Identity wedge (or identity politics) means promoting the interests and perspectives of social groups with which people identify. Typically opposing them to dominant "white majority", or patriarchal culture.  

One aim of identity politics is to to articulate the feeling (sometimes false) of oppression for minority groups. This is an interesting neoliberal perversion of the Marxist concept of class struggle.  In one of her speeches Harris gave a direct example of how a group identity can be instrumental in securing a Democrat victory:

"We've all heard how critical black women were to Doug Jones' victory," she said of Democrats' success in the Alabama Senate race.  "But that didn't just magically happen.  It happened because black women have been putting in the work, going door to door, organizing even when the cameras were focused elsewhere."

She further stressed their status as a depressed minority group:

Noting that black women are far more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related causes, Harris said, "It's time to respect [black women's] leadership.  It's time we addressed the issues that they uniquely face."

Kamala Harris can attack opponents using "below the belt" methods including deflected her behavior to condemn those pointing out that very behavior as racists.  Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, helped Adolf Hitler type Mein Kampf (1925), where, in "War Propaganda," Hitler wrote, "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself."  (This quote is often incorrectly credited to Goebbels.)  Clearly, Kamala has come to believe this statement.

See Kavanauch witch hunt as example of her behaviour and her part of hearing demonstrates well her propensity to abuse of her status as a mixed race female (toxic feminism)

Identity wedge is most often used as smear for those who disagree with the agenda of  a particular minority group (End of Discussion):

These are rhetorical attacks used to short-circuit actual debate.  Yes, real bigotry does exist, but tarring large groups of voters by impugning their motives is standard operating procedure in our politics today.  It's toxic.

Neoliberal Democrats wrecked the national dialogue by going beyond principled disagreement to seeking the destruction of its opponents (neo-Trotskyism).

Bio trivia

She is a daughter of two immigrants and was born October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was a breast cancer scientist who emigrated to the United States from Madras (present-day Chennai) in 1960. She died in 2009. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University economics professor who emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in economics at University of California, Berkeley.[5][6] Harris’ mother raised her after divorcing her father when Harris was 7.  After the breakup, Kamala moved with her mother and sister Maya (now an MSNBC political analyst), to Quebec, Canada, where her mother took positions at the Jewish Hospital and McGill University.

After graduating from Westmount High School in Westmount, Quebec in 1981,  Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in political science and economics.  Harris returned to California, where she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1989. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990.  Harris served as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California, from 1990 to 1998. In 2000, San Francisco's elected City Attorney, Louise Renne, recruited Harris to join her office, where she was chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division, which oversees civil code enforcement matters

Kamala as a typical ruthless female careerist -- an establishment neoliberal similar to Hilllary

Is Kamala Harris the Democrat elite's establishment candidate for 2020 - Quora

Jesse Valdelamar, Engineering Student at The University of Texas at Austin (2018-present)

Answered Feb 18

Answered Feb 18

 

 

Yes. Here’s the reasons why:

  1. She receives non-stop positive coverage from what is usually considered “establishment media” such as CNN, MSNBC and CBS.
  2. Numerous centrist politicians such as Newsom and even more progressive establishment politicians such as Barbara Lee have endorsed her.
  3. She is not supportive of populist left policies such as Medicare-for-All.
    1. She has recently rolled back her support for the idea in an interview with CNN in favor of a policy most people in the left would categorize as “Medicare-for-More”

I’m certain that as time rolls by you’ll see more and more of the Democratic Party’s “establishment” begin to endorse establishment candidates such as Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, this combined with the fact that she rejects or is rolling back from many popular progressive position, signify that she is indeed at the very least an establishment politician and with all the positive press she gets in comparison to anti-establishment candidates such as Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, she is definitely the pick for the establishment….

At least until Joe Biden announces that he’s running.

In a side note, if Joe Biden announces a week or so after Bernie announces he’s running, that was probably a calculated move to add resistance to the progressive movement as Bernie enjoys support in the Midwest and Northeast, both places where Biden is likely to siphon votes from.

Edit: I used centrist and establishment interchangeably, this was a mistake. However, the old guard of the Democratic Party (the establishment) is by and large more centrist than the new progressive wing of the Democratic Party, but not all establishment politicians are centrist, although they usually are.

John Wagner, Owner. Refined Petroleum Transport Nd Oilfield at Wagner Trucking (2013-present)

Updated Mar 21, 2019

Updated Mar 21, 2019 · Author has 1.6k answers and 69.6k answer views

 

 

If she is it’s a mistake. Only one or two declared haven’t signed in wide eyed and stupid to everything that gets tossed out there. Kamala is not one of them. Too many Pinocchio’s on a regular basis. If the right person asked her if she was for Female Genital Mutilation she might simply say that she wasn’t going to interfere with religious beliefs. She’s that much of a pandering fool. She is very unlikable, tell you sorry.

The political fervor in this country is huge. Since most of these announced hopefuls are coming out with virtually the same platform they will only be left with mud slinging on the campaign trail. That is why incumbents usually win. When a crowded field is done with the bloody battle to get the nomination the opposition simply comes in for the kill.

Joe Biden will be the elites preference. Joe has way too much baggage though. He controls more dirty money than the Clintons. At least a couple billion. His problem is that while he has never been prosecuted for the misdeeds of his family his families business is out there in the wind and internet for everyone to see.

 


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[Dec 07, 2019] Harris post mortem: Weed for me but not for thee stance does not work

Dec 07, 2019 | angrybearblog.com

JackD , December 6, 2019 10:53 am

She really didn't establish a theme for her candidacy other than she's ambitious and smart. That didn't sell.

Bert Schlitz , December 6, 2019 11:25 am

Harris was a Zionist shill. Not only should she not be allowed to run for President, but needs replaced by the Senate.

Peter, December 7, 2019 7:06 am

Harris is a corporate Democrat. Her candidacy stands for nothing a person can identify outside of "vote for me." Ditto for Pete B.

2020 is what 2016 should have been if the DNC/Clinton machine hadn't rigged the primary: an election on issues.

Any candidate that doesn't have a clear stance on issues that relate to, a) ending parasitical rent seeking on the backs of earned income in general, and b) fighting for Medicare for all in specific, is just a politician, in the worst sense of the word. Kamala Harris is a politician. Who cares if she is a woman or black. I care about her position on issues and her character.

[Dec 06, 2019] "The Kamaleon": Fixing Biden quote about Senator Harris

Dec 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

a different chris , December 5, 2019 at 2:20 pm

>Senator Harris has the capacity to be anything she wants to be

Senator Harris has the capacity to appear to be anything she wants to appear to be.

Fixed it for them.

chuckster , December 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Yeah, that's the ticket – Biden/Harris 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What would their slogan be? "Just wanted to prove to you that Clinton/Kaine wasn't the worst ticket we could come up with"

The Rev Kev , December 5, 2019 at 6:03 pm

'Senator Harris has the capacity to appear to be anything she wants to appear to be.'

There is a word for that. It is a chameleon so yeah, Kamala Chameleon works. But Biden picking her as a running mate would be the same as back in 2008 when John McCain picked Sarah Palin as a running mate which went down like a lead balloon.

Brett , December 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm

I can hear the stage entrance song now.. Kama Kama Kama Chameleon. Boy George can open for their rallies to appeal to the IdentiPol crowd.

[Dec 05, 2019] My heart goes out to the donor class, especially those in the Hamptons and on Martha's Vineyard.

Dec 05, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

"Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race" [ The Hill ]. "Two campaign aides told The Hill that Harris informed staff Tuesday she would suspend the campaign . 'Californians can be proud of Sen. Harris,' said Bob Mulholland, a Democratic National Committee member from California who supported her nomination. 'There's not enough length even on the L.A. freeway for these candidates, so she had a tough road but did well. Not this time.'" • Lol. My heart goes out to the donor class, especially those in the Hamptons and on Martha's Vineyard . About the timing:


jo6pac , December 3, 2019 at 2:39 pm

With harris dropping out the room in the clown bus for one more. From ZH

https://summit.news/2019/12/03/hillary-clinton-still-refuses-to-rule-out-running-for-president/

Hepativore , December 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm

I take it that they never forced her to sign a loyalty oath to the Democratic Party, particularly the part of accepting the results of the nomination.

I wonder if part of it might even be lingering resentment at Sanders for stealing her crown at the coronation. If she did enter the race, I wonder if she will magically get the 15% vote threshold somehow. After all, we have to get that brokered convention going, just in case.

NotTimothyGeithner , December 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm

The Sanders loyalty oath was just to make him seem unpalatable to Yellow Dog Democrats in the primary. The last thing HRC or the Team Blue establishment wants is for voters to actually compare Biden and Sanders or Buttigieg and AOC.

I'm not sure HRC is as mad at Sanders as she is at Warren and Susan Sarandon. I've felt the Clinton camp has an attitude that support is owed to Hillary from name brand Democrats, and they are the ones who betrayed Mother.

petal , December 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm

I think she's waiting for the right time-wait until the bottom feeders drop out. Then it'll be easier to hit that 15%, yeah? The murky water clears up a bit. Hem and haw, more drop out, then boom, she's in. Plus, it's less campaigning/traveling that she has to do.

polecat , December 3, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Thank you Tulsi Gabbard – for your part in dispatching the lesser Queen Cobra !

wonder if Tulsi was a Mongoose in a past life humm.

VietnamVet , December 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Kamala Harris was the rebirth of the globalist person of color candidate that worked in 2008. But, her spouse was a white lawyer, a true 10% technocrat family. Michelle gave Barrack the Chicago black credentials that got him elected and which still obscures his neo-liberal globalist soul.

Pavel , December 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm

I see that Kamala is blaming her failure on the fact that "Americans aren't ready to vote for a woman of colour yet" for President. I guess that bodes ill for Liz Warren, the first woman of colour professor at Harvard!

Arizona Slim , December 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Oh, come on. I'm old enough to remember Shirley Chisholm. ISTR that she ran a pretty serious campaign.

And Barbara Jordan? All I can say is this: MS, I hate you. You truly are a terrible disease.

Had Rep. Jordan remained healthy, I think she could have been a strong presidential candidate.

dearieme , December 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Americans aren't ready to vote for a woman of colour yet

That should be "Dems aren't ready to vote for a woman of colour yet".

Darius , December 3, 2019 at 6:46 pm

A woman of color who's also a lame phony tripping all over herself to cater to the establishment and couldn't come up with a compelling reason to support her to save her life. In the Democratic Party, being a woman of color should be a powerful advantage. Ask Barack Obama. In the end, she was lamer than Biden. A way-too-obvious grifter who can't approach Obama's level of smooth. Of course the predatory prosecutor and big-bank sellout issues are a longer but equally relevant discussion. Go away Kamala. Please.

albrt , December 4, 2019 at 12:29 am

+1000

With the news of Kamala Harris dropping out, I am sensing a slim possibility that I might actually be able to vote for the Democrat nominee next year.

VietnamVet , December 3, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Kamala Harris was the rebirth of the globalist person of color candidate that worked in 2008. But, her spouse was a white lawyer, a true 10% technocrat family. Michelle gave Barrack the Chicago black credentials that got him elected and which still obscures his neo-liberal globalist soul.

drumlin woodchuckles , December 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

The one good thing about Clinton for DemPrez nominee is that she would lose the election by 40 states or more. The more the better . . . IF it would help to finally remove the Clinton Mafia from public life and politics.

JTMcPhee , December 3, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Lambert analogizes the polling phase of the electoral period to a horse race, with appropriate caveats.

Looks to me more like a morphing of Roller Derby, with its kayfabe and predetermined outcome, into Rollerball, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollerball_(1975_film) Lots of, to me at least, eerie resonances with the current state of the political economy.

Bernie as Jonathan?

neo-realist , December 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Ancient roller derby was kayfabe and predetermined outcome, but present day roller derby is very much a serious professional sport, granted without the heavy corporate dollars of mainstream professional sports, but still very pro: https://wftda.com/

Rollerball was a fun film, with excellent stunt and camera work for the games. Also an interesting theme regarding the use of the sport as a means of channeling the futility of fighting the corporate state.

Jonathan Holland Becnel , December 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm

*crowd cheers*

JONATHAN!

JONATHAN!

ambrit , December 4, 2019 at 3:21 am

With Killer Mike and the Crew doing "The Strut."

Massinissa , December 3, 2019 at 3:14 pm

For a Twitch Stream, 20,000 is HUGE. It means 20,000 *at one time*.People rarely watch an entire Twitch stream so its larger than it seems. Twitch viewership is calculated by the peak during the stream. Also you can watch a Twitch stream after it airs, so its the amount of viewers watching live, at one time.

Lambert Strether Post author , December 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Thank you for not relieving my existential despair.

Nax , December 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm

In the spirit of Cthulhu I checked youtube and his most popular episode there has 1.1 million views (although that is a massive outlier.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djDJPlf6-mo

Many apologies from your friendly neighborhood tentacled horror,

inode_buddha , December 3, 2019 at 9:43 pm

If it helps, remember that God loves you.

polecat , December 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

Which one ??

Massinissa , December 4, 2019 at 12:36 am

Preferably all of them.

Pat , December 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm

As for Harris quitting, I hope all the consultants got paid. And I wonder how many spent the Thanksgiving holiday trying to line up new positions.

The most terrifying comment I have seen regarding her dropping out so far has her being appointed to be Attorney General by the newly elected Democratic President. That is one seriously deluded sorry idiot, who apparently missed all the evidence of how badly she performed in her previous legal positions in California as an attorney general and district attorney. Well unless they want someone clearly more interested in lining up the donor class than in actually prosecuting those who break the law and protecting the rights and way of life of the voters.

jo6pac , December 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Well unless they want someone clearly more interested in lining up the donor class than in actually prosecuting those who break the law and protecting the rights and way of life of the voters.

That worked really well for obomber and eric the holder;-)

Danny , December 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

I predict she could do far more damage as attorney general than Eric "Place" Holder, who did nothing for taxpayers or the American people.

Kamala Harris actually took a campaign donation payoff from a grateful Mnuchin, whose OneWest Bank she failed to prosecute after he shafted 30,000 California mortgage holders.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/01/kamala-harris-tells-big-lie-2012-mortgage-settlement-good-deal-homeowners.html

Speaking of donations, Harris has something like Ten Million dollars in cash from her loyal investors, does she return it? Use it to support other candidates? Or, keep it for her attempt to get reelected to the senate in three years?

ambrit , December 3, 2019 at 8:09 pm

She's a classic grifter. She keeps it to fund 'Seminars' in exotic locales, and a 'fitting' lifestyle for an American Politico.

Mo's Bike Shop , December 3, 2019 at 8:40 pm

I'm appalled by the two year election campaign. When did she peak? And it looks to me like ImpeachmentGate will leave only Fox News paying any attention to the fact that a primary is going on when the actual voting starts.

I am, however, looking forward to any really jaundiced views on how the propaganda was catapulted here.

Charger01 , December 4, 2019 at 12:24 am

Her performance during the Kavanaugh confirmation performance is truly legandary. Go back to C-Span and check it out. The Dems couldn't have failed any harder if they tried and they simply didn't show up to win.

Lambert Strether Post author , December 4, 2019 at 7:15 am

> forward to any really jaundiced views

You've come to the right place!

Carey , December 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm

Seems to me that Ms. Harris could and should face a strong people-oriented Senate primary challenge next time around..

notabanker , December 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm

It would be tough for any opposition candidate to overcome her tough stance with PG&E. /s

Danny , December 3, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Ilustrator! Illustrator!

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/09/while-pge-played-cat-and-mouse-game-with-california-regulators-where-was-kamala.html

https://www.facebook.com/RecallKamalaHarris/

Goes along with Recall Gavin Newsom
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/current-recall-efforts/

Amfortas the hippie , December 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm

"So we are indeed following a horse-race, but the horses don't stay in their lanes, some of the horses are not in it to win but to interfere with the others, the track is very muddy, and the mud has splattered our binoculars, such that it's very hard to see what's going on from the stands. Also, the track owners are crooked and the stewards are on the take. Everything's fine."

some of the horses happen to be dead, too.
but if this is pointed out, the Owners get all apoplectic and start calling everybody Vlad, and must go down into the Vault and lay near the the Holy Cup of Triangulation, to be restored.
it ain't pretty

+100
ill get the beer. come see me next time you're within a 150 mile radius of the middle of texas.

[Dec 04, 2019] My heart goes out to the donor class, especially those in the Hamptons and on Martha's Vineyard.

Dec 04, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

"Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race" [ The Hill ]. "Two campaign aides told The Hill that Harris informed staff Tuesday she would suspend the campaign . 'Californians can be proud of Sen. Harris,' said Bob Mulholland, a Democratic National Committee member from California who supported her nomination. 'There's not enough length even on the L.A. freeway for these candidates, so she had a tough road but did well. Not this time.'" • Lol. My heart goes out to the donor class, especially those in the Hamptons and on Martha's Vineyard . About the timing:


jo6pac , December 3, 2019 at 2:39 pm

With harris dropping out the room in the clown bus for one more. From ZH

https://summit.news/2019/12/03/hillary-clinton-still-refuses-to-rule-out-running-for-president/

Hepativore , December 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm

I take it that they never forced her to sign a loyalty oath to the Democratic Party, particularly the part of accepting the results of the nomination.

I wonder if part of it might even be lingering resentment at Sanders for stealing her crown at the coronation. If she did enter the race, I wonder if she will magically get the 15% vote threshold somehow. After all, we have to get that brokered convention going, just in case.

NotTimothyGeithner , December 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm

The Sanders loyalty oath was just to make him seem unpalatable to Yellow Dog Democrats in the primary. The last thing HRC or the Team Blue establishment wants is for voters to actually compare Biden and Sanders or Buttigieg and AOC.

I'm not sure HRC is as mad at Sanders as she is at Warren and Susan Sarandon. I've felt the Clinton camp has an attitude that support is owed to Hillary from name brand Democrats, and they are the ones who betrayed Mother.

petal , December 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm

I think she's waiting for the right time-wait until the bottom feeders drop out. Then it'll be easier to hit that 15%, yeah? The murky water clears up a bit. Hem and haw, more drop out, then boom, she's in. Plus, it's less campaigning/traveling that she has to do.

polecat , December 3, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Thank you Tulsi Gabbard – for your part in dispatching the lesser Queen Cobra !

wonder if Tulsi was a Mongoose in a past life humm.

VietnamVet , December 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Kamala Harris was the rebirth of the globalist person of color candidate that worked in 2008. But, her spouse was a white lawyer, a true 10% technocrat family. Michelle gave Barrack the Chicago black credentials that got him elected and which still obscures his neo-liberal globalist soul.

Pavel , December 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm

I see that Kamala is blaming her failure on the fact that "Americans aren't ready to vote for a woman of colour yet" for President. I guess that bodes ill for Liz Warren, the first woman of colour professor at Harvard!

Arizona Slim , December 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Oh, come on. I'm old enough to remember Shirley Chisholm. ISTR that she ran a pretty serious campaign.

And Barbara Jordan? All I can say is this: MS, I hate you. You truly are a terrible disease.

Had Rep. Jordan remained healthy, I think she could have been a strong presidential candidate.

dearieme , December 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Americans aren't ready to vote for a woman of colour yet

That should be "Dems aren't ready to vote for a woman of colour yet".

Darius , December 3, 2019 at 6:46 pm

A woman of color who's also a lame phony tripping all over herself to cater to the establishment and couldn't come up with a compelling reason to support her to save her life. In the Democratic Party, being a woman of color should be a powerful advantage. Ask Barack Obama. In the end, she was lamer than Biden. A way-too-obvious grifter who can't approach Obama's level of smooth. Of course the predatory prosecutor and big-bank sellout issues are a longer but equally relevant discussion. Go away Kamala. Please.

albrt , December 4, 2019 at 12:29 am

+1000

With the news of Kamala Harris dropping out, I am sensing a slim possibility that I might actually be able to vote for the Democrat nominee next year.

VietnamVet , December 3, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Kamala Harris was the rebirth of the globalist person of color candidate that worked in 2008. But, her spouse was a white lawyer, a true 10% technocrat family. Michelle gave Barrack the Chicago black credentials that got him elected and which still obscures his neo-liberal globalist soul.

drumlin woodchuckles , December 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

The one good thing about Clinton for DemPrez nominee is that she would lose the election by 40 states or more. The more the better . . . IF it would help to finally remove the Clinton Mafia from public life and politics.

JTMcPhee , December 3, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Lambert analogizes the polling phase of the electoral period to a horse race, with appropriate caveats.

Looks to me more like a morphing of Roller Derby, with its kayfabe and predetermined outcome, into Rollerball, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollerball_(1975_film) Lots of, to me at least, eerie resonances with the current state of the political economy.

Bernie as Jonathan?

neo-realist , December 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Ancient roller derby was kayfabe and predetermined outcome, but present day roller derby is very much a serious professional sport, granted without the heavy corporate dollars of mainstream professional sports, but still very pro: https://wftda.com/

Rollerball was a fun film, with excellent stunt and camera work for the games. Also an interesting theme regarding the use of the sport as a means of channeling the futility of fighting the corporate state.

Jonathan Holland Becnel , December 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm

*crowd cheers*

JONATHAN!

JONATHAN!

ambrit , December 4, 2019 at 3:21 am

With Killer Mike and the Crew doing "The Strut."

Massinissa , December 3, 2019 at 3:14 pm

For a Twitch Stream, 20,000 is HUGE. It means 20,000 *at one time*.People rarely watch an entire Twitch stream so its larger than it seems. Twitch viewership is calculated by the peak during the stream. Also you can watch a Twitch stream after it airs, so its the amount of viewers watching live, at one time.

Lambert Strether Post author , December 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Thank you for not relieving my existential despair.

Nax , December 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm

In the spirit of Cthulhu I checked youtube and his most popular episode there has 1.1 million views (although that is a massive outlier.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djDJPlf6-mo

Many apologies from your friendly neighborhood tentacled horror,

inode_buddha , December 3, 2019 at 9:43 pm

If it helps, remember that God loves you.

polecat , December 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

Which one ??

Massinissa , December 4, 2019 at 12:36 am

Preferably all of them.

[Dec 04, 2019] Opinion Did We Ever Know the Real Kamala Harris by Miriam Pawel

So Tulsi defeated this nasty woman. Good!
That's incorrect that she has not platform. Her platform, like Hillary, was to kick the can down the road.
Dec 04, 2019 | www.nytimes.com

Like her state, Senator Harris's story up close is both more prosaic and more nuanced than the shiny image built in part on misperceptions about California. Now that she has dropped out of the presidential race, the legacy of her campaign may be what the candidacy illustrates about the complexity and reality of politics in the Golden State.

... ... ...

From the small city with outsize visibility, she built a national profile. In 2008, Ms. Harris was California co-chairwoman for her friend Barack Obama; within days of his historic victory, she announced her candidacy for California attorney general, a race still two years away. Oprah Winfrey put her on O magazine's "Power List." A column in USA Today pronounced her "the female Barack Obama," "destined to become a commanding presence in the political life of this country."

... ... ...

As attorney general, she disappointed California liberals through both actions and the lack of action. That did not hamper her ability to burnish her national credentials. She addressed the 2012 Democratic National Convention in a prime-time slot. Her name was floated as a potential United States attorney general, even a Supreme Court justice.

Yet she remained largely unknown in California -- a function of the staggering size of a state of almost 40 million where the principal way to gain exposure requires television ads in a dozen media markets, at a cost of upward of $4.5 million a week . When Ms. Harris ran for the United States Senate in 2016 , six out of 10 registered voters had no impression of her, although she had been attorney general for almost six years. In recent polls , about a quarter of voters still had no opinion.

... ... ...

Her candidacy appeared to have no real rationale and no clear constituency. The penchant for zigzagging that marked her policy positions carried over to strategy, as she veered from positioning herself as the fallback candidate for the left, when conventional wisdom suggested the front-runners might falter, to fashioning herself as the option for moderates when that appeared a more likely lane. Her carefully crafted image crumbled under the scrutiny of a national campaign. The bright beacon of hope in a dismal time dissolved into sound bites and bumper sticker slogans. "Justice is on the ballot." " Dude gotta go ."

... ... ...

Ms. Harris, the state's junior senator, will gain greater recognition from her 2020 quest; whether that enhances her political future depends on what lessons she takes from her own campaign.

[Nov 15, 2019] Tulsi at 6, Kamala at 1. Glorious!

Nov 12, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Krystal Ball describes the boost Tulsi Gabbard's campaign has gained from Clinton's attack on her.


poofendorf , 3 days ago

HRC is a BRILLIANT strategist...first for Trump and now for Tulsi.

XA , 3 days ago

she's right about hillary being a war mongerer

Rob Brown , 2 days ago

I would NOT want to find myself inside of Tulsi's crosshairs. She is dynamic!

Ron Ryan , 3 days ago

Tulsi's the only Dem that's worth a damn.

Dilip Patel , 3 days ago

Behar and her gaggle got owned hard by Tulsi! It was so joyful to watch!

[Nov 07, 2019] Note on the the degradation of the elite.

Notable quotes:
"... There is a collection of Democratic and Republican politicians and think tanks funded by various corporations and governments and bureaucrats in the government agencies mostly all devoted to the Empire, but also willing to stab each other in the back to obtain power. They don't necessarily agree on policy details. ..."
"... They don't oppose Trump because Trump is antiwar. Trump isn't antiwar. Or rather, he is antiwar for three minutes here and there and then he advocates for war crimes. ..."
"... He is a fairly major war criminal based on his policies in Yemen. But they don't oppose him for that either or they would have been upset by Obama. They oppose Trump because he is incompetent, unpredictable and easily manipulated. And worst of all, he doesn't play the game right, where we pretend we intervene out of noble humanitarian motives. This idiot actually say he wants to keep Syrian oil fields and Syria's oil fields aren't significant to anyone outside Syria. ..."
"... Our policies are influenced in rather negative ways by various foreign countries, but would be embarrassed to go to the extremes one regularly sees from liberals talking about Russian influence ..."
Nov 07, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

Donald 11.07.19 at 4:37 am 64

" In a sense, the current NeoMcCartyism (Russophobia, Sinophobia) epidemic in the USA can partially be viewed as a yet another sign of the crisis of neoliberalism: a desperate attempt to patch the cracks in the neoliberal façade using scapegoating -- creation of an external enemy to project the problems of the neoliberal society.

I would add another, pretty subjective measure of failure: the degradation of the elite. When you look at Hillary, Trump, Biden, Warren, Harris, etc, you instantly understand what I am talking about. They all look like the second-rate, if not the third rate politicians. Also, the Epstein case was pretty symbolic."

I had decided to stay on the sidelines for the most part after making a few earlier comments, but I liked this summary, except I would give Warren more credit. She is flawed like most politicians, but she has made some of the right enemies within the Democratic Party.

On Trump and " the Deep State", there is no unified Deep State. There is a collection of Democratic and Republican politicians and think tanks funded by various corporations and governments and bureaucrats in the government agencies mostly all devoted to the Empire, but also willing to stab each other in the back to obtain power. They don't necessarily agree on policy details.

They don't oppose Trump because Trump is antiwar. Trump isn't antiwar. Or rather, he is antiwar for three minutes here and there and then he advocates for war crimes.

He is a fairly major war criminal based on his policies in Yemen. But they don't oppose him for that either or they would have been upset by Obama. They oppose Trump because he is incompetent, unpredictable and easily manipulated. And worst of all, he doesn't play the game right, where we pretend we intervene out of noble humanitarian motives. This idiot actually say he wants to keep Syrian oil fields and Syria's oil fields aren't significant to anyone outside Syria.

But yes, scapegoating is a big thing with liberals now. It's pathetic. Our policies are influenced in rather negative ways by various foreign countries, but would be embarrassed to go to the extremes one regularly sees from liberals talking about Russian influence .

