to do with why Harris was out 'dating' the married man twice her age. And it's interesting because Brown, a former attorney for pimps in his pre-political days, seems to have a taste for the kind of women often seen in a positive light by pimps, such as this one - who represents Brown's taste in women. Not that it mattered that he was married, he's always had a girlfriend in the picture, according to the article. And well, Kamala was one of them.
Other reports say that once Kamala got the office she wanted from Brown, she dumped him. Brown made a cutesy reference to Kamala saying she was going to ticket him for jaywalking, which sounds like overkill, probably the kind of statement someone with a guilty conscience would make, not wanting anyone to know about how she got her office. What's more, Harris has kept virtually all references to Brown out of her numerous memoirs on the market. 
Some feminist she is. She slept her way to the top and now it's out. It's actuallynot the first time it's been out, but since it's coming out now so early in the campaign, perhaps it was an inoculation shot, the way that candidate Donald Trump's team must have released the Melania Trump nude modelling shots to the New York Post to make it 'old news' so as to assure it would not become a campaign issue the day before the election.
All the same, it's disgusting, and while Trump is no angel on the love front, at least he never offered sex for political favors, either to women or from women. He never cheated on someone's spouse to get himself some political power the way she did. So now that Harris is presented as a role model and antidote-to-Trump these days, is she going to encourage all the little girls out there by saying that getting a politically strong boyfriend is the way to make it big in politics now? One wonders.
Let's hope she has to answer some questions about it from the Trump camp in what's sure to be a pious and hectoring political campaign.


Willie Brown: So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs?

Scott Strazzante / Associated Press
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Former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown confirmed Saturday that he had dated Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and appointed her to two state jobs — and dismissed the fuss.

As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, “Kamala Harris’s career received a boost from a patronage job in dubious circumstances.” In particular:
In 1994, then-outgoing Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) appointed Harris to a state board with a $72,000 salary. The Los Angeles Times reported: “Harris, a former deputy district attorney in Alameda County, was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend.” (Brown was marriedbut separated.)
The problem was not that Brown was dating Harris, but the apparent nepotism involved in her appointment.
Brown published a short article in the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend, “Sure, I dated Kamala Harris. So what?” In the article, he acknowledged the facts but not the reasons for the controversy:
Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.
And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.
Brown did not — as far as is known — have intimate relationships with any of the other politicians he named.
He also claimed that Harris told him that she would be particularly harsh on him once she won election to the office of San Francisco District Attorney, though it is not clear why that would be relevant to the questions surrounding her earlier appointments.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Looking to 2020, Kamala Harris Hires Heavy Hitter Lawyer Involved With Russian Dossier

