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Old 10-20-2018, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ITR champion View Post
A new poll of 2020 Democratic Presidential contenders shows no surprises for the top two spots. Joe Biden has a big lead at #1 and Bernie Sanders sits comfortably at #2. But at #3, surprisingly, is Kamala Harris with 9%. This is much better than she's done in previous polls and ahead of other contenders such as Elizabeth Warren. So perhaps it's time to start taking Harris seriously.
People with high name recognition are always high up in the polls at this point in the cycle. At this point in the 2004 cycle (the last cycle that wasn't effectively narrowed way down on the Dem side before it really began), Joe Lieberman was comfortably ahead. So that's why Biden and Sanders are up there, and the TV exposure that Harris got during the Kavanaugh hearings probably explains why she's ahead of the rest of the pack - for the moment.
There have been plenty of cases, however, where she brought her no-nonsense, won't-back-down attitude to the opposition of what progressives would normally support. As prosecutor and attorney general in California, she got felony conviction rates to go up, and bragged about it. Then there's the Daniel Larsen case, in which an innocent man was sent to prison, and later had his conviction overturned. The Attorney General's office under Harris fought to keep him in prison for years, even after the case brought down a torrent of publicity. Jacobin magazine has compiled a long list of reasons why progressives might not be so happy with Harris' record, ranging from police shootings to mass incarceration and basic civil rights of prisoners. And then there's her refusal to prosecute certain banks that went on crime sprees during the financial crisis. (One of the worst offenders was run by Steve Mnuchin, currently a member of Trump's cabinet.) It's not hard to imagine some of these things coming back to haunt her, much as the Goldman Sachs issue haunted Hillary.
Obviously very few potential 2020 primary voters are focusing on her California record at this point, because very few potential 2020 primary voters are thinking about 2020 more than superficially at this point. (I've got November 6, 2018 on my mind right now; 2020 can wait.)

Plenty of time for issues like this to be raised during the primary campaign.