For the most part, if we have a horrible political culture nearly all the blame for that is homegrown.

Donald 11.07.19 at 4:40 am (no link)

Sigh. Various typos above. Here is one --

Our policies are influenced in rather negative ways by various foreign countries, but would be embarrassed to go to the extremes one regularly sees from liberals talking about Russian influence.
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I meant to say I would be embarrassed to go to the extremes one regularly sees from liberals talking about Russian influence.

[Oct 23, 2019] Democrat s Virtue-Signaling Over Syria

Oct 18, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

gjohnsit on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 5:38pm

With a great weeping, gnashing of teeth, rending of garments and clutching of pearls, the Democrats have declared that the decision to withdraw troops from Syria was a mortal sin .

Joe Biden called it "the most shameful thing that any president has done in modern history in terms of foreign policy." Elizabeth Warren said Trump "has cut and run on our allies," and "created a bigger-than-ever humanitarian crisis." Kamala Harris announced, "Yet again Donald Trump [is] selling folks out."

However, it required Mayor Buttigieg to make it a personal moral imperative .

Meanwhile, soldiers in the field are reporting that for the first time they feel ashamed -- ashamed -- of what their country has done.

Democrats are totally honest and sincere here. It's not like they would have any double-standards on this issue.

When Muir asked Buttigieg whether he would stick to his pledge to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in his first year despite warnings from top American commanders, Buttigieg ducked the question and insisted that "we have got to put an end to endless war." Turning to Biden, Muir cited "concerns about any possible vacuum being created in Afghanistan." But Biden brushed them off, declaring, "We don't need those troops there. I would bring them home."

What makes these statements so remarkable is that experts warn that if the United States withdraws its troops from Afghanistan in the absence of a peace agreement, Afghanistan will suffer a fate remarkably similar to what is happening in northern Syria.

It's not like this issue is anything less than black or white.

It's not like we would eventually have the choice of supporting either a Kurdish/Arab militia tied however loosely to the PKK, a designated terror group perceived by Turkey as an existential threat, or Turkey , a NATO member.

We keep hearing how we "betrayed our allies," but who promised the Kurds that we would fight Turkey on their behalf? It's a big jump from "Let's both fight ISIS" to "Take that, NATO ally." But our garbage media, and our garbage politicians, sort of hand wave away the fact that you can't "betray" someone by not doing what you never promised to do, especially when no reasonable person could ever expect you to do it.

Oh wait. It's exactly like that.
All this virtue-signaling amounts to "I want you to send your sons and daughters to kill and maybe die fighting a long-time ally because otherwise 'Putin will win'!"
Yes, Putin will get more control over a war-torn country, a ruined economy, with bombed-out cities, and millions of refugees. Why must we deny him of this again?

And then there is the lack of an AUMF for us being in Syria. Which makes our occupation of Syria illegal, both by domestic law, and international law .

Syria is not our country and U.S. troops were never authorized by its sovereign government to be there. Whether or not Washington likes Damascus is irrelevant, under international law U.S. troops have no right to be there. Even flights over Syrian airspace by the U.S. coalition are a violation of international agreements.

Why doesn't Bernie or Gabbard mention that this is an illegal war? People might care.

Also, does anyone remember when putting troops in Syria was something to be avoided?
Does anyone else remember the 16 times Obama said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria?

Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria.

But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission."

We now have a stage full of presidential candidates that say they love Obama, yet ignore this part of his legacy (that he himself violated).

Finally there is our legacy in Syria. Our legacy of war crimes .

"The Commission finds that there are reasonable grounds to believe that international coalition forces may not have directed their attacks at a specific military objective, or failed to do so with the necessary precaution," it said.

"Launching indiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians amounts to a war crime in cases in which such attacks are conducted recklessly," it added.

Engaging in an illegal war while committing war crimes is a "full stop" right there. No amount of virtue-signaling can justify this.
And yet it still gets worse .

In a now-famous secretly recorded conversation with Syrian opposition activists in New York, Former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the United States was hoping to use ISIS to undermine the Syrian government. To put it bluntly, U.S. foreign policy was duplicitous and used terrorism as a tool. This, of course, is a well-documented fact.

If we had a real media these candidates would all be crucified.

gjohnsit on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 5:38pm With a great weeping, gnashing of teeth, rending of garments and clutching of pearls, the Democrats have declared that the decision to withdraw troops from Syria was a mortal sin .

Joe Biden called it "the most shameful thing that any president has done in modern history in terms of foreign policy." Elizabeth Warren said Trump "has cut and run on our allies," and "created a bigger-than-ever humanitarian crisis." Kamala Harris announced, "Yet again Donald Trump [is] selling folks out."

However, it required Mayor Buttigieg to make it a personal moral imperative .

Meanwhile, soldiers in the field are reporting that for the first time they feel ashamed -- ashamed -- of what their country has done.

Democrats are totally honest and sincere here. It's not like they would have any double-standards on this issue.

When Muir asked Buttigieg whether he would stick to his pledge to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in his first year despite warnings from top American commanders, Buttigieg ducked the question and insisted that "we have got to put an end to endless war." Turning to Biden, Muir cited "concerns about any possible vacuum being created in Afghanistan." But Biden brushed them off, declaring, "We don't need those troops there. I would bring them home."

What makes these statements so remarkable is that experts warn that if the United States withdraws its troops from Afghanistan in the absence of a peace agreement, Afghanistan will suffer a fate remarkably similar to what is happening in northern Syria.

It's not like this issue is anything less than black or white.

It's not like we would eventually have the choice of supporting either a Kurdish/Arab militia tied however loosely to the PKK, a designated terror group perceived by Turkey as an existential threat, or Turkey , a NATO member.

We keep hearing how we "betrayed our allies," but who promised the Kurds that we would fight Turkey on their behalf? It's a big jump from "Let's both fight ISIS" to "Take that, NATO ally." But our garbage media, and our garbage politicians, sort of hand wave away the fact that you can't "betray" someone by not doing what you never promised to do, especially when no reasonable person could ever expect you to do it.

Oh wait. It's exactly like that.
All this virtue-signaling amounts to "I want you to send your sons and daughters to kill and maybe die fighting a long-time ally because otherwise 'Putin will win'!"
Yes, Putin will get more control over a war-torn country, a ruined economy, with bombed-out cities, and millions of refugees. Why must we deny him of this again?

And then there is the lack of an AUMF for us being in Syria. Which makes our occupation of Syria illegal, both by domestic law, and international law .

Syria is not our country and U.S. troops were never authorized by its sovereign government to be there. Whether or not Washington likes Damascus is irrelevant, under international law U.S. troops have no right to be there. Even flights over Syrian airspace by the U.S. coalition are a violation of international agreements.

Why doesn't Bernie or Gabbard mention that this is an illegal war? People might care.

Also, does anyone remember when putting troops in Syria was something to be avoided?
Does anyone else remember the 16 times Obama said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria?

Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria.

But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission."

We now have a stage full of presidential candidates that say they love Obama, yet ignore this part of his legacy (that he himself violated).

Finally there is our legacy in Syria. Our legacy of war crimes .

"The Commission finds that there are reasonable grounds to believe that international coalition forces may not have directed their attacks at a specific military objective, or failed to do so with the necessary precaution," it said.

"Launching indiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians amounts to a war crime in cases in which such attacks are conducted recklessly," it added.

Engaging in an illegal war while committing war crimes is a "full stop" right there. No amount of virtue-signaling can justify this.
And yet it still gets worse .

In a now-famous secretly recorded conversation with Syrian opposition activists in New York, Former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the United States was hoping to use ISIS to undermine the Syrian government. To put it bluntly, U.S. foreign policy was duplicitous and used terrorism as a tool. This, of course, is a well-documented fact.

If we had a real media these candidates would all be crucified.

Why are we there? Follow the money

The good kind of foreign influence in our elections

The UAE is pumping millions of dollars into "vast and influential" lobbying efforts in the US, using a range of public relations companies to help shape foreign policy issues, a report by a Washington-based non-profit alleged this week.

The report published by the Center for International Policy (CIP) claims that 20 US companies were paid around $20 million to lobby politicians and other influential institutions on foreign policy issues.

"Though the Emirati's influence operation differs notably from the Saudi's in many ways, both rely heavily on their FARA registered lobbying and public relations firms to brandish their image in the US, and to keep their transgressions out of the public consciousness as much as possible," the report reads.

The report is part of CIP's Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, which aims to elucidate the "half-billion-dollar foreign influence industry working to shape US foreign policy every single day".

The report added Emirati influence operation targeted legislators, non-profits, media outlets and think-tanks in an attempt to portray the UAE to the world in a positive light.

edg on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 7:13pm
Quote from article

@gjohnsit

The New Arab article quote "public relations firms to brandish their image in the US" has a word usage problem. The correct word would be burnish, not brandish. You brandish your weapon. You burnish your image.

Malapropism police out.

The good kind of foreign influence in our elections

The UAE is pumping millions of dollars into "vast and influential" lobbying efforts in the US, using a range of public relations companies to help shape foreign policy issues, a report by a Washington-based non-profit alleged this week.

The report published by the Center for International Policy (CIP) claims that 20 US companies were paid around $20 million to lobby politicians and other influential institutions on foreign policy issues.

"Though the Emirati's influence operation differs notably from the Saudi's in many ways, both rely heavily on their FARA registered lobbying and public relations firms to brandish their image in the US, and to keep their transgressions out of the public consciousness as much as possible," the report reads.

The report is part of CIP's Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, which aims to elucidate the "half-billion-dollar foreign influence industry working to shape US foreign policy every single day".

The report added Emirati influence operation targeted legislators, non-profits, media outlets and think-tanks in an attempt to portray the UAE to the world in a positive light.

Funkygal on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 6:11pm
Here is another excellent one

https://fair.org/home/media-alarmed-by-imaginary-pullout-from-syria/

They are only moving 50-100 soldiers away and the lamestream media is hyperventilating.

apenultimate on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 6:52pm
The Turkish Invasion

a lot of people think it is actually kind of *staged* by an agreement with Russia and Turkey, and if so, it'll force the United States out of northern Syria, make the US look stupid, but actually give everybody what they want. Check it out:

Moon of Alabama

The basics are:

--Turkey makes some initial attacks in northern Syria, tells the US to get out of the way and abandon the Kurds

--The Kurds are forced to ally with Syrian forces, and they are swept into the Syrian Army ranks (negating their ability to go independent)

--The Syrian Army moves to the border and starts manning border crossings (already happening in many places), providing a long-term buffer between Kurds and Turkey

--The Turkish-backed terrorist forces are expended in border confrontations (Turkey really does not want them long-term)

--Once things settle down, Syrian refugees move back into Syria, out of Turkey

--US forces are forced to move out of northeastern Syria and out of the oil fields (or be surrounded and starved out by Syrian/Russian/Kurdish forces)

--Kurds are not wholesale slaughtered, and Democratic presidential candidates are revealed for their foolishness in the whole thing

--Trump gets more of what he wants--more US troops out of Syria (against the wishes of the deep state)

--Turkey has a protected border and the incesant attacks from Kurds drops to manageable levels due to the Syrian army border and the Kurds becoming integrated into Syrian forces.

I give this a 50% of how it will play out. Sure, there are current battles ongoing, but so far, Turkey is not attacking Syrian forces, who are moving up into place on the border in many areas. The central area is still fluid, but let's see where it dies down in a couple weeks.

edg on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 7:17pm
Small disagreement

@apenultimate

"Democratic presidential candidates are revealed for their foolishness" won't happen. The MSM won't allow it.

a lot of people think it is actually kind of *staged* by an agreement with Russia and Turkey, and if so, it'll force the United States out of northern Syria, make the US look stupid, but actually give everybody what they want. Check it out:

Moon of Alabama

The basics are:

--Turkey makes some initial attacks in northern Syria, tells the US to get out of the way and abandon the Kurds

--The Kurds are forced to ally with Syrian forces, and they are swept into the Syrian Army ranks (negating their ability to go independent)

--The Syrian Army moves to the border and starts manning border crossings (already happening in many places), providing a long-term buffer between Kurds and Turkey

--The Turkish-backed terrorist forces are expended in border confrontations (Turkey really does not want them long-term)

--Once things settle down, Syrian refugees move back into Syria, out of Turkey

--US forces are forced to move out of northeastern Syria and out of the oil fields (or be surrounded and starved out by Syrian/Russian/Kurdish forces)

--Kurds are not wholesale slaughtered, and Democratic presidential candidates are revealed for their foolishness in the whole thing

--Trump gets more of what he wants--more US troops out of Syria (against the wishes of the deep state)

--Turkey has a protected border and the incesant attacks from Kurds drops to manageable levels due to the Syrian army border and the Kurds becoming integrated into Syrian forces.

I give this a 50% of how it will play out. Sure, there are current battles ongoing, but so far, Turkey is not attacking Syrian forces, who are moving up into place on the border in many areas. The central area is still fluid, but let's see where it dies down in a couple weeks.

Cassiodorus on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 7:02pm
What's interesting about Rojava

(as Kurdish Syria is sometimes called) is that one of the Kurd leaders became a follower of Murray Bookchin after spending a bunch of time as a Marxist-Leninist, and so portions of Kurdish society are an experiment in Bookchinism. Here is a piece by Bookchin's daughter on the correspondence between him and the Kurds. Hopefully the Kurds will find some protection in the new Putin-brokered Syria.

Otherwise, yeah, the Kurds are an ally of convenience for the Democratic Party and its apologists on that most disgusting of propaganda instruments, National Public Radio.

snoopydawg on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 8:07pm
It's not only illegal for us to be in Syria

but it should have also been illegal for us to arm the same people that we had declared terrorists. Now those people are killing the people who fought on our side against the ones now doing the killing.. my head is spinning with all the insane talking points coming from people who have never met a war they didn't support.

This is a good read.

Former and current US officials have slammed the Turkish mercenary force of "Arab militias" for executing and beheading Kurds in northern Syria. New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the past by the CIA and Pentagon.
By Max Blumenthal

The US has backed 21 of the 28 'crazy' militias leading Turkey's brutal invasion of northern Syria


Left: John McCain with then-FSA chief Salim Idriss (right) in 2013; Right: Salim Idriss (center) in October, announcing the establishment of the National Front for Liberation, the Turkish mercenary army that has invaded northern Syria.

Hmm..kinda hard to explain that huh? The article talks about Idriss in detail. As well as Obama and Hillary's roles in the 'no boots on the ground' war.

This should embarrass every person who is moaning over Trump's actions in Syria. Turkey was coming in one way or another and the only way to stop them was for our troops to stand in their way. But what really ticks me off is all of that equipment they left behind on their bug out. Not just tents , TVs and air conditioners and everything in between, but they left weapons and bombs there and they just blew them up. This will make the defense companies very happy!

snoopydawg on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:13pm
This is interesting if true

After the ceasefire, US backed #Kurds are deciding to hand over the north of #Syria to Turkey rather than the Syrian army. All trump had to promise them was a stake in #Syria 's oil fields. https://t.co/euat8DvIa4

-- Syrian Girl (@Partisangirl) October 19, 2019

Syrian Girl lives in Syria and has been a good source of information, but I'm not sure if what she is reporting is true. But wouldn't that shut lots of people up?

doh1304 on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:21pm
The only thing I wonder

Obama kept troops out of Syria until the last minute. Then he took a force small enough to justify his successor's escalation. So when the Turks tried to genocide the Kurds - like they were certain to do - Trump gets the blame. But it was supposed to be Hillary. What was in it for her? The joy of another country seeing genocide?

The Wizard on Sat, 10/19/2019 - 1:21am
Fool me once...

The Kurds were promised land and valuable oil fields in North Eastern Syria by... the US. What's wrong with this picture? Damascus has I invited the Kurds to be part of the multi-ethnic Syria. The Kurds refused and took America's deal. We armed them to the teeth with 10s of billions of dollars of weapons. What could go wrong? Well just about everything as the US offer was highly illegal, they are stealing Syrian oil, and Turkey will not accept any Kurdish permanent enclave on her border. Syria, Russia, Iran, China, Hezbollah, Iraq and more support the reunification of all of Syria. Why were the Kurds so stupid? Go it? Blind belief in the all powerful US!

[Sep 13, 2019] Your overpaid RumorNet journalists placing Biden and Harris at the top are just well paid prostitutes

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Corporate media polls are fake. There is no effin' way that Biden is or ever was the "front runner" for the D Party nomination. His entire candidacy is fake, so obviously contrived -- just like Hillary's -- it's a wonder that the DNC and their corporate propagandists ever believed they could get away with it. ..."
"... All their "arguments" in favor of Biden are nothing more than cover stories being laid out in advance for the purpose of validating the contrived result they are dead set on producing. Even their cover stories are goddamn coverups! ..."
Sep 13, 2019 | www.alternet.org

Jorge Washington Jed Grover 6 hours ago

Corporate media polls are fake. There is no effin' way that Biden is or ever was the "front runner" for the D Party nomination. His entire candidacy is fake, so obviously contrived -- just like Hillary's -- it's a wonder that the DNC and their corporate propagandists ever believed they could get away with it.

All their "arguments" in favor of Biden are nothing more than cover stories being laid out in advance for the purpose of validating the contrived result they are dead set on producing. Even their cover stories are goddamn coverups!

The "polls" are fake. Corporate media outlets -- aka Ministries of Propaganda -- fabricate them out of whole cloth and then babble insensately about "electability" and "inevitability," and about how the senile hack Biden is "the only one" who can beat the shitgibbon chump, blah blah blah. The whole goddamn charade is so effin' obvious, a 3 year-old could see through it.

Come on Murca! Aren't you tired of being lied to and manipulated and robbed day after day? The fascist ratbastards in the R and D Parties are first rate dumbasses who can't even tell believable lies anymore.

Bob Huntley 14 hours ago ,

The DNC nomination will go to the candidate most likely to support the desires of the wealthy, those who own and run the country, not to one of that group who will attempt to upset that apple cart, if elected President. That makes Joe a shoe-in and all he has to do is not collapse as in falling to the floor requiring he be carried off by ambulance attendants, on stage, during a debate.

That selecting Joe out of that group will cause great concern among the Democratic voters such that they might just not vote thereby throwing the election to Trump is of little concern to the DNC executive. If by some miracle Joe does become President no harm will come to the interests of the wealthy so win or lose, it is the same win win result in the end.

[Sep 12, 2019] Corrupt lying POS wants to be POTUS. Then again what else is new?

Notable quotes:
"... 'Authoritarian regimes' outside America are making Americans hate one another. First they got Trump elected, and now they're making Americans hate each other. The casual observer must have two near-simultaneous thoughts; one, these people will not take personal responsibility for ANYTHING; everything is someone else's fault. Two, Russia sure swings a lot of influence for a country that is friendless and isolated and has an economy in tatters. ..."
Sep 12, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

Northern Star September 8, 2019 at 10:05 am

Corrupt lying POS wants to be POTUS Then again what else is new?
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/clear-causal-link-lawyers-accuse-kamala-harris-of-defying-supreme-court-by-hiding-evidence-from-defense-attorneys
Mark Chapman September 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm
I don't see that as a very likely possibility. After Gabbard kicked her feet out from under her in that debate, her star has sunk steadily. I wonder how aggressively material like this would be promoted if that had not happened. Obviously people knew about it before Gabbard brought it up – but that seemed to make it safe to talk about as an item in the public interest.

On that same site, James Mattis thinks internal strife in America and the contempt supporters of one party hold for supporters of the other are as big a national security threat as Russia and China.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mattis-pinpoints-increasing-contempt-between-americans-as-major-national-security-threat

But that's Russia and China's fault, too – check out the last paragraph. 'Authoritarian regimes' outside America are making Americans hate one another. First they got Trump elected, and now they're making Americans hate each other. The casual observer must have two near-simultaneous thoughts; one, these people will not take personal responsibility for ANYTHING; everything is someone else's fault. Two, Russia sure swings a lot of influence for a country that is friendless and isolated and has an economy in tatters.

[Sep 06, 2019] While PG E Played a 'Cat and Mouse Game' With California Regulators, Where Was Kamala by Jerri-Lynn Scofield

Notable quotes:
"... Back to Kamala. Seems I'm not the only one who's been asking a similar question. Where was Kamala on all this? Now, to be clear, the primary responsibility for regulating the utility falls with the California Public Utilities Commission. But Harris had a potential role to play – one she chose not to. Let's look at one episode in detail, the San Bruno pipeline explosion.In 2010, a natural gas pipeline owned by PG&E exploded. A massive fire ensued, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and other property; eight people died. ..."
"... After the pipeline explosion, the City of San Bruno sued to obtain thousands of emails between PG&E executives and the state's utility regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission. ..."
"... In what became known as the judge shopping scandal , PG&E was granted the administrative judge of its choosing. The company was fined $1 million after the scandal became public, a sanction that critics said was a slap on the wrist for a company with annual revenues of $17 billion. ..."
"... "There is no way for us to know the current status of that ongoing investigation, but she believes that if there is evidence to support them, charges should be filed against any and all bad actors so they can be held fully accountable for their actions," Mr. Harris said. The office of the current attorney general, Xavier Becerra, would not confirm whether an investigation was still open. ..."
"... Willie Brown, a longtime Democratic power broker and a former mayor of San Francisco and speaker of the California Assembly, said in an interview that he has consulted for PG&E for the past decade, and recently approached [California governor Gavin] Newsom with a message that the company paid him to deliver. ..."
"... Mr. Brown declined to give details on the discussion or when it occurred, but said he hoped to continue lobbying for PG&E, even in bankruptcy. ..."
"... Willie Brown isn't the only one generating invoices. I'll mention in passing that PG&E regularly availed itself of the best legal advice it could buy – including the services of Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe – not a name many would normally associate with a recidivist corporate predator (see The New Yorker's Tribe takedown, Did Laurence Tribe Sell Out? ). ..."
"... And finally, Kamala's soft prosecutorial approach to California utilities also extended to California Edison, according to the San Diego Reader, Attorney general Kamala Harris's predictable "malpractice ": ..."
Sep 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.

The Wall Street Journal published a comprehensive story yesterday, U.S. PG&E's Long Record of Run-Ins With Regulators: A 'Cat and Mouse Game, outlining Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) long history of breaking the law with impunity.

This made me wonder: where was Kamala Harris? You know, the person who served as California's attorney general from 2011 through 2017, and touts that experience as grounds to support her presidential candidacy.

Before I answer the question, let me share some gems from the article:

The Wall Street Journal identified repeated instances over 25 years in which PG&E misled regulatory authorities, withheld required information, didn't follow through on promised improvements, engaged in improper back-channel communications with regulators or obstructed an investigation.

The company has paid more than $2.6 billion in state and federal penalties and lawsuit settlements in such cases. While the penalty came to less than $1 million in about a half-dozen of the incidents, it was much more in other cases, some of them involved death and heavy property destruction, and regulators consider all violations that involve safety to be serious matters .

Recall that PG&E has now filed for bankruptcy, for the second time in two decades, for its role in causing wildfires. The company estimates its potential liability from these claims alone at more than $30 billion.

The company has long played its own regulatory game, according to its own rules:

Several close observers of PG&E said they witnessed a pattern of conduct over the years that troubled them because it seemed to violate norms of behavior for California utilities. "PG&E, in comparison to others, stands apart," said Mark Ferron, a former member of the California Public Utilities Commission.

For years, he said, PG&E seemed to play a "cat and mouse game" with regulators of doing what it wanted and waiting to see if it got caught, which he said was unfortunate because the utilities commission "is not a particularly adroit cat."

Catherine J.K. Sandoval, another former utilities commissioner and now a Santa Clara University law professor, said PG&E has "a trust issue and a conduct issue," and it violates rules of conduct so often it amounts to a pattern. "They are definitely the worst" among the utilities she oversaw, she said.

This has stymied regulators, who have failed to find a way to compel the utility to obey the law:

"The commission has tried to rein PG&E in using the traditional tools of regulation -- increasing fines and removal of responsible parties -- and those tools haven't worked," said Darwin Farrar, chief counsel of the state utilities commission's Public Advocates Office, in an email. Mr. Farrar wrote in a July public filing that PG&E "has dealt with the Commission dishonestly."

The utilities commission since 2015 has been studying what to do about PG&E's safety culture. According to state fire officials, its record includes accidentally starting fires that killed 107 people in 2017 and 2018, destroyed 22,000 buildings and burned 350,000 acres.

The WSJ account thoroughly examines multiple lapses by the company, and I encourage interested readers to read the full account (alas, it is paywalled). I'll highlight here just one recent incident:

On July 10, Judge Alsup, overseeing PG&E's federal probation, ordered the company to respond, paragraph by paragraph , to a Journal article saying PG&E long knew it had power lines that could spark fires but failed to perform necessary upgrades to towers and other equipment . The judge told the company to give him a clear answer and not bury him in thousands of pages of records, which he said it had done in the past.

In its response, PG&E acknowledged it had long known its aged high-voltage lines could fail and trigger fires, and had delayed some upgrades to the line that broke in November and sparked the Camp Fire that ravaged the town of Paradise . But PG&E denied it had neglected maintenance, saying the delayed upgrades weren't related to maintenance but rather to design, such as the height of lines above the ground.

Kamala Harris and PG&E – Soft on Utilities

Back to Kamala. Seems I'm not the only one who's been asking a similar question. Where was Kamala on all this? Now, to be clear, the primary responsibility for regulating the utility falls with the California Public Utilities Commission. But Harris had a potential role to play – one she chose not to. Let's look at one episode in detail, the San Bruno pipeline explosion.In 2010, a natural gas pipeline owned by PG&E exploded. A massive fire ensued, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and other property; eight people died.

As The New York Times tells the story in The Political Playbook of a Bankrupt California Utility :

After the pipeline explosion, the City of San Bruno sued to obtain thousands of emails between PG&E executives and the state's utility regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission.

The emails revealed that a PG&E executive complained to the commission about a judge assigned to determine who should pay for pipeline upgrades, a case with major financial consequences.

In what became known as the judge shopping scandal , PG&E was granted the administrative judge of its choosing. The company was fined $1 million after the scandal became public, a sanction that critics said was a slap on the wrist for a company with annual revenues of $17 billion.

Other emails obtained by San Bruno described how company executives socialized and casually discussed company projects with the official meant to be regulating them. A 2010 dinner between a top PG&E lobbyist, Brian Cherry, and Michael Peevey, who was then president of the Public Utilities Commission, took place at Mr. Peevey's vacation home and became famous for the "two bottles of good Pinot" that they drank. Mr. Cherry and two other executives at the company were fired after the emails became public.

Jim Ruane, the former mayor of San Bruno, tried to have the staff of the California attorney general at the time, Kamala Harris, bring charges for what he said was illegal cooperation between the company and regulators.

"They just blew us off," said Britt Strottman, a lawyer who represented San Bruno after the pipeline explosion.

A year later, a state senator, Jerry Hill, wrote to Ms. Harris to renew calls for an investigation.

"The response we got was 'thanks for the letter -- go away,'" Mr. Hill said.

This issue is being reexamined, now that Harris is running for president. Over to The New York Times:

Chris Harris, the head of communications for Ms. Harris, who is now a United States senator and a 2020 presidential candidate, said an investigation was opened while she was attorney general.

"There is no way for us to know the current status of that ongoing investigation, but she believes that if there is evidence to support them, charges should be filed against any and all bad actors so they can be held fully accountable for their actions," Mr. Harris said. The office of the current attorney general, Xavier Becerra, would not confirm whether an investigation was still open.

Ms. Harris did not receive any contributions from PG&E for her successful campaign for Senate, her spokesman said.

Note that while she may not have received any campaign contributions from PG&E, that really doesn't mean much. There need not be any explicit quid pro quo for influence to be deployed – no matter what the United States Supreme Court says. According to The New York Times:

Willie Brown, a longtime Democratic power broker and a former mayor of San Francisco and speaker of the California Assembly, said in an interview that he has consulted for PG&E for the past decade, and recently approached [California governor Gavin] Newsom with a message that the company paid him to deliver.