January 22, 2019
Eyebrows were raised among Democratic officials and activists on Jan. 21 when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced her 2020 presidential nomination bid and listed Marc Elias as her campaign’s general counsel.
Elias, head of the Perkins Coie LLP law firm’s political law practice, is among the Democratic Party’s top campaign finance experts and a recognized power-player at the highest levels.
Described by a veteran Democratic national campaign consultant as “the best in the business,” Elias could prove to be both an immensely valuable asset to Harris—and also a huge problem.
On the plus side, Elias gives Harris’s presidential campaign one of the most well-connected operatives in American politics and a significant boost early in what promises to be a heavily populated, intensely competitive primary field.
Elias and his firm currently represent every major Democratic Party committee, including the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Association, as well as numerous individual senators and representatives.
He also was the chief attorney for former Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign against President George W. Bush and for the White House bid of another former chief U.S. diplomat, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.
Elias represented former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) in the sharply contested 2008 recount battle, and he has extensive litigation experience in voting rights and redistricting cases across the country. He also represented former Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in his losing 2018 recount battle.
As a result, Elias knows everybody who is anybody in Democratic campaigns, including donors, consultants, good guys to know, and opportunists to avoid at all cost.
Given the California junior senator’s lack of experience in national politics—barely two years, as she was first elected to the Senate in 2016—having Elias at hand will help her avoid costly rookie mistakes in fundraising and opening influential doors ahead of rivals such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
That Harris nabbed Elias so early in the 2020 campaign may also send an important signal to former Vice President Joe Biden, that his path back to the White House may not be as clear as conventional wisdom suggests.
But there is a potentially devastating downside that comes with Elias for Harris, especially in the event she wins her party’s nomination. He’s at the center of the biggest political scandal in decades, and not in a good way.
It was Elias who, as the Clinton campaign’s attorney of record, used campaign funds to retain the infamous opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile what became known as the Steele dossier on President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.
The dossier was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, based in part on information he gleaned from individuals close to Russian intelligence agencies.
Despite being, according to then-FBI Director James Comey, a “salacious and unverified” document, the Steele dossier was used by the Department of Justice and the bureau to obtain approval for surveillance of Trump’s campaign.
Thus, Elias has the distinction of being both a major player in the Trump/Russia scandal and an attorney representing another key figure, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, during his interview with Senate Intelligence Committee staff.
Elias also brings baggage that could hurt Harris as a result of his firm’s role in the DNC’s response to being hacked, allegedly by Russian interests. Instead of asking the FBI to investigate the hack, DNC officials reportedly relied upon a private cyber-security company recommended by the Elias firm.
Finally, Elias represented Google and Facebook in their 2011 requests to the Federal Election Commission for an exemption from a requirement that digital political ads purchased via the two tech giants include disclaimers revealing who paid for them.
Google got the exemption, but Facebook’s request was never decided and the social media site didn’t include the disclaimers. The case could be significant since Russian interests bought $100,000 in ads on Facebook during the 2016 campaign.
Elias told The New York Times the disclaimers wouldn’t have stopped the Russians, who bought the Facebook ads because “they were willing to break the law to help Donald Trump.”
Harris, who is known, as the L.A. Times says, for her “mix of cold calculation, relentless fundraising and force of personality” and willingness to do whatever it takes to win, surely knows all of the upsides and downsides of having Elias on her team.
And the upsides are what count now in her quest to secure her party’s nomination for the Oval Office. 

Catholic Advocates Condemn Kamala Harris in Bid for Presidency: ‘Hostility Towards People of Faith’

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 22 Jan 201995


Associates of an organization that promotes Catholic religious freedom are condemning Sen. Kamala Harris’s announcement of her bid for the presidency, blasting the California Democrat’s attacks on people of faith and her support for late-term abortion.

“Kamala Harris has shown she has what it takes to lose a general election,” said Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor with The Catholic Association (TCA), in a joint statement sent to Breitbart News.
Ferguson continued that Harris “has demonstrated a hostility towards people of faith and a blatant disregard for First Amendment freedom of religion and association in her condemnation of the Knights of Columbus, and has voted in favor of inhumane late term abortion.”
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In December, Harris and her Democrat colleague in the Senate, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, attacked U.S. District Court nominee Brian C. Buescher for his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization. Harris and Hirono suggested that Buescher be disqualified as a judicial candidate because his affiliation with the Catholic group would not allow him to fairly judge cases having to do with the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage.
“This mentality did not serve Hillary Clinton well in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan,” Ferguson observed.
Andrea Piccioti-Bayer, TCA Foundation legal advisor, said, “Kamala Harris has been unabashed about attacking the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.”
“As California’s top law enforcement officer, she sponsored legislation unconstitutionally targeting not-for-profit pregnancy centers,” she continued. “And just last week, Harris’ colleagues in the Senate had to rebuke her for attacking a judicial nominee’s religious affiliation and participation in the Knights of Columbus. Democratic voters deserve a candidate who respects our Constitution and doesn’t peddle anti-Catholic bigotry.”
Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with TCA, suggested Harris apologize to the U.S.’s 70 million Catholics before running for the presidency.
“Senator Kamala Harris needs a constitutional refresher before seeking the highest political office in America,” she added.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus told Breitbart News in an interview that Harris’s and Hirono’s attacks against Buescher’s affiliation with the Knights was “hurtful to a lot of Catholics.”
“And we really thought that kind of question was behind us with President Kennedy’s election,” he said, adding:
But, we don’t want to go back there as a nation. And, so we’re just going forward. I think the overwhelming criticism of her position coming from all types of faith communities really sent a very clear signal that the Senate just this week passed without any opposing vote a resolution condemning that … But, I think people of faith in many different communities understand that that kind of test is really something outside of the American tradition. Our organization is based on the principles of charity and unity. So, I, for one, don’t want to make it a personal thing, but I do think we have to say, “Look, American democracy is based on the free marketplace of ideas, so let’s go at it.” But to say, “If your idea is connected to your religious faith, then you can’t talk about it,” that’s someplace we don’t want to go. That’s a different marketplace.
Dr. Grazie Christie, policy advisor with TCA, added, “The President of the United States has to be able to treat every citizen of this wildly diverse country with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
“Kamala Harris has shown her disdain for one of her largest constituencies, people of faith, through her attack on one of America’s most honorable and long-lived charitable organizations, the Knights of Columbus,” she continued. “Her lack of respect for the countless good-hearted Americans who have participated in the Knights’ charitable projects, painting all of them with ugly suggestions of intolerance and bigotry, will be a strong mark against her in any presidential bid.”

