Sen. Kamala Harris began this year with a smooth performance that had many insiders predicting that she was the most likely Democratic nominee in 2020. Now that the fall season of the campaign begins, she is well on top of the candidates fighting only to stay current.
Recent reports have focused on her plans to divert her time, money, and organization to Iowa in hopes that a strong completion in the first state could turn her back into a dispute. "I am the king who moves to Iowa," she heard telling her colleague in the Senate, according to journalist Matt Laszlo.
Writing about strategic change, Politico noted "Assistants say that Harris's reversal depends almost entirely on the collapse and burning of Biden's campaign."
The problem is that because of a central strategic mistake, Harris is in a much weaker position to take advantage of every Biden crash than it might have been otherwise.
The short version is that Harris decided to run only slightly to the right of Senator Bernie Sanders, although there was a much larger opening for her on the left than Joe Biden. This decision came back to haunt her. With Senator Elizabeth Warren and Sanders commanding the support of extremely liberal voters, Harris has nowhere to go. It shouldn't have been that way.
When Harris became a senator in January 2017, although she has been involved in California politics for more than two decades as a prosecutor, her positions on many national issues remain uncertain. Knowing that she would seek the presidency in 2020, it would be entirely plausible for her to position herself as a more traditional liberal.
Instead, she decided that her path to the presidency included joining the press of the presidential wannabes in the race to the far left. This made her handcuffed to radical positions that she was not ready to defend. And with every attraction and correction, it eventually alienates both parties, developing a reputation for cynicism and calculation.
One of the most striking examples is the issue of healthcare. As a senator, she approved Sanders' social security bill. As presidential candidate, she initially committed herself to defending her ban on private insurance, declaring " Let's continue ." Later stated that what she really meant was that wants to move away from all the inefficiencies in the system but that it does not support the exemption from private insurance because it will allow for "additional" coverage. This, though the plan she is talking about, hardly leaves room for such additional coverage.
During the first democratic debate, she raised her hand in favor of the abolition of private insurance to withdraw from her position the next morning . In the end, she was forced to issue a health plan which was more an attempt to abolish an engineering policy that could be equated with the rhetorical angle in which it supported itself than was a serious proposal.
Another well-known example was originally the high point of her campaign when she lied to Biden for debating her opposition to federal mandates. But then she rescinded this position days later.
The Sanders revolutionary lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, the incremental liberal, in 2016. Yet, some lesson many Democrats have learned from this is that anyone who hopes to run for president in 2020 ., has to accept most of its program.  Both the Gallup and Pew polls found the majority of Democrats to be moderate or conservative. A CBS Bitcoin poll on the battlefield found that Democrats and Independent Democrats, apart from two to one, identify themselves as ideologically moderate / conservative or "somewhat liberal" as opposed to "very liberal."  However, in the way the democratic presidential field has taken shape, these voters have the choice between accepting someone much farther from their left or learning to live with a barely matched adult white who still seems relatively reasonable .
Harris can at best be a dynamic politician who offers youth, diversity and far more acuteness to the psyche than Biden. If Harris had positioned herself as a more sober-minded liberal reformer, she might not be winning right now, but there would certainly be more room to grow if Biden were to fall.
Instead, it is in a number of political wastelands, as it gives voters on all sides of the ideological spectrum reasons to look at it suspiciously.