Pieces in The Hill, in the Guardian look like the trial balloons getting shot up into the atmosphere to signal that Kamala Harris is going to be the front runner for the 2020 nomination. She’s already met with Clinton donors and according to some, you can ‘take it to the bank‘ that she’s running. I think there’s a huge chance that she’ll be successful.
She’s got the Clinton donors in her pocket and the doughy establishment has all the power, money and the much larger megaphone to hammer and crush the left who’ve decided to try to work within the Democratic party. She’s an identity politics jackpot in being both African-American and female – not to mention being extremely photogenic – so all the neoliberal phonies will be as evangelical about her as they were about Hillary. With Trump being such a train wreck, the U.S. political pendulum might well swing back four years too early. So, on politics, she might well be successful.
On policy, though, which is what Democrats are supposed to actually care about, she’ll be another empty suit with no vision and that might store up another hard-right backlash to maybe the Zodiac killer, Ted Cruz next time and Cruz is a different kind of bozo to the short-fingered Godless hooligan. He’ll know how to get things done and will make Trump look like a picnic on a summer’s day. Saying that, in a crappy two party system of crappy lesser and greater evils, you don’t choose a leader, you choose your opponent. MSNBC, the now terrible Mother Jones, the New York Times and the like would defend her administration at all costs, no matter what wars she starts and how far she sells the working and middle classes down the river, but better to fight her than the short-fingered game show host and his ilk.
Don’t believe the hype about her committee questioning. That’s her ‘claim to fame’ and what she’ll be dining out on for a long time to come. Harris was just doing her job extremely well. The story was much more about the rude, boorish clowns who interrupted her rather than Harris doing anything worthy of great admiration.
Who else? So far, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren seem to be making the usual pre-run moves: hawking books; travelling the country; getting financing in place. Liz Warren still gets subtitled as a progressive firebrand but is she still? 18 months/2 years ago yes, but it’s painful to now listen to her calculation and snake oil. When there’s a ruckus, a rumpus, a commotion, Warren takes a powder.
She was silent on Standing Rock; was all ready to wave through her vote to confirm somnambulistic Ben Carson until there was push back from the public. Yes, she always gets great credit and admiration for tearing into obviously corrupt banksters and the obviously moronic and phony-baloney 45th president of the United States but that’s not difficult nor brave. That’s shooting fish in a barrel. An endorsement of Bernie in the primaries could have made a huge difference but she averted her eyes and walked away, whistling. The two or three op-eds she wrote, which were like smoke signals saying: “Vote Bernie!” were too subtle, too opaque. Actually, she herself would have wiped the floor with Hillary in 2016 if she’d run: she’d have received full-throated backing from Bernie and the progressive left. Warren missed her moment in 2016 like how Hillary missed her moment in 2008.
Sanders himself still gets portrayed as some hard leftist, even by the liberal press, but there’s nothing for which to apologize when Sanders’ positions are so popular in the country at large. Bernie Sanders is an FDR New Dealer to the bone and FDR was a hugely popular president. Never been a more mainstream politician than FDR, getting his pre-22nd amendment twelve years as president. It would only be a “strong shift left” because the Democrats are currently well to the right of the middle.
There’s still an online constituency who seem to believe that Sanders was at fault for Hillary’s miserable defeat last November, as if Hillary and her money and backing was some kind of innocent bystander in the whole fiasco, and would be very resistant to any elevation for Bernie Sanders. The onus was on Hillary to make her case; as she said in her campaign launch: “I’m hitting the road to earn your vote”. Yet she oxymoronically turned down the free media of press conferences for 278 days while she was supposed to be convincing the country that she deserved to be the next president of the United States.
Third parties guilty of taking Hillary down? If it wasn’t for third parties, Hillary’s defeat could have been even more miserable. Gary Johnson’s vote collapsed towards election day, as all third party’s votes do, when people accept that their person won’t be the next president, but his hardcore rump of voters threw Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Minnesota into the Hillary column. No Libertarian party and Hillary would have ended on a miserable 202 Electoral Votes.
Hillary wheezed her way to a 54%-46% primary victory. She failed to reach the required 2,383 delegate count finishing line and had to rely on superdelegates, despite having the media in-the-tank for her (Washington Post’s 16 negative Bernie Sanders stories in 16 hours); having the election called for her prior to the California primary, even though superdelegates don’t vote until the convention; the DNC’s trying to hide debates on weekends; DNC operatives giving Hillary questions in advance etc. etc. etc.
Hillary got 3,000,000 more votes than Trump? When the pre-agreed, everyone knows it’s so, ‘weapon of choice’ is the cockermamie Electoral College, a popular vote victory on its own is meaningless. What the heck was Hillary doing in Arizona six days prior to the election?
Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine:
“….“But … but … but …” her deluded fans insist, “she won the popular vote!” But that’s precisely my point. Any candidate who can win the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes and still manage to lose the Electoral College by 304 to 227 is so profoundly incompetent, so miserably useless as a politician, she should be drummed out of the party under a welter of derision…..”.
Who “gave us Trump”? Try the Democratic party and its operatives who knew full well that Hillary was electoral strychnine and, therefore, played dice with the country by elevating the worst the Republican party had to offer, placing special attention to the orange game show host and Godless orange hooligan.