Kamala Harris’ Platform Would Bankrupt America As It Nearly Has California


Having officially tossed her hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination, California Senator Kamala Harris has trotted out her initial platform to campaign on. Keep in mind that we’re currently experiencing one of the most robust economic recoveries in living memory with low taxes, rising wages and as close as we’re likely to get to full employment. Ms. Harris has come out this week with a statement letting you all know that we’ve had just about enough of that nonsense and she’s going to turn this car around and take us back to 2007. (WaPo)
Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) will run for president proposing a nearly $3 trillion tax plan, billions in tax credits to low-income renters, a Medicare-for-all health-care system, and a reduction in cash bail for inmates charged with criminal offenses, her aides said…
Aides said Harris’s platform will incorporate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all health-care proposal, while also pushing enormous tax relief intended to help low-income renters and boost incomes for working-class families…
Harris, by contrast, is expected to run on both a single-payer health program projected to cost more than $30 trillion, as well as tax benefits that would significantly reduce federal revenue. Supporters say that reflects her willingness to try to use different solutions to solve big problems.
Clearly, Harris knows that she can’t afford to tick off the working class too much, so she’s actually proposing even more tax credits that would supplement working class people while doing little to nothing for low-income workers or those without employment. She describes this as an incentive to reward work. (Actually not a terrible idea if it’s balanced out elsewhere. Sadly, it’s not.) Meanwhile, the “rich” will pay more, but nowhere near enough to offset the additional loss of revenue.
As if that wasn’t enough, she’s promising a single payer, Medicare for all type of healthcare system with a price tag somewhere north of thirty trillion dollars. You may recall that her home state of California tried to push through a similar system a few years ago. That effort went down in flames when the taxpayers got a look at the budget-busting cost. And now she wants to foist this debacle off on the entire nation?
How do we pay for that? For the most part, it sounds like she’s in the camp of We’ll Figure That Out Later. But she has suggested that we can, “eliminating the parts of the Republican tax law passed last fall that benefits the rich, as well as levying a new tax on large financial institutions.” Keep in mind that those “large financial institutions” include most of the outfits that are hiring all of America’s workers. What could possibly go wrong?
She also has a plan to help out people living in unaffordable, high-rent areas. It basically boils down to just giving away money so people can pay their rent rather than addressing the question of why rents are so high to begin with. (Spoiler alert: It’s the law of supply and demand. If cities allowed more housing construction prices would go down.)
This entire package is fairly typical Democratic tax and spend insanity, replete with giving away cash and free stuff to the masses. And, as usual, it ignores the reality that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. If you’re looking for a way to completely bankrupt the country, Kamala Harris may just be the candidate for you!

Identifying the Super-Sanctuaries

The debate over the border wall rages on. The government remains shut down, and both President Trump and Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) are dug in for a prolonged fight. The president's prime time address highlighted the criminal consequences of lax enforcement policy. He noted:
In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now.

