In 2016, Democratic Party leadership picked its nominee by doing everything possible to promote Hillary Clinton and defeat Bernie Sanders. It seems the party, in collusion with the mainstream media, is at it again with the candidacy of California Senator Kamala Harris. The only difference is the candidate being chosen and the reasons for it.
Harris is exactly the type of Democratic politician that many DNC members think would be able to take on President Donald Trump. She is not only a woman but also a woman of color. She embraces a number of far-left policies that have been gaining in popularity over the last year. She is also a gifted politician who can interact well with liberal voters. More importantly than any of this, however, is the fact that the mainstream media will support anything she does or says.
After CNN broadcast her town hall event, mainstream news media outlets gushed over her performance, declaring that she was fluid, engaging, authoritative, warm, powerful, on-message and a straight-shooter. They also made it a point to state that her standing as a leading contender had been solidified. In a move that is sure to remind voters of Hillary Clinton’s powerful hold on the mainstream media, a CNN reporter was forced to backtrack on an accurate statement he made about Sen. Harris backtracking on her pledge to eliminate independent health insurance in favor of a Medicare for All plan for the entire country. The reason given for his backtracked social media statement was that multiple members of Sen. Harris’ campaign said it wasn’t accurate and asked him to take it down.
One would think that a savvy political party would at least have the sense to select a candidate that was widely popular with its voters. However, it doesn’t seem that this is the case. Contrary to CNN’s recent proclamation, Sen. Harris is not, nor has ever been, a leading contender in the race. All polls show that she is far behind former Vice-President Joe Biden (undeclared at the time of writing) and Sen. Bernie Sanders, and most polls show that she also has less support than Beto O’Rourke.
A recent report from Politico shows that not even African-Americans are all that excited about sending a black woman to the White House for the first time. About 40% of all African-American voters currently support either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders, while a measly 7% would support Kamala Harris in a Democratic primary. However, her left-wing views are clearly appealing to powerful Democrats and their media acolytes. Sen. Harris has pledged to support Medicare for All, gun control and a Green New Deal that not only offers a federal job with benefits to anyone who wants one, but also replaces the entire fossil fuel industry with renewable energy in just ten years’ time. The plan has been criticized extensively for not only being unrealistic but also a potential economic disaster.
Given the fact that literally dozens of Democrats may wind up running for president in 2020, it is natural that the Democratic Party would want to narrow down the field and help voters pick from only a few “leadership-approved” candidates so that the DNC can focus on taking down President Donald Trump instead of fighting among themselves. However, choosing a candidate instead of allowing voters to select one is no way to win an election. When Democrats took that route in 2016, they lost the presidency and were humiliated in Congressional contests. Their failure to learn from that bitter defeat could lead to yet another loss.
At this point, the GOP’s best asset for 2020 is once again the DNC.
~ Conservative Zone