A shocking Quinnipiac University poll has Kamala Harris in a virtual tie with Joe Biden, down a mere 2% to the former Vice President. It’s a sign of how well she performed at the debate, and specifically how well she appealed to African-American voters who were leaning towards Biden early on. Now, Harris is their candidate due in large part to her attack on Biden as a racist.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California has catapulted into a virtual tie with former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination — and she’smade significant inroads with black voters — following her widely praised debate performance last week, a new national poll released Tuesday showed.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters showed Biden with 22 percent support and Harris with 20 percent — a double-digit jump for her since the university’s previous poll last month.
But this good news seems very familiar, much like the early lead Ben Carson took in 2015 after one of the debates in which he seemed like a strong contender. He fell quickly, as we all remember, but for a brief moment he was on top of the board. Harris’s rise is different and the reason for her upcoming fall is predictable, whereas Carson’s was not. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not being pessimistic about her out of some personal concern; she is the major candidate I believe to be least suited to compete with President Trump. I’d prefer her as the nominee over Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Pete Buttigieg. But it’s not going to happen because she made a mistake. She gave up a card she should have played in the future to grab early momentum.
She played the victim card, and it suits her. But it can’t be used over and over again. Nobody wants to elect someone who plays the victim card regularly.
If she had more substance to her stances or concrete in her policy proposals, then playing the card at this stage would be good. But she doesn’t. She has intersectionality as her primary qualification for being President. Her career accomplishments are tainted because what she did as California District Attorney does not jibe with what she claims to want to do as president. So anything that should count as credit for her must be dismissed as the past. Otherwise, she’s flip-flopping faster than Biden on the Hyde Amendment.
Harris should have held the victim card until later in the nominating process. By playing it so early, she set a tone for her campaign that she’s running on her struggles, many of which do not hold up to scrutiny. She’ll fall quickly.
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