Mr. Brown declined to give details on the discussion or when it occurred, but said he hoped to continue lobbying for PG&E, even in bankruptcy.

"I hope that they call me because every call generates an invoice," he said.

Willie Brown isn't the only one generating invoices. I'll mention in passing that PG&E regularly availed itself of the best legal advice it could buy – including the services of Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe – not a name many would normally associate with a recidivist corporate predator (see The New Yorker's Tribe takedown, Did Laurence Tribe Sell Out? ).

And finally, Kamala's soft prosecutorial approach to California utilities also extended to California Edison, according to the San Diego Reader, Attorney general Kamala Harris's predictable "malpractice ":

On March 26, 2013, an executive of California Edison, Stephen Pickett, had a clandestine meeting with Michael Peevey , then president of the California Public Utilities Commission, at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland.

At this meeting, Peevey sketched out a strategy for Edison (majority owner of the now-shuttered San Onofre power plant) and San Diego Gas & Electric (minority owner) by which they could pass on the decommissioning costs of closing San Onofre to ratepayers, who had nothing to do with the mismanagement that led to the shutdown. Later, the commission approved a deal, which was very similar to what Peevey had suggested in Warsaw: ratepayers would pick up the tab for a whopping $3.3 billion. (Edison and SDG&E already had among the highest utility rates in the nation.)

The state attorney general's office investigated and recovered the notes from that Warsaw meeting. Those notes were a smoking gun for obstruction of justice. But skeptics guffawed: attorney general Kamala Harris was running for the U.S. Senate. She wouldn't dare cross Peevey pal and fellow Democratic governor Jerry Brown -- whose sister Kathleen has been on Sempra Energy's board of directors since 2013. (Sempra is the parent company of SDG&E.) The skeptics doubted that Harris would actually pursue a prosecution.

The skeptics were right.

Last month, the three-year period of the statute of limitations ran out. Unless the attorney general's office investigates another angle on this case, Peevey, Edison, and Brown will skate. Harris did the same in the case against San Bruno, which suffered the destruction of a neighborhood and several deaths from an explosion that Pacific Gas & Electric will have to throw some money in the pot for. At least, in the San Bruno case, federal investigators have moved in. But "the feds are missing in action" on San Onofre, says San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre.

"For her to let the statute go is malpractice," says Aguirre.

Interested readers might also wish to see also this KQED account, Critics Unhappy With Kamala Harris' Approach to San Onofre Probe ; and this report by Capitol Watchdog, Harris Lets Statute Of Limitations On San Onofre Lapse, Defends Brown .

[Sep 04, 2019] Why Kamala Harris Hasn t Caught Fire in the Democratic 2020 Race

She actually is hated by a lot of voters... Mostly for the same reasons as Hillary was hated in 2016.
Sep 04, 2019 | www.bloomberg.com

In some ways, Harris risks falling into the same trap that ensnared Rubio in 2016 -- eloquent on the stump, adept at raising money, acceptable across the party spectrum but not loved by enough voters .

NotTimothyGeithner September 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Re: Harris and California as an early state.

She still hired a mess of Clintonistas. They aren't exactly the most politically aware people. I think its probably more apt to say she isn't an embarrassment on the stump (Biden or Beto) or comes off as doing a trick to impress her 10th grade English teacher (Buttigieg), but what demand is she filling? She looks like a candidate out of central casting and would be perfect for a background character in a terrible romantic comedy about two politicos from different sides of the aisle.

Harris is the United States Senator from California and has been an ardent champion of . Profit! (South Park reference). The only other legislator with that kind of weight and access to media is New York. In the absence of a show (Mayor Pete), she isn't offering anything.

I would put Gillenbrand in the same category as Harris.

[Aug 21, 2019] This militantly progressive black woman from the San Francisco Bay Area ;-)

Aug 21, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

..."An Anti-Trump Landslide?" [ The American Conservative ]. "Anything could happen between now and November 2020, but this new Fox News poll is not good news for the president. If the vote were held today, Joe Biden would clobber him, which is no surprise. But also, a geriatric New England socialist would beat the stuffing out of Trump. So would a preachy Harvard professor and a militantly progressive black woman from the San Francisco Bay Area.* An anti-Trump landslide at the top of the ticket could wash the GOP Senate majority away. We would then have a Democratic president and Congress -- and they would be in a score-settling mood. One more time: anything could happen between now and Election Day 2020. But a recession, which is growing more likely by the day, would be something extremely hard for Trump to overcome." • "Anti-Trump landslide" is Bitecofer's theory of the case for 2018 and 2020. NOTE * Harris, lol.


Tom Stone , August 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Kamala Harris is militantly progressive

I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

Chris Smith , August 20, 2019 at 2:27 pm

That definitely needs to be filed under "The 420"

jo6pac , August 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Yes, I was going to leave Angela Davis name as the only Black Militantly I know of but the site would let me leave a comment;-)

Lambert Strether Post author , August 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm

All the kids want somethin' to do

Cal2 , August 20, 2019 at 2:38 pm

"But also, a geriatric New England socialist would beat the stuffing out of Trump. .So would a militantly "' progressive "' " 'black "' woman "' from the San Francisco Bay Area. *"
Really?

Progressive toward oligarchy.
https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/06/28/kamala-harris-is-an-oligarchs-wet-dream/

1/4 to 1/8th "black." Mostly East Indian and Irish slave owner descent; her father's own words: https://www.jamaicaglobalonline.com/kamala-harris-jamaican-heritage/

Bay Area?
Raised in Canada and Minnesota, lives in West Beverly Hills with her white-privileged corporate attorney husband. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris
Her campaign for president is headquartered not in the Bay Area, but in Baltimore.

Even Oakland rejects her, "She would be a no-brainer if she were running for Canadian prime minister "
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-kamala-harris-oakland-20190211-story.html

* Trump easily wins again if any Democratic ticket is Kamaleonated.

dearieme , August 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm

Are you arguing that she is as genuine about her race as The Cherokee is?

[Aug 17, 2019] Kamala Harris is no progressive. She s a Clintonite through and through

Aug 17, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Mike Ehling17 hours ago

Sorry, Rod, but Kamala Harris is no "progressive." She's a Clintonite through and through, and she can be grateful that the relative paucity of DNC-approved polls between now and August 28 means she might not have to face up against Tulsi in the September debates.
Kent Mike Ehling9 hours ago
I know, the idea that Harris is "militantly progressive" is laughable. She's transparently a 2.0 version of a Clinton/Obama technocrat. My estimation of Mr. Dreher's political savvy just went down a notch.

[Aug 13, 2019] Harris as Obama II

She is definitely capable of the same level of betrayal of voters what is hallmark of Obama with his "Change we can beleave" fake.
Aug 13, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Fred C. Dobbs said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... , August 11, 2019 at 09:57 AM

Democratic race is starting to jell
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/08/09/democratic-race-starting-jell/Ynabr1obyZ4DIJHhQguC8N/story.html?event=event25 via @BostonGlobe

Michael A. Cohen - August 9

Las Vegas - It's six months until the first votes are cast for the Democratic nomination for president. Yet increasingly the outlines of the race are coming into form with a flawed front-runner (former vice president Joe Biden), a rising force (Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts), a waiter in the wings (Senator Kamala Harris of California), and a fading star (Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont).

... The Democratic front-runner remains Joe Biden, but it's getting more difficult to ignore the disconnect between his poll numbers and his uneven performance on the campaign trail.

Biden has had two middling debate performances and he was similarly unimpressive in Vegas. At an event at a strip mall Chinese restaurant, he looked all of his 76 years. He jumped from issue to issue with no connective tissue to hold his remarks together. Every few minutes, after meandering on, he would stop and say, "Now here's the point," or declare, "This is America," as an implicit critique of the wrong direction in which Trump has taken the country.

Boomer nostalgia is at the core of Biden's campaign, and he certainly exudes warmth and affability. Moreover, he's always had a tendency to talk too much, exaggerate, and rely on his personal charm to win over voters. But this felt different -- as though Biden's struggles were a function not of personality but of age. There are plenty of red flags here.

Bernie Sanders remains a top contender, but it's hard to ignore his static poll numbers, even though he has near universal name recognition. Of all the candidates, Sanders is the one that voters I speak with consistently say they are least likely to support, both because of his policy positions and his perceived lack of fealty to the Democratic Party. In Vegas, I talked to more than a few Democrats who had supported Sanders in 2016 and are now backing someone else.

Finally, there is Kamala Harris. She is an underappreciated wonk, whose ability to delve into the nitty gritty of policy issues is Warren-esque. She has mastered the art of speaking about policy in terms that are easily accessible to voters. She is warm, gregarious, and exudes passion -- and she is unafraid of taking on Trump directly. Off the cuff, at a roundtable event in Henderson, she said the "dude gotta go," which led the crowd to chant along.

Yet this side of Harris is not yet getting through to voters. After a less-than-stellar second debate performance, Harris is back to single digits.

Harris is too good a politician not to have another breakthrough moment like she had in the first Democratic debate -- and one can imagine her as a compromise candidate who combines the potential electability and affability of Biden with the policy chops of Warren. But that hasn't happened yet, and it seems evident that Warren's recent polling rise is coming at the expense of Harris.

It's still a long way to the first caucus in Iowa, but if feels increasingly clear that Biden, Warren, and Harris are going to be the ones fighting it out in 2020.

Fred C. Dobbs said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... , August 11, 2019 at 12:41 PM
Kamala Harris, in a Pivot, Makes Her
Play for Iowa https://nyti.ms/2MR1mNw
NYT - Shane Goldmacher - August 11

STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Senator Kamala Harris ordered tacos at a Mexican joint in Storm Lake (two chicken, one pork). She mingled with the masses at a New York-themed bar in Sioux City. ("You've got the whitest teeth," one patron told her. "That's a plus right there.") She sampled apple egg rolls and flipped pork chops at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

"I can also flip Republicans," she grinned while gripping a metal spatula.

As Ms. Harris trundles her way across Iowa on a five-day bus tour that is her longest trip yet to any early primary state, the California Democrat's embrace of Iowa's quirky political traditions has delivered the unmistakable message that the state's kickoff caucuses are increasingly central to her 2020 calculations after months of focus on South Carolina.

By the end of her tour on Monday, Ms. Harris will have made more stops in Iowa on this trip than she did in the entire first half of 2019, according to the Des Moines Register's candidate tracker. She did not once venture farther west than the Des Moines suburbs until July, as her one planned trip there was scratched because of Senate votes.

"You can't fake showing up," said Jim Eliason, the Democratic county chairman in Buena Vista in northwestern Iowa, who happily introduced himself to Ms. Harris, outside the Storm Lake taqueria on Friday.

Now Ms. Harris is showing up. The giant crowd of reporters, cameras, supporters, staff and even some hecklers that shadowed her across the state fairgrounds testified to a rising presence in the state.

Her campaign boasts 50 full-time staff in Iowa, plus 20 paid fellows, spread across seven offices. She bought her first television ad of the primary this week here, airing a minute-long introductory spot statewide. And in the latest Iowa poll, from Monmouth University, Ms. Harris had inched up to third place, at 11 percent, behind former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (28 percent) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (19 percent). Senator Bernie Sanders was at nine percent, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was at eight percent and the rest of the field was far behind.

Strategists for Ms. Harris say her newfound focus is a result of the surprising degree to which the race in Iowa remains wide open, despite Mr. Biden's continued advantage in the polls and the sizable operation Ms. Warren has constructed. It is also a tacit acknowledgment of history: those outside the top-three finishers in Iowa rarely go on to capture the nomination.

Ms. Harris's husband, Douglas Emhoff, who joined her at the state fair, has been courting Iowa activists and officials to ply them for information and possible endorsements. He has even traveled to Iowa on his own for meetings.

"Do you think Kamala can still win Iowa?" Mr. Emhoff recently asked one Iowa Democrat, after acknowledging her slow start in the state, according to a person who relayed the private conversation anonymously in order to maintain a relationship with the campaign.

Ms. Harris and her team have long been circumspect about the "W-word" and Iowa. Her campaign had initially sought to tamp down expectations here, suggesting that, unlike some rivals, victory was not essential. South Carolina, with its heavily African-American electorate, instead, has been pinned as the state most likely to propel her candidacy forward. But South Carolina is the fourth state to vote, and scoring an earlier victory elsewhere is often key to success there, as it was for Barack Obama in 2008.

Ms. Harris herself was in Iowa on the night of Mr. Obama's Iowa caucus victory, which famously helped him consolidate the support of African-American voters over a popular and well-known Democrat, Hillary Clinton. Now it is Ms. Harris seeking to chip away at the solid support in the black community for another well-known Democrat, Mr. Biden.

In an interview aboard her campaign bus, where snacks included Iowa-shaped cookies and some with "Kamala" written in frosting, Ms. Harris said the Iowa caucuses are "obviously significant in terms of the perception of the strength of the candidacy" going into the rest of the primary calendar. "You can't deny that," she said.

As summer has unfolded, Ms. Harris has more firmly found her ideological place in the expansive primary field: landing herself somewhere between the unalloyed liberalism of Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren and the moderation of Mr. Biden.

"From my perspective, what people want is that you see them, and you are prepared to solve their problems and the issues that wake them up in the middle of the night," Ms. Harris said in the interview. "They couldn't give a hoot about your ideology. That's not what people want right now. Because ideology doesn't fix problems. And what people want -- I believe people want a problem-solving president."

In Sioux City, for instance, she sidestepped a question about whether she would label President Trump a "white supremacist," a designation that some of her rivals in the primary, including Ms. Warren, Mr. Buttigieg, Mr. Sanders and Beto O'Rourke began using last week. Prominent black politicians, such as Mr. Obama, have often avoided such sharp language about white leaders and sought to stress themes of tolerance and unity.

Ms. Harris said it was a "fair conversation that's happening" because Mr. Trump "has been about condoning the conduct and certainly accommodating the conduct of white supremacists."

In interviews, numerous Iowa voters said they were drawn to Ms. Harris's potential history-making candidacy as a black woman, and to what they perceived as her toughness. Fewer mentioned policy specifics.

"I think she can fight Trump and win," said Alana Jondle, a retiree in Fort Dodge.

Ms. Harris's inaugural television spot in Iowa features her "3 a.m. agenda," which aims to address the economic issues that keep Americans up at night. The ad leads with her promise to cut taxes for the middle class, and includes her proposals to address gender pay equity and establish "Medicare for all."

Angie Miller of Cedar Rapids, who came to see Ms. Harris speak on the soapbox at the state fair on Saturday, said she had already seen Ms. Harris's first ad and that "it grabbed my attention and made me really gravitate toward her."

In her state fair speech, Ms. Harris's pitch for a middle-class tax cut received little applause. But her new favorite line about Mr. Trump -- "Dude gotta go!" -- had the crowd roaring, as did her declaration that, "We will pay teachers their value!"

Asked in the interview why, as a progressive Democrat, she is leading with tax cuts, Ms. Harris said, "We've got to multitask."

"I like to cook. I have five burners. They can all roar at the same time," she said. "For most of my life, I've had four. Now I have five."

Less freewheeling than some of her rivals, Ms. Harris favored structured events, like rallies and curated round tables early in 2019, rather than the unpredictability of chance encounters along the trail that have long characterized Iowa campaigning.

When Ms. Harris taped a podcast before a live Cedar Rapids audience in February, her team requested a rundown of the questions she would be asked in advance, said Simeon Talley, a Democratic activist and one of the podcast co-hosts. "They were very specific," he recalled, more so than other 2020 candidates who have appeared.

"Even in our conversation with her, I got a sense that she was -- rehearsed is maybe not quite the right word -- but you got a sense that she had things that she was going to say and stay on script," said Mr. Talley, who is undecided for 2020 but likes Ms. Harris. "It could be used as a knock against her that she's cautious or rehearsed. Maybe there is an element of that. But it's probably contributed to her rise and successful political career."

With her sister and campaign chair, Maya Harris, by her side, Ms. Harris appeared more than comfortable on this trip, and she greeted voters for the first two days while sporting immaculately white Chuck Taylors. She made her first campaign stop through an Iowa bar, and offered instruction on pronouncing her name ("Just think of 'comma' and add a 'la'"). She asked children about their summer vacations. And she comforted a young woman who told her she came to the United States as an infant and was part of the Obama era immigration policy that shielded from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

"Always remember," Ms. Harris told her, "you belong here."

Ms. Harris suggested she not only was enjoying her time in Iowa but signaled there was more to come.

"Spending time in Iowa has been really helpful to me," she said in Sioux City. "You are making me a better candidate."

Fred C. Dobbs said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... , August 11, 2019 at 12:49 PM
GOP Is Afraid of Trump "Nightmare" Kamala Harris
https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/kamala-harris-gop/
via @LAMag - Ian Spiegelman - July 25

Even before Senator Kamala Harris tore apart Joe Biden in the first Democratic debate last month, a core group of Republican operatives feared that she's the greatest threat to Trump's reelection.

"I think she's dangerous, and probably maybe the most dangerous, from our view," a Republican political consultant tells Vanity Fair. "She theoretically would do very well with African American turnout and end up being positioned as a Vienna soccer mom."

Vienna -- the wealthy Virginia enclave a stone's throw from D.C. that has grown ever more distant from the GOP since Trump's nomination -- isn't the only place where Harris may win over soccer moms who are sick of Trump.

A Republican consultant in Arizona says, "I have long been most concerned about Harris. I think she has an appeal to the Scottsdale soccer mom who is a registered Republican. Between her appeal and Trump's women problems, she has probably already won those voters." The Arizonan adds that Harris could strip Trump of other key demographics in that battleground state -- which elected a Democrat to the Senate for the first time in 30 years in 2018.

"I also think she does better amongst Independents who generally split ideologically in Arizona. Independents are just sick of everything, and her no-nonsense approach would have appeal broadly, and even to some white Independent and GOP men. She doesn't have the Biden wimp factor, and that's probably important in a place like Arizona."

But, while some GOP insiders fear Sen. Harris's similarities to Barack Obama -- African American, a political outsider -- others don't buy it. "She's overrated," says one Republican bigwig who's battled Obama. "Obama had authenticity. She doesn't." ...


Fred C. Dobbs said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... , August 11, 2019 at 12:59 PM
"She's Dangerous": GOP Insiders
Fear Kamala Could Be the Next Obama
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/gop-insiders-fear-kamala-harris
Vanity Fair - David M. Drucker - July 25

About the time Kamala Harris finished slicing and dicing Joe Biden, like Ed Valenti demonstrating a Ginsu knife, my cell phone started pinging with Republican operatives saying, in effect, "I told you so."

For months I've been in contact with a group of senior Republican strategists keeping tabs on Donald Trump and the party's view of the unfolding Democratic presidential primary. Since the beginning of the campaign, these people have been worried that Biden constituted the biggest political threat to Trump's reelection. Early public opinion polls certainly lend credibility to their concerns. But a smaller, though equally distinguished group of Republican operatives in my Rolodex, a sort of GOP cult of Kamala, had been insisting for weeks that Harris was being radically underestimated. With her surgical vivisection of Biden in the first debate, it seemed their fears had been realized. Now, as Democrats prepare for a second round of debates next week, these strategists are raising the alarm.

"I think she's dangerous, and probably maybe the most dangerous, from our view," a veteran Republican political consultant told me this month. "She theoretically would do very well with African American turnout and end up being positioned as a Vienna Soccer Mom." In case you're wondering, that's Vienna, Virginia, an upscale bedroom community just west of Washington, D.C., that has accelerated its drift from the Republican orbit since a certain former reality-television star secured the Republican nomination three years ago. Suburbs just like it in critical battlegrounds could hand the White House back to the Democratic Party in 2020.

"She made a mistake with private health care," this Republican operative conceded, referring to Harris's serial flip-flops on Medicare for All and whether her plans for overhauling health care would lead to the abolition of private insurance. "But she doesn't come across as a nutjob."

Harris, 54, is California's junior U.S. senator and former state attorney general. She might have more natural political skill than any of her competitors for the Democratic nomination. She certainly checks more boxes -- African American, woman, racially diverse, a legitimate strength in a party occasionally obsessed with identity politics. Harris also is something of a Washington outsider, or could claim to be, at least, having served in Congress for less than three years. Unlike Biden, she has not spent decades on Capitol Hill making tough choices or agreeing to imperfect compromises.

If any of this rings familiar, it's because it is. The last Democrat to win the presidency, Barack Obama, was all of those things, save for the obvious. That is why some Republicans take it as an article of faith that by the time the Democrats gather in Milwaukee a little less than a year from now to coronate their nominee, Harris will be the guest of honor. Who else could they possibly nominate? some Republicans have told me, convinced. But in dismantling Biden on the big stage in Miami, Harris showcased how she might earn it -- and why next week's debate in Detroit could be decisive.

Not everyone buys the idea that Harris is the next Obama, superficial similarities aside. "She's overrated," says a Republican grandee who still has battle scars from run-ins with the 44th president. "Obama had authenticity. She doesn't." Another Republican strategist who doesn't buy the the hype called Harris "terrible" and "a disaster."

But some dialed-in Republicans described Harris as a serious threat. "I have long been most concerned about Harris. I think she has an appeal to the Scottsdale soccer mom who is a registered Republican. Between her appeal and Trump's women problems, she has probably already won those voters," said an experienced Republican consultant in Arizona, an emerging battleground that sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2018 for the first time in a generation and is ground zero for suburban discontent with Trump. "But I also think she does better amongst Independents who generally split ideologically in Arizona," this GOP insider added. "Independents are just sick of everything, and her no-nonsense approach would have appeal broadly, and even to some white Independent and GOP men. She doesn't have the Biden wimp factor, and that's probably important in a place like Arizona." ...

[Aug 12, 2019] Harris was sworn in as state attorney general in 2011, just as calls to "end demand" for prostitution were getting a turbocharge from celebrity campaigns, federal funding, and a few motivated ideologues.

Aug 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

Sean , says: August 11, 2019 at 6:47 pm GMT

@Alden

https://reason.com/2019/06/03/kamala-harris-is-a-cop-who-wants-to-be-president/Harris&#8217 ; attitude on these issues seems to stem from early in her career. In the '90s, she worked closely with nonprofits and fellow city officials on several anti–domestic violence campaigns. In 2003, when she was first running for D.A., coalitions "built up around issues of domestic violence and juvenile prostitution" were "central to the Harris campaign effort," the San Francisco Examiner noted at the time.

In the late '90s and early '00s, many groups concerned about domestic violence began shifting their focus to "human trafficking." Soon, Harris started pushing for a law to make human trafficking a crime in California. This was largely redundant: Forcing others into labor or sex was already illegal under a host of state laws. Still, the new legislation, enacted in 2006, was at least nominally concerned with coerced labor. When it passed, "detectives dramatically stepped up their investigations, helped by f ederal grants aimed at finding trafficking rings ," the Los Angeles Times noted in 2006. Police forces received money for training officers, buying "sophisticated surveillance equipment," and paying informants.

These federal-local police partnerships to "fight trafficking" were mainly used in undercover prostitution stings, with the bulk of arrests focused on sex workers themselves or their customers. Contrary to the stated purpose of the law, prosecutions and convictions for actual human trafficking were rare. But as the moral panic around what Harris called "modern slavery" heated up, she would join a coalition demanding that Craigslist, Backpage, and other classified-advertising sites and web forums that host user-generated ads be blamed and punished.

Harris was sworn in as state attorney general in 2011, just as calls to "end demand" for prostitution were getting a turbocharge from celebrity campaigns, federal funding, and a few motivated ideologues. In 2013, Harris joined 46 other state attorneys general in asking Congress to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a measure the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls "the most important law protecting free speech on the Internet.".

Prosecutors originally tried to charge Epstein with one of these new crimes, "grooming", but he had not used the internet. You don't know cops and prosecutors if you don't understand that Epstein could be charged with trafficking while still being just a John. And he could get out of it because he had money, although his money had been embezzled from a slightly senile billionaire. Epstein was just a con man and degenerate. Nothing to see here.

[Aug 03, 2019] Kamala " Chameleon" Harris must be stopped... at all costs. She makes Hillary look like our Fairy Godmother

Aug 03, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Arclight 2 days ago • edited

When I was much younger, I couldn't imagine what lead to the fearful, informer-based culture in the Eastern Bloc that we told existed behind the Iron Curtain. I understand now, though.
Fayez Abedaziz 2 days ago
I would never have believed, if anyone told me, in 1968 or 1975, well, that America would sink so low, in this political arena and culture, as to actually take seriously and put/give Kamala Harris all the attention, as does cnn and yahoo so-called news do.
Are you kidding me?
What happened to my fellow liberals and even left radicals I used to know?
I was considered a radical in the good old late 60's-70's, but man...
to have phony's like Harris, Booker and Gillibrand as serious candidates for the Presidency? Of America?
America, the nation with all it's history of achievements and power and contributions from medicine to tech, educational institutes and on and on and the main stream lame media gives these clowns the attention, with little for Tulsi
as a comparison?
Really? Yes, really. Wanna know why?
Because the neocons, on foreign policy like her. That's right.
Tulsi and Sanders are not in the neocons continuing playbook for what they want to keep doing in foreign policy. At least not as much as Kamal Harris.
Harris, the former affair 'dating' woman of the married mayor of San Francisco, Brown, who himself was and still is married and so, she got a lotta money cause he appointed her to commissions-which money comes from taxpayers.
So, why doesn't the media report that, after all it involved politicians in San Francisco. Simply go to the San Francisco papers on the internet, by putting her name with old mayor Brown. What I said above consists of facts.
And one more thing-now Harris is for black so-called issues?
What issues, are we in 1950?
Now that's the issue, with all our problems?
What happened to the honest liberals I used to know..?
Gerald Arcuri Fayez Abedaziz a day ago • edited
Well, I am as dismayed as you are, Fayez, but my dismay started in 2015 with the Republican campaigns for the Presidency. Which led to the embarrassment who now occupies the White House. Many Americans no longer research the candidates that they gravitate to emotionally, and even fewer can distinguish between the character of a Machiavellian and a saint. As Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy, and it is us".

Kamala " Chameleon" Harris must be stopped... at all costs. She makes Hillary look like our Fairy Godmother.

[Aug 03, 2019] Gabbard vs. Harris: You Kept Prisoners Locked Up For Labor, Blocked Evidence That Would Free Man On Death Row"

Aug 03, 2019 | www.nbcnews.com

Gabbard (D)(2): "Gabbard vs. Harris: You Kept Prisoners Locked Up For Labor, Blocked Evidence That Would Free Man On Death Row" (transcript) [RealClearPolitics]. Gabbard on Harris: "Now Senator Harris says she's proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she'll be a prosecutor president. But I'm deeply concerned about this record. There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana. She blocked evidence -- she blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep [a] Bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way." • All true. Good staffwork. Oppo works!

Gabbard (D)(2): "Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard" [ NBC ]. "Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11*, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line. The CIA has called RT and Sputnik part of "Russia's state-run propaganda machine."

So "meddling" means "covering the election," much in the same way our own State media does. What's the issue?

NOTE * That's 202 days, so one story every 10 days or so, spread out over three venues. One can only imagine the hysteria if there were two stories every ten days, or even -- hold on to your hats, here, folks -- one a week!

[Aug 02, 2019] West asked her about the Mnuchin affair, a rather important matter from Harris' AG tenure.

Aug 02, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

voted.


wokkamile on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 2:00pm

Odd that Huerta

@Wally for Harris complains that maybe Tulsi Gabbard isn't familiar with Harris' full record on crime, yet she claimed ignorance when West asked her about the Mnuchin affair, a rather important matter from Harris' AG tenure.

