Kamala Harris, the Actress?

I have to admit, for a moment she had me fooled.

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Photo via Kamala Harris on Instagram

I’m beginning to get the impression that Kamala Harris really doesn’t have much faith in the intelligence of the electorate. Either that, or she’s really hoping no one will get on the Internet. However, given that she has a proven history of walking back her rhetoric on Medicare for All and Climate Change, should it really be any surprise that she didn’t mean a word of what she said during her infamous takedown of Joe Biden over busing and segregation on the debate stage?

After being questioned on the topic of busing by reporters on Wednesday, CNBC reports that:

“After a Democratic Party picnic Wednesday in West Des Moines, Harris was asked by reporters whether she supports federally mandated busing.

“I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America’s schools,” she responded.

Asked to clarify whether she supports federally mandated busing, she replied, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”

Really? Kamala couldn’t even come out strong in favor of busing?

I have to admit, she did have me fooled on that debate stage. Everything she said to Mr. Biden came across as well planned, but genuine. Maybe it’s just because I desperately wanted Joe Biden to be confronted, but here’s the thing…If a politician like Kamala Harris just wants play a convincing role, maybe she should have gone in to acting.

If you want to win over the heart of the base, then you have to tell us what you stand for. There isn’t any time or patience for pretending, and frankly I find it insulting that she doesn’t think we’ll find out where her heart is eventually. We are well beyond the era where a Democrat needs to run to the left for the primary, and then turn around and pivot away from it for the general. This isn’t the 1990’s and it isn’t 2008. The electorate has changed and the dynamics of the country and party have shifted. For a politician to not understand this is detrimental to their chances, and it worries me about what could happen come November 2020.

You aren’t going to win a general election by lying to people.

The most important thing a democratic candidate needs in order to win is the ability to draw confidence from the electorate, and Kamala Harris is actively destroying her ability to do that. For the life of me, I can’t understand why a politician feels that they can run to office without being able to give their voters a single honest position.

You are not entitled to our vote, you need to earn it, and with each passing day Kamala seems to be withdrawing from that. You have to give the electorate something to vote for, rather than against. Just banking on a high turnout because Donald Trump is a threat is a proven losing strategy, and it’s frankly no excuse to be lazy. If a politician can’t give the voters a reason to come out and vote for them, then maybe they should step aside and allow someone with an actual platform to take the nomination and give the Democratic Party a fighting chance.

We need a real leader, not an actress. I want to have confidence in the person I vote for, and trust that they will actually fight for the values of the left. The more we learn about Kamala Harris, the more convinced I become that she is a fundamental threat to the chances of winning this next election. The progressives in the race need to pin her down, and expose her for what she is.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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