The Harris Poll
Kamala Harris is a shoo-in for Dems in 2020, but what about her controversial past?
“Kamala Harris Emerges as Voice of Immigrant Advocates in Senate,” headlined the Sacramento Bee, a reliable Democratic Party newsletter. Still, Harris should avoid backroom deals on border security because “such provisions could alienate the activist base the senator is wooing, with an eye toward the 2020 presidential race.”
Last August, Brides magazine cited “7 Reasons Sen. Kamala Harris’s Husband Douglas Emhoff Would Make a Great First Man.” He’s willing to compromise and cares about children, but most important he’s married to Kamala Harris, so “If he’s First Whatever, this means in 2020, we’d elect our first female president. This reason’s a no-brainer, right?” So like Bill and Hillary it’s a two-for-one deal, though POTUS 44 appears to favor the bride.
“She is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake,” he said in 2013. “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.” The president apologized for that remark but Harris had other issues to walk back.
In the 2010 race for attorney general, the Sacramento Bee endorsed Republican Steve Cooley over Harris. She won by less than one percentage point, but as the Bee saw it, “she could be more aggressive on public corruption cases, though her handlers might worry that would cause friction with fellow Democratic politicians.” They had always shown her special kindness.
California’s powerful Assembly Speaker Willie Brown also thought the UC Berkeley law grad, a full 30 years his junior, was good looking. Brown began dating Harris and the hook-up paid off big. Willie Brown duly appointed Harris to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and California Medical Assistance Commission, boosting her prosecutor’s pay by nearly $100,000. The patronage came up in 2003, when Harris unseated San Francisco district attorney Terence Hallinan.
The next year, gang member David Hill used an AK-47 to gun down San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza. Harris quickly announced she would not seek the death penalty, which drew fire from Senator Dianne Feinstein and police across the state.
In her 2009 Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make us Safer, Harris decried the “truly staggering” number of nonviolent offenders. “It’s time to rock the crime pyramid,” she wrote, and that set the tone for her tenure as attorney general.
She targeted for-profit colleges, supported gun control and in 2013 refused to appeal the court decision overturning the 2008 Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage. She let stand California’s fathomless public corruption.
The new span of the Bay Bridge, $5 billion over budget and riddled with safety issues, had whistleblowers calling for a criminal investigation. Harris failed to launch any criminal probe and with voter fraud and violent crime she looked the other way.
California’s attorney general stayed quiet in 2014 when Mexican national Luis Bracamontes gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis. Senator Kamala Harris made no statement when the racist murderer shouted “black lives don’t matter” in court.
In 2015 repeatedly deported Mexican felon Jose Inez Garcia Zarate shot and killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. Attorney general Harris defended the city’s sanctuary policy and failed even to decry “gun violence” in the case.
That same year Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 unarmed innocents and wounded 22 at an office party in San Bernardino. A year later Harris issued a statement on the “devastating and tragic terrorist attack,” but failed to name the Islamic terrorists and their motive.
For his first address to Congress in 2017, President Trump invited Danny Oliver’s wife Susan, an African American, and the wife of slain deputy Michael Davis. Kamala Harris brought along DACA “dreamer” Yuriana Aguilar, a Salvadoran national. Senator Harris was the first Democrat to announce that she would vote against any deal that did not include a fix for the DACA illegals.
On a recent trip to Sacramento, Harris told her activist base the Stephon Clark shooting was due to the “implicit bias” of the police, failing to mention that one of the police officers, Terence Mercadal, was black, and that Sacramento police chief Daniel Hahn is also black. The shooting occurred at night during police response to a 911 call, and Clark had a criminal record for robbery, pimping and domestic abuse.
On the same trip, Harris proclaimed “There’s literally no doubt,” that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and “It’s not a debatable point.” Any move by Trump to fire Robert Mueller would be an “impeachable offence.” So like other Democrats, Harris is pretty sure there will be a vacancy.
Meanwhile, Brides may not be right that high-profile attorney Douglas Emhoff would make a great “First Man.” On the other hand, it is probably a no-brainer that in 2020 “smart on crime” Kamala Harris will be seeking a promotion, perhaps with the full support of her party.