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Sinking Kamala starts blame tour early; Americans too racist and sexist to elect a woman of color?

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Being a Democrat who checks multiple boxes in the party’s hierarchy of victimhood, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has plenty of ready-made excuses to fall back on when forced to face her personal limitations and she’s now putting them to use.

In launching her run for the White House, Harris was full of optimism and had her share of momentum, but the lawmaker has failed to stand out in a crowded field of diverse candidates — not diverse in opinion, but democratically speaking — and is quickly fading in the polls.

In the U.S. Senate a little over two and a half years, Harris mimics Barack Obama’s short uneventful stint in Washington and was out to capture lightning in a bottle a second time.

And with reality crashing down around her, Harris was only too happy to blame her shortcomings on a racist and sexist nation during an interview with Axios.

You see, according to Harris, Americans have “a lack of ability” to imagine a black, female president.

“I have also started to perhaps be more candid talking about what I described and what I believe to be the elephant in the room about my campaign,” Harris explained. “Electability. You know, essentially, is America ready for a woman and a woman of color to be president of the United States?”

When reminded that America was ready for a black man to be president, that being Obama, of course, Harris countered to say that he too experienced the obstacle of not being a white male.

“And this conversation happened for him,” she said. “There is a lack of ability or a difficulty in imagining that someone who we have never seen can do a job that has been done 45 times by someone that is not that person.”

But then, as a black woman, her poll numbers were holding up well. It wasn’t until her uninspiring performances in the Democratic debates that her numbers, now in the low single digits, began sinking like a rock.

Harris goes on to tell the story of campaigning in Iowa for Obama and encountering an elderly black woman who told her, “They not gonna let him win.”

“And I looked at her, and all that in her 85-plus years — all that she has experienced and witnessed in terms of injustice, indignity,” Harris said. “She wasn’t about at this stage of her life to expose herself to yet another disappointment.”

Except that Obama did win, and he won because tens of millions of white Americans saw him as the better candidate and voted for him.

Given her view, one is left to wonder why would Harris want to be president of such a prejudice nation?

Tom Tillison


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