Kamala Harris wants to be President.
Like, really, really, really, really wants to be President.
But before she can face off against President Trump, she’ll have to distinguish herself from a growing field of Democratic candidates that could number well over thirty at the height of the primaries.
To do that, Kamala is in the midst of a nationwide book tour promoting herself and her brand – extreme, hard-left Californian liberalism.
Kamala Harris’s effort to rebrand herself as one of the cool candidates running for office didn’t begin with the Monday release of her “Mood Mix” video of her favorite songs. It began with her book tour.
Each of the four book events last week began with California’s Democratic senator dancing onto the stage with Tupac’s “California Love” exploding through the speakers. The events, in the liberal cities of Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, are a clear warm-up act for her presidential run. But the goal at the events wasn’t to go after President Donald Trump—her goal was to open up personally, reintroducing herself to voters as somebody she hopes they can relate to.
At her final event in Los Angeles on Sunday, she managed to avoid uttering Trump’s name altogether. The event was about Harris learning to “talk about herself,” which she said was something she hasn’t been accustomed to doing before her book, The Truths We Hold.
Making it easier for Harris to talk about herself on Sunday was her host, Cleo Wade. The poet began the interview by telling Harris she was her “North Star in our nation’s capital,” and later gushed, “Whenever I’m in your presence, all I think of to myself is, ‘Who made her?’”
Wade avoided any questions on policy, instead choosing to focus on the personal parts of the new book. Anecdotes about Harris’s upbringing in Oakland, her time going to parties as a student at Howard University, and how she met her husband Doug Emhoff on a blind date fill the hour. She says her stepchildren call her their “Momala,” and she maintains a good relationship with her husband’s first wife, who was in the audience at the Sunday event.
“We have a real modern family,” Harris said, referencing the popular ABC sitcom. …
People don’t like her. So she’s going out to make sure they get the opportunity to get to know her personal side.
Except, when they get to know her better, they like her even less.
The Washington Free Beacon continues:
The assessment by Harris that she needed to show more of a personal side was a good one.
Starr Scesniak, a Los Angeles woman who came out to see Harris as she decides who she’ll support for president, says she was worried about her inability to connect with her senator.
“One thing I’d been worried about, in terms of my own connection to her, was that she hasn’t shared much about her back-story,” Scesniak said after the talk. “As much as we want to say that doesn’t matter, it does.”…
The repositioning didn’t work as planned on everyone. Kim Rasser, who came to the event with Scesniak, understood what Harris was doing, but cautioned she was at risk of losing the edge she had over others in the field.
“She was trying to get out from behind the badass attorney image, and relate a bit more,” Rasser said. “But everyone knows her as a badass ballbuster, and I don’t think she should shy away from it.” …
Maria Alfonso, who spoke to the Free Beacon after attending a meet and greet with Harris for her new children’s book, said Harris shouldn’t be blamed for “enforcing the laws” as a prosecutor but predicted her career would be an issue for her.
“Kamala has my support, I’ve liked her since she was our attorney general, but a lot of people in the black community have problems with her,” Alfonso said. “As the mother of a black man who can be shot by the cops any day, I obviously understand, but she was just enforcing the laws.”
Some of this anger showed up on her book tour—in San Francisco an audience member shouted at her from the balcony, “What about black people Kamala?” …
Did you catch that? For a Democrat today, a history of “enforcing the laws” is now a liability, not an asset.
Harris is expected to formally announce her presidential campaign over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in Oakland.