The president did not mention the draw of sanctuary cities in his speech. But they are an important part of the immigration enforcement equation and his administration continues to try to reign them in. These jurisdictions shield criminal aliens from ICE, for no reason other than politics. Sanctuary cities actually put illegal aliens who are not necessarily the primary targets of ICE at greater risk of deportation because ICE is forced to make more at-large arrests in immigrant communities – at workplaces, dwellings, and on the street, rather than in controlled jail or courthouse environments.
Sanctuary cities are dangerous because they only benefit criminal aliens. We have defined sanctuary policies as those that deliberately hinder federal immigration authorities from identifying or arresting deportable aliens. These policies typically take the form of preventing communication with immigration authorities, blocking ICE from contact with criminal aliens, or rejecting ICE detainers and arrest warrants. These policies inevitably cause the release of deportable criminal aliens back to the community, and they are a public safety hazard.
Not satisfied with keeping ICE out of jails and courthouses, some sanctuaries are taking it a step further. Many jurisdictions, often major cities, are now using taxpayer funds to actively support and assist illegal aliens living there. Some of these cities provide free legal advice to illegal aliens fighting to stay in the country. Others provide discounted housing specifically for illegal aliens. Alarmingly, some dole out voting rights to their illegal residents. These are the super-sanctuaries.

Washington, D.C.

The Pew Research Center estimates that around 400,000 illegal aliens live in the Washington metro area. Luckily for them, the city of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding counties are here to help. The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIRC) offers legal aid to all illegal immigrants, even those fighting criminal cases. Most of their funding comes from public coffers, according to their Form 990. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser created a $1 million fund to support organizations that help aliens file asylum applications, exacerbating the backlog. D.C. (along with the Department of Justice and Fairfax County) directly support Ayuda, a law firm that "provide[s] expert legal services so that low-income immigrants can overcome barriers and access justice."
Hyattsville and Takoma Park, Md., both allow illegal aliens to cast ballots in local elections. A similar proposal for College Park, Md., failed despite strong support from the community.
The D.C. metro region is filled with regular sanctuary cities. Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Montgomery County all regularly refuse to cooperate with ICE's detainer notices. But the D.C. metro region acts as a super-sanctuary because its communities also use public money to support illegal aliens.

New York, N.Y.

The city's comptroller notes that "New York City has stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity for immigrants, holding out the promise of a better future to millions of people around the world." New York and its surrounding area is home to over 1.15 million illegal aliens, according to Pew, the most of any metropolitan area.
Its services for illegal immigrants are widespread and numerous. The city devotes an entire website for "Immigrant Services", largely focusing on the problems of illegal aliens. This includes exhaustive information on topics such as enrolling illegal-alien children in public schools. It instructs people how to act if ICE officers speak to them. Visitors can find links to low-cost and pro bono immigration lawyers. Those in need can find helpful links to welfare programs they or their children may qualify for.
Recently, Mayor de Blasio announced that hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens will now have access to health care through NYC Care. NYC Care is a publicly funded system that will allow aliens to access services at NYC Health + Hospitals, the city's municipal health system. NYC Care will cost at least $100 million annually when it is fully operational in 2021.
Illegal aliens were able to cast ballots in school board elections until the city did away with school boards in 2002. Legislators continue to debate enfranchising the illegal population for municipal elections.
New York City offers free legal advice to illegal aliens as well. Mayor de Blasio personally oversaw the creation of Action NYC, a service of the city that "connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help." Action NYC's annual budget exceeds $30 million. That is a remarkable sum for a city that still boasts the largest homeless population in the country.
New York City is one of the most open sanctuary cities in the country. In addition to city services and legal resources, soon illegal residents will be able to benefit from public health care. That outreach elevates New York to the echelon of super-sanctuary.

Chicago, Ill.

