Kamala Harris

Amy Klobuchar, regressive prosecutor

Featured image Being a prosecutor has long been a steppingstone for lawyers who aspire to higher office. But this might not be true anymore for Democrats. The problem is that Democrats have become ambivalent about law enforcement, and hostile towards the police. This puts Democratic prosecutors in a bind. They risk the early derailment of their career if they are ambivalent about law enforcement and hostile towards the police. Just ask Baltimore’s »

Kamala Harris refused to investigate donor

Featured image Yahoo News reports that when she was the attorney general of California, Kamala Harris declined to investigate Herbalife, the nutritional supplement company that has been accused of fraudulent marketing practices. In 2015, prosecutors in the San Diego office of the California attorney general sent Harris a lengthy, detailed memorandum urging such an investigation. However, Harris did not initiate one. Other states did. So did the Federal Trade Commission. It obtained »

In proving her pot-smoking bona fides, Kamala Harris offends Jamaican father

Featured image It wasn’t so long ago that presidential candidates were well advised to deny that they ever smoked marijuana, or at least that they ever inhaled. Those days apparently are past, at least for Democratic candidates. Kamala Harris appeared on a talk radio show called Breakfast Club. Asked if she opposed the legalization of marijuana, Harris answered: “That’s not true.” To support her denial Harris said “I have [smoked pot], and »

CNN: Clothes Shoppers For the Rich and Famous

Featured image In 2016, a popular meme featured a photo of admiring reporters on an airplane and the text, something like “Find someone who looks at you the way reporters look at Hillary Clinton.” That photo is weirdly hard to find now, but if this isn’t it, it is close enough: In 2016, Hillary was the candidate of the liberal press. Who will be the anointed candidate next year? Kamala Harris is »

Kamala Harris, abortion absolutist

Featured image Kamala Harris is “simply American,” but so much more. She’s a three-fer: Asian American, African-American, and female. I’n not sure how much Harris’ Asian heritage will help her in her quest for the Democratic nomination, but the other two identities are crucial to that quest. If Harris obtains majority support from African-American and from female Democrats, she’s virtually a shoe-in for the nomination, assuming a decent share of the African-American »

Kamala Harris: “Simply American,” but so much more

Featured image “For Harris, identity is simply ‘American.'” That’s the title (print edition) of a gushing article about Kamala Harris in today’s Washington Post. The Post’s Kevin Sullivan then rambles on for paragraphs discussing Harris’ multi-racial, multi-ethnic background. “Simply American” or not, Harris isn’t above discussing it, either. When she decided to run for president, she wrote a book about her heritage. Here’s what I’d like to know. When Harris applied to »

Regarding Schultz

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the collective freakout on the Left about Howard Schultz’s independent candidacy for president, because his vote-splitting potential might assure Trump’s re-election. The logic of this is obvious enough, but I am not so sure Schultz isn’t doing Democrats a big favor, and that it could work out very differently. Stranger things have happened. It’s not like we’ve never seen a billionaire who had never held »

Kamala Harris: You can’t keep your health insurance even if you like it

Featured image Sen. Kamala Harris backs “Medicare for all” — i.e. the single payer health insurance system that Sen. Bernie Sanders advocates. The “single payer” is the government — i.e., taxpayers. During a CNN town hall, Jake Tapper asked Harris whether her proposal means eliminating private health insurance. Harris reportedly answered in the affirmative, saying she would be okay with cutting insurers out of the mix. As if to justify this, she »

Regarding Harris

Featured image Regarding Kamala Harris’s presidential prospects, a few observations on why conservatives should fear her more than other candidates in the Dem field. First, I want to add a little bit to Paul’s post about Harris and Willie Brown from earlier today. Paul understates Brown’s full political stature by describing him as a “kingmaker” in Bay Area politics. Brown in his heyday as Assembly Speaker was simply the smartest politician in »

How did Kamala Harris get ahead?

Featured image Willie Brown, the longtime kingpin of San Francisco politics [UPDATE: make that California politics], thinks that part of the answer may be the political favors he did for Harris when they were having an affair and thereafter. Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, the ex-San Francisco mayor states: I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she »

Scoop: Kamala Harris backs “unity” and “the people”

Featured image Kamala Harris entered the presidential sweepstakes yesterday. In keeping with its kinder, gentler coverage of presidential aspirants, now that all of them are likely to be Democrats, the Washington Post (per reporters Matt Viser and Chelsea Janes) delivers a puff piece about Harris’ entry. The Post does acknowledge that Harris’ time as California attorney general “is bound to come under scrutiny during her presidential campaign.” However, it offers no inkling »

Kamala Harris, “regressive” prosecutor?

Featured image Sen. Kamala Harris styles herself a “progressive prosecutor.” But Harris wasn’t nearly progressive enough for Lara Bazelon, a law professor and former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the [allegedly] Innocent in Los Angeles. In a New York Times op-ed, Bazelon rips Harris for her “regressive” conduct and positions during her time as a district attorney in San Francisco and then California’s attorney general, According to Bazelon: Time »

The Knights of Columbus responds to Sens. Hirono and Harris

Featured image In this post, I reported on the shameful attack by Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris on a judicial nominee — Brian Buescher — for belonging to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic social and charitable organization. The two Senators insist that Buescher drop his membership in that organization and recuse himself from cases in which it has taken a position. Why? Because according to Hirono, the Knights have taken »

Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Knights of Columbus?

Featured image Recently, Sen. Mazie Hirono claimed that Democrats have a hard time connecting with voters because they (Democrats) are so “smart” and “know so much.” If Democrats are smart and knowledgeable, you can’t prove it by Hirono. She embarrasses herself routinely on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she almost invariably finds herself in over her head. The latest embarrassment is her attack, along with Sen. Kamala Harris, on a judicial nominee »

Kamala Harris might lose Judiciary Committee seat

Featured image Democrat losses in the 2018 election have placed Sen. Kamala Harris’ spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee in jeopardy. Absent some sort of fix, the Democrats will lose one slot on the Committee, and Harris, as the least senior Dem, will be the one to go. (“Spartacus” is next in line, but his slot is safe). Losing her seat would deny Harris, who almost certainly will run for president beginning »

A Democratic Contender Shows Her Stuff

Featured image California Senator Kamala Harris is running for President, so a committee hearing is for her a sort of audition. Earlier today, Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, had a confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which Harris is a member. Harris used her time to suggest an equivalence between ICE and the Ku Klux Klan, which Vitiello emphatically »

Kamala and Cory, compare and contrast

Featured image Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both treated the Brett Kavanaugh hearings as an audition for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Amy Klobuchar did too, but she’s not the same bracket as Harris and Booker — the ostentatiously left-wing, person-of-color bracket. How did Harris and Booker fare in the head-to-head competition? It depends on what Democrats, especially those who will pick their bracket from — are looking for. In »