This week, liberal Senator Kamala Harris of California threw her proverbial hat into the ring that is the 2020 Democratic nomination, announcing her first campaign event in California.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Harris doesn’t believe that practicing Catholics can be federal judges. She nearly said as much last year, when she asked whether a potential judge’s membership in the Knights of Columbus should disqualify him on the basis of their Catholic ties and views on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Harris seems to forget that the Constitution bars religious discrimination for judges.
- Her politics are liberal, but not quite liberal enough. She’s already taking flack from the socialists for having been a prosecutor before she was Attorney General of California.
- Harris has been largely a figurehead in Congress. Beloved by pundits and Democratic donors, she often takes center stage in Congressional confrontations, but has yet to be behind any major legislation.
- She’s already being compared to Barack Obama, and not for reasons she should be proud of. Like Obama, she’s a brand-new Senator with almost no experience under her belt.
We’ll see what the voters make of her, but our hopes aren’t exactly high.