I used to think much more highly of Huerta and Barbara Lee.

Well, at least Bernie-backing Cornell West hasn't drifted East in his principles.

Huerta is now Co-Chair of the Harris campaign and she responds to Tulsi's observations:

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gjohnsit on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 2:22pm
Huerta also lied about Bernie supporters in 2016

@wokkamile

#4 for Harris complains that maybe Tulsi Gabbard isn't familiar with Harris' full record on crime, yet she claimed ignorance when West asked her about the Mnuchin affair, a rather important matter from Harris' AG tenure.

I used to think much more highly of Huerta and Barbara Lee.

Well, at least Bernie-backing Cornell West hasn't drifted East in his principles.

Shahryar on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 2:35pm
oh no, this is true

@gjohnsit

Bernie supporters shouted that while they were throwing chairs. I know it for a fact because somebody who was there told someone else who said something like that and it eventually got back to me.

/s

#4.1

BORG_US_BORG on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 5:38pm
Huerta's facial language

@wokkamile @wokkamile Huerta's facial language was telling she me was lying straight to my face about Mnuchin.
There was a tic, looking down, and a bankers smile.

#4 for Harris complains that maybe Tulsi Gabbard isn't familiar with Harris' full record on crime, yet she claimed ignorance when West asked her about the Mnuchin affair, a rather important matter from Harris' AG tenure.

I used to think much more highly of Huerta and Barbara Lee.

Well, at least Bernie-backing Cornell West hasn't drifted East in his principles.

wokkamile on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 8:59pm
"bankers smile"

@BORG_US_BORG -- I like that phrase. Don't believe I've come across it in my many years on your planet.

#4.1 #4.1 Huerta's facial language was telling she me was lying straight to my face about Mnuchin.
There was a tic, looking down, and a bankers smile.

Centaurea on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:51pm
Dolores Huerta

@Wally

was solidly in Hillary's corner in 2016. She carried water for the Dem establishment, including lying through her teeth about Bernie supporters during the Nevada caucuses.

Now she's carrying water for Hillary's heir presumptive, Kamala Harris. Same old same old. I don't trust Huerta one bit.

Huerta is now Co-Chair of the Harris campaign and she responds to Tulsi's observations:

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MrWebster on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 3:01pm
Went there and regret it. Moore wants Michele Obama to run.

Have not gone over to TOP for a bit. A front pager was going full Monty smearing Tulsi.

So Michael Moore wants Michele Obama to run against Trump. She is the only one who can crush Trump. If this not some PR stunt to get his name in the press, Moore is truly a mainstream DNC'er. Poll after poll shows Bernie beating Trump. So what would be Michele's policies? The same as her neoliberal husband? Moore is living in a Hollywood bubble. I have never seen Michele ever in venue where she is challenged and debated. How is she going to do against an aggressive Trump on a common stage? Who would be her VP? Lady Gaga?

[Aug 02, 2019] Ben Shapiro sums up Dem debates The Kamala Harris 'moment' is over, it's now a two-person race Fox News

Aug 02, 2019 | www.foxnews.com

Ben Shapiro summed up the two nights of Democratic presidential debates by declaring Sen. Kamala Harris' "moment" has ended and predicted a two-person race between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren .

Speaking on the "Ben Shapiro Show" podcast, the Daily Wire editor-in-chief said Harris failed to effectively respond to attacks during Wednesday's debate from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Biden, and could not defend her health care plan.

"The Kamala moment is over. This is now becoming a Joe Biden versus Elizabeth Warren race and it's doing so pretty quickly," he said , likening Harris' previous rise in the polls to a similar point in 2015 when Carly Fiorina had a strong debate performance.

Shapiro emphasized the "brutal" challenge to Harris' record as a California prosecutor from Gabbard, saying Gabbard "brought the hammer about as hard as I've seen someone bring a hammer in a presidential debate since Chris Christie went after Marco Rubio."

"This is the meme from 'The Simpsons': stop, stop, he's already dead."

[Aug 01, 2019] A suggested explanation off Tulsi's strategy: Why go after Biden? He's already imploding; she would only look cruel, beating up on a senile old man

Notable quotes:
"... On top of the cake Kamala Not-The-Wrestler responded as expected, with a neoMcCarthyite slander, which will only work with Tulsi's haters and make Harris look like a tool to everyone else. ..."
"... @doh1304 ..."
"... Harris' record was both fair game and easy pickings because no one had gone there yet. It gained Tulsi the maximum impact because those who don't follow politics had not heard about any of these issues. ..."
"... Joe is so far down in the actual REAL polls, (not the land line polls as has been exposed), that the oligarchy has given up on him. Tulsi senses Joe is low hanging fruit. The DNC is going to cheat Bernie with either Kamala or Liz. Tulsi just took out Kamala. ..."
"... @k9disc ..."
Aug 01, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Why go after Biden? He's already imploding; she would only look cruel, beating up on a senile old man for her own aggrandizement. Harris, OTOH, is a clear enemy, perpetrator of obvious crimes. Exposing her could only make her look like a paladin.

On top of the cake Kamala Not-The-Wrestler responded as expected, with a neoMcCarthyite slander, which will only work with Tulsi's haters and make Harris look like a tool to everyone else.

Harris is sort of right, it is a strategy only used by someone trying to come from behind, but that's because people with Tulsi's integrity are not allowed to start at the "Top-tier". up 14 users have voted. --

A PROUD Hillary hater since 1993

gjohnsit on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 3:29pm

One thing is for certain

@doh1304
Harris' record was both fair game and easy pickings because no one had gone there yet. It gained Tulsi the maximum impact because those who don't follow politics had not heard about any of these issues.

Battle of Blair... on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 6:31pm
Joe is so far down in the

Joe is so far down in the actual REAL polls, (not the land line polls as has been exposed), that the oligarchy has given up on him. Tulsi senses Joe is low hanging fruit. The DNC is going to cheat Bernie with either Kamala or Liz. Tulsi just took out Kamala.

Don't be surprised if she goes after Pocahontas in the next debates.

k9disc on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 7:58pm
I Saw the Set Up for Warren as Shepherd. Delaney's "Can't Do"

attitude certainly was smacked down in righteous fashion. Hollywood level righteous.

Having those extras on stage feature so prominently in the debates certainly was interesting.

snoopydawg on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 8:33pm
I'm seeing the same thing

@k9disc

The crisis actors are just there to say what the democrats can't do or to derail anyone who thinks they are going to change the system. Delaney, Bullock, DeBlasio and everyone else who doesn't stand a chance have all been negative on Warren and Bernie pushing their MFA. Did Delaney set himself up for Warren to smack him down? The silly ass smile on his face made me think that. Then he was all over Twitter the next day saying how good he did in the debate. And after 24 hours he finally had a comeback to Warren's response.

The other reason for so many candidates of course is to split the votes during the first part so that the super delegates can come in and play.

attitude certainly was smacked down in righteous fashion. Hollywood level righteous.

Having those extras on stage feature so prominently in the debates certainly was interesting.

#7

[Aug 01, 2019] Kamala Harris problem with Russian bots

Bingo. Calling Harris out for her horrendous tenure as AG isn't coming from the Russians. How people can't see through that is beyond me.
Aug 01, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Can't believe Russian bots conspired to make Kamala implement an anti-truancy program, force prisoners into slave labor, withhold evidence that would have released a death row inmate, and keep cops unaccountable for police shootings. Those Russians are diabolical.

-- Row some OJ (@EdwinMcelwain) August 1, 2019

[Aug 01, 2019] Harris's spokesman explains Tulsi's takedown of Kamala It was Russia! caucus99percent

Aug 01, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Harris's spokesman explains Tulsi's takedown of Kamala: It was Russia!

gjohnsit on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:47am Snoopydawg has got the takedown covered , so I won't duplicate it.
Instead I'd like to show you how TOP has gone into a full-throated whine party over it.

On Wednesday night, that meant that Gabbard got to go after Kamala Harris on her actions as attorney general, using loaded phrases and selected statements to paint Harris as someone who was ready to throw pot-smokers behind bars for eternity and personally throw the execution switch for death row inmates after hiding evidence of their innocence.

There's no doubt that Harris will face more kicks about her AG role during this campaign, and she certainly expected to receive some blows. But Gabbard knew she could square off with Harris in the certainty that no one, but no one, came into the Wednesday night debate thinking, "I need to prepare some talking points against Tulsi Gabbard." And even if she had, CNN gave Harris little time to muster her thoughts before calling in more witnesses to bolster Gabbard's attacks.

It wasn't just the tools on GOS that Tulsi knocked off balance, it was Harris herself . Even CNN noticed.

Worse than that -- for Harris -- is the fact that it became crystal clear in the aftermath of the debate that Gabbard had gotten under her skin. In a post-debate interview, CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Harris about the moment with Gabbard.
"This is going to sound immodest, but obviously I'm a top-tier candidate and so I did expect that I'd be on the stage and take some hits tonight," Harris said. "When people are at 0 or 1% or whatever she might be at, so I did expect to take some hits tonight."
Woof.
First of all, if you are running for president and you hear the words, "This is going to sound immodest" come out of your mouth, it may be best to recalibrate what you are going to say.
Second, what Harris is actually saying is, basically, this: The dork took a shot at the most popular kid in school. Big whoop.
That is not a good look. For any candidate. Ever. (And, yes, politics is a LOT like high school.)

That's gonna leave a mark.
But never fear, because there is a reason for Harris getting taken down by Gabbard - Russia .

The #KamalaHarrisDestroyed hashtag had disappeared from the list of trending U.S. terms by 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Harris's spokesman, Ian Sams, responded to the hashtag, noting that at least some of the accounts promoting it appeared to be bots.

"The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat," he said.

Reporters writing their stories with eyes on the modern-day assignment desk of Twitter, read this:

"The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat" https://t.co/2kpKQqW3Ir

-- Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 1, 2019

Damn! Putin was on the debate stage and no one noticed?
That has got to be the weakest response in recent history.

Here's the thing, the Harris campaign is already guilty of crying wolf over Russia.

Harris has already been caught misrepresenting alleged Russian propaganda activity. She claimed in a radio interview on July 12 that she had been subjected to Russian bot attacks on social media sites like Twitter.

But CNN debunked the claim days later, reporting that Twitter saw no evidence that Russian bots were targeting Harris.

[Jul 31, 2019] Kamala Harris discovered that roasting Establishment candidate Biden early on didn't help her in the end.

Jul 31, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

ildfluer -> Canajin , 31 Jul 2019 22:26

They're trying to get rid of Harris and Biden. I'm not sure it's a bad thing. Harris was always going to get drowned by her own record as California's AG. And Biden... meh.
ildfluer -> SilverTui , 31 Jul 2019 20:03
One of them. Warren eviscerating Delaney was another. Or her saying that Democrats are not the Republicans, wanting to take healthcare away... Then, there was Buttigieg saying that no matter what they do, the Republicans would call them socialists anyway, so who cares.
Aldous0rwell , 31 Jul 2019 19:55
Kabaservice's comment:

...whether the Democrats will end up moving too far to the left to be able to defeat Trump in 2020...

reflects a poorly conceived (false) dichotomy about what "the left" is. When he says "the left" what does he even mean?

There's the socialist left , which seeks to provide good working conditions and pay, and better wealth distributions among the populace. This could be a huge boon to any group suffering under the current economic system - including groups which Trump appealed to in the last election but has utterly failed to do anything for.

There's the identity politics left which Hillary and the Neo-liberals (and the Republicans, actually) embrace as a form of marketing strategy and use to promote free-market ideology.

There's the "Democrat Party" (DNC) left which really stands for little more than party rhetoric any more and vehemently supports Neo-liberalism.

And there's the environmentalist left which sees Global Climate destabilization as the #1 issue facing the planet (a position loathed by the Neo-liberals and identitarians).

There are also combinations and permutations of all these "lefts".

So when Kabaservice says he fears the Democrats moving too far to the left, he's conflating all sorts of things, murkily hiding his intents behind his ill-defined terminology.

ildfluer -> goulot , 31 Jul 2019 19:55
He was about to drop out of the race before the debate. He should've done so, Warren eviscerated him.
ildfluer -> MohammedS , 31 Jul 2019 19:36
There are over 20 candidates. They need to tread carefully. Kamala Harris discovered that roasting Establishment candidate Biden early on didn't help her in the end.
ildfluer -> jimmsfairytales0com , 31 Jul 2019 19:30
The weirdos/corporate-shrills in the media are all slamming Sanders for his grumpiness and 'shouting'. I mean, the man is angry that people are dying because the Govt isn't looking after them. How's that a minus against Sanders's personality??? Everyone should be mad as hell. I'm a big fan of Warren but no-one can dispute that Sanders is a good man.
salsabil , 31 Jul 2019 18:50
Delaney - the multi millionaire - looked like he had been entrusted by CNN (and probably the DNC) to be the first of many attack dogs against Sanders and Warren. He was probably meant to appear the voice of reason, speaking rational politics to make make them seem like extremists, but he came across as dumb and sounded like a spokesperson for the very vested interests that will be threatened most by Sanders´ and Warren´s plans. And that gormless face will surely be the subject of memes for years to come!

I think I read somewhere that 87% of US elections are won by the candidate with the most money. And since most money comes from the millionaires and their lobbyists the DNC establishment clearly would rather work for those with most, than for those in most need. A bit like the Blairite nest within Corbyn´s Labour Party. And what John Delaney was saying was exactly why ordinary people are so disillusioned with regular politicians - especially those of the so-called ´left´- and why they become so easily taken-in by populists like Trump.

When the right get in they always do stuff for their paymasters. Big stuff. They steal public funds through tax cuts for the rich and the corporations. They repeal protections for workers, and allow Big Oil to destroy the environment. They bloat the budget for the military industrial complex and allow the US Military machine to be used as a private army for the corporations´insatiable resource grab. And they let Wall Street do what it wants.

When the so called parties of the left get in - be they Democrats, Labour, SPD or whoever -they usually do diddly squat. Because deals have usually been made not to shake anything up. Not even to correct the injustices enacted by their predecessors. I saw a stat about US government tax revenues that showed how 50 years ago 33% came from companies and only about 10% came from incomes; today those numbers are reversed. It´s no wonder millions are becoming desperate for change.

I´m sure the DNC and its paymasters will no doubt try to learn something from the debate, to better prep Joe Biden when he steps into the ring, probably against Sanders OR Warren. I can´t see him going up against both of them. But also to better rig future debates against Sanders and Warren, perhaps to try to divide them. Though, to be fair to CNN, they did a pretty good job. But it clearly failed.

What will be interesting will be watching how the adult-in-room MSM switches from incessant Trump bashing to doing everything it can to stop Sanders and Warren. I fear that it will get dirty, and relentless, and both will be attacked, labelled and misrepresented. But if a moderate candidate - like Honest Joe Biden - is jerrymandered into position up against Trump in 2020 then I fear that we are all fucked.

This is the last chance.

That goes for you too Guardian.

circuit -> daguard41 , 31 Jul 2019 14:31
Warren/Sanders. Everyone else looks Republican-Lite, or corporate shill.

[Jul 31, 2019] Kamala Harris is bad news both for crimate change and for low income folk

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

fake doctor in commercial: "do you or a loved one suffer from divisiveness"


mle in detroit ,

, July 30, 2019 at 10:32 pm

I just got this beg from AOC (who, btw, turns 35 on October 13, 2024). We'll probably hear about it tomorrow night:

That's why we're proud to announce the Climate Equity Act, a new bill that Alexandria will be introducing in the Fall with Kamala Harris, that would ensure that our work to combat the climate crisis is centered on social, racial, and economic justice for all.

Lambert Strether Post author , July 30, 2019 at 10:52 pm

Oy. AOC shouldn't get anywhere near Harris.

No Gig , July 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Absolutely, Kamala Harris is bad news. At this moment she is actively cosponsoring an immigration bill to further outsourcing of US professional jobs to the Indian slave traders.

Lambert Strether Post author , July 31, 2019 at 1:15 am

I saw a Harris poster a few cycles back where Harris ran as an [x] Indian [x] woman, not a [x] black [x] woman; I should dig it out. Trump will eat her for breakfast.

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ewmayer , July 30, 2019 at 11:30 pm

This story was in my Reuters feed this morning. Don't think much of the plan – it's basically a hypothetical piece of legislation which would be dependent on an improbable future one – but strictly based on the amusing wording of the headline Reuters used: "Harris, Ocasio-Cortez float plan to lift low-income communities in climate plans".

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lordkoos , July 31, 2019 at 1:24 am

Ugh doesn't AOC realize that Harris is just using her for some progressive cred?

[Jul 26, 2019] Kamala Harris' Kaepernick Comments Is Latest Example of Blaming Real American Problems on Russia by Alan MacLeod

Notable quotes:
"... Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris claimed that the furor surrounding San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick's protest was artificially generated by Russia. "Remember bend the knee and Colin Kaepernick?" she said on influential New York-based radio show The Breakfast Club , "it actually was not a thing. The Russian bots started taking that over." ..."
"... "They test out a couple of things to see what can get the American public going at each other, pointing fingers at each other," the California senator said. "Guess what gains the most heat? Race." Harris did not mention whether she believed Russians were responsible for ensuring Kaepernick did not get another job in the NFL again. ..."
Jul 26, 2019 | ahtribune.com
Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris claimed that the furor surrounding San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick's protest was artificially generated by Russia. "Remember bend the knee and Colin Kaepernick?" she said on influential New York-based radio show The Breakfast Club , "it actually was not a thing. The Russian bots started taking that over."

"They test out a couple of things to see what can get the American public going at each other, pointing fingers at each other," the California senator said. "Guess what gains the most heat? Race." Harris did not mention whether she believed Russians were responsible for ensuring Kaepernick did not get another job in the NFL again.

Her comments surprised many, as however many Russian Twitter bots may have retweeted the story, their influence surely pales in comparison to that of the mainstream media or the President himself in stoking the fire of the controversy. There are 278 articles on CNN when searching for "Kaepernick protest" since 2016, 364 in the New York Times and nearly 800 on Fox News . Meanwhile, at an Alabama rally, President Trump called for his dismissal. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'" Mr Trump said. "You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country." Thus, that certain Russian bots added their weight to the outrage may technically be correct, it is a matter of emphasis.

... ... ...

The Value of Blaming Russia

For mainstream, corporate Democrats like Harris, Russia is a useful excuse as to why they lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in history. If it was largely Putin's fault, there is no need for self-reflection, to address campaign flaws, and certainly not to cede ground to a left-wing insurgency speared by Bernie Sanders. Instead they can present a rosy picture of America free from strife and not have to tackle so many of the problems they helped create. As Hillary Clinton said, "America is already great".

... ... ...

Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. His latest book, Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting, was published by Routledge in April.

[Jul 26, 2019] How Democrats Are Shorting White Voters for 2020 by Peter Van Buren

Kamala became too toxic to have a realistic chance in 2020 race, She overplayed her hand and is now viewed as a extremist by many potential voters. .
Jul 26, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

The exaggeration of white privilege has become a cornerstone of progressivism. It's also one of the ways Democrats risk losing the 2020 presidential race, as it leads inexorably to the devaluation of voters needed to clinch the Electoral College.

The problem with a race-based, victim-washed vision of 2019 America is that being white is not enough, and never has been. I was a diplomat for 24 years, about as privileged a job on paper as you can get. But inside the State Department, being white was only a start. The real criteria was "pale, male, and Yale." Being white (the pale part) was great, but only if you were also a man; women were stuck in less desirable jobs (girls are nurses; boys are doctors). No surprise, then, that the State Department has been sued over the years by its women and black diplomats.

But white and male got you only to the door. The "good" jobs required the right background, preferably via an Ivy. A sort of proud graduate of The Ohio State University, my privilege only went so far. I couldn't fake it. They knew each other. Their fathers knew each other. They had money -- well, parents with money. We Big Ten alums never got our class action together and so muddled mostly at the middle levels.

The idea that white was enough was always laughable. America did not welcome our immigrant grandpas; it shunted them into slums and paid them as little as possible to work for male, pale, and Yale owners. Check how many Irish died digging the canals around New Orleans. Read how immigrant children were overworked in factories for decades. The 1924 Johnson-Reed Act used phrenology to exclude Italians. It was so horrendously racist that Hitler praised it in Mein Kampf . In 2019, so much as mentioning the Irish triggers someone with purple hair and a neck tattoo in Elvish to shout that slavery was worse. It was. But applying a rank order to suffering ignores the reason that ideology will drag down the Democratic party in 2020: it is about more than race. What progressives call white privilege is mostly status-wealth privilege, with a lot of unrelated things chucked in to fill out the racist manifesto -- basically everything bad that happens to black people, from airplane seating scrums to what color the director of the next superhero movie is.

The candidates then either dismiss what they call white angst as a Fox News narrative or condemn it as supremacy, Nazism, and fascism, words that have lost all meaning. Dems crow about changing demographics that will turn America into a non-majority-white nation, and celebrate the end of privilege as the country depletes its stock of Caucasians. They fail to see that the salient statistic of America is not that the 61 percent who are white is falling, but that a tiny group, the top 0.1 percent of households, now hold the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90 percent.

Every white voter in every swing state feels the pull of that. They're afraid of losing their place -- not to black people, but to the economy. And every one of those voters knows that the solutions Democrats propose will not help them (they are also unlikely to fix racism, but that's another matter). Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Douglass Plan provides billions for black businesses and colleges and aims to reduce the prison population by half. Biden wants to provide former felons with housing . Kamala Harris has a $100 billion plan for black homeownership . Everyone on MSNBC favors reparations .

Nothing excuses the at times dangerous behavior of Donald Trump and some of his supporters. Yet declaring all Trump supporters to be racist is far too crude an understanding. Many feel they are under attack by progressives who fail to see their own economic vulnerabilities. Instead of Barack Obama (Columbia '83, Harvard '91) talking about hope and change for everyone, they hear today's Dems dedicating themselves to over-correcting racial wrongs, punishing those in the present for historical sins. Resentment builds as they're scolded over what little more they have than others.

The 2020 Democratic Party Goes Full McGovern Did the Squad Just Make Trump's Day?

Democratic very-hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand failed to sell this penitent version of white privilege right at the ground zero for economic inequality -- Youngstown, Ohio. Youngstown was archetypal postwar America, a Midwest city built around a now-dead steel industry. It was racially mixed, not only statistically (49 percent white, 44 percent black), but in reality. The now-gone union jobs paid living wages to whites and blacks and allowed people to buy homes on each others' streets. Workers' privilege. The receding tide grounded all boats.

Gillibrand was asked at a campaign stop there: "This is an area that, across all demographics, has been depressed because of the loss of industry and the opioid crisis. What do you have to say to people in this area about so-called white privilege?"

Her answer, praised by CNN as "powerful," was a wandering narrative about how, while white privilege didn't spare the questioner unemployment, the loss of her house, her son to opioids, and her soul itself at the hands of rapacious inequality, the black folk in Youngstown had it worse -- 'cause the supremacist cops would bust a black kid for weed while a white kid would walk away. It was the perfect answer for a progressive media hit. It was the worst possible answer if a candidate actually wanted to win some of those Ohio votes. Gillibrand stumbled on to say she that she understood families in the community were suffering, "but that's not what this conversation is about."

Her answer was thin soup to women who'd lost sons to drugs. Opioids now rank just below suicide as a cause of death in America (as if the two are unconnected). Many more die from opioids than police violence. Ohio has the second highest opioids death count in the U.S. And how much time will that issue get at the next Democratic debate?

Gillibrand, standing in as the poster child for progressives, likely knows nothing about 1977's Black Monday in Youngstown, when 5,000 steelworkers were laid off, or of the 50,000 who lost their jobs after that. The town never recovered, trauma that helped put Ronald Reagan and then Trump in the White House. She doesn't see what they saw. The problem is not black and white; it is up and down.

The people of Youngstown understand this in their bones, and, to the endless amazement of progressive media , support Trump even when he is ineffective in helping them, because at least he understands. He would never tell them that their economic problems pale in comparison to racism. Gillibrand, on the other hand, went to Youngstown specifically to communicate that she doesn't care -- her eye is on another audience.

It is time to admit that racism is not the core problem, the one Pete Buttigieg claims "threatens to unravel the American project." It is in 2019 an exaggeration driving a key Democratic strategy: betting the White House on unreliable voters (since the 1980s, blacks have turned out in higher numbers than whites, percentage-wise, only for the Obama elections) against a body of whites they devalue.

This is a risky strategy. It alienates too many while challenging others (older Americans of all races historically turn out at 30 to 40 percent higher rates than the youngest voters) to vote for the party that now gleefully denounces Thomas Jefferson as a slaver, and throws its own vice president emeritus and frontrunner under the racism bus. Voters, meanwhile, wonder when the reparations for their lost jobs and homes will come.

The Dems can't reassess because to discuss racism in any but the Party's own terms is more racism. Dissenters are racists, or at least noncompetitive. Mayor Pete, who in January said , "Trump got elected because, in his twisted way, he pointed out the huge troubles in our economy and our democracy," now leads the charge with racism. Argument is ended with "Oh, so says a white person." Whitesplaining! It's like saying only doctors who have cancer are allowed to treat tumors.

In Wall Street terms, Democrats are "shorting" white voters. A short means betting against something, devaluing it. If you are short on Microsoft, you make investments that will go up if Microsoft goes down. Dems think white voters have little value, and are betting against them with exaggerated claims of supremacy. Along the way, they assume all "people of color" will fall into place, believing that what resonates with young urban blacks will also click with their older rural relatives in swing states, as well as with Latinos who trace their roots from Barcelona to Havana to Juarez, and Asians too (why not?), simply because, in Democratic lexicon, any color trumps white -- no shades of nuance needed.

If that sounds simplistic, never mind inaccurate, and a bad idea, you may want to consider shorting the Dems for 2020.

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year State Department veteran, is the author of We Meant Well : How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and Hooper's War : A Novel of WWII Japan.


E. T. Bass 3 hours ago

The reason the democrat left’s “identity politics” is doomed to failure is that it disdains, excludes and insults the intelligence of anyone who simply chooses to identify as “American”
James Greenbaum 2 hours ago
Obsessive Democratic Division Disorder. Instead of focusing on Unity and Accord, instead of seeing the US of A as one big melting pot filled with the same hopes & dreams, Democrats have obsessed on dividing the nation into every conceivable sub-category of humanity along lines of political correctness for the impossible idea of cobbling a majority voting block from minority classes that are already protected under Title IX, Family Leave Act, Equal Protection, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, ADA, and a host of other federal and state equally laws.

Hillary, The Inevitable One, failed miserably with Basket of Deplorables voting for Trump. As it turns out a majority of Americans appreciate the US of A, and understand that just because they have American Pride and believe in America, does not mean they should be labeled a racist.

So long as the Democrats Obsess on Dividing the nation falsing accusing anyone not on their Crazy Socialist Train racist, sexist, homophobic, white-privileged or Russian Collusion Conspirators -- the Dems will continue to go down in flames.

Mark Thomason 2 hours ago
"Gillibrand, on the other hand, went to Youngstown specifically to communicate that she doesn’t care—her eye is on another audience."

McCain did the same thing in my town's high school auditorium during his run for President. He came to tell us there was no hope, that no jobs were coming back, and our community had no future. He lost here.

olderwiser an hour ago
50 years ago, I started an entry level job in financial services. Most of my time was spent meeting with low income prospective customers, many of whom had incomes about the same as my entry level salary, or higher. It only took me a short time to realize that I had more in common with the low income minority group customers that I was meeting with than with the managers and executives who ran the company. It was never about race. It’s always about income and wealth and opportunity. The Democrats want to deny opportunity to everyone who is, by their definition, white. It’s already a fact of life for young white people trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Even young people of color recognize the injustice in the Democratic Party policies.
Eva_Galley an hour ago
I dont think its as much skin color as it is the age demographic. If you're 50 and up, despite your race, you were raised in a fairly harmonious age when people knew racism still existed, but the average person did not practice it. It was reserved for the 10% fringe (KKK) of society.
This article is spot-on in declaring the practice of punishing the present-day citizens for historical sins will never gain much momentum, even among the black community. They acknowledge they have never been slaves as much as their whit counterparts have ever owned slaves.
Whatever your color, we all want a steady economy. That's a winning message.
Don Quijote an hour ago • edited
Dems think white voters have little value, and are betting against them with exaggerated claims of supremacy.