According to Pew, over 425,000 illegal aliens live in the Chicago area. The Office of the Mayor, currently Rahm Emmanuel, operates a website that celebrates Chicago's status as a sanctuary city. The "Sanctuary City Supportive Resources" website offers advice on how to access city resources and lists a number of participating advocacy groups for immigrants.
Additionally, the city created the Chicago KeyCity program to help illegal immigrants assimilate into city life. KeyCity acts as a Chicago-specific identification card. According to the sanctuary city supportive resources website:
KeyCity is an optional, valid, government-issued ID card offered to all Chicago residents that will unlock many of the great things our City has to offer. The CityKey card is a photo identification card available to all Chicago residents which will not convey information about national origin or legal status. For many residents who do not have an identification card, CityKey can serve as an official government issued identification and can be used to access city services. Additionally, your CityKey can be used as a library card for Chicago Public Libraries, as well as a Ventra card. Presenting your CityKey at particular cultural institutions and local businesses can also give you a discount. CityKey is now available for free to all Chicago residents.
Chicago unveiled a program in 2014 that awarded city high school students with scholarships to attend community college for free. Those scholarships extend to illegal-alien students, as well, allowing them the opportunity to study at two-year colleges for free. A USA Todayarticle noted that while illegal-alien students were eligible for the scholarships, other city students, such as those attending charter and parochial schools, were not.
Chicago allows non-citizens to vote in school board elections.
Chicago aggressively defends its sanctuary laws protecting criminal aliens. Emmanuel has continued to fight the Justice Department over federal funds withheld from Chicago because of their policies. In addition to those policies, Chicago has a number of added benefits in place to help integrate illegal aliens, making it a super-sanctuary.


Former California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54 in October 2017. This bill made California, in Brown's own words, a "sanctuary state". The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the State of California because of the law. A federal judge dismissed that suit in July. SB 54 took effect on January 1, 2018. The new law does many things: It forbids all localities from cooperating with ICE detainer notices, it bars any law enforcement officer from participating in the popular 287g program, and it prevents state and local police from inquiring about individuals' immigration status. While passed easily in the California legislature, some counties have protested its implementation. Some joined the Trump administation's lawsuit against the state.
California is home to more illegal aliens than any other state in the country. Pew reported last year that about one in five illegal aliens lives in California. The state goes to great lengths to welcome its millions of alien residents.
The California budget allocates millions of dollars annually to the One California program. One California provides free legal assistance to all aliens, including those facing deportation. Its website reads:
The "One California" Immigration Services Funding program was established in 2015-16 budget and is administered by the California Department of Social Services. Starting in 2016, the program has funded free immigration services, through qualified nonprofits, for low-income Californians eligible for citizenship or some affirmative immigration remedies including the DACA program. The 2017-18 budget increases the program's baseline funding and expands the state funded services to include removal defense services, to broaden affirmative relief, and to expands legal training and technical assistance. The program will have a yearly $45 million investment through the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
One California is a significant undertaking at $45 million a year, and free legal assistance must be an attractive magnet. Additionally, California's public universities make it easier for illegal-alien students to attend college. The University of California announced that it earmarked $25.2 million over three years to "support undocumented students". According to the announcement:
·         UC's DREAM Loan Program will receive $5 million per year for at least three years. The program makes student loans available to undocumented students, who are not eligible for federal aid. Students will repay their loans back into the DREAM Loan fund.
·         Student services staff coordinators and targeted undergraduate and graduate fellowships, as well as other financial support such as funds for textbooks, will be allocated $2.5 million per year.
·         UC's Undocumented Legal Services Center will receive $900,000 per year.
Under California's DREAM Act, these students qualify for state scholarships, grants, and other benefits. They also receive in-state tuitionto state universities, a benefit that only a handful of other states offer.
California does not offer free medical care to its illegal residents, but legislators continue to introduce bills that would make that a reality.
While illegal aliens cannot vote in statewide elections, San Francisco allows all non-citizens to vote in school board elections. It is the only municipality in California to allow this so far, but that may change soon as other towns and counties look to follow the San Francisco model.
California's sanctuary crusade did not end with the departure of Jerry Brown. His successor, Gavin Newsom, seems as excited as Brown in extending services to illegal residents courtesy of the California taxpayers, including a proposal to extend state-funded health care to more illegal aliens. As the state's stance on immigration drifts further from the middle, look for California to be the leader in future super-sanctuary legislation.


There are many sanctuary jurisdictions across the country that limit ICE's access to jails and courthouses. But these communities have gone above and beyond to establish themselves as the highest tier of sanctuaries. Taxpayer-funded legal advice, education, and medical care are all hallmarks of these new policies. These communities are home to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. Their politicians see these actions as part of a winning political strategy. As the fight for border security and immigration reform continues, super-sanctuaries may emerge as a new and growing player in the greater debate. While this short list is not exhaustive, these communities continue to lead the state and local-level fight against federal immigration enforcement. The new and creative ways they have accommodated their illegal residents indicate their willingness to continue the political battle over the illegal population.

