Election 2020

Kamala Harris Suspends Campaign, Puts 2020 Presidential Ambitions in Lockup

Harris blamed billionaires for her failure to make a dent in the 2020 presidential race.

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Sen. Kamala Harris is calling it quits on running for president, the California Democrat confirmed publicly on Tuesday.

The news comes after a series of bad signs for the Harris 2020 campaign, including money troubles, low morale among staff, and a rapid drop in support in recent polls of Democratic voters.

After entering the Democratic presidential race amidst talk of frontrunner status and peaking mid-summer after her attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden, Harris has lately been bested in polls by the likes of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) and newcomer candidate Michael Bloomberg.

Gabbard delivered several deadly blows to the Harris campaign, offering real talk during the Democratic debates about Harris' criminal justice record and support for the status quo in Washington. While Harris should have been prepared for such attacks on her past record as a prosecutor, she responded to this and other Gabbard criticisms by making petty comments about Gabbard's polling numbers and questioning Gabbard's loyalty to the United States.

If Harris had merely been mush-mouthed about her time as a cop, that might have been one thing. But Harris also stumbled on a number of other critical issues, giving vague, convoluted, or ever-changing answers when asked about everything from Medicare for All to sex work decriminalization to school busing programs.

Harris' tendency to mug for the camera and exhibit wild tone shifts during the debates didn't do her any favors either. Even the Saturday Night Live portrayal of Harris (by actress Maya Rudolph) centered on Harris' striving for meme-worthy moments over substance when she's on stage.

Still, the sudden announcement today that Harris would be suspending her 2020 campaign came to many as a surprise.

On Tuesday, Harris emailed supporters with the following message:

My campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue. I'm not a billionaire. I can't fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it's become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.

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. So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret ― but also with deep gratitude ― that I am suspending my campaign today.

This afternoon, Harris tweeted: "To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today. But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people."

This may not be the last we hear of Harris this election, however. Harris "is a rather plausible VP selection for pretty much all of the leading contenders," suggests FiveThirtyEight Editor Nate Silver, "and withdrawing now rather than after, say, a 6th place finish in Iowa or a 4th place finish in California probably helps preserve her reputation a bit."

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  1. helps preserve her reputation a bit

    Preserve? Like Jeffrey Dahmer stashing body parts in the freezer, you mean? Because I’d think her reputation is the last damn thing she’d want to preserve.

    1. In other words, they don’t want anymore talk about her past accomplishments as a prosecutor but want to keep her around as a possible VP because somehow progressives think that blacks are so stupid, they will come out to vote for a black VP over a white presidential candidate.

      1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris
        “She identifies as black[12] and Indian, but sees her experience primarily as American.[13] Harris was raised in Berkeley, California.[14] She grew up attending both a Black Baptist church, where she and her sister sang in the choir, and a Hindu temple.[15][16]”

        OK, now we are educated! I had no idea!

        (Anyway, I am glad she dropped out!)

        1. She just couldn’t find the right dick to suck to get to the top.

          1. What a real idiot you must be. It takes many millions to become a president of the US, so how anyone can ever equate US elections to any kind of semblanse to a democratic process is ludicrous. It is a system for fools and idiots like you.

            1. Care to try that again, but in English?

            2. So you’re saying you’re not familiar with how Harris’ career began?

      2. I thought they just wanted to make sure they win California so they can claim the popular vote trophy again.

  2. This clears the way for a Tulsi Gabbard/Nikki Haley ticket. I don’t know which one would be president – maybe they can wrestle for it.

    1. Why would I want to watch an arm-wrestling contest…oh, you mean the other kind of wrestling.

      1. Indian wrestling? That would be Lizzy’s preference…

        1. Jello wrestling.

      2. Wrasslin’

      3. MUD wrasslin’ an’ mud slingin’! (Butt then again, most politicians do that already, anyway).

      4. I’ll go get the kiddie pool and the jello!

    2. One crazy ticket considering they’re in different parties.

      1. This is all predicated on them breaking away and forming the Hawt Party.

        1. Vote early and vote….often.

          1. Voting…right…now.

            1. I voted so hard

      2. …different parties

        As someone once said, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

        A combined ticket would just be admitting the obvious.