No they just think that they will vote their racial resentment instead of their economic interest and so far they have been proven right.

House passes legislation aimed at stabilizing multiemployer pension plans

The House passed legislation Wednesday in a 264-169 vote aimed at helping stabilize multiemployer pension plans in hopes of mitigating the looming pension crisis.

Twenty-nine Republicans — nine of whom co-sponsored the legislation — joined Democrats in voting for the measure.

All Information (Except Text) for S.27 - American Miners Act of 2019

Dave an hour ago
Taken with a grain of salt from the man who wrote on Oct 29 2018 that the Democrats "are unlikely to take control of the House."

[Jul 25, 2019] Corporate Democrats are shark suckers attached to the bottoms of Oligarchs.

Jul 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

VietnamVet , Jul 24 2019 22:29 utc | 50

Corporate Democrats are shark suckers attached to the bottoms of Oligarchs. To keep feeding they must blame someone else not the White Shark. Russians are a natural enemy for the five-eyes intelligence community and corrupt politicians. Media propaganda can't keep up with the spooks crazy operations; restarting the Cold War, the Steele Dossier, Brexit, Salisbury Poisonings, Trade Sanctions, or pirating oil tankers. One or all will inevitably kill the host.

[Jul 25, 2019] "Robert Mueller testifies today but Russiagate will live on as long as cynical democrats like Kamala Harris want it to

Jul 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

karlof1 , Jul 24 2019 21:23 utc | 37

lysias @41--

Correct!

Techno_Fog and thread seem to agree Mueller perjured himself and ought to get the Flynn treatment.

Margaret Kimberley on Russiagate's legs and at least one responsible for keeping it alive:

"Robert Mueller testifies today but Russiagate will live on as long as cynical democrats like Kamala Harris want it to. She is the worst, as she uses black people and denies our history in an effort to promote the lie."

Oraneg , Jul 24 2019 21:35 utc | 42

The reason Mueller couldn't comment or answer so many questions today. The irony is off the charts.

"What Goes Around"

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/what-goes-around/

"It turned out that Mr. Mueller's team had no evidence that the Russian government was involved with the Facebook pranks. This annoyed Judge Friedrich, who ordered Mr. Mueller and his lawyers to desist making public statements about Concord and IRA's alleged "sweeping and systemic" collusion with Russia, and threatened legal sanctions if they did."

[Jul 25, 2019] Dems ratpack of reparations freaks, weird sexual curiosities, and race hustlers is actually a fifth column for Trump re-election by Fred Reed

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... The Democrats are fielding as candidates a roster of middle-school clowns and unflavored tapioca. Are they secretly in Trump's pay? Like Clinton with her "Deplorables" suicide line? ..."
"... Probably the Russians are behind it. ..."
Jul 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

They're going to do it, I tell you: The whole touchy-feely do-gooding ratpack of Microaggression worriers, reparations freaks, weird sexual curiosities, race hustlers, bat.-Antifa psychos, and egalitarian enstupidators of universities. They are going to elect Trump. Again.

Washington, where I shortly will be for a bit, is crazy. It has not the slightest, wan, etiolated idea of what is going on in America. The Democrats are fielding as candidates a roster of middle-school clowns and unflavored tapioca. Are they secretly in Trump's pay? Like Clinton with her "Deplorables" suicide line?

Probably the Russians are behind it.

[Jul 22, 2019] [Kamala] Harris is everything the US empire's unelected power establishment wants in a politician: charismatic, commanding, and completely unprincipled. In that sense she's like Obama, only better.

Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com


"[Kamala] Harris is everything the US empire's unelected power establishment wants in a politician: charismatic, commanding, and completely unprincipled. In that sense she's like Obama, only better.

Trump supporters like to claim that the president is fighting the establishment, citing the open revulsion that so many noxious establishment figures have for him. But the establishment doesn't hate Trump because he opposes them; he doesn't oppose existing power structures in any meaningful way at all. The reason the heads of those power structures despise Trump is solely because he sucks at narrative management and puts an ugly face on the ugly things that America's permanent government is constantly doing. He's bad at managing their assets.

Kamala Harris is the exact opposite of this. She'd be able to obliterate noncompliant nations and dead-end the left for eight years, and look good while doing it. She's got the skills to become president, and she'll have the establishment backing as well."

Caitlin Johnstone, Kamala Harris Is an Oligarch's Dream

[Jul 20, 2019] Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals

Jul 20, 2019 | thehill.com

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is coming under pressure to define her policy proposals from rivals raising questions about where she stands on "Medicare for All" and other key issues.

Allies for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), both of whom are seeking to beat back a challenge from Harris's surging campaign, are calling Harris's past remarks into question, saying she has obfuscated her positions in an effort to endear herself to the liberal base.

"I think her statements, campaign are smoke and mirrors," said Dick Harpootlian, a Biden campaign surrogate and the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. "As the campaign wears on and as she's pressed to prove details, I think she's going to find herself realizing this isn't a campaign for attorney general of California. This is a presidential campaign, and what you say has to be verifiable, and so far it has not been."

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[Jul 17, 2019] You can't make this sh** up. But Kamala does!

Jul 17, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Gregory Herr , July 16, 2019 at 19:28

The absurdities know no end. Kamala Harris blames Russian bots for the Kaepernick kneeling controversy.

https://youtu.be/PJ7GI28ywCI

You can't make this sh** up. But Kamala does!

[Jul 17, 2019] The key role of MSM is to keep the populace focused as best it can on relatively trivial matters and diverted from the most urgent topics of our time by PAUL STREET

Jul 12, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

Alongside and consistent with other privilege- and power-serving missions, so-called mainstream corporate media's role is to keep the populace focused as best it can on relatively trivial matters and diverted from the most urgent topics of our time.

Kamala Harris Wants to Kill Your Health Insurance

Two Sundays ago, in a fit of masochistic media research, I watched some cable news talking heads do their weekly news roundups. CNN had a panel of know-it-all neoliberals who reflected on the Democratic Party's first two presidential debates. Everyone agreed that Kamala Harris had been the big winner but had erred badly by embracing "the abolition of private health insurance."

That's how CNN's "expert commentators" describe Medicare for All – not as high quality and low-cost health care as a human right with great direct and collateral benefits resulting from the eviction of corporate profit from coverage. Not as a great potential social and human rights victory, but as destruction : the "abolition" of (unmentionably parasitic, classist, exclusionary, inferior, and expensive, for-profit) health insurance.

Not that Senator Harris would seriously fight for Single Payer. She wouldn't. She's a corporate Democrat .

But I digress.

The chattering CNN craniums shifted to the United States Women's World Cup soccer team that was triumphing in Paris. The panelists applauded the team's star, Megan Rapione, a lesbian who refuses to visit the Donald Trump White House. (Good for her, but why not visit and spit in the Malignant One's eye?).

Joy Reid Blames Russia for Anti-Kamala Birtherism

Over on the openly partisan-Democratic cable network MSNBC (hereafter "MSDNC"), morning host Joy Reid was going off about the Huxwellian idiocy of Donald Trump's DMZ handshake with Kim Jong-Un and the strange kind of love Trump has for the North Korean dictator and other authoritarian heads-of-state. As usual with MSDNC, it was hard to detect the line separating the network's proper criticism of Trump from its deep investment in U.S. imperialism .

Consistent with the investment, Reid turned to the noxious racist vulgarity of online rightists who claim that Kamala Harris isn't a "real African-American." Reid showed viewers a copy of the Mueller Report and claimed without a hint of proof that the neo-Birther Internet campaign against Harris was directed by the Russians? Her evidence? The Mueller Report, completed prior to the Harris smear.

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[Jul 15, 2019] "Where is the evidence [for Russigate]? There is none."

Notable quotes:
"... The whole story of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is "crazy," he says. Hillary Clinton had done everything wrong as a candidate, had led the Democratic Party into misfortune. There was no need for anything Russian. "Where is the evidence? There is none." ..."
"... Two years ago Hersh published a piece on Syria in Welt. He needs to go to Deutschland to get published, being banned from the MSM. ..."
"... Just like Col. Lang, Juan Cole and so many others. Our press is strictly controlled to focus on The Narrative. ..."
"... "Please watch this clip. It captures Russiagate perfectly: blaming Russian bots, neoliberals like Kamala Harris show ignorance about domestic injustices & contempt for those fighting it; while at the same time, sounding like deranged conspiracy theorists in the process." ..."
"... Lots of garbage trying to pollute our minds. Truth is the only antidote, but at times it's hard to find. Search for it and fight complacency. ..."
Jul 15, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Other issues:

Form a portrait of Seymour Hersh in the German weekly Die Zeit (my translation):

The whole story of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is "crazy," he says. Hillary Clinton had done everything wrong as a candidate, had led the Democratic Party into misfortune. There was no need for anything Russian. "Where is the evidence? There is none."

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on July 14, 2019 at 13:16 UTC | Permalink


bjd , Jul 14 2019 13:30 utc | 1

I wonder if Hersch's analysis is a first in a major German newspaper. If so, that is major breakthrough into Western MSM.
asdf , Jul 14 2019 13:44 utc | 3

When if ever is Hersch going to publicly voice his thoughts on Seth Rich, as shared in the following phone recording? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=giuZdBAXVh0

Bart Hansen , Jul 14 2019 14:56 utc | 12

One - bjt

Two years ago Hersh published a piece on Syria in Welt. He needs to go to Deutschland to get published, being banned from the MSM.

Just like Col. Lang, Juan Cole and so many others. Our press is strictly controlled to focus on The Narrative.

karlof1 , Jul 15 2019 4:57 utc | 64

Aaron Mate says :

"Please watch this clip. It captures Russiagate perfectly: blaming Russian bots, neoliberals like Kamala Harris show ignorance about domestic injustices & contempt for those fighting it; while at the same time, sounding like deranged conspiracy theorists in the process."

Intro to most recent In The Now:

"This is really good -- from calling out U.S. foreign policy that causes ppl to migrate to the history of the term 'concentration camps' to the larger tradition of racist, state sanctioned violence against ppl from the Southern border region."

Lots of garbage trying to pollute our minds. Truth is the only antidote, but at times it's hard to find. Search for it and fight complacency.

[Jul 01, 2019] Kamala Harris as Hillary No.2 Her level of neocon warmongering in foreign policy probably will hurt her chances, but will bring a lot of donor money

Notable quotes:
"... Kamala Harris is multi-cultural, East Indian and Jamaican, globalist educated in the USA and Canada. To be elected and earn rewards she identifies herself as an African-American. ..."
Jul 01, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

karlof1 , Jun 30, 2019 6:16:41 PM | 51

Kamala Harris's Hillaryesque tweet re Trump meeting Kim at DMZ:

"This President should take the North Korean nuclear threat and its crimes against humanity seriously. This is not a photo-op. Our security and our values are at stake."

Comments on the thread are telling, and she's not fooling anyone.

VietnamVet , Jun 30, 2019 8:11:02 PM | 76

Thank goodness that there is one place where Globalism, Boeing, and Kamala Harris can be discussed. From the bottom, looking up, they are intertwined. Corporate media strictly ignores the restoration of the robber baron aristocracy, the supremacy of trade treaties, the endless wars for profit, the free flow of capital, and corrupted governments. The sole purpose is to make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else.

There are many tell-tale signs that this is an apt description of the world. With deregulation and outsourcing, there is no incentive to design and build safe airplanes. That costs money. Two 737 Max(s) crash killing 346. Workplaces are toxic. The life expectancy in the UK and USA is declining. The US dollar is used as a military weapon. Monopolies buy up innovation. Corporate law breaking is punished by fines which are added to the cost of doing business. There is no jail time for chief executives. The cost of storm damage is increasing. Families are migrating to survive. Nationalist and globalist oligarchs are fighting over the spoils. Last week the global economy was 10 minutes away from collapse by an American air attack on Iran.

Kamala Harris is multi-cultural, East Indian and Jamaican, globalist educated in the USA and Canada. To be elected and earn rewards she identifies herself as an African-American. Neo-Populism and France's Yellow Vests are the direct response to global capitalism that is supported by Corporate Democrats, New Labour Party, and Emmanuel Macron. The rise of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in response is no coincidence.

uncle tungsten , Jul 1 2019 8:07 utc | 121
snake #97

Why burden b when you can read this by Caitlin Johnston: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/kamala-harris-is-everything-the-establishment-wants-in-a-politician/

especially read this by Helen Hanna in the comments section:

kamala looked aside while wells fargo bank established 3 million fraudulent accounts while she was attorney general of california. she did nothing to punish them. she might as well be wearing a hillary mask. as someone who lived in the bay area for 31 years, i remember her on the 'matier and ross' interview program--her performance was juvenile and silly--- and i remember her being willing to join the parade of willie brown's cocaine addicted mistresses,. as number 21 and as a woman of color, she was a relief---not white, not skanky, no silver cocaine spoon around her neck while pretending to eat dinner at chez michel with willie, but why on earth would you want to join this parade and go out with this sleazy man whose kiton suits do not improve his image one bit, a politician who offended the san francisco public by his obnoxious habit of publicly flaunting his many skanky female hangers on, and reveling in their 'whiteness.' what a bad choice kamala made. remember that pelosi and feinstein wouldn't let willie brown anywhere near the inauguration podium of barack obama because these women did not want willie's offensive background to sully obama. willie had had an illegitimate child while 'serving as' mayor of san francisco, a city of 500 churches, mostly catholic. the catholic church continued to retain him in the role --'of counsel.' that was astounding to me, absolutely astounding.... willie also laundered drug money in a sutter street garage with his haberdasher, wilkes bashford, but dianne feinstein prevented him from being jailed. i can just see the sisterhood at temple emanuel where dianne feinstein worships--i can just see them admonishing her for even suggesting one of serial adulterer willie's former mistresses be the first woman president....is that why senator feinstein is keeping such a low profile lately? what i don't understand is why pelosi and feinstein keep bringing us these puppet-like women----hillary will always be bill's puppet and kamala will be willie's puppet. you cannot possibly choose two more sleazy, obnoxious men to be your superior.

[Jun 30, 2019] First Democratic debate Demagogy on social issues, silence on war by Patrick Martin

This is WSWS with their outdated dreams of "working class dictatorship" but some points and observation are very apt and to the point.
Notable quotes:
"... The fraud of a "progressive" Democratic Party and presidential candidate was summed up in the near-universal declaration of the media that Senator Kamala Harris had emerged as the clear winner, part of a coordinated effort to promote her candidacy ..."
"... Harris climbed to the Senate by serving for years in the Bay Area of California as a law-and-order district attorney and state attorney general, defending police killers and bankers engaged in foreclosure fraud, including Trump's current treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin. A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she has been among the most rabid of Democrats in attacking Trump as a stooge of Russian President Putin. In Thursday's debate, her main foray into foreign policy was to denounce Trump for being soft on Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. ..."
"... She is being promoted most enthusiastically by those sections of the ruling class, whose views are promoted by the New York Times ..."
"... The Obama administration also deported more immigrants than any other, a fact that was raised in a question to Vice President Biden, who confined himself to empty declarations of sympathy for the victims of Trump's persecution, while denying any comparison between Trump and Obama. ..."
"... If these ladies and gentlemen decide not to engage on foreign policy, the reason is clear: the Democrats know that the American people are adamantly opposed to new military interventions. They therefore seek to conceal the preparations of American imperialism for major wars, whether regional conflicts with Iran, North Korea or Venezuela, or conflicts with nuclear-armed global rivals like China and Russia. ..."
"... On the first night, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, asked to name the greatest global security threat, replied, "The greatest threat that we face is the fact we are at a greater risk of nuclear war today than ever before in history." This remarkable declaration was passed over in silence by the moderators and the other candidates, and the subject was not raised on the second night at all, including by Bernie Sanders. ..."
Jun 29, 2019 | www.wsws.org

Four hours of nationally televised debates Wednesday and Thursday among 20 Democratic presidential candidates demonstrated the gigantic disconnect between the claims of this pro-war, pro-corporate party to be driven by concerns for the well-being of working people and the reality of poverty and oppression in America, for which the Democratic Party is no less responsible than the Republicans.

The stage-managed spectacle mounted by NBC marked the formal beginning of an electoral process dominated by big money and thoroughly manipulated by the corporate-controlled media.

The attempt to contain the growing left-wing opposition in the working class and channel it behind the second oldest capitalist party in the world necessarily assumed the form of lies and demagogy. For the most part, the vying politicians, all of them in the top 10 percent on the income ladder, made promises to provide healthcare, jobs, decent schools, tuition-free college and a clean environment for all, knowing full well they had no intention of carrying them out.

No one -- neither the millionaire media talking heads asking the questions nor the candidates -- dared to mention the fact that that Democratic Party has just voted to give Trump an additional $4.9 billion to round up, detain and torture hundreds of thousands of immigrants, including children, in the growing network of concentration camps being set up within the US. Facts, as they say, are stubborn things, and this one demonstrates the complicity of the Democratic Party in the fascistic policies of the Trump administration.

The second night of the debate featured the front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Biden has a long record of reactionary politics, including in the Obama administration. Sanders is continuing in this election his role in 2016 of channeling growing support for socialism into the framework of a right-wing party.

The fraud of a "progressive" Democratic Party and presidential candidate was summed up in the near-universal declaration of the media that Senator Kamala Harris had emerged as the clear winner, part of a coordinated effort to promote her candidacy. The African-American senator was lauded for attacking Biden for statements boasting of his ability in the past to collaborate with segregationist senators and his past opposition to busing for school integration.

It was Harris who adopted the most transparently bogus posture of left-radicalism in Thursday night's debate, repeatedly declaring her agreement with Bernie Sanders and raising her hand, along with Sanders, to support the abolition of private health insurance in favor of a single-payer system. By Friday morning, however, she had reversed that stand, claiming she had "misheard" the question and declaring her support for the continuation of private insurance.

Harris climbed to the Senate by serving for years in the Bay Area of California as a law-and-order district attorney and state attorney general, defending police killers and bankers engaged in foreclosure fraud, including Trump's current treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin. A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she has been among the most rabid of Democrats in attacking Trump as a stooge of Russian President Putin. In Thursday's debate, her main foray into foreign policy was to denounce Trump for being soft on Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

She is being promoted most enthusiastically by those sections of the ruling class, whose views are promoted by the New York Times , who want the Democratic campaign to be dominated by racial and gender politics so as to mobilize the party's wealthy upper-middle class base and divert and divide the mass working class anger over social inequality.

Many of the candidates fondly recalled the Obama administration. But those eight years saw the greatest transfer of wealth from working people to the super-rich in American history. The pace was set by the initial $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, which was expanded to uncounted trillions in the course of 2009, combined with the bailout of the auto companies at the expense of the autoworkers, who suffered massive cuts in benefits and a 50 percent cut in pay for new hires, rubber-stamped by the United Auto Workers.

The Obama administration also deported more immigrants than any other, a fact that was raised in a question to Vice President Biden, who confined himself to empty declarations of sympathy for the victims of Trump's persecution, while denying any comparison between Trump and Obama.

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado attacked Biden for claiming credit for a bipartisan budget deal in 2011 with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell. Far from a genuine compromise, he said, the deal "was a complete victory for the Tea Party. It extended the Bush tax cuts permanently," as well as putting in place major cuts in social spending which continue to this day. Bennet neglected to mention that he had voted for the deal himself when it passed the Senate by a huge majority.

It was remarkable, under conditions where President Trump himself declared that the United States was only 10 minutes away from launching a major assault on Iran earlier this month, that the 20 Democratic candidates spent almost no time discussing foreign policy.

In the course of four hours, there were only a few minutes devoted to the world outside the United States. The silence on the rest of the world cannot be dismissed as mere parochialism.

Many of the Democratic presidential candidates are deeply implicated in either the policy-making or combat operations of US imperialism. The 20 candidates include two who were deployed as military officers to Iraq and Afghanistan, Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard; Biden, vice president for eight years and the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and five senators who are members of high-profile national security committees: Harris and Bennet on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand on the Armed Services Committee, and Cory Booker on the Foreign Relations Committee.

If these ladies and gentlemen decide not to engage on foreign policy, the reason is clear: the Democrats know that the American people are adamantly opposed to new military interventions. They therefore seek to conceal the preparations of American imperialism for major wars, whether regional conflicts with Iran, North Korea or Venezuela, or conflicts with nuclear-armed global rivals like China and Russia.

In the handful of comments that were made on foreign policy, the Democratic candidates struck a belligerent note. On Wednesday, four of the ten candidates declared the main global threat to the United States to be China, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio opted for Russia. Many candidates referred to the need to combat Russian interference in the US election -- recycling the phony claims that Russian "meddling" helped Trump into the White House in 2016.

On the first night, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, asked to name the greatest global security threat, replied, "The greatest threat that we face is the fact we are at a greater risk of nuclear war today than ever before in history." This remarkable declaration was passed over in silence by the moderators and the other candidates, and the subject was not raised on the second night at all, including by Bernie Sanders.

[Jun 30, 2019] Harris the perfect tool to carry out oligarchic agendas: charming, commanding, and completely unprincipled

Jun 30, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

anon in so cal June 27, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Twitter

@caitoz on Kamala Harris:

"Harris is smashing this debate, and she's the perfect tool to carry out oligarchic agendas: charming, commanding, and completely unprincipled. Watch her campaign closely."

@caitoz on Bennet:

"Bennett says Russian memes are the greatest threat to US national security and isn't laughed out of the building because people have been trained to believe such psychosis is normal."

[Jun 29, 2019] Kamala Harris Is An Oligarch's Wet Dream by Caitlin Johnstone

Caitlin Johnstone is out of depth with this article. Completly out of depth.
Majority of her donations have come from financial interests including Wall Street, financial industry lawyers, and real estate industry.
She has huge baggage due her mismanagement if Prosecutorial office in San Francisco and the story probably gradually start leaking.
Her debating skills that Caitlin Johnstone praises are not that great: she is too arrogant and try to bulli the opponent. That works with weaker candidates but this will not work with Tulsi, Warren or Sanders. Also she is playing "identity card" in a very dishonest way and if this is exposed she is a toast.
I am not sure that exposing herself as an arrogant bully attracts the voters. So in no way she won the debates. Also there is a strong suspicion is that she got the questions in advance and that was a prepared ambush.
She bought Russiagate fairy take and that a sign of political corruption. This statement clearly demonstrate the level of her corruption and immaturity: "You asked what is the greatest national-security threat to the United States. It's Donald Trump," Harris said. "You want to talk about North Korea, a real threat in terms of its nuclear arsenal. But what does he do? He embraces Kim Jong Un, a dictator, for the sake of a photo op. Putin. You want to talk about Russia? He takes the word of the Russian president over the word of the American intelligence community when it comes to a threat to our democracy and our elections."
In no way she she can attract former Trump voters -- she is limited to fraction of Hillary base and as such her chances are not that strong.
Notable quotes:
"... Harris won the debate despite fully exposing herself for the corporate imperialist she is in the midst of that very debate. While answering a question about climate change she took the opportunity to attack Trump on foreign policy, not for his insane and dangerous hawkishness but for not being hawkish enough, on both North Korea and Russia. ..."
"... Harris is everything the US empire's unelected power establishment wants in a politician: charismatic, commanding, and completely unprincipled. In that sense she's like Obama, only better. ..."
"... Trump supporters like to claim that the president is fighting the establishment, citing the open revulsion that so many noxious establishment figures have for him. But the establishment doesn't hate Trump because he opposes them ; he doesn't oppose existing power structures in any meaningful way at all. ..."
"... The reason the heads of those power structures despise Trump is solely because he sucks at narrative management and puts an ugly face on the ugly things that America's permanent government is constantly doing . He's bad at managing their assets. ..."
"... Kamala Harris is the exact opposite of this. She'd be able to obliterate non-compliant nations and dead-end the left for eight years, and look good while doing it. She's got the skills to become president, and she'll have the establishment backing as well. Keep an eye on this one. ..."
"... Her story about racial segragation and discrimination were truly pathetic. She didn't even attend high school in the USA, and when in the USA, her parents lived in Berkeley, of all places. It is truly amazing the complete and utter ******** a preferred candidate can say, and the US mainstream media will not challenge them on it. ..."
"... Harris is an intersectionalisty, PC, indentity politicking, feminist, racial bully. She's never had a confrontation with any one who she wasn't able to bully down with this type of behaviour. ..."
"... The Democratic campaign issue of extending free health care to undocumented immigrants is a BIG loser (imo). No way are blue-collar voters in rust-belt states like Ohio and Pennsylvania and Michigan going to support that in any large numbers. ..."
"... Her attack on Biden re. school busing seemed well rehearsed. ..."
"... Completely unprincipled? She's a member of the CFR "Deep State", where being an "unprincipled money worshiper" is a pre-requisite. Everyone of them are, that's the problem. Only vetted whores need apply. Biden is an old whore, and female whores always do better than male whores in their profession. ..."
"... She's a female Obama. Never really accomplished anything but getting elected. When the going gets tough she will reveal herself as the vapid left coast liberal she is. ..."
"... She ignored sexual harassment in her own department as CA AG. She has a lot of scandals that make her look bad: Willie Brown, arresting and jailing pot smokers while she herself smoked pot and the whole Mnuchin thing. Jailing homeless mothers For their child's truancy from school. Her defense of the death penalty but not gay marriage while AG. ..."
"... Her family history in Caribbean slave trade needs to exposed more fully. Biden, should have responded ... 'I hear grandma was a slave plantation owner ? '. That woulda stopped the 'train'. ..."
"... Why should we believe the Presstitutes in 2020 after their lying flop in 2016'. Tulsi won. And they barely let her play ..."
"... Like Obama, who has Valerie Jarret to tell him what he thinks, she needs a handler. She is fundamentally clueless and will hand the media many a gaff in coming weeks. ..."
"... She does stumble over her thoughts in every un-canned interview I've seen, along with Booker ..."
Jun 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

California Senator Kamala Harris won the Democratic presidential debate last night. It was not a close contest. She will win every debate she enters during this election cycle. If she becomes the nominee, she will win every debate with Trump.

Night two of the debates was just as vapid and ridiculous as night one . Candidates interrupted and talked over each other a lot, questions about foreign policy were avoided like the plague to prevent NBC viewers from thinking critically about the mechanics of empire, and Eric Swalwell kept talking despite everyone in the universe desperately wanting him not to. Buttigieg and Gillibrand did alright, Bernie played the same note he's been playing for decades, and everyone was reminded how bad Joe Biden is at talking and thinking.

Biden has been treated kindly by polls and regarded as a "frontrunner" in this race exclusively because for the last decade he hasn't had to do anything other than be associated with Barack Obama . Now that he's had to step out of that insulated role and interact with reality again, everyone's seeing the same old garbage right-wing Democrat who sucks at making himself look appealing just as badly as he did in his last two presidential campaigns. By the end of the night, even Michael Bennet was slapping him around .

The moment everyone's talking about was when Harris created a space for herself to attack Biden on his citing his collaboration with segregationists as an example of his ability to reach across the aisle and "get things done". Harris had not been called upon to speak, and once given the go-ahead by moderator Rachel Maddow after interjecting went way beyond the 30 seconds she'd been allotted in tearing Biden apart. She skillfully took control of the stage and engineered the entire space for the confrontation by sheer dominance of personality, and Biden had no answer for it.

That's the moment everyone's talking about. But Harris had already been owning the debate prior to that.

The goal of a political debate is to make yourself look appealing and electable to your audience. You can do that by having a very good platform, or you can do it with charisma and oratory skills. It turns out that Kamala Harris is really, really good at doing the latter. She made frequent and effective appeals to emotion, she built to applause lines far more skillfully than anyone else on the stage, she kept her voice unwavering and without stammer, she made herself look like a leader by admonishing the other candidates to stop talking over each other, and she hit all the right progressive notes you're supposed to hit in such a debate.

Unlike night one of the debates, night two had a clear, dominant winner. If you were a casual follower of US politics and didn't have a favorite coming into the debate, you likely went away feeling that Harris was the best.

This wasn't a fluke. Harris has been cultivating her debate skills for decades, first in the Howard University debate team where she is said to have "thrived", then as a prosecutor, then as a politician, and she'll be able to replicate the same calibre of performance in all subsequent debates. There's more to getting elected than debate skills, but it matters, and in this area no one will be able to touch her. Harris won the debate despite fully exposing herself for the corporate imperialist she is in the midst of that very debate. While answering a question about climate change she took the opportunity to attack Trump on foreign policy, not for his insane and dangerous hawkishness but for not being hawkish enough, on both North Korea and Russia.

"You asked what is the greatest national-security threat to the United States. It's Donald Trump," Harris said . "You want to talk about North Korea, a real threat in terms of its nuclear arsenal. But what does he do? He embraces Kim Jong Un, a dictator, for the sake of a photo op. Putin. You want to talk about Russia? He takes the word of the Russian president over the word of the American intelligence community when it comes to a threat to our democracy and our elections."

Harris is everything the US empire's unelected power establishment wants in a politician: charismatic, commanding, and completely unprincipled. In that sense she's like Obama, only better.

Harris was one of the 2020 presidential hopefuls who came under fire at the beginning of the year when it was reported that she'd been reaching out to Wall Street executives to find out if they'd support her campaign. Executives named in the report include billionaire Blackstone CEO Jonathan Gray, 32 Advisors' Robert Wolf, and Centerbridge Partners founder Mark Gallogly. It was reported two entire years ago that Harris was already courting top Hillary Clinton donors and organizers in the Hamptons. She hasn't been in politics very long, but her campaign contributions as a senator have come from numerous plutocratic institutions .

... ... ...

Trump supporters like to claim that the president is fighting the establishment, citing the open revulsion that so many noxious establishment figures have for him. But the establishment doesn't hate Trump because he opposes them ; he doesn't oppose existing power structures in any meaningful way at all.

The reason the heads of those power structures despise Trump is solely because he sucks at narrative management and puts an ugly face on the ugly things that America's permanent government is constantly doing . He's bad at managing their assets.

Kamala Harris is the exact opposite of this. She'd be able to obliterate non-compliant nations and dead-end the left for eight years, and look good while doing it. She's got the skills to become president, and she'll have the establishment backing as well. Keep an eye on this one.


TheFQ , 15 minutes ago link

In this American's view, Kamala Harris is TOTALLY UNFIT to be POTUS. Her value set is COMPLETELY OUT OF STEP with America and WE THE PEOPLE. She is one of the most VILE CREATURES infecting our federal government system.

TRUMP WILL DEMOLISH HER IN 2020.

Be prepared for a MASSIVE LANDSLIDE FOR TRUMP if Harris is the Democratic nominee for POTUS.

Like Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry famously said, "Do you feel lucky, punk? Go ahead...make my day."

PGR88 , 37 minutes ago link

Her story about racial segragation and discrimination were truly pathetic. She didn't even attend high school in the USA, and when in the USA, her parents lived in Berkeley, of all places. It is truly amazing the complete and utter ******** a preferred candidate can say, and the US mainstream media will not challenge them on it.

SweetDoug , 49 minutes ago link

Harris is an intersectionalisty, PC, indentity politicking, feminist, racial bully. She's never had a confrontation with any one who she wasn't able to bully down with this type of behaviour.

Well, until she gets across from Trump and she pulls this ßƱ££$ĦĬŦ, except Trump just laughs it off, and punches her in the face. She'll try to shame him, but he's shameless and will show everyone just who she is.

It will be epic.

Batman Fights Catwoman - "I'm a woman..." - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk7Ftag7rPk

John Law Lives , 1 hour ago link

The Democratic campaign issue of extending free health care to undocumented immigrants is a BIG loser (imo). No way are blue-collar voters in rust-belt states like Ohio and Pennsylvania and Michigan going to support that in any large numbers.

Those states are filled with hard-working people who lost good-paying factory jobs and are scrambling to get by. They are not going to line up en masse and volunteer to pay more taxes so undocumented immigrants can get free health care. Harris and the whole sorry state of Commifornia are out of touch.

I think Trump could beat Harris in a landslide (assuming the economy and/or stock markets don't crash before then), and it shouldn't matter much who "wins" the debates. FWIW, I thought Clinton was a better debator than Trump, but it didn't seem to matter that much.

BTW, the Harris campaign didn't wait very long to start selling "That Little Girl Was Me" t-shirts:

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/450831-harris-campaign-sells-that-little-girl-was-me-shirts-after-debate-comments

PrepareOrPay , 1 hour ago link

She doesn't have a chance in hell!

1) obama made sure another black president won't be elected for a LONG TIME (huge disappointment even to the black race)

2) One of the most disingenuous people in the dem field. (everyone with a brain can see she only panders to the crowd she's talking to)

3) She's CREEPY

John Law Lives , 1 hour ago link

She seems very mean-spirited. Her attack on Biden re. school busing seemed well rehearsed. It also had a major flaw in that forced busing was widely regarded as a failure, and it was reportedly unpopular with many minorities.

ugly-as-hammered-mud , 1 hour ago link

Completely unprincipled? She's a member of the CFR "Deep State", where being an "unprincipled money worshiper" is a pre-requisite. Everyone of them are, that's the problem. Only vetted whores need apply. Biden is an old whore, and female whores always do better than male whores in their profession.

Old White Guy , 1 hour ago link

She's a female Obama. Never really accomplished anything but getting elected. When the going gets tough she will reveal herself as the vapid left coast liberal she is.

Willie the Pimp , 28 minutes ago link

She accomplished adultery with Willie Brown.

R19 , 1 hour ago link

Robert Barnes stated repeatedly that she is one of the dumbest attorneys at law he has ever run across.

BendGuyhere , 1 hour ago link

Meet the NEW HILLARY, same as the old Hillary, but with an exciting dash of racial intersectionality.

I've read that as DA she was absolute hell on wheels. Then there's the issue of being WILLIE BROWN'S MISTRESS, evidently just a big joke in Cali....

Kamela's demeanor is like a smirking 'in crowd' kind of thing. Like Obama she hasn't been in the Senate 5 minutes and now she's running for president, DISPLAYING ALL THE WORST PSYCHOPATHIC POWER-LUST TENDENCIES THAT ARE ODDLY DESPISED IN HETEROSEXUAL WHITE MEN YET CELEBRATED IN WOMEN.

The Left RUSHES to its own destruction, as always. History gives us a complete map of where we are going if she achieved the levers of power. Think STALIN....

The real question anymore is will the badged white men with guns operating under color of law side with their own destruction, thinking only of their sweet 20 year pensions? This is cops, national guard, military.....

Anunnaki , 1 hour ago link

She ignored sexual harassment in her own department as CA AG. She has a lot of scandals that make her look bad: Willie Brown, arresting and jailing pot smokers while she herself smoked pot and the whole Mnuchin thing. Jailing homeless mothers For their child's truancy from school. Her defense of the death penalty but not gay marriage while AG.

her staff recommended criminal indictments which she squashed in rhe Mnuchin bank fraud case.

ThirteenthFloor , 1 hour ago link

Harris has a listening disorder, she does not listen well, exp. her exchange with AG Barr she does not hear a word he says.

Her family history in Caribbean slave trade needs to exposed more fully. Biden, should have responded ... 'I hear grandma was a slave plantation owner ? '. That woulda stopped the 'train'.

https://newspunch.com/kamala-harris-grandmother-plantation-slave-owner/

terrific , 2 hours ago link

She's also stupid, and her thuggishness, while popular with some, won't put her over the top. Nope, the Dems are going to have to get somebody who is at least a little bit likeable (get ready, Michelle, it's almost time to go back to work).

Ted19731950 , 2 hours ago link

A lot like Hillary: a nasty one.

Anunnaki , 2 hours ago link

Why should we believe the Presstitutes in 2020 after their lying flop in 2016'. Tulsi won. And they barely let her play

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/06/media-and-public-disagree-on-tulsi-gabbards-debate-performance.html#comments

cleg , 2 hours ago link

Dofing duffer Biden with a prepped & targeted zinger that he walked right into ..once...and winning the nomination is a different kettle of fish.
Flatfooted, off the cuff and on her own, she stinks. She's good in practice but on game day when she puts on her cleats, she's a 2nd team flunkie. Just run her Kavanaugh hearing bites.

Like Obama, who has Valerie Jarret to tell him what he thinks, she needs a handler. She is fundamentally clueless and will hand the media many a gaff in coming weeks.

YabbaDabbaDoo , 2 hours ago link

She does stumble over her thoughts in every un-canned interview I've seen, along with Booker. And the article doesn't mention much about her nasty background, which will fester, along with Booker's, if they are the nominees. Trump will eat all their lunches and they will pay the tab.

BendGuyhere , 1 hour ago link

Booker is a hoot, playing at being 'black' with literally the most elite, privileged, white-shoe Princeton/prep-school upbringing imaginable.

Really these politicians pretending to be black are profoundly offensive to real American black people descended from real American slaves....

Anunnaki , 3 hours ago link

Who better to play up victimhood than a child of healthcare/academic professionals from India, Jamaica and grew up in Canada

she ain't African American She is a Hindimaican, eh?

[Jun 28, 2019] Pathetic, the whole debate were pathetic

Here’s a transcript.
We’ll see how neoliberal MSM will spin this, but I would say Sanders emerged unscathed, Harris attacked and "wounded" Biden, Biden sounded like a lightweight, Gillibrand seems to be a very unpleasant person although different form Harris...
Notable quotes:
"... as if polling on donald trump and stuff is just so interesting ..."
"... Kamala Harris got more floor time than anyone else. Harris ended Biden's campaign. The debate is rigged against Bernie Sanders. ..."
"... Did Harris get the debate questions in advance? ..."
"... Her manner of speaking is like someone who doesn’t care, doesn’t take the whole thing seriously. It’s like someone who is cheaply casually condescending on the whole thing, on her having to be there. That’s what I perceived. It is deeply disqualifying from any leadership position. “Food fight”? We at that level now? That makes her cool? My god, what garbage. ..."
"... Harris will alienate The Deplorables, the military, the White Working Class or even black people, who know her as Kamala The Cop. ..."
Jun 28, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

zagonostra, June 27, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Pathetic, the whole scene is pathetic. What a way to run a putative democracy, bring back the league of women voters to run the debates and that idiot with the graphs during commercial breaks while watching this online, I want to break his freaking head sorry.

Carey, June 27, 2019 at 10:19 pm

Fully agree. And WTF was with that gesticulating moron at the break?

WheresOurTeddy, June 27, 2019 at 11:29 pm

his sleeves were rolled up, so you know he is a hardworking guy just like you, and can thus be trusted

jrs, June 28, 2019 at 1:54 am

+1

Yea online and a bunch of polling graphs, as if polling on donald trump and stuff is just so interesting

anon in so cal, June 27, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Twitter consensus:

Kamala Harris got more floor time than anyone else. Harris ended Biden's campaign. The debate is rigged against Bernie Sanders.

Twitter questions:

Did Harris get the debate questions in advance?

deeplyrad , June 28, 2019 at 4:43 am

C’mon Lambert, seriously, a joint with Harris?

I had the idea that your sensibilities were rather more refined than that, knowing anything about or not.

Her manner of speaking is like someone who doesn’t care, doesn’t take the whole thing seriously. It’s like someone who is cheaply casually condescending on the whole thing, on her having to be there. That’s what I perceived. It is deeply disqualifying from any leadership position. “Food fight”? We at that level now? That makes her cool? My god, what garbage.

FWIW, Boot Edge Edge’s prehensile sincerity was masterful in my view – shows some real talent.

I’m just observing this out of academic interest and hope we’ll all have a chance to vote for Bernie in the general. But from tonight, Boot Edge Edge to me stood out as a talent – and everyone else (besides Bernie who was reliably on message and will keep going more or less the same after this) was garbage or unnecessary (Biden is a disgrace), and the first debate was better.

Cal2, June 27, 2019 at 11:19 pm

In that case, Donald Trump gets our votes, as well as keeping all the potential crossovers, who had supported Trump last time, and would have voted for Sanders-Gabbard.

Harris will alienate The Deplorables, the military, the White Working Class or even black people, who know her as Kamala The Cop.

Sanders-Harris would be political suicide for the Democrats.

Sanders-Gabbard would be a winner against Trump.

[Jun 28, 2019] Identity politics remains the central element of the Democratic Party with Harris as flagbearer

Jun 28, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Originally from: We’ve Seen the Debates–And What Could Be Our Future The American Conservative

... ... ...

Those emotions erupted in the Thursday debate when Kamala Harris took on Biden for his earlier remarks about the old days of the Senate when he could work collaboratively with Southern segregationists such as Alabama's James Eastland. Harris said it was "very hurtful" to hear Biden "talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputation and career on the segregation of race in this country." She scored Biden also for working with such senators in opposition to busing for racial balance in schools during the 1970s.

"Do you agree today, do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America then? Do you agree?" she asked with considerable emotion in her voice. She added it was a personal matter with her given that she had benefited from busing policies as a young girl.

Biden retorted: "A mischaracterization of my position across the board. I did not praise racists." He added that he never opposed busing as a local policy arrived at through local politics, but didn't think it should be imposed by the federal government. "That's what I opposed," he said.

The exchange accentuated the extent to which racial issues are gaining intensity in America and roiling the nation's politics to a greater extent than in the recent past. Biden's point, as he sought to explain, was that there was a day when senators of all stripes could work together on matters of common concern even when they disliked and opposed each other's fundamental political outlook. That kind of approach could point the way, he implied, to a greater cooperative spirit in Washington and to breaking the current political deadlock suffused with such stark animosities. But that merely stirred further animosities, raising questions about whether today's political rancor in Washington can be easily or soon ameliorated.

[Jun 28, 2019] I suspect is that Kamala Harris is a smiling and "nice" version of Hillary

Oh, dear
Kamala Harris is a pure establishment candidate like Hillary was in 2016.
She is so well known to be the leasing establishment candidate that it look plausible that Biden might sacrifice himself to promote Harris, playing a sheep dog role like Sanders played for Hillary in 2016.
Notable quotes:
"... caitlin johnstones article on harris - Kamala Harris Is An Oligarch's Wet Dream ..."
"... Sacrificing Biden to get somebody just as good for the apartheid Jewish state isn't something which surprises me. If K. Harris has any Presidential qualities worthy of notice, I've yet to see them. What I suspect is that the woman is a smiling and "nice" version of Hillary. ..."
"... she does not offer an end or even a restraint on the wars; that much should be clear to every American - so she really shouldn't stand a chance, no matter how good her debating skills, if Americans really want an end to the wars. ..."
Jun 28, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

james , Jun 28, 2019 11:31:00 AM | 179

caitlin johnstones article on harris - Kamala Harris Is An Oligarch's Wet Dream

Zachary Smith , Jun 28, 2019 1:04:54 PM | 188

Because I know little about K. Harris I examined her wiki, and was surprised to learn she has a Jewish husband. Following up on that, I found this:

5 Jewish things to know about Kamala Harris

Harris is against BDS, though like most of the other Democratic candidates from the Senate was smart enough not to vote for the bill criminalizing it. She was "for" the Iran agreement, but if my memory isn't flawed that was put in place as a holding action while the destruction of Syria was brought to a conclusion.

Sacrificing Biden to get somebody just as good for the apartheid Jewish state isn't something which surprises me. If K. Harris has any Presidential qualities worthy of notice, I've yet to see them. What I suspect is that the woman is a smiling and "nice" version of Hillary.

ADKC , Jun 28, 2019 12:02:58 PM | 184
james @181 @180

Ha, possibly I'm not good at sarcasm; I tend towards the literal.

The article about Kamala Harris was interesting. I've come across it before a year or so ago. There's other stuff; I believe the most damning is a recording where she expresses glee about prosecuting black American's and taking a hardline. What is interesting is how this information is known but still kept hidden. She is not the shoo-in that CJ imagines though; as I understand it, the black community have her number, so she won't achieve Obama levels of support, that's her big weakness.

Whatever, she does not offer an end or even a restraint on the wars; that much should be clear to every American - so she really shouldn't stand a chance, no matter how good her debating skills, if Americans really want an end to the wars.

[Jun 28, 2019] Kamala signifies the rot of Democratic politics

She's not a good person and that's what I hear from people who have worked for her. But she's agressive debater... .
Notable quotes:
"... As a lifetime Californian and witness to Kamala's incompetence in San Francisco. I, and at least12 of my friends, would vote for Trump again if the Democrats allow Harris anywhere on the ticket. ..."
Jun 28, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Cal2 , June 28, 2019 at 1:27 am

You will not see a Harris presidency. If she's on any ticket, including as Bernie's V.P., Trump wins again.

I'm a rabid Bernie supporter (Twice). As a lifetime Californian and witness to Kamala's incompetence in San Francisco. I, and at least12 of my friends, would vote for Trump again if the Democrats allow Harris anywhere on the ticket.

Her boast:

"So as attorney general, and the chief law officer of the state of California, I issued a directive to the sheriffs of my state that they did not have to comply with ICE detainers "

Result?

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2008-jul-26-me-sanctuary26-story.html

"Suspect Edwin Ramos awaits trial in San Francisco County Jail, a system that released him nearly three months before the slayings. Convicted twice on felony charges as a juvenile, he was protected then from immigration officials because of the city's [Kamala's] sanctuary policy .

Immigration activists have embraced the grieving family, using the June 22 deaths of Anthony, Matthew and Michael Bologna to call for change."

Kamala; a fruiting body coming off the rot of Democratic Dynastic politics.

deeplyrad , June 28, 2019 at 4:43 am

C'mon Lambert, seriously, a joint with Harris? I had the idea that your sensibilities were rather more refined than that, knowing anything about or not.
Her manner of speaking is like someone who doesn't care, doesn't take the whole thing seriously. It's like someone who is cheaply casually condescending on the whole thing, on her having to be there. That's what I perceived. It is deeply disqualifying from any leadership position. "Food fight"? We at that level now? That makes her cool? My god, what garbage.

FWIW, Boot Edge Edge's prehensile sincerity was masterful in my view – shows some real talent.

I'm just observing this out of academic interest and hope we'll all have a chance to vote for Bernie in the general. But from tonight, Boot Edge Edge to me stood out as a talent – and everyone else (besides Bernie who was reliably on message and will keep going more or less the same after this) was garbage or unnecessary (Biden is a disgrace), and the first debate was better.

[Jun 28, 2019] Democrats emerged as an "open borders" party

Looks like they really want Trump to be re-elected...
Notable quotes:
"... In the first debate, on Wednesday, only Ryan and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar expressed concerns about eliminating criminal statutes for illegal entry. On Thursday, when NBC moderators asked for a show of hands of those who wanted to "decriminalize" unauthorized crossings, only Colorado Senator Michael Bennet kept his hand down. ..."
"... Also on Thursday, several candidates decried the idea of deporting illegal immigrants who hadn't committed crimes in the United States, while no one expressed misgivings about such a policy. When it was pointed out by one NBC moderator that Obama had deported 3 million illegals during his presidency, California Senator Kamala Harris responded, "I disagreed with Obama on that." ..."
Jun 28, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Originally from: We’ve Seen the Debates–And What Could Be Our Future

For years the effort to manage the issue centered on an elusive compromise concept that included serious border security and a path to legality or citizenship for current illegals. The problem for immgration restrictionists was that the last time such a compromise was struck, in 1986, it didn't work. Amnesty was granted to illegals then in the country, but no serious border security ensued. Instead the number of undocumented residents shot up to 11 million or more.

The debates revealed that serious border security is not something most Democrats consider worth mentioning. Instead, most railed against the fact that crossing the U.S. border illegally is a criminal offense. They argued it should be merely a civil matter. "Don't criminalize desperation," said Julian Castro, U.S. secretary of housing and urban development under Obama. "What kind of country are we running here?" asked Ohio Representative Tim Ryan, with a president stoking "hate and fear."

In the first debate, on Wednesday, only Ryan and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar expressed concerns about eliminating criminal statutes for illegal entry. On Thursday, when NBC moderators asked for a show of hands of those who wanted to "decriminalize" unauthorized crossings, only Colorado Senator Michael Bennet kept his hand down.

Also on Thursday, several candidates decried the idea of deporting illegal immigrants who hadn't committed crimes in the United States, while no one expressed misgivings about such a policy. When it was pointed out by one NBC moderator that Obama had deported 3 million illegals during his presidency, California Senator Kamala Harris responded, "I disagreed with Obama on that."

Lies They Told Us: A Long History of Being Manipulated Into War The Coming Socialist President?

And when the Thursday candidates were asked if they would provide health care for illegal immigrants, all said they would. Also, no one at either debate expressed a concern about U.S. border facilities being overwhelmed by asylum seekers traveling as families and entering the United States illegally -- some 332,000 since October. Instead they railed against U.S. officials struggling with the task of processing these people without adequate personnel or facilities.

In short, judged by the debates, the New Democratic Party has abandoned the old compromise concept of border security in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for current illegals. These candidates made clear that they continue to insist on a citizenship pathway but don't care much about border security.

[Jun 15, 2019] Kamala the Terrible (and uncle joe)

Notable quotes:
"... The US now has the politics of a third world nation - namely Brazil. Corrupt oligarchs using news media outlets to further their own interests, corrupt politicians using the justice system to indict and jail their political opponents (regardless of whether they are guilty or not). The police and the intelligence agencies being co-opted by some political interests to hound their political rivals. In my opinion - this is what happens when wealth inequality becomes too great (and no - I am not a communist or even all that socialist, I just would like to see wealth inequality return to what it was in the US in the 1970s). ..."
"... Watching Kamala Harris from my California vantage point, she is a very haughty, mean person now trying desperately to appear more relatable. ..."
Jun 15, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Bidenjoe_harriskamala_121318

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said the Justice Department would have "no choice" but to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice if he finished his term without being impeached.

Speaking with NPR's Scott Detrow in an interview published Wednesday, Harris said special counsel Robert Mueller essentially set the stage for criminal charges against Trump with his investigation into the 2016 election. Longstanding Justice Department policy says that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and Harris said that was essentially the only reason Mueller did not charge Trump was the DoJ policy against indicting sitting presidents.

All that would change in 2021 if the Democratic presidential hopeful were in the White House and the Justice Department were under her watch, she said.

"I believe that they would have no choice, and that they should," Harris said of the Justice Department's charging Trump with obstruction. "I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable. And the president is not above the law."" politico

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So, the new rule will be - if you lose a federal election in the US your victorious opponents will prosecute you and seek to imprison you. I know a lot of American political history and I really think this has never been done before. But, now, the Harpies (Pelosi, Gilliland, K. Harris) have promised the left wing foule that if they win they will seek to imprison Trump. Uncle Joe is far ahead, and unless some instance of molestation comes to light or he nods off during an interview, he has a good chance of getting the nomination.

My SWAG is that he would choose a VP nominee whose persona and age would to some extent offset his doddering foolishness.

Kamala Harris looks to me to be the most likely; woman, photogenic, California, a jurist, radical enough to satisfy the mob. If he did that then we would have a high chance of seeing a KH presidency. God help us. pl

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/12/kamala-harris-trump-justice-obstruction-1361467

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That's what I have been telling my husband since she announced her candidacy at the beginning of the year. She has expectations to be selected as the VP by Biden , even before he made his own announcement ( remember their meeting on a train going to DC before her announcement at Howard Uni)

She knows that she won't get the nomination (Warren has more oomph than her in that race)but it will be nice riding on the coat tails of Uncle Joe and be three heart beats away from the presidency.

The Arabs living along the borders with Israel should be wary about her !

This is the opinion of a Canuck looking in from the border.

The Beaver | 12 June 2019 at 11:18 AM

The US now has the politics of a third world nation - namely Brazil. Corrupt oligarchs using news media outlets to further their own interests, corrupt politicians using the justice system to indict and jail their political opponents (regardless of whether they are guilty or not). The police and the intelligence agencies being co-opted by some political interests to hound their political rivals. In my opinion - this is what happens when wealth inequality becomes too great (and no - I am not a communist or even all that socialist, I just would like to see wealth inequality return to what it was in the US in the 1970s).

Now I see that Vanity Fair is attacking AOC using the same playbook the media has used against Trump for the last 2 years - anonymous "insiders" making all sorts of allegedly informed criticisms of AOC. Nobody can defend themselves from such anonymous mud slinging, and the idiots on the left can't see that this is the exact same playbook they have been fascilitating against Trump.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3dUK-Tdyuk

JamesT | 12 June 2019 at 03:01 PM

"..Harris declined to criticize Biden for his abrupt shift against his prior support for the Hyde Amendment.." (from the NPR piece). Is the fix already in?

As for the "lock him up" talk, I suspect it may turn out to be just that if KH did ever find herself on the other side of that particular Rubicon. The foule are a fickle lot. And besides, immediately locking up the former incumbent is the sort of thing new presidents do in shithole countries.

Barbara Ann | 12 June 2019 at 03:58 PM

You may be absolutely right Col. Lang. With Harris as the VP nominee, it certainly seems like a probable Democratic Party ticket especially since she provides gender and racial diversity. For some reason though, I have a feeling Biden isn't going to make it to the finish line, either because he looks kind of frail to me and isn't drawing crowds, or because Obama crony Axelrod is expressing doubts about his candidacy.

Even if Biden DOES make it, he may not inspire enough younger voters to cast ballots. Plus, Harris hails from California - a state Democrats can easily take for granted - so she adds nothing on that score.

Since I doubt Sanders can get the nod, that leaves Warren. The Clinton Resistance/Sore Losers would LOVE for a woman beat Trump. If she chose Buttigieg as her running mate there's a [slim] chance she could flip Indiana. If she chose Booker she'd attract more black voters. In both cases she'd probably inspire better turnout among younger voters.

Anyway, that's my SWAG backup theory.

akaPatience | 12 June 2019 at 06:36 PM

Trump probably doesn't have too much to be worried about, even if he does lose the next election. After all, he himself never went after Hellary, so the DNC has no reason to go after him. It would be a serious breech of protocol, unprecedented in our history.

Seamus Padraig | 12 June 2019 at 06:56 PM

Third world politics:
1. Raid the treasury
2. Hire the relatives

Factotum | 12 June 2019 at 09:37 PM

Kamala is seriously courting the big unions who make decisions for the Democrat Party - funding and campaign ground troops.

She promises them the most, but they see her as unelectable. They got burned on Clinton after eight rosy Obama years being in bed with SEIU. So your instincts may be right - Biden is claiming the "union turf", and they get her for VP as their POC counterpoint.

Only problem is Kamala Harris does not let anyone define her and whether she will let herself get defined by Biden is another story - both are very gaffe prone so each of them could be stepping all over the other as they rumble on down to the 2020 finish line. Watching Kamala Harris from my California vantage point, she is a very haughty, mean person now trying desperately to appear more relatable.

I don't think this is what Ben Franklin and the Founders had in mind when we embarked on this excpetional experiment in self-governance.

Factotum | 12 June 2019 at 09:50 PM

Fred,

Trump led chants of "Lock her up!" but the first thing he did after winning was promise to do no such thing. We have entered a period of raw populism, and all that candidates say in the course of rallying their base is quickly forgiven.

