California Sen. Kamala Harris has thrown in the towel after wealthy former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg leapfrogged her in the polls.
Her departure from the steadily shrinking field of presidential hopefuls marks the first high-profile candidate to quit. She made a splashy start by culling together a crowd of 20,000 supporters that seemed to rival a Trump rally. Widely considered a frontrunner in early phases of the primary, Harris was expected to carry the bulk of her home state’s massive 495 delegates. But even a casual onlooker could see something was amiss after she took media darling Joe Biden to the mat in a nationally-televised debate.
In the debate, Sen. Harris went on the offensive by calling out the Obama-era number two on his self-proclaimed ties to reported Ku Klux Klan members and pro-segregation voting record. Biden was also instrumental in crafting so-called “three strikes” laws that leveled disproportionately lengthy prison sentences on African-Americans. Following the debate, Harris seemed to be on a direct path to the nomination. But a fierce backlash against her attacking the Obama flunky saw her turn sheepish, falter, and finally pull the plug after bottoming out at 1-2 percent in polls.
“To my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today,” Sen. Harris reportedly stated. “But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.”
Her exit leaves behind a string of other Democrat bottom feeders who are likely to also tuck their tails and quit. In the aftermath of the highest-profile women of color pulling out of the primary race, the diversity Democrats so highly tout will be almost non-existent.
With the former New York mayor and wealthy media mogul Michael Bloomberg blitzing the country with upwards of $30 million in political advertisements, both Sen. Harris and Sen. Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren took polling number hits. Harris dropped by 2 points, and Warren saw 5 points pilfered off as Bloomberg jumped in at 6 percent. What that does to the dynamic going forward is that the top five Democrat presidential hopefuls are all white. Sen. Warren is the only woman even remotely competitive, according to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll.
Liberal political organizations have already started floating gender inequality as the driving reason behind Sen. Harris being effectively ousted.
“It’s not hard to argue that Kamala and the other women have been held to different standards,” said Emily’s List official Christina Reynolds. “The campaign coverage has shown too often that men just need to have potential, while women must have met it.”
More impartial critics pointed to Harris’ uneven and poorly thought out policy positions. Some went as far as to call her campaign the most disorganized in recent history. All things being equal, she is still a relative newcomer to the national political landscape. Her exit leaves Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Bloomberg leading the field. Democrat voters can anticipate New Jersey Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker, businessman Andrew Yang, former HUD secretary Julian Castro, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to quit soon. None of them topped 2 percent in the recent Hill-HarrisX poll, and that demonstrates that Democrats are not supporting minority candidates despite their national narrative. By contrast, support among African-Americans and Latino-Americans has been sharply rising for President Donald Trump based on fact-based economic gains.
Outside of Sen. Warren, who falsely claimed she was a Cherokee descendant, only Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar remains in the top 10. However, her polling support is an anorexic 2 percent. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson polled at zero. Everyday Americans can anticipate these female candidates to fall by the wayside before spring. The Democrat voters appear to be disinterested in putting a woman in the White House.
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and others already quit the race after failing to garner enough support to participate in the national primary debates. These candidates, and the ones to soon cry uncle, all ran on anti-Trump platforms, gun seizures, diversity, and they continue to lie about free stuff.