  3. “Kamala Harris Suspends Campaign, Puts 2020 Presidential Ambitions in Lockup”

    Assume for the sake of this joke that her name is Jack:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Tiz6INF7I

  4. Thanks Kamala, on GivingTuesday, you give us a better America by dropping out.

  5. I have to admit I’m disappointed. I really thought Democratic voters were smart enough to see through Tulsi Gabbard’s outrageous distortion of Harris’ record. OTOH I’m thankful Harris helped remind the country of the need for forced busing to racially integrate K – 12 schools.

    The progressive / libertarian #Resistance cannot get discouraged, however. There are still plenty of excellent candidates like Elizabeth Warren who will reverse the damage Orange Hitler has done to the planet.

    #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

    1. Libertarians are generally not for forced anything including busing.

      1. OpenBordersLiberal-tarian is a parody account, by someone who thinks Reason has fallen into the leftist fever-swamps.

        Think if Jonathan Swift posted on the Internet, but with shorter sentences.

        1. “Think if Jonathan Swift posted on the Internet, but with shorter sentences.”

          More like Lena Dunham.

          1. And now I’m not hungry.

            1. Lena ate your food anyway.

      2. Don’t you know? The time of the libertarians is over! No longer will they be dictating the conversation in this country. No more libertarian control of the GOP. No more libertarian control of the DNC. Free at last! Free at last. Thank Gawd Awmighty, free of the libertarian tyranny at last!

        1. And hopefully, no more government austerity to wreck the Obama recovery further?

      3. Forced freedom to choose for yourself.

        Many can’t handle it.

        1. Freedom of choice
          Is what you got
          Freedom from choice
          Is what you want

        2. Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

          Janis

          1. Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

            Janis Kris

            FTFY

            1. Kris and Fred

              1. And Gordon Lightfoot did a damn good cover of it.

    2. “…I’m thankful Harris helped remind the country of the need for forced busing to racially integrate K – 12 schools.” Now that’s hilarious, considering that the last time this same kind of totalitarian social experiment was introduced, it failed miserably.

  6. Best news all week. Now if only she would resign as my senator…

    1. She may leave the Senate . . . for a position in the next cabinet.

      1. Bent over a conference room table.

        1. Just how Rev likes it!

        2. /twirls hair chewing bubble gum.

          ‘Who do I have to….

          /pops bubble.

          ‘….blow around here?’

      2. “She may leave the Senate . . . for a position in the next cabinet.”

        Try to screw her way to a higher position?
        Exactly what a asshole bigot would approve.

      3. She may leave the Senate . . . for a position in the next cabinet./ Right next to the broom and dustbin.

      4. Probably have to chop her into little pieces so she fits in the cabinet.

  7. I like how her peeps criticized her messaging as opposed to her actual record.

    Yeah, that’s why no one liked her. They just had the wrong perspective on her evils.

  8. After reading the quote from the article… seems to me that Harris did not blame billionaires. She actually blamed her donors for not donating enough so she could compete with billionaires. She basically blamed her supporters in a weird backhanded way.

    Always blaming other people and never taking responsiblity. Admirable qualities in a leader.

    Maybe she should have shifted her strategy to conscripting prisoners she captured during the war on drugs? They would have made excellent slave labor for her campaign.

    1. *responsibility

    2. I’m just happy she didn’t blame racism.

      1. Didn’t she blame racism a few weeks ago? I seem to recall reading something about her saying America ‘wasn’t ready for a woman of color or some such excuse.

        I think Reason even covered it, pointing out how that claim implies that potential democratic primary voters are racist because they are the ones rejecting her

        1. It’s good have a variety of excuses, then you can claim it’s multiple factors that are completely outside your own control. Russians working with American billionaires to help build up the racists and the sexists. Also Fox News and AM Radio. And White Women. But not all white women, only the white women too cowardly to do exactly what white women are supposed to do.

        2. When was the last time a democrat held the levee accountable for failure? Kennedy? Truman? It’s all someone else’s default, always.

      2. Al Sharpton already did for her.

    3. yeah, you skinflints, I’m so honored to be your candidate. where’s the cash?

  9. “Turns out I’m hated on a widespread basis. Who knew?”

