December 04, 2019

Harris' 2020 exit leaves potentially all-white debate, causing consternation among Dems

Dana Mathewson

This is actually funny. Whoever it was that concocted the "rules" for who is included in the debates, and who is not, came up with a mishmash that was supposed to ensure that "minority candidates" would be included at all costs. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Booker and Castro didn't make the cut, and now that Dear Kammie is out of the picture (through no fault of her own, if you believe her rant), the next debate will be lily-white. Except, of course, for the minimal Indian Squaw Spreading Bull. And should we count Bernie as red?

The sudden exit of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, from the 2020 presidential campaign is causing a panic among some within the Democratic Party over the remaining candidates who are participating in the upcoming debate, who are all white.

Despite qualifying for the December debate, Harris announced earlier Tuesday that she was suspending her candidacy amid sinking poll numbers and fundraising.

"In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do," Harris wrote in an email to supporters. "So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret -- but also with deep gratitude -- that I am suspending my campaign today."

Her departure leaves only six candidates on the debate stage: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer.

 The other candidates of color have yet to meet both requirements set by the DNC to participate in the December debate. The requirements include having at least 200,000 unique donors and reaching four percent in four DNC-approved polls or six percent in two DNC-approved early state polls.

Both tech businessman Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have met the donor requirement to qualify for the December debate but have yet to meet the polling requirement as they each only have three polls and have until the December 12 cutoff to earn the fourth.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has met the donor requirement but does not have any qualifying polls so far. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has not met either requirement and previously failed to qualify in the November debate.

Yeah, I suppose Yang counts as "colored," though Orientals hardly look yellow these days. And remind me again how Tulsi counts as a "person of color." Is it because she's a native of Hawaii?

Anyhow, this story is here:

And there is other analysis of the Kamala debacle on Fox News. Greg Gutfield, who can always be counted on for plenty of snark, calls her a "big jerk" in response to an Axios interview in which she questioned if America was ready for a "woman of color" to be elected president. All those politically-active black women in South Carolina rejected her in favor of (gasp) Donald Trump, if I'm not mistaken. But Democrats never want to take the blame for their own mistakes. Kammie can now join the Hillary Clinton Moan and Groan tour. Unless Hillary throws her hat into the ring again, in order to save the world from Trump again, then we'll have to wait awhile for her next Loser Tour.

Chris Stirewalt offers up a thoughtful piece, where he opines that

"I think the verdict on Kamala Harris is, it wasn't clear why she was running for president," said Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt on Tuesday, following the California senator's announcement that she is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

"She was a biography and a campaign looking for a purpose or a message or a reason," Stirewalt said on his Fox Nation show "Halftime Report."

In a post on the website Medium, Harris wrote:"My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue."

"She was the front-runner until Joe Biden got in the race," Stirewalt said, pointing out that Harris initially appeared to have great potential. "She looked like she was what Democrats wanted, a woman of color from a big blue state... Everything seemed right -- except for her candidacy."

The rest of his article is here:

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1 Is that the sound of Moosechelle  rustling in the shrubs? 

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 04, 2019 11:34 AM (COhlB)

2 There are many who would like nothing better, sad to say. But how'd that work out the last time? The Hag got beat -- or shut out -- both times. The "Popular vote uber alles" gang can scream all they want. I do not see the Mooch beating The Donald. The Mooch's husband's policies are too recent; people remember.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 04, 2019 04:34 PM (rIYC+)

3 I don't think Sasquatch can beat the Orange-a-tan, but you never know.  A lot of women would vote for her just because she has two x chromosomes (presumably). But, like Hillary, she has no record to run on. Actually, Hillary had much more of a record, as she actually did something useful in life. Michelle Obama had a bunch of no-show jobs to funnel cash to her connected husband, and that was pretty much it.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 05, 2019 07:43 AM (pMkMt)

4 There's a good article on Power Line, here about Cory Booker being all paranoid about no diversity in the debates. Actually there is diversity among the candidates, even ignoring Warren's phony Indian claim: there are two women, a gay male, and a Jew.

But liberals have to have something to complain about, always. And he can't say that Republicans made the debate rules, either.

I think Booker's just reminding people that he's still around. Who knew?

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 05, 2019 11:54 AM (rIYC+)

5 Yeah; I guess Booker just wants to stay in the spotlight a little longer. I figured he'd be prancing about in some back alley club wearing a leather strap and pretending to be a gladiator...

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 06, 2019 07:46 AM (u4v1J)

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