Mark Logan | 12 June 2019 at 10:54 PM

It doesn't matter who wins the next election.

Our govt agencies are more empowered to interfere in our elections. I don't see anything that will reverse this trend. We are Color Revolutioning ourselves. The apparatus we built for other countries is turning inward. Our MSM is oblivious to it, all they care about is, 'does it help my team'.

Yeah, I'm a blast at parties too, slumped in a chair, my catch phrase 'it's getting late'.

Fred | 13 June 2019 at 09:26 AM

The idea of prosecuting former Presidents and then jailing them or worse brings to mind the politics of Pakistan, though Brazil is catching up.

Robert | 13 June 2019 at 10:26 AM

Given what the Obama administration seems to have perpetrated against the Trump campaign, and what the Clintobama lackeys continued to perpetrate against the legitimately elected Trump administration, I don't think the Democrats have any qualms about serious breeches of protocol.

Their interests lie purely in the acquisition and retention of power, and they will treat short-term, short-sighted gains as permanent wins. They lack all semblance of vision or foresight. This is true of all the die-hard leftists I talk to (I live in a college town).

They can't seem to see that in their pursuit of power, demolishing the precedents (legally defined or otherwise) that hold our country together and legitimize our system of government could somehow come full circle to be used against them by their adversaries, should their efforts to overturn legal elections, etc. come to naught.

AK | 13 June 2019 at 01:57 PM

Fred,

The point I was trying to make is that the fools at "The Young Turks" are happy to breathlessly repeat leaks from anonymous sources as fact - but only when they make Trump look bad. When the same tactic is used to make AOC look bad they push back.

The people on the left need to stop getting sucked in to believing that Trump is the problem, and the people on the right need to stop getting sucked into believing AOC is the problem. We need to work together if we are going to reign in The Borg.

[Jun 05, 2019] As attorney general Harris was notably muted on some of the state's most fraught issues -- not prosecuting OneWest banker Steven Mnuchin for screwing 80,000 Californians out of their mortgages, then taking a nice campaign donation from him?

Jun 05, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Cal2 , June 5, 2019 at 2:54 pm

"As attorney general, [Harris] was notably muted on some of the state's most fraught issues "
Like not prosecuting OneWest banker Steven Mnuchin for screwing 80,000 Californians out of their mortgages, then taking a nice campaign donation from him?

or not prosecuting the Herbalife Fraud,
"in 2015, prosecutors in the San Diego office of the California attorney general sent Harris a lengthy memorandum that argued for an investigation into Herbalife and requested resources in order to undertake such an investigation. About three weeks after the San Diego letter was sent, Harris received the first of three donations to her campaign for the U.S. Senate from Heather Podesta, the powerful Washington lobbyist whose ex-husband Tony's firm, then called the Podesta Group, had worked for Herbalife since 2013. Heather Podesta's own lobbying firm, Heather Podesta and Partners, would soon be hired by Herbalife, too ."

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/03/documents-show-san-diego-prosecutors-told-kamala-h.html

or investing the Billion dollar Bay Bridge construction fiasco. But she did throw poor parents in jail for their kids truancy!

Meanwhile, back where she got her start, with an injection of influence from Speaker of the State Assembly, Willie Brown, San Francisco was left a crime ridden disaster after her notably muted work as D.A.

Her grandstanding at the Kavanaugh hearings was not muted.

Bernie or bust.

WheresOurTeddy , June 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

CA voter here
#NeverKamala #KamalaIsAcop #NeedThatPrisonLabor

dearieme , June 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm

an injection of influence : ooh, saucy!

[Jun 05, 2019] After dazzling debut, Kamala Harris falls from top of presidential pack

Jun 05, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Harris (D)(1): "After dazzling debut, Kamala Harris falls from top of presidential pack" [ Los Angeles Times ]. "In one of her first national campaign appearances, at a CNN town hall, she offhandedly backed eliminating the country's private health insurance system. Months later, she is still trying to explain her position. (She said that her support for 'Medicare for all' meant eliminating healthcare bureaucracy, not doing away with private insurance.)

The hedging revived one of the criticisms that has followed Harris throughout her public life, the suggestion she is politically timid and overly cautious. As attorney general, she was notably muted on some of the state's most fraught issues, such as police use of force and ballot initiatives to change California's sentencing laws. That tension has spilled into her presidential campaign, where some aides advocate a more assertively progressive stance to court left-leaning activists while others prefer that Harris hug the middle to better position herself for a general election. The candidate herself is ambivalent, said one strategist familiar with the campaign's internal dynamic, who described part of the conflict as 'Kamala vs. Kamala.'"

[May 11, 2019] 'Ruthless' How Kamala Harris Won Her First Race by DAVID SIDERS

'Ruthless' is the proper word as for Kamala. Looks like female sociopath to me.
Notable quotes:
"... The race for San Francisco district attorney was still in its infancy, and Harris, who had never before run for public office, was polling in single digits ..."
"... she had an uncommon touch for fundraising ..."
"... In the mid-1990s, Harris had dated Brown, who was investigated by the FBI when he was speaker of the California Assembly and as mayor was dogged by conflict of interest, and she had benefited from his political patronage. ..."
"... As mayor of San Francisco in 2003, Brown was supportive of her district attorney campaign ..."
"... Critics -- including her opponents -- were bemoaning cronyism at City Hall. ..."
"... "That was her cue," Stearns said. Harris dismissed the question for its negativity while highlighting the most salacious elements of her opponents' records, displaying a mix of flint and charisma that would one day lead her supporters to believe she could become president of the United States. ..."
"... in flagrante delicto ..."
"... At the time of Harris' race for district attorney, Brown ranked among California's most powerful politicians. ..."
"... Two years before Harris' run, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a lengthy report on "Willie Brown Inc." headlined, "How S.F.'s mayor built a city based on 'juice' politics." ..."
"... Los Angeles Times ..."
"... The Shawshank Redemption ..."
"... One of the first references to Harris in the San Francisco press came in 1994, when Herb Caen, the San Francisco Chronicle columnist, introduced the prosecutor to readers as Brown's "new steady," noting that at a celebration of Brown's 60th birthday, Clint Eastwood had spilled champagne on her. ..."
"... Yet it was not only Brown that Harris had to overcome to win her first political race. Then as now, it was also her 13-year career as a prosecutor -- rife with hard judgment calls for her opponents to exploit. ..."
"... Harris's 2003 campaign was her earliest political effort to pre-empt such charges by defining her prosecutorial career as a left-leaning enterprise. ..."
"... In addition to connections that Harris had through Brown, she developed her own network in San Francisco's legal community and through her work with religious and charitable organizations that often intersect with the law. ..."
"... By the end of the campaign, she had raised and spent money so prolifically that the city's ethics commission found Harris violated a pledge not to exceed a voluntary $211,000 spending cap. ..."
"... The race tightened. Then, just days before the election, Fazio's campaign resorted to a mailer that hit Harris for her relationship with Brown. The Chronicle at the time described the mailer as being sent to 35,000 voters with a photograph of a woman and the quote, "I don't care if Willie Brown is Kamala Harris' ex-boyfriend. What bothers me is that Kamala accepted two appointments from Willie Brown to high-paying, part-time state boards -- including one she had no training for -- while being paid $100,000-year as a full-time county employee." ..."
"... The campaign's closing argument was, Prozan said, "one of the most effective mail pieces that we did." The words were familiar and prosaic: "It's time for a change." The images told the story. Harris' staff had gone to the library and retrieved photographs of more than a century's worth of San Francisco's district attorneys, every one from 1900 to 2003. They were all white men. ..."
Jan 24, 2019 | www.politico.com
Before a campaign forum that would help to define her nascent political career, Kamala Harris, then a 38-year-old prosecutor, was bracing for questions about an uncomfortable topic: her relationship with the mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown.

Harris' consultant, Jim Stearns, had warned his candidate that her opponents would dredge up her ties to Brown, and the moment arrived at a church in the city's gentrifying Noe Valley neighborhood. The race for San Francisco district attorney was still in its infancy, and Harris, who had never before run for public office, was polling in single digits . But she had an uncommon touch for fundraising and a biography that appealed to women and nonwhite voters. Her opponents took her seriously, but they also saw a weakness that could hobble her political ambitions.

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In the mid-1990s, Harris had dated Brown, who was investigated by the FBI when he was speaker of the California Assembly and as mayor was dogged by conflict of interest, and she had benefited from his political patronage. As the speaker of the state Assembly, Brown had named Harris to well-paid posts on the California Medical Assistance Commission and Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. As mayor of San Francisco in 2003, Brown was supportive of her district attorney campaign although they were no longer dating. Critics -- including her opponents -- were bemoaning cronyism at City Hall.

And so, when an audience member inside the church asked how, if elected district attorney, she could operate independently from Brown's political machine, Harris was ready with not just an answer, but a counterpunch. "Make them understand that if they're going to try to hurt you, they're going to get more hurt," Stearns said he counseled her.

"That was her cue," Stearns said. Harris dismissed the question for its negativity while highlighting the most salacious elements of her opponents' records, displaying a mix of flint and charisma that would one day lead her supporters to believe she could become president of the United States.

As Stearns tells it, Harris rose from her seat at the front of the sanctuary and stepped behind Terence Hallinan, the incumbent who billed himself as "America's most progressive district attorney." She told the audience, "You know Terence Hallinan has attacked Bill Fazio for being caught in a massage parlor," a reference to a 1998 raid. Fazio, a former prosecutor who had run two close races against Hallinan and was now taking a third shot at the office, maintained he was there to conduct interviews for a legal case he was working on. He was never charged with any crime.

Then, Harris walked behind Fazio, Stearns said, and recounted the times her opponent had criticized Hallinan "for people having sex in his office," referring to an incident in which two of Hallinan's prosecutors were found in flagrante delicto inside the building.

"And then she walked back to the middle and said, 'I want to make a commitment to you that my campaign is not going to be about negative attacks,'" said Stearns, who is still a Democratic strategist in the city. "'I believe we need to talk about the issues and the policies and the way we're going to move our criminal justice system forward."

The response was immediate. "People just jumped on their feet and gave her a standing ovation," Stearns said. "And I was at the back of the church, and the look on the face of Terence Hallinan and Bill Fazio was, 'Oh, shit.''"

... ... ... Harris, now a U.S. senator from California who announced her candidacy for president on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, often speaks about her childhood growing up on the boundary between Oakland and Berkeley, the daughter of an Indian-born mother and a Jamaican-born father who pushed her in civil rights marches in a stroller. Her advisers believe that, like Barack Obama once did, Harris could appeal not only to white progressives in 2020 Democratic primary states like Iowa and California but also to black voters in the primary's critical Southern states.

Harris has drawn on her record as a prosecutor, both in San Francisco and as California attorney general, to lend an intimacy to her progressive views on criminal justice reform. Yet she has struggled to reconcile her work as a prosecutor with the Democratic Party's evolution on criminal justice in the age of the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. Her first race for district attorney -- and her entry into San Francisco's fractious Democratic Party politics -- reared her as a politician and offered a preview of her still-unfolding efforts to resolve those tensions with some of the party's most leftward-tilting voters. San Francisco has sprung the careers of a catalog of Democratic politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California Gov. Gavin Newsom -- all products, perhaps, of the intense, intraparty skirmishes in a politically homogeneous city of fewer than 1 million people.

"The San Francisco political arena is one of the most challenging, frankly, in America," Art Agnos, a former San Francisco mayor, said. "We only have one member of Congress, two members of the Assembly, a state senator and a half representing the city."

At the time of Harris' race for district attorney, Brown ranked among California's most powerful politicians. He had presided for 15 years over California's state Assembly, and as San Francisco's mayor, he had led the city through a period of rapid growth, muscling through the construction of a ballpark and housing and a renovation of City Hall. But Brown's critics had long accused the mayor of wielding his influence to steer government contracts and jobs to allies, a charge Brown's supporters have denied. And as a relatively centrist, establishment figure, he was viewed warily by a generation of more progressive Democrats coming to power in the city.

Two years before Harris' run, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a lengthy report on "Willie Brown Inc." headlined, "How S.F.'s mayor built a city based on 'juice' politics."

By 2003, the city's entire political structure was in upheaval. The FBI was investigating allegations of corruption at City Hall. Hallinan was pursuing indictments against the city's police chief and members of the department's command staff, accusing them of being involved in a cover-up after three police officers were involved in a fracas over a bag of takeout fajitas. And a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors called police after a shouting match with Brown on the steps of City Hall. He had been worried, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time, that the mayor had "friends who are thugs" and he wanted to file a report "in case I go missing."

Histrionics? Maybe. But a decade later, a sitting state senator from San Francisco, Leland Yee, was ensnared in a wide-ranging racketeering probe in which he admitted to taking bribes and agreeing to facilitate an illegal arms deal involving the importation of automatic weapons from the Philippines. The investigation, involving a crime ring run by a man named Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, also felled Keith Jackson, a former school board member and prominent political consultant.

Eric Jaye, a political strategist in the city, said Harris' emergence from San Francisco politics reminds him of Andy Dufresne, the Tim Robbins character from The Shawshank Redemption . "Andy Dufresne," he said, quoting a line from the movie, "who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side."

***

One of the first references to Harris in the San Francisco press came in 1994, when Herb Caen, the San Francisco Chronicle columnist, introduced the prosecutor to readers as Brown's "new steady," noting that at a celebration of Brown's 60th birthday, Clint Eastwood had spilled champagne on her.

... ... ...

Rebecca Prozan, who managed the campaign's day-to-day operations, said, "No woman likes to be judged by their relationships. We want to be judged by who we are, not who we are romantically involved with." But Harris "knew as she was coming in that there was no way that was not going to be raised as an issue," she said.

Brown, who at the time was married but separated from his wife, declined to comment to POLITICO.

Yet it was not only Brown that Harris had to overcome to win her first political race. Then as now, it was also her 13-year career as a prosecutor -- rife with hard judgment calls for her opponents to exploit. And Harris was running for office in the rare American city where, even in a race for district attorney, prosecutorial experience was not necessarily a boon.

... ... ...

Harris' professional record still draws criticism in progressive circles. Just this month, the New York Times published an opinion article by Lara Bazelon, a former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, headlined, " Kamala Harris Was Not a 'Progressive Prosecutor .' "

Harris's 2003 campaign was her earliest political effort to pre-empt such charges by defining her prosecutorial career as a left-leaning enterprise. In campaign mail to San Francisco voters that year, Harris promoted her opposition to the death penalty and her support for treatment programs for first-time, nonviolent offenders. She vowed to help keep children out of gangs and advocate for tenants mistreated by landlords.

... ... ...

He had thought being a good prosecutor was enough to win the election, calling himself "totally naive" and adding, "Kamala, she had connections to the mayor, which gave her access to a lot of money people up in Pacific Heights."

In addition to connections that Harris had through Brown, she developed her own network in San Francisco's legal community and through her work with religious and charitable organizations that often intersect with the law.

... ... ...

Harris raised money aggressively. She raked in more than $100,000 before December 2002. By the end of the campaign, she had raised and spent money so prolifically that the city's ethics commission found Harris violated a pledge not to exceed a voluntary $211,000 spending cap. The Harris campaign apologized and said it was a misunderstanding, according to the Chronicle . She used the money to bombard voters with mail touting her progressive credentials.

Yet by Labor Day of 2003, Harris was still polling between 6 percentage points and 8 points.

Prozan recalled a meeting with Harris around that time. "I looked at her," she said, "and I was like, 'You're at 8 percent. What am I supposed to do with that?' And she said: 'You just need to get me into the runoff. If you can get me into the runoff, Rebecca, I can win this race.'"

... ... ...

The race tightened. Then, just days before the election, Fazio's campaign resorted to a mailer that hit Harris for her relationship with Brown. The Chronicle at the time described the mailer as being sent to 35,000 voters with a photograph of a woman and the quote, "I don't care if Willie Brown is Kamala Harris' ex-boyfriend. What bothers me is that Kamala accepted two appointments from Willie Brown to high-paying, part-time state boards -- including one she had no training for -- while being paid $100,000-year as a full-time county employee."

.... ... ...

Harris vaulted past Fazio and into the runoff, where she defeated Hallinan in a landslide and became the state's first African-American district attorney. Not only did she cut into Hallinan's progressive base -- especially with black and female voters -- but she also carried more conservative areas of the city, garnering votes that had gone to Fazio.

The campaign's closing argument was, Prozan said, "one of the most effective mail pieces that we did." The words were familiar and prosaic: "It's time for a change." The images told the story. Harris' staff had gone to the library and retrieved photographs of more than a century's worth of San Francisco's district attorneys, every one from 1900 to 2003. They were all white men.

[May 11, 2019] An Open Letter to Senator Kamala Harris and Rachel Maddow by William A. Cook

Feb 21, 2019 | ahtribune.com
Stephen Zunes wrote in Counterpunch (January 31, 2019) that Senator Harris has branded herself 'as a progressive.' Rachel Maddow interviewed Senator Harris as she announced her bid for the Presidency and extolled her virtues as indeed 'Progressive.' Zunes seems to question just how progressive she really is if viewed through the lens of her first foreign policy vote in January 2017 when 'she sided with President Trump in criticizing outgoing President Obama's UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements.' It might be pointed out here that the Senate Resolution co-sponsored by Senator Harris is one of 77 targeting Israel by the United States as it makes Israel immune from illegal acts against the Palestinians. Harris' resolution 'challenges the United Nations on questions of international humanitarian law in territories under foreign belligerent occupation.'

Back in 2017, because of this resolution, I made contact with Kamala about the rationale she designed in challenging the United Nations 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and its corollary, proposing that territories under foreign occupation determine justice for the occupier. Between 1955 and 2013, 77 resolutions have passed through US Presidents representatives at the UNSC protecting Israel against charges of illegal actions relative to UN authority. "Aside from the core issues -- refugees, Jerusalem, borders -- the major themes reflected in the U.N. resolutions against Israel over the years are its unlawful attacks on its neighbors; its violations of the human rights of the Palestinians, including deportations, demolitions of homes and other collective punishments; its confiscation of Palestinian land; its establishment of illegal settlements; and its refusal to abide by the U.N. Charter and the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War." (Donald Neff, ifamericansknew.org)

Before I begin I would like to offer a source for virtually everything I say here with this hashtag .

Reading her resolution and the assumptions that she made suggests that the good Senator has not read the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What other authority exists now and has existed from 1948 to the present with 194 nations as signers including Israel, that accepts the UDHR as the basis for universal agreement on human behavior and the rights of humans everywhere?

Interestingly enough the origins of that UN declaration came out of Raphael Lemkin's work based on his broad study of the true meaning of genocide, especially as it happened to the Jews under Nazi Germany.

... ... ... William A. Cook

Cook is a Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California where he served for 13 years as Vice President for Academic Affairs before assuming his faculty position in 2001. He serves this academic year as interim department chair. Prior to coming to California, he served as a Dean of Faculty, Chair of Department of English and faculty member at institutions large and small, public and private in four eastern states. More information is available on his web site: www.drwilliamacook.com .

[May 09, 2019] Kamala Harris is perfect for Michael Avenatti as a VP candidate

You need to watch the video to appreciate the comments.
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Repsychler 808 11 months ago Wicked witch of WashingtonY Yikes: Sonny Pruitt 11 months ago The Wicked Witch of the West ain't got nahfen on Kamala. lynn price 7 months ago Mini Maxine Waters Mini Max kuruji 1 year ago Pressing for a yes-or-no answer is just a cheap lawyer tactic to play to the jury. She makes sure everyone is aware she was a 'former prosecutor'. This ain't a courtroom mike dar 2 days ago Ya can sleep your way to the top, but you cannot sleep your way up the IQ chart.. Jeffrey Binder 3 months ago Kamala is a witch, she should be careful because Mueller is on a witch hunt Rene Anderson 11 months ago Harris is smug just like Hillary

1 George David 7 months ago She's the definition of smug. William Kerr 7 months ago The psychopath known as Kamala Harris is nothing but a dog barking in the street. Less really, because in hard times you can always eat the dog, Harris has no value at all. Always remember, when you look into the eyes of a socialist liberal you're looking into the eyes of an unreasoning, fanatic totally dedicated to the destruction of America and all that it stands for. T MaVeety 7 months ago Have you stopped beating your wife? Yes or NO..... just answer the question!

[May 09, 2019] Sen. Kamala Harris Reacts To Scolding By GOP Senators The 11th Hour MSNBC - YouTube

From the comments it is clear that Kamala diplomatic skills are much to be desired.
Her style is very simple: Bully and attempt to intimidate. It only works against betas. "Is it true you've stopped beating your wife? Yes or no. Please answer the question. Think carefully about your answer."
May 09, 2019 | www.youtube.com

During a Senate Intelligence hearing, things got heated between Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Republican senators on the committee.
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Liz Tunks 1 day ago

Kamala Harris Is a BULLY. She never lets The person she is questioning to Answer the Questions . I can't stand her.

Carrot Top 1 day ago Y

es or no sir??/?? ...she doesn't even wait for a response. Clearly she has major emotional issues.

brian kingman 2 hours ago

Kameltoe Harris is rude, and lacks the skills necessary to be a Senator

philip gensler 4 hours ago

she slept her way into government sleeping with Willie Brown ex San Francisco mayor Diane Byers 7 months ago Lol what a low class, bottom feeding , smirking ghetto rump!!!!

Ronnie Williams 4 hours ago

She has no civility or decorum. She tries to trip people up.

scott albert 1 year ago

She's lucky the Chairman didn't publicly reprimand her when she raised her eyebrows and then talked over the top of him when he told her to suspend. She's just a bully

Michael Kuhl 7 months ago

The Home-wrecker (Harris) should be in jail, not the Senate (look up Willie Brown, then do a little research on how Ms. Harris was GIVEN her Senate seat). You will be amazed.

Angela Hagerman 8 months ago

Looks like Kamala is taking lessons from Maxine Waters

Tommy Rocket 1 year ago

MSNBC.. what you are saying is completely untrue. Sessions was trying to answer her questions honestly and when Kamala Harris realized she was not going to get the answer her engineered question was designed to achieve, she immediately pressed on with her next question without giving Session the chance to finish. Typical smoke and mirrors witch hunt over something that just does not exist. I would love to Kamala Harris question Lorreta Lynch... it would last for 48 hours

Kathi Culbreth 7 months ago

Harris is the most ENTITLEMENT MINDED, disrespectful, without integrity hack at this hearing! Please vote her out

Joe Pyne 1 year ago

She seems to have a problem with CIVILITY.

ar1793 7 months ago

I live in California. Harris is an embarrassment to us all!!!!

Marcfj 3 months ago (edited)

The woman is neither as intelligent nor as talented as she would have us believe.

nemo227 7 months ago

This happened in 2017 but Kamala is a very slow learner. Today, 9/13/2018, and she is STILL the same Kamala "bully" Harris. Is she working for the citizens or simply trying to make political points?

Matthew Panko 1 year ago

I have listened to her a few times now and her pattern never changes. I personally think she is a very Rude person.

[May 09, 2019] Kamala Harris got some bad news that could end her 2020 hopes - Patriot Pulse

May 09, 2019 | patriotpulse.net

Kamala Harris made a fool of herself during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

She hoped her grandstanding would catapult her to the Democrat 2020 presidential nomination.

... ... ...

According to her spokeswoman, Harris raised more than $5 million in 2018, which she used to curry favor for 2020 by passing it along to other Democrats.

She raised much of that by fundraising off of her anti-Kavanaugh attacks.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Harris ran dozens of anti-Kavanaugh ads on Facebook the day prior to Christine Blasey Ford's testimony.

[May 09, 2019] Kamala Harris Dated Her Way to the Top by Jennifer Wright

Notable quotes:
"... Fox has gone forward with a headline declaring "Extramarital affair with Kamala Harris? Former San Francisco mayor, 84, admits it happened." Twitter seems to be enthusiastic about calling her either a gold digger or a prostitute. ..."
"... Kamala doesn't care if Willie was good...women who prostitute themselves only care about money and prestige. ..."
"... But this is a remarkably gendered attack, and, if you're a sexist, a fairly brilliant one. It's far more likely that a female candidate would date a powerful man than if the genders were reversed, simply because there were more powerful men than there were powerful women 20 years ago. This attack can't be used on a man, because, just looking at the number of women versus men in politics in the 1990s , it would be really unlikely for a man to encounter a powerful enough woman that their relationship would still be seen as benefiting his career 20 years later. ..."
Jan 29 2019 | www.harpersbazaar.com

According to Conservatives Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute

This is a remarkably gendered attack, and, if you're a sexist, a fairly brilliant one.

If you thought we were going to make it all the way to the actual primaries before we started accusing democratic women of prostituting themselves, boy, are you in for a surprise.

It's recently come to light that, 20 years ago, Kamala Harris dated former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. While Brown was still married at the time, he had been estranged from his wife since 1981 . Harris and Brown broke up in 1995 .

Former San Fran Mayor Willie Brown (84) on Kamala Harris: "Yes, we dated...Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker."

Prostituting her way to the top, what a great feminist!

-- Tyler Zed (@realTylerZed) January 27, 2019

Kamala Harris has dealt with the fact that she dated Willie Brown for some time -- wondering to an interviewer at SFWeekly in 2003, "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?"

No, it really wouldn't. I doubt most people outside of San Francisco know who Willie Brown is.

And, to his credit, Brown seems to agree. On Monday, the Former mayor issued a very brief statement to SFGate entitled "Sure, I dated Kamala Harris. So What?" In it he mentioned he certainly helped her career, but he "also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians. The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I 'so much as jaywalked' while she was D.A."

Good for her. As ex-boyfriend responses to this nonsense go, that's a nice one.

Many opponents of Harris have not handled this quite so well. Fox has gone forward with a headline declaring "Extramarital affair with Kamala Harris? Former San Francisco mayor, 84, admits it happened." Twitter seems to be enthusiastic about calling her either a gold digger or a prostitute.

"Hi, Willie, I'm your new gold digger. Anything I can do for you, big boy?"

-- Sen Kamala Harris https://t.co/Z3bG19E0Zg

-- BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) January 19, 2019

Kamala doesn't care if Willie was good...women who prostitute themselves only care about money and prestige.

-- Robbin Young (@Robbin_Young) January 28, 2019

Let's be clear: unless they sexually harassed someone or raped someone (which seems to indicate they might not be qualified to make decisions about political and social issues), there's no need to care too much about a candidate's personal life -- especially when it comes to who they dated 20 years ago. Most everyone has made at least one or two regrettable choices in that department.

But this is a remarkably gendered attack, and, if you're a sexist, a fairly brilliant one. It's far more likely that a female candidate would date a powerful man than if the genders were reversed, simply because there were more powerful men than there were powerful women 20 years ago. This attack can't be used on a man, because, just looking at the number of women versus men in politics in the 1990s , it would be really unlikely for a man to encounter a powerful enough woman that their relationship would still be seen as benefiting his career 20 years later.

[May 08, 2019] William Barr stumped by Kamala Harris' question

Notable quotes:
"... She looks mean this isn't a courtroom trial ..."
"... Harris wants 2 year investigation into the 2 year investigation. ..."
May 01, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Fermented Badger , 10 hours ago

Communist New Network: Where the word "stumped" means he had to consider Senator Harris' wording of the question. "The president or anyone else asked or suggested" would probably take some contemplation before he could give an accurate answer. Excellent propaganda, comrades. I'm sure the masters are quite pleased.

OXDH AOXT , 6 days ago

Lol these Senate hearings have become must see TV...it's like real like SNL

Steven Xiong , 11 hours ago

DemonCorruptCrap and the fake news are just like a bunch of Hyenas.

True Vision True Vision , 11 hours ago

I still believe that Harris is a snake....after 2 years of course he believe the report.

