How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled

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How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled

Post by Hanna » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:14 pm

WASHINGTON — In early November, a few days after Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign announced widespread layoffs and an intensified focus on Iowa, her senior aides gathered for a staff meeting at their Baltimore headquarters and pelted the campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, with questions. What exactly was Ms. Harris’s new strategy? How much money and manpower could they put into Iowa? What would their presence be like in other early voting states?

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The 2020 Democratic field has been defined by its turbulence, with some contenders rising, others dropping out and two more jumping in just this month. Yet there is only one candidate who rocketed to the top tier and then plummeted in early state polls to the low single digits: Ms. Harris.

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Yet, even to some Harris allies, her decline is more predictable than surprising. In one instance after another, Ms. Harris and her closest advisers made flawed decisions about which states to focus on, issues to emphasize and opponents to target, all the while refusing to make difficult personnel choices to impose order on an unwieldy campaign, according to more than 50 current and former campaign staff members and allies, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private conversations and assessments involving the candidate.

Many of her own advisers are now pointing a finger directly at Ms. Harris. In interviews several of them criticized her for going on the offensive against rivals, only to retreat, and for not firmly choosing a side in the party’s ideological feud between liberals and moderates. She also created an organization with a campaign chairwoman, Maya Harris, who goes unchallenged in part because she is Ms. Harris’s sister, and a manager, Mr. Rodriguez, who could not be replaced without likely triggering the resignations of the candidate’s consulting team. Even at this late date, aides said it’s unclear who’s in charge of the campaign.

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But her troubles go beyond staffing and strategy: Her financial predicament is dire. The campaign has not taken a poll or been able to afford TV advertising since September, and it has all but quit buying Facebook ads in the last two months. Her advisers, after months of resistance, have only now signaled their desire for a group of former aides to begin a super PAC to finance an independent political effort on her behalf.

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It was her abundant political skills — strong on the stump, a warm manner with voters and ferocity with the opposition that seemed to spell trouble for Mr. Trump — that convinced many Democrats of Ms. Harris’s potential. Yet it has come to this: After beginning her candidacy with a speech before 20,000 people in Oakland, some of Ms. Harris’s longtime supporters believe she should consider dropping out in late December — the deadline for taking her name off the California primary ballot — if she does not show political momentum. Some advisers are already bracing for a primary challenge, potentially from the billionaire Tom Steyer, should she run for re-election to the Senate in 2022. Her senior aides plan to assess next month whether she’s made sufficient progress to remain in the race.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/29/us/p ... -2020.html

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Re: How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled

Post by John Q. Public » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:51 pm

She totally shot herself in the foot when she went after Biden about something that happened 50 years ago. It was a time for the candidates to introduce themselves and to develop likability and she chose to shoot hers all to hell right from the start.
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Post by broman » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:20 pm

Not gonna lie, Kamala not making a impact hurts.. I have no confidence in anybody else pulling the Democrats together :(

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Post by Omar Bongo » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:27 pm

The day she declared I thought she was the one to beat for the nomination, but pretty much every decision she made after that was the wrong one...
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Post by Omar Bongo » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:28 pm

broman wrote:I have no confidence in anybody else pulling the Democrats together :(
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Post by Hanna » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:55 am

Groan! But perhaps we deserve it. A pathetic thin skinned whiner in the White House; the once proud CBS news is now the network of Oprah. Students in colleges have to be warned about "triggers." They need to be coddled. The whole nations is now comprised of whiners who have to pour their lives on"Social Media" for the world to see. No longer face to face interactions, only twitting and texting and what have you.

And we are become a nation of one hand people whose one hand is constantly holding a "smart phone." Actually, is the whole world. When the first wave of Syrian refugees landed in Italy, many held a "smart phone" in one hand.

Most of us, Democrats, still hope for Biden as the only hope to beat Trump.

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Post by broman » Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:30 pm

Get the debate down to five people, so people can present a message and not soundbites.

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Post by ShiftyMutt » Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:54 pm

Boot-edge-edge :)

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Post by ShiftyMutt » Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:56 pm

I think DiFi was right, Kamala isn't ready. Maybe in the future.

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Re: How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled

Post by Omar Bongo » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:42 pm

ShiftyMutt wrote:Boot-edge-edge :)
I'm with you but unfortunately a significant portion of the electorate isn't ready for him...hopefully someday
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