Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) officially announced she is running for president this weekend, and already the mainstream media is basking in the glow of making her the next Barack Obama.
In a piece about Harris’ candidacy, the Los Angeles Times ran with the headline: “Kamala Harris emerges as a 2020 front-runner, but is that a good thing?” Which is just a master class in liberal media bias. By adding that little question to the end, you give readers the impression that you are just calling it down the middle. But closer examination reveals that the very fact that you’re asking the question serves to solidify the first claim, which is that Harris is the front-runner. In other words, by asking “but is that a good thing?” you immediately throw the reader off his original question: Namely: “She is?”
But that’s exactly the question anyone reading this article should ask themselves, because there is very little reason to think Harris is a “front-runner” for anything.
Now don’t get us wrong, if the media decides to crown her the People’s Champion, she’ll be the front-runner before long. But as it stands right now, we’re willing to bet that the vast majority of American voters have no idea who Kamala Harris is. And those that do aren’t that thrilled with the prospect of her being the next President of the United States. This can be judged by the fact that most 2020 polls have her dragging up the rear with single-digit support. Such numbers do not a front-runner make.
Harris is typically viewed as an “establishment” candidate (as opposed to far-left politicians like Liz Warren and Bernie Sanders), which is perhaps why she went out of her way to present herself as a true-blue liberal at her announcement speech.
“I’m running to fight for an America where the economy works for working people,” she told a capacity crowd in Oakland. “I am running to declare, once and for all, that health care is a fundamental right, and to deliver that right with ‘Medicare for All.’ To declare education is a fundamental right, and we will guarantee that right with universal pre-k and debt-free college.”
These are all Sanders/Warren/Ocasio-Cortez pet projects, which shows you just how far left the Democratic Party is going to swing in the 2020 primaries.
Harris also took some obligatory shots at the president, telling the crowd that Trump’s “medieval vanity project” would not stop MS-13 from gaining entry into the U.S.
“When we have children in cages, crying for their mothers and fathers, don’t you dare call that border security,” Harris said. “That’s a human rights abuse.”
Harris’ big problem – other than justifying some of her decisions as California’s attorney general to the Black Lives Matter sect of the party – will be distinguishing herself from the dozens of Democrats thought to be entering the race. Can she overcome the name-deficit she has when going up against Biden, Bernie, Warren, or even, God forbid, Hillary Clinton?
Only if the media wills it. And judging from Week 1, they just might.