James Rustermier , 9 hours ago

This is a redacted video, does not reveal that Rosenstein was cleared by the Dems before Barr had anything to do with their witch hunt.

Jay Jay ingocnito , 1 day ago

Barr was not stumped, he cannot by law discuss any ongoing investigations or current ones.

New joy , 6 days ago

"you said it was your baby, what did you mean by that?" LOL

Patrice Washington , 8 hours ago

She looks mean this isn't a courtroom trial

Boo Hoo , 1 day ago

''I have nothing else, my time has run out'' something you'll be hearing a lot more often from fake news and dems in the future

Stephenhill Hill , 7 hours ago

Harris wants 2 year investigation into the 2 year investigation.

Telkor , 3 days ago

Kamala: "DiD yOu InVeStIgAtE tHe InVeStIgAtIoN????!! "

Zachary Cansdale , 5 days ago

America is the rest of the world's reality TV show.

[May 07, 2019] The Neoliberal Record Of Kamala Harris, The Democrat's Rising Star by Roqayah Chamseddine

Highly recommended!
Aug 16, 2017 | www.mintpressnews.com

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In 2014, lawyers for Kamala Harris argued in court that if minimum-custody inmates were released early, the state of California would "lose an important labor pool." These inmates included firefighters, who are paid $1 an hour to confront some of the deadliest blazes in California history. Harris later argued that she was unaware her own office argued in favor of keeping parolees in jail so they could serve as the state's on-call cheap labor.

A breakthrough profile in the New York Times referred to Harris as a "top cop" prosecutor who, according to critics, "failed to take on prosecutorial misconduct." The profile noted in 2015 her office was called out for "defending convictions obtained by local prosecutors who inserted a false confession into the transcript of a police interrogation, lied under oath, and withheld crucial evidence from the defense."

Police crimes were largely ignored by Harris. Oakland police officer Miguel Masso shot and killed Alan Blueford in 2012. Multiple witnesses said Blueford had no weapon, did not pose a threat to the officer, and was running away from the officer.

The Justice For Alan Blueford Coalition wrote a letter to Harris and demanded she do her job by bringing charges against Masso. Supporters engaged in civil disobedience in 2014, after she refused to meet with them. They were arrested (and police even swept up their legal observer in the arrests).

Harris' book "Smart On Crime," published in 2009, was a testament to a deeply capitalist, dystopian political ideology shared by even the most "progressive" Democrats.

The public is often referred to as "consumers" (examples: "consumers of safety," "consumer education"). They are urged to support a crime policy which relentlessly focuses on violent crime, "and the prosecution of violent criminals."

"The opportunity before us encourages transformation and empowerment of communities: rather than people feeling like helpless victims of crimes, they can become educated consumers of safety."

Harris characterizes policing as a "service" and suggests:

[W]e can find and are finding more effective ways to reduce the sheer volume of nonviolent crime and recidivism, so that those nonviolent offenders don't escalate their behavior and become so enmeshed in the crime cycle that we end up having to pay attention to them -- and frankly pay for them -- for the rest of their lives. The money we save can be used to put more police officers on the street, solve more crimes, attack more high-tech and identity-theft crimes with better technology, and provide services to victims. [emphasis added]

In 2010, Harris pushed a heavy-handed truancy initiative that went into effect in 2011. This anti-truancy bill -- SB 1317 -- made it so that parents of truant children who miss more than 10 percent of their classes can be charged with a misdemeanor and given a $2,000 fine or a year in prison "if, after being offered state support and counseling, their kids still fail to improve their attendance."

This wasn't Harris' first dance with anti-truancy measures, by any means. In 2009, Harris wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that she had already prosecuted 20 parents for truancy, thereby introducing, or reintroducing, children and their families to a criminal justice system that is already stacked against them.

During her 2010 campaign, Harris touted a record of what she described as tough, affirmative crime prevention. Her official campaign page bragged that her felony conviction rate surpassed the years before -- "from 52 percent in 2003 to 67 percent in 2006, the highest in a decade."

Harris played a role in the wider United States drug war, increasing convictions for drug dealers from 56 percent to 74 percent in just three years.

Despite forming the first Mortgage and Investment Fraud Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Harris refused to go after "foreclosure king" Steven Mnuchin, a decision she defended as recently as January. Mnuchin, who oversaw some 36,000 foreclosures between 2009 to 2015, violated numerous state foreclosure laws, and yet Harris refused to concede that his record should keep him from serving as President Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary.

Harris' record with police departments and the California prison industry is not simply a result of her job as attorney general. She played a key role in expanding the horizon of state violence.

Now, rather than diversifying the ranks of state actors responsible for oppression, it is critical to force Senator Kamala Harris to reckon with her neoliberal record, regardless of how her "K-Hive" may respond to such efforts.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof .

[May 07, 2019] The Democrats on Our Crazy Defense Spending and neocolonial wars

May 07, 2019 | www.laprogressive.com

The military sucks up 54% of discretionary federal spending. Pentagon bloat has a huge effect on domestic priorities; the nearly $1 trillion a year that goes to exploiting, oppressing, torturing, maiming and murdering foreigners could go to building schools, college scholarships, curing diseases, poetry slams, whatever. Anything, even tax cuts for the rich, would be better than bombs. But as then GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said in 2015, "The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things ." If you're like me, you want as little killing and breaking as possible.

Unfortunately, no major Democratic presidential candidate favors substantial cuts to Pentagon appropriations.

Current frontrunner Joe Biden ( 33% in the polls) doesn't talk much about defense spending. He reminds us that his son served in Iraq (so he cares about the military) and that we shouldn't prioritize defense over domestic programs. Vague. Though specific programs might get trimmed, Lockheed Martin could rest easy under a President Biden.

"Since he arrived in Congress, [runner-up] Bernie Sanders [19%] has been a fierce crusader against Pentagon spending , calling for defense cuts that few Democrats have been willing to support," The Hill reported in 2016. "As late as 2002, he supported a 50 percent cut for the Pentagon." Bernie is still a Pentagon critic but he won't commit to a specific amount to cut. He wouldn't slash and Bern. He'd trim.

Elizabeth Warren (8%) wants "to identify which programs actually benefit American security in the 21st century, and which programs merely line the pockets of defense contractors -- then pull out a sharp knife and make some cuts ."

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Kamala Harris (5%) has not weighed in on military spending. She has received substantial campaign contributions from the defense industry, though.

The Democrats on Wars for Fun

As senator, Biden voted for the optional wars against Afghanistan and Iraq . He lied about his votes so maybe he felt bad about them. He similarly seems to regret his ro le in destroying Libya.

Sanders voted to invade Afghanistan . His comment at the time reads as hopelessly naïve about the bloodthirsty Bush-Cheney regime: "The use of force is one tool that we have at our disposal to fight against the horror of terrorism and mass murder it is something that must be used wisely and with great discretion." Sanders voted against invading Iraq , favored regime change in Libya ( albeit nonviolently ) and voted to bomb Syria .

There have been no major new wars since 2013, when Warren joined the Senate so her antiwar bona fides have not been tested. Like many of her colleagues, she wants an end to the "forever war" against Afghanistan. She also wants us out of Syria .

Democrats on NSA Spying Against Americans

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Joe Biden, though to the right on other foreign-policy issues, was a critic of NSA spying for years, going back at least to 2006. Under Obama, however, he backtracked . Even worse, Biden called the president of Ecuador in 2013 to request that he deny asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Bernie Sanders alone would end warrantless mass surveillance and said Snowden " did this country a great service ." Warren doesn't discuss it much except to say it would be nice to have " an informed discussion ." Harris favors some limits but generally keeps quiet.

[May 06, 2019] Trump is a Symptom of 40 years of NeoLiberalism and the Corporate Capture of the US government.

Notable quotes:
"... Railing against Trump only sets up the next smooth-talking stooge who will start a fresh new con. ..."
"... Dore traces the problem primarily to Democratic Party's turning to identity politics instead of representing the working class. They sold us out. Clinton and Obama are just "Republican light" aka "Centrist" "Third Way" Democrats. "Centrist" = establishment-serving con artists. ..."
"... "Managed democracy" or "guided democracy" : is a formally democratic government that functions as a de facto autocracy. Such governments are legitimized by elections that are free and fair, but do not change the state's policies, motives, and goals. ..."
May 06, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jackrabbit , May 5, 2019 4:00:01 PM | 1 2 ">link

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Jimmy Dore has a short video that describes the problem: Trump Is A Symptom Of A Larger Problem .

Dore makes the same point I have: "Trump is a Symptom of 40 years of NeoLiberalism and the Corporate Capture of the U.S. government." Railing against Trump only sets up the next smooth-talking stooge who will start a fresh new con.

Dore traces the problem primarily to Democratic Party's turning to identity politics instead of representing the working class. They sold us out. Clinton and Obama are just "Republican light" aka "Centrist" "Third Way" Democrats. "Centrist" = establishment-serving con artists.

"Managed democracy" or "guided democracy" : is a formally democratic government that functions as a de facto autocracy. Such governments are legitimized by elections that are free and fair, but do not change the state's policies, motives, and goals.

In other words, the government controls elections so that the people can exercise all their rights without truly changing public policy. While they follow basic democratic principles, there can be major deviations towards authoritarianism. Under managed democracy, the state's continuous use of propaganda techniques prevents the electorate from having a significant impact on policy.

The concept of a "guided democracy" was developed in the 20th century by Walter Lippmann in his seminal work Public Opinion (1922) and by Edward Bernays in his work Crystallizing Public Opinion.

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RT has a good video on Yellow Vest protestors (on rt.com homepage). It's kind long for the info that it provides. I suggest skipping some parts.

[May 06, 2019] Kamala Harris Calls for Full Repeal of Trump's 2017 Tax Law

May 06, 2019 | www.bloomberg.com

Senator Kamala Harris said she'd seek to repeal all of President Donald Trump's 2017 tax overhaul, including its breaks for wealthy earners, corporations and the middle class.

"Get rid of the whole thing," the California Democrat and presidential contender said after a campaign event in Detroit.

Her campaign spokesman Ian Sams said she'd seek to replace the law with her proposed LIFT Act, a nearly $3 trillion refundable tax cut focused on middle income earners.

Harris's stance goes further than most Democrats, who have called for repealing parts of the 2017 law that grants steep tax breaks for corporations and upper earners, as well as restoring the full state and local tax deduction, which was limited to $10,000.

Getting rid of the entire law would also mean repealing the doubling of the standard deduction and higher child tax credit, which benefit middle-class Americans. While the law as a whole is unpopular, those provisions poll well.

Her remarks came after she spoke to members of the American Federation of Teachers and pressed her $315 billion education plan to give public school teachers a raise.

Read More: Tax-the-Rich Fervor Builds in Statehouses After Trump's Big Cut

Harris derided critics of her education plan, using a mocking tone to repeat something she said she's frequently asked -- "Well, how you gon' pay for it?" -- which drew laughter from the crowd.

"On Day One," she said, "we're going to repeal that tax bill that benefited the top 1 percent and corporations."

Repealing the entire 2017 law would affect nearly every taxpayer by increasing rates and cutting the child tax credit in half to $1,000. It would also decrease the standard deduction to $12,700 down from $24,000 for a couple filing jointly. It would also increase the corporate rate to 35 percent, as well as again require American corporations to pay U.S. taxes on all their offshore profits.

Those tax cuts would be replaced by Harris's plan to offer refundable tax credits to lower and middle-class families of as much as $6,000 a year. LIFT stands for "Livable Incomes for Families Today."

The credit would apply to households earning less than $100,000 annually. Single filers earning under $50,000 a year would get $3,000. The credit could be accessed monthly or in one lump sum at the end of the year. It would begin to phase out for single taxpayers without children earning at least $30,000, single taxpayers with children earning at least $80,000, and married taxpayers earning at least $60,000.

[May 06, 2019] Washington Post Sen. Harris Being Called "Hysterical" For A Style That Won Her Praise As A Prosecutor JONATHAN TURLEY

May 06, 2019 | jonathanturley.org

Former Trump aide Jason Miller was confronted by USA Today columnist over his description of Harris as "hysterical" in the hearing. Her point is a valid one but the Washington Post suggests that this type of questioning would be considered praise worthy in a prosecutor. The comparison between actual litigation and congressional examinations is an interesting one. I have great respect for Sen. Harris and her experience. However, while her questioning began well, it quickly fell into improper questioning if viewed from a litigation viewpoint. As a criminal defense attorney, I can say that it would not only be viewed as improper but judges would immediately sustain objections to such badgering of a witnesses. Indeed, I was surprised watching the hearing as Democratic senators pummeled Sessions with questions and demanded rapid answers. Sessions had just been attacked for failing to fully and truthfully answer an earlier (and rather unclear) question from Sen. Al Franken. Now however they were giving him rapid questions and cutting off his answers. Harris was the most extreme in that respect.

Harris' question on what Sessions used to refresh his recollection is a standard litigation question and a good approach. Harris was also under a time restriction and reasonably noted that the questions asked of Sessions were "predictable." Thus, I felt that she started well. Moreover, she was under tough time limitations. However, the questioning then became highly problematic in my view. Sessions was right to decline to continue to answer as he was being interrupted. Some questions were vaguely worded like whether Sessions had any interactions with Russian business people. Sessions correctly objected to being rushed into answers but Harris continued to push for such answers.

Harris questioning would have been challenged by any defense counsel and would have led to an admonishment from the bench. It would not be viewed as "praiseworthy." I thought that it looked like a perjury trap for Sessions who was trying to answer. Moreover, the questions were not the type that could be easily answered without an explanation like explaining the basis for Sessions declining to answer some questions.

[May 06, 2019] Who Is Kamala Harris - 8 Facts About Senator Harris and the Russia Hearings

May 06, 2019 | www.cosmopolitan.com

Harris's father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian . Her name (which is pronounced "comma-la" ), means "lotus flower" in Sanskrit . Harris rarely discusses her personal experiences growing up biracial. "I don't feel compelled to sing long ballads about my experiences with injustice," she has said .

She did open up about her upbringing during a conversation with the Los Angeles Times , however. "My Indian mother knew she was raising two black daughters, but that's not to the exclusion of who I am in terms of my Indian heritage," she said. "I grew up going to a black Baptist Church and a Hindu temple."

She did face some discrimination when she visited her father in Palo Alto as a child (her parents divorced when she was 5). "The neighbors' kids were not allowed to play with us because we were black," she told the Times . "We'd say, 'Why can't we play together?' 'My parents -- we can't play with you.' In Palo Alto. The home of Google."

She's also dealt with racism as an adult. She says she's been called derogatory names many times and, while she doesn't discuss them often, her experiences are an important part of her and her politics. "I don't wear my experiences on my sleeve," she told the newspaper. "But my experiences do inform my perspective on the work I do, and on what I believe is possible."

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After graduating from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C., Harris attended the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. Her first job after graduation was as deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California.

In 2003, she was elected as the first female district attorney of San Francisco. In 2011, after two terms as DA in San Francisco, she went on to serve as California's attorney general.

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Sessions said Harris's examination style made him "nervous." After the hearing, former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller accused Harris of being "hysterical."

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Miller said Sessions "knocked away some of the hysteria from Kamala Harris and some of the Democrats who wanted to make this a big partisan show." CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers came to Harris's defense after comments, asking, "How was Sen. Kamala Harris hysterical?"

[May 06, 2019] Kamala Harris is Simply Rude by Keith Koffle

Notable quotes:
"... Following the in-your-face, insulting behavior of most prominent Dems, she is just reading the script of the 'resistance'. ..."
"... Kamala Harris is well known for this kind of crude behavior ..."
"... She is a crude person, with ambition. She thinks she can do this in Congress. Hopefully rules will still apply and she will be gaveled out and censured. ..."
Jun 14, 2017 | www.whitehousedossier.com

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has only been in the Senate for a few months, but she's already showing her disrespect for the institution -- and and lack of just normal human courtesy -- and her inflated sense of self-importance.

... ... ...

Watch her repeatedly interrupt Attorney General Jeff Sessions as she tries to get all her brilliant questions in. Sessions isn't even trying to run out the clock, like some witnesses, he's just trying to give honest and full responses to her badgering inquiries.

He's trying not to turn her rudeness into an issue, but at one point he notes that she'll take one of the answers he's not permitted to complete and then call him a liar.

He's right. Like I said, she's going places in Democratic politics. ­

Harv Sibley says: June 14, 2017, 7:56 am at 7:56 am
At some point, the hearing becomes an inquisition. Seeking answers is not her goal, brow beating him is.
Marcus says: June 14, 2017, 8:32 am at 8:32 am
Yes, this very strange Kamala Harris character would be the Grand Inquisitor in a Soviet-style show trial in which the government decides you are guilty of a crime and makes it impossible for you to prove your innocence.

No doubt this political hack is in the Democrat pipeline for much greater things.

srdem65 says: June 14, 2017, 8:01 am at 8:01 am
Sexist! Racist! These two accusations are her cover and what the Dems believe will protect her from criticism as she plows through the decorum and protocols of the US Senate.

Following the in-your-face, insulting behavior of most prominent Dems, she is just reading the script of the 'resistance'.

The Dems seem to think that their women are the best at insulting Repubs or people who support MrTrump (not necessarily the same thing). Sen Warren can throw insults to small businesspeople with the "you didn't build that", Hillary can lump half of the voting public into a basket of "deplorable" people and now we have Sen Kamela cast as the "angry Black woman".

It's all so predictable, so common and tiresome.­

Terry says: June 14, 2017, 8:05 am at 8:05 am
She is gross. She will lose it. She will self destruct.
gracepc says: June 14, 2017, 11:57 am at 11:57 am
She is very popular with the DNC and the "alt-left" part of the Democrat Party. She's their girl and they are planning a Presidential run for her.
gracepc says: June 14, 2017, 11:55 am at 11:55 am
Kamala Harris is well known for this kind of crude behavior. Not too long ago she appeared with Perez at a DNC Foul Language Event. She excelled.

She is a crude person, with ambition. She thinks she can do this in Congress. Hopefully rules will still apply and she will be gaveled out and censured.

And who in the heck put her on Intelligence Cmte.

Robert Roberts says: June 14, 2017, 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm
I can only say I agree with all of the comments on this list. I was surprised at how crude insulting she was, and how the chair of the committee went along with this nonsense.

I also agree that her defence will be that she's a person of color, and she's a woman. But damn this is very bad.

gracepc says: June 14, 2017, 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm
OT Bernie bot shoots up Republicans practicing baseball on the Hill. Capitol police there prevented a more disastrous outcome.

Before shooting he asked if they were Rs or Ds.

Libs will call for gun control without recognizing this as a political act by the Left.

I hope the President does the right thing regarding violence from the left and does not go all Jared/Ivanka on gun control which he has been known to do.

Kem Cho says: June 15, 2017, 12:09 am at 12:09 am
Can nobody imagine she is US senator from California, where Democrat senators rule for ever. God bless America! With senators like her, how would this country move forward. She forgets she is not a prosecutor, her old profession, she is a senator. She needs to be educated in Senate rules. She may be darling of Democrats. That Native American from MA, Warren, better watch out, she has real Indian blood.
Mark Anderson says: June 20, 2017, 11:49 am at 11:49 am
You followers of his Vastness had better come down hard on her. She's good and unknown to the country. Hope she runs.

[May 06, 2019] Trump Dubbs Kamala Harris "Nasty" For Humiliating Barr

May 06, 2019 | www.vanityfair.com

Trump presumably appreciated Barr's brusque, wholly unapologetic tone, particularly when it came to Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent target of Trump's Twitter attacks who's earned one of the president's patented nicknames . Also probably scoring points in the Oval Office was Barr's description of Robert Mueller's letter -- in which the special counsel criticized the A.G.'s summary -- as "a bit snitty" and "probably written" by Mueller's staff.

Meanwhile, in an appearance on Fox Business Wednesday night, Trump accused Harris of being "very nasty" for having the temerity to ask Barr if he'd read all the evidence before concluding the president had not obstructed justice, despite the many instances in which he tried. That's the second time in a week that Trump, famous for calling women who dare to criticize him "nasty" , has labeled Harris as such, telling Sean Hannity earlier this week that the former prosecutor "has a little bit of a nasty wit, but that might be it ."

Elsewhere in his review of the hearing, Trump claimed Democratic lawmakers were "ranting and raving like lunatics," something he knows a little bit about .

"You have Bill Barr, highly respected, great attorney general, and he's got to take the abuse from people that are running for office," Trump told host Trish Regan. "They don't care about this. They're just looking for political points."

[May 06, 2019] Kamala Harris Has Given California Tent Cities And Drug Addicts Shooting Up In Train Stations

May 06, 2019 | allnewspipeline.com

It appears now that the Progressive/socialists that have taken over the Democrat party have been looking for the new shining star for the next Presidential election. Just a few weeks ago they rebranded themselves as "the Better Deal". They speak well of jobs and infrastructure, and better wages for workers. Does anyone believe that anything has changed? Remember Obamas "fundamental transformation" of our country and how eight years of Obama did transform this country. Lower wages, lower respect from the world, and more division in the country because of the identity politics forced on the American people.

The progressive/socialists have a hard decision to make. They know that the alternatives that they have for the next Presidential election are weak. The socialist Bernie Sanders, if he doesn't go to jail with his wife, is no answer. By the time of the next election, his socialist policies will have been shown to be a farce. Elizabeth Warren is a corporate shill who hides behind the lies she used to get ahead and has no real meaningful agenda other than to trash Republicans.

A new shining star that has emerged in some areas is Kamala Harris. She is already making the first moves speaking to national Democrats and think tanks in Washington D.C. which the national media will lap up. They will cover Harris with such adoration and form alliances to further push hew ambitions upon the American people. As a new Senator, her focus should be on the people of California and not the national stage. Being called a compelling candidate by the likes of Bob Shrum, even members in the California Democratic politicians have been very quick to jump on the Harris bandwagon. Most supporters in California showed that many feel that Harris is pushing too hard to run for President.

Harris received an endorsement from Maxine Waters, the chief proponent in the impeachment push of President Trump. Maxine Waters runs a "pay for Play" where money is funneled to Waters in order to get her endorsement on her mailers, which she pays her daughter to accomplish for $650,000.

[May 06, 2019] Kamala Harris' prosecutor past could be a 2020 issue. It defines her in the Senate

Notable quotes:
"... That style has been polarizing. Her supporters praise it as a no-nonsense form of oversight. Her detractors describe it as inappropriate or grandstanding. ..."
"... Former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller set off a firestorm when he said her questioning of Sessions was "hysterical." ..."
May 06, 2019 | www.sfchronicle.com

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Harris during a 2017 hearing that her rapid-fire questions made him "nervous. ... If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying. I'm not able to be rushed this fast."

During a tense, interruption-filled exchange with John Kelly in 2017, the then-homeland security secretary asked, "Would you let me finish once?"

"Excuse me, I'm asking the questions," Harris said, pressing on.

"It's a constant pursuit of the truth. You know, 'What happened?'" Harris, 54, said in an interview. "It's not about me giving a beautiful speech in those hearings. It's about finding out: Is our government doing its job? Are we being accountable? Are we being transparent? Are we conducting ourselves consistent with the mores and the values of our country?"

That style has been polarizing. Her supporters praise it as a no-nonsense form of oversight. Her detractors describe it as inappropriate or grandstanding.

Former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller set off a firestorm when he said her questioning of Sessions was "hysterical." After Harris pressured Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an Intelligence Committee hearing about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's independence, panel Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., cut her off and said she wasn't giving Rosenstein "the courtesy ... for questions to get answered."

[May 05, 2019] Kamala Harris' Dirty Little Sex Secret Comes Out After Jeff Sessions Shuts Her Big Mouth

May 05, 2019 | madworldnews.com

Harris got her start in 1994 by having an affair with slimy Willie Brown , who was serving as the California Assembly Speaker and then became the mayor of San Fransico.

Brown was 60 years old and Harris was 29 when their affair began. Harris was so brazen that she came out publicly as his date at his 60th birthday party, despite his wife of 36 years being in attendance.

Harris slept with Brown for one reason; she used the corrupt San Francisco mayor to launch her rise to power. Daily Caller reports, "As Brown's time as speaker drew to a close in 1994, he named Harris to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a job that came with a $72,000 annual salary. Brown had previously appointed her to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board."

She "was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown's girlfriend," the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. Although that job paid nearly $98,000, Harris' term was set to expire in five weeks when Brown tapped her for the Medical Assistance Commission slot. That body met only monthly, and the $72,000 position was not considered a full-time job.

Willie Brown is a sleaze-bag who led one of the most corrupt mayoral offices ever seen in San Fransico, but that was fine with Harris, who went on to steal the election for California's Attorney General in 2010. "Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley led Harris by 34,000 votes after more than 7 million were counted. But after provisional ballots were counted, she was declared the winner by approximately 50,000 votes," reports Daily Caller .

At one point, Cooley was up by 62,000 votes, and in panic mode, Harris reached out to her good buddy California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, whose role was to certify the votes. That's when thousands of Cooley's votes just disappeared.

Kamala Harris' path to power is strewn with illicit affairs and fraudulent elections, and in desperation, she paid Maxine Waters' daughter Karen $63,000 dollars to appear on mailers with Auntie Maxine. Washington Free Beacon reports, "The payments were made from Harris's campaign committee and transferred to Waters's campaign committee through a lucrative 'slate mailer' operation run by Waters's daughter, a program that has proved profitable for both her daughter and the campaign."

[May 05, 2019] Kamala Harris responds to Trump calling her 'nasty'

Kamala is really evil. She understand that this was color revolution, coup d'état initiated by intelligence agencies. Still she pursue the Party line. Such an evil witch.
Trump correctly called her "nasty." She is also hypocritical stooge of intelligence services. She bought all lies that they presented about Trump collision
Notable quotes:
"... Mueller spent 25 Million doing an investigation if Barr can`t take the results as fact then Can we the Tax payer have our 25 million back that was spent on an investigation that is not valid! ..."
May 05, 2019 | www.youtube.com

McMyMemes , 2 hours ago

"He did not answer the question" Kamala: "Suggest? Suggest? Suggest? Hint? Suggest? Suggest?" Give the man time to think or speak god damn.

Mylan Miller , 1 day ago

Mueller spent 25 Million doing an investigation if Barr can`t take the results as fact then Can we the Tax payer have our 25 million back that was spent on an investigation that is not valid!

midnighfairy , 12 hours ago (edited)

Declassification is the next chapter stay tuned folks as Kamala Harris tries to make Barr to recluse himself and making him look bad

MJ_Anon [WWG1WGA] , 1 day ago

2nd Paragraph United States Declaration of Independence ... "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

missusri , 1 day ago

Democrat nastiness and sense of ethics, ha, never meet Trump and his R team's bar.

[May 04, 2019] Sen. Kamala Harris grills Barr on White House contacts

It was clear that Barr is higher caliber professional that Kamala Harris. He win just of his calm demeanor in comparison with "hysterical" Harris. Kamala Harris is way to arrogant and too pushy to be effective. People hate such pushy prejudiced prosecutors with evil agenda (she does not want to get to the bottom of things which was a color revolution against Trump launched by intelligence agencies with full support of the part of the Congress, MSM and Democratic Party functionaries.
So she like Parteigenosse Mueller is another witch hunter, this time female witch hunter. Ideologically Kamala Harris revealed herself as a typical DemoRat -- a corrupt neoliberal Clinton democrat. She is not interesting in justice and in real situation in the country.
As such in no way she is a presidential material. Tulsi worth much more then her.
She is just a better tanned, younger Hillary. A corrupt neoliberal warmonger.
May 01, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate, questioned Attorney General William Barr about whether anyone at the White House had ever suggested he open an investigation. She also asked about the propriety of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's involvement in deciding the president had not obstructed justice.

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