  10. BYE FELICIA!!

  11. There are so many horrible things about her. The hypocrisy on #MeToo was especially grating.

    “The candidate in question is Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., whose past relationship with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown was confirmed for the national media when Brown published an op-ed: Yes, they’d dated. And, yes, he “may have influenced her career” by appointing her to two commissions. But then again, he’d boosted the careers of a lot of people, he wrote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Gavin Newsom were examples.

    Kamala Harris? She was unique, Brown claimed, only in that, “after I helped her, [she] sent word that I would be indicted if I ‘so much as jaywalked’ while she was D.A.”

    The two things were separate, according to Brown. 1) They dated. 2) He helped her career. The latter didn’t have anything to do with the former.

    Whether you believe that probably depends on whether you believe one can separate someone’s professional qualifications from their dinner companionship.”

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/30/the-unique-harm-we-cause-when-we-dissect-a-powerful-womans-love-life-2/

    This is the horseshit the news media sells us when they’re talking about powerful politicians in California’s political class.

    If it were anybody else, they’d make Brown seem like Epstein or Weinstein. Meanwhile, of course, the suggestion that Kamala Harris “dated” California’s longtime kingmaker to get ahead in life is beyond the pale. We all know that women don’t do such things because . . . knowing otherwise is . . . um . . . uncivilized.

    1. There’s the big problem with “me too”, especially the Hollywood stuff. There are two sides to the coin. Women’s sexuality is a powerful thing and can open lots of doors. But we can’t talk about how women might willingly take advantage of that fact. It’s no excuse for the behavior of Weinstein or others of his ilk, but you have to acknowledge that there were lots of women who willingly participated and never said anything until it was the cool thing to do.

  12. “This may not be the last we hear of Harris this election, however.”

    Yeah, all those old white guys (Sanders, Biden, and Bloomberg) are going to need to add some color and estrogen to their campaigns, so I imagine she will be back.

    1. Estrogen? For Booker or Buttigieg or Castro or Delaney or Sanders, she’d add testosterone.

  13. Yeah, all those old white guys (Sanders, Biden, and Bloomberg) are going to need to add some color and estrogen to their campaigns, so I imagine she will be on her back.

  14. I think Gabbard is as responsible for this as anyone. Gabbard fatally wounded Harris’ campaign and career during the first Democratic debate. For that, the entire nation owes Gabbard an immense debt of gratitude.

    1. eh, Gabbard asked the tough questions, but it was Harris’s complete inability to give a response that killed her. She’s trying to be the one to go up against Trump, and she can’t even fight back the first time she’s attacked? It didn’t help that later on at other debates when the moderators gave her the opportunity to follow up on all the good shit she talked to the media about Gabbard and others, she backtracked as fast as humanly possible and tried to say that she didn’t really mean it.

      She was weak, she was noticeably corrupt, and she had made her career screwing over black folks, and thus had no support with the one part of the party which she should have. At the end of the day this is all on her, if Gabbard hadn’t asked the questions now, someone else would have later on, either later on in the primary or in the General Election.

      1. She has 0 charisma whatsoever.
        If she had any, her policies and record wouldn’t matter

        1. She comes off like a total snatch too. And her career isn’t exactly insuring to feminists. As she fucked her way to where she’s at.

          1. shhhh, we’re not allowed to talk about that

    2. You guys should take up a collection for Tulsi Gabbard. She will need income soon, with no clear prospects.

      1. Maybe she can just do the Bernie thing; convince all her voters to max out their loans and credit cards and take out another mortgage, send the money to her on the empty promise that she’ll repay their debts with someone else’s money when they win, and then drop out (as planned) with that sweet campaign cash and tell the kiddies, “TRY AGAIN NEXT CYCLE!”.

        1. Tulsi has few supporters. Her campaign is floating on a cushion of cynical, single-dollar donations from Stormfronters, Freepers, incels, and other alienated losers.

          1. Don’t forget the Russians.

          2. Arty, you’re hilarious. It will be a shame when you’re executed for being a Marxist insurgent. Somewhere there will be a village desperately missing it’s idiot.

  15. Next up, Koala Harris writes “What Happened II”, a sequel to Hillary’s book, describing how none of this is her fault.

    1. That would be the standard line, especially if you can blame the fly over bumpkins by conflating them with lack of support within your own party.

  16. “Harris blamed billionaