Kamala Harris’ Exit Signals The End of the Beginning

Αssociated Press

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

There was a time not so long ago that Senator Kamala Harris  was seen as a presumptive top-tier candidate for the presidency of the United States, or at least a democratic nominee. This week, Senator Harris officially suspended her campaign for the White House but pledged to stay in the fight. It was a humbling defeat for Harris, who by all accounts performed decently in all the debates in which she participated.

The real issue with her campaign is that neither her staff nor the candidate herself really understood what she stood for.  It's clear that – judging from her failure and the failure of former representative Beto O'Rourke – that Democratic voters seeking to make Donald Trump a one-term president crave a steady message. It is far from a coincidence that the three frontrunners according to polls (Biden, Sanders, and Warren) have been essentially saying the same things not only this year but over the last few years. At a time of unpredictability coming from the Oval Office on any given day, voters this does not seem to be a time for surprises coming from their government. Senator Harris was a diverse candidate who championed criminal justice reform, something that polls high among the issues that Democratic voters care about for the 2020 presidential election. There is also something to be said for the fact that the three consistent leaders of the democratic pack are all over the age of 70 and have extensive government experience.

At the current rate, it is exceedingly likely that by New Year's the field of candidates might go down by one or two more people. The progressive wing of the party seemed to suck the air out of the room from the outset of the campaign, a very understandable situation considering liberal anger against the policies of Donald Trump. The human reaction, which won out in the end, was to veer to the polar opposite of what is currently in place, similar to the reason why Donald Trump succeeded Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Suspension of the Kamala Harris campaign brings us to the end of the beginning in the search for Donald Trump’s challenger. Already the rumor mills are swirling that Senator Harris could be the eventual nominee’s running mate. May the cream of the crop rise to the top. It sure seems like America has had its fill of experimentation at the highest level of our political system.