Kamala Harris: Seven Key Facts About Democrats’ Top 2020 Contender

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) declared Monday that she will run for President of the United States.

She is already drawing comparisons to Barack Obama, who once praised her good looks. Like him, she is a left-wing first-term U.S. Senator with little experience and few accomplishments in office. Harris, who declared on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day, also has a diverse background, and is the first woman of color to be a top presidential contender.
Here are seven other key facts about her:
1. Kamala Harris’s career received a boost from a patronage job in dubious circumstances. In 1994, then-outgoing Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) appointed Harris to a state board with a $72,000 salary. The Los Angeles Times reported: “Harris, a former deputy district attorney in Alameda County, was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend.” (Brown was marriedbut separated.)
2. Kamala Harris barely won her first race for California Attorney General in 2010. As in many of the 2018 congressional races in California, Harris won despite losing on Election Night: “Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley had declared victory on election night, only to see the race flip-flop between the two candidates in the coming days as counties around the state continued to tally mail-in and provisional ballots,” reported.
3. Kamala Harris was accused of using her state office to attack political enemies and reward friends. Harris was sued by conservative groups for forcing them to disclose donor information that the IRS allows them to keep confidential. She was also sued by a healthcare company that claimed she imposed undue restrictions when it tried to buy another company because she wanted to help her ally, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
4. Kamala Harris was criticized for financial mismanagement during her 2016 U.S. Senate campaign. In 2015, the Sacramento Bee reported that Harris’s campaign had a “spending problem,” and was “burning through campaign cash nearly as rapidly as she raises it.” She won the general election against Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) after sewing up the support of the Democratic establishment, including then-President Barack Obama.
5. Kamala Harris has been the star of viral video confrontations, but has done little else in Washington. In committee hearings in the Senate, she has a habit of badgering witnesses — then claiming, when stopped, that male, Republican Senators are trying to silence her, and raising money off the resulting outrage. She tripped herself up in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, falsely claiming that he wanted to take birth control away from women.
6. Kamala Harris faces new questions about a close aide who settled a $400,000 harassment lawsuit. Despite posturing as a champion for women, Harris claimed that she did not know about a major settlement when she was California Attorney General in which one of her “top deputies,” Larry Wallace, had been accused of “gender harassment.” Harris mentioned Wallace positively in her new book, which she is using to promote her candidacy.
7. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris’s California colleague, prefers another candidate. Feinstein has made clear that her preferred candidate in 2020 would be former Vice President Joe Biden. Feinstein, though lately a target of conservative criticism for her role in the Kavanaugh hearing, is the more moderate of the two, taking pragmatic stances on issues like water and working across the aisle — an approach Harris largely rejects.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

 Senate Democrats Demand Trump Import at Least 80K Refugees a Year

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A group of Senate Democrats and a handful of establishment Senate Republicans are demanding President Trump import at least 80,000 foreign refugees every year.

In a letter signed by 21 Senators — including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) — Trump is requested to import nearly four times as many foreign refugees to the United States next year instead of the less than 22,500 refugees that are expected to be admitted.
The Senators complain in the letter that last year, the U.S. brought in only about 22,500 refugees:
The global community currently faces one of the largest refugee crises the world has seen. More than 25 million around the world have fled their homes and countries due to war, famine, and persecution. These are some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals, and more than half of them are children. [Emphasis added]
Yet in Fiscal Year 2018, the U.S. resettle only 22,491 refugees, in stark contrast to the annual average of more than 80,000 refugees resettled per year since the enactment of the 1980 Refugee Act. [Emphasis added]
The Senators say that reducing inflows of refugees to the U.S. “threaten the position” of the U.S. around the world, though the lawmakers do not mention the national security risks to Americans associated with large foreign populations using refugee resettlement to enter the country.
“We urge the Trump administration to reconsider [reducing the inflow of refugees] and instead reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to a robust refugee admissions program,” the Senators conclude.
As Breitbart News reported, 61 House Democrats signed a similar letter in which they demanded Trump import five times the number of foreign refugees being admitted to the country. The House Democrats request that 110,000 refugees be admitted to the U.S. every year, far more than the 22,5000 refugees that were admitted last year.

