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Kamala Harris on Potential Presidential Bid in 2020: 'It's Going to Be Ugly'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49566"><span class="small">Jay Connor, The Root</span></a>   
Monday, 03 December 2018 15:03

Connor writes: "In recent months, the California senator has seen her profile rise."

Senator Kamala Harris. (photo: Irfan Khan/Getty)
Senator Kamala Harris. (photo: Irfan Khan/Getty)

Kamala Harris on Potential Presidential Bid in 2020: 'It's Going to Be Ugly'

By Jay Connor, The Root

03 December 18


ver the weekend, while speaking at the Know Your Value conference in San Francisco, Senator Kamala Harris stated the obvious with conviction.

“Let’s be honest. It’s going to be ugly,” she told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski according to Newsweek. “When you break things, it is painful. And you get cut. And you bleed.”

Her comments are in reference to a potential run for the presidency in 2020, a decision Harris says she intends to make over the holidays, noting it will “ultimately be a family decision.”

In recent months, the California senator has seen her profile rise. Not only was she involved in the sexual misconduct hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but she’s hinted at a potential 2020 presidential bid with recent visits to Iowa and South Carolina—two states that feature early primaries during presidential cycles.

In its most recent monthly power rankings, CNN chose Harris as most likely to receive the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, beating out Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, who finished second and third.

But should Harris leap into the fray, she’ll be up against some heavy hitters. In addition to Warren and Biden, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke are all names floating as potential presidential candidates.

But our Commander-in-Tweet appears to be ready for the smoke.

As he recently told the New York Post: “Fear? Fear? Do you mean fear or dream about? I dream about them. So far everyone that I’ve seen I’m dreaming about.”

Somebody please end this nightmare.

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+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-03 16:39
I think January 2019 will be the months when many democrats come out of he closet and admit or almost admit that they are running for the 2020 nomination. Hillary is already out. Her "stadium tour" with Bill is the launching pad but it is not going well. So maybe she will withdraw.

I don't see the competition among democrats as being all that ugly. Sanders will be the odds on favorite. Warren will be second. Both of these are hard campaigners but they are basically decent people.

Harris is too inexperienced and too narrow in her manner of thinking about political issues. She cannot stop being a prosecutor. Her line of questioning at all congressional hearings has been embarrassing. She'll last about 10 minutes on the campaign trail. But she's new. Give her another 8 or 12 years and she will be different.

I hope there is a very rich and deep pool of democratic candidates. If Hillary would just definitively retire for good, the party could open up and some good people would rise to the forefront. The Clintons have kept the party in suspended animation for at least two decades.

Booker and Biden don't have a chance. They will be back benchers but the pool needs to be deep. The more the better.
-2 # DongiC 2018-12-03 16:51
Harris has all the credentials for a presidential run. Still, she makes me a little uneasy. I think she may want that position a bit much. I rather go with Sanders or Winfried Oprey.
+10 # Moxa 2018-12-03 21:09
CNN has started early, naming Kamala Harris #1, followed by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. Being corporate itself, CNN does not want Bernie Sanders rocking the economic boat. So Bernie comes in at 5th place, behind Kirsten Gillibrand!

They are trying to make Bernie seem irrelevant, just like last time. But by now, Bernie is the most influential politician in the country. He has changed the political conversation radically, and the people CNN puts above him are to some degree or another trying to get on the bandwagon HE has created.

The exception is Biden, but he is the dinosaur of the pack. I believe his appeal is his avuncular style, and that won't go very far, especially among the young, who know things have to change, and fast.

As for the others, I think they have little chance of beating Trump. No doubt they are all superior to the president, but that won't prevent him from destroying them with his bullying tactics. It is Bernie alone that can turn the tables. Bernie is a man of immense integrity while Trump is a total fraud. Side by side, Trump will crumble.

We have in Bernie something very unusual in a politician: spiritual substance. This might come as a surprise to the "religious" right, and the ones that talk about God a lot and too much. Bernie has a deep compassion for all people, including the "least" among us. His policies emanate from this profoundly moral center. It is what we love about Bernie--whether we realize it or not.
+4 # conniejo 2018-12-04 11:36
Just some thoughts about possible candidates. I'm guessing that my views represent many others like me (white, suburban, female, baby-boomer). I will not vote for Biden. I still remember his treatment of Anita Hill. He is part of a generation of men that simply never will be able to "get it." I will not vote for Kirstin Gillibrand. She hounded Al Franken out of the Senate without even allowing for an ethics investigation. I'm a second wave feminist who has been subjected on several occasions to sexual assault, but I also believe that people can learn and genuinely be remorseful, and they should be allowed an opportunity to demonstrate that before being punished. We've lost a very effective senator, where the Republicans continue to support the many members of their party who, if the same standard were employed, would be out on their ear. So many will be running for the nomination, I hope others will speak up to help shrink the pool to a few very viable candidates as soon as possible. We need to be able to focus on beating Trump, not fighting among ourselves.
+3 # banichi 2018-12-04 12:11
Harris was picked over a year ago by a meeting of Dems including Nancy Pelosi and George Soros, and others who were not named. This is interesting because according to the article reporting the meeting, she was chosen because in a "poll" of some unnamed constituents, she polled about 3% higher than Bernie Sanders. Right. At the time, she was almost a complete unknown, rather like another candidate a couple of years before: Barack Obama. So how would she have out-polled Bernie Sanders? Doubtful.

But the Democratic Party seems to like to pick relative unknowns - who are, by definition, untainted by their previous decisions that are guided by the elites who run the party, meaning in favor of the corporatists and oligarchs who donate money. And it appears that Pelosi will be the new Majority Leader, who hands out the party favors for candidates and new members of the House. Not a sterling recommendation in my opinion.

Harris is also not yet known for several decisions she made which are negative. One is the decision as California Attorney General to not prosecute Steve Mnuchin, our current Treasury Secretary. Another is her lack of ability to give a straight answer when questioned about whether she would accept campaign donations from PACs. She had to go consult someone, I expect the Party, and come back to say, No. But that left open the donations by big donors outside of the PACs. Which Pelosi hands out.

More like Obama by the day. Sounds good, but committed to what?
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-04 13:56
Ban -- interesting post. Soros also met personally with Warren. That's one reason why I don't trust her, although I still think she will be a strong candidate.

Harris' problem is that she got all the charisma of a pissed off rattle snake. That plays well among a pack of party insiders who want someone who will bite the hell out of the other side. But it does not play well with the vast majority of voters who are independent.
+2 # Street Level 2018-12-04 18:59
Kamala lacks the one quality most candidates do. Leadership.
She might fill all the requirements for party approval but that's the problem. Leadership is not a part of the party's criteria and is why she'll never get my vote.