Democrats Seek to Import 5X the Number of Foreign Refugees to the U.S.

The Democrats’ plan is designed to aid the multiple refugee agencies that profit from high numbers of foreign refugees entering the country. The plan is also geared towards placating the party’s open borders base.
As Breitbart News reported, for fiscal year 2019, starting October 1, the Trump administration will not resettle more than 30,000 foreign refugees, the lowest refugee cap in nearly four decades. This is merely a cap for refugee resettlements and does not represent the number of refugees that the administration will resettle.
Since 2000, more than 1.5 million foreign refugees have been resettled across the U.S. — outpacing the population of Philadelphia. Also, there have been more than 4.1 million legal immigrants admitted to the U.S. from refugee-producing countries since 2000.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

Is Kamala Harris Running For President Already? You Betcha

There are still many months and many miles of campaign trail to go before the midterms, but much like the Republicans in 2010, it’s not too soon for the Democrats to begin ginning up their base for the presidential primary to come. Assuming that Donald Trump doesn’t find some way to boost his popularity up out of negative territory, the Democrats feel that he should be easy pickings. (Much as they thought in 2016.) Today, The Hill looks at one of the least surprising names we expect to see in that contest and one who is making little effort to hide her nascent POTUS ambitions. That would be California Senator Kamala Harris.
Sen. Kamala Harris is increasingly positioning herself for a what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary for the White House in 2020.
The former California attorney general, who is just at the beginning of her second year in the Senate, is taking positions that could endear herself with the Democratic base while allowing her to stand out from a group of Democrats who might seek the progressive mantle.
Harris voted against a Senate immigration bill backed by centrists from both parties earlier this month, waiting until the last minute to break with other liberals such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who both backed the measure.
“While this bill would put Dreamers on a pathway toward citizenship, the appropriation of $25 billion for a border wall is a waste of taxpayer money,” she said. “A wall will not secure our border and I remain concerned those billions of dollars may also be used to implement this Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda — one that targets California and its residents.”
The signs are all there. Harris is practically tripping over herself to rush to a television camera every time there’s an opportunity to criticize President Trump and doing so in the loudest, most extreme way possible. And when it comes to the current gun control debate, when she’s not going after Trump she’s describing the NRA as the essence of all evil in the world. You may recall when she quickly got on MSNBC after the Florida shooting to say, “We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered.” (Insert here your brief reminder that Harris is fiercely pro-abortion.)
Harris is making use of a natural advantage she has which may serve her well with much of the base now but could spell serious trouble later on. The younger and louder elements of the party don’t want the same old, middle ground politics of the Democratic Party of their parents. They want some far, far left red meat served up in blistering hot takes. Repeal the Second Amendment, open borders… all that socialist goodness. Coming from California, Harris is in no danger of ticking off her own voters acting this way.
But what many of these new, younger liberals seem to fail to realize is that hers is an act which plays well in California, New York City and a couple of other cities… but not so well everywhere else. If you run screaming too far to the left you won’t even be able to carry your primary voters in a lot of flyover country or in the south. And even if you do manage to squeak out a primary win with a platform like that, you’re going to run into a brick wall in the general election. That’s probably exactly the sort of candidate that Donald Trump dreams of running against. (Whereas a Joe Biden candidacy likely keeps him awake at night, though he’d never admit it.)
The other factor to consider is that Harris brings with her the same “closet” problem that Barack Obama had and it showed up constantly after he was elected. She may talk a good game, but when it comes to executive or even legislative experience, she’s pretty much an empty suit. She worked in the law enforcement end of things (an admirable and important job) for most of her career before even running for Attorney General (still not an executive or legislative role) eight years ago. She’s only been in the Senate for one year and two months. Her governing experience is almost nil, though her legislative experience isn’t all that much greater.
Do the Democrats really want to try to elect another candidate who can give a good speech but brings nothing much to the table in terms of proven experience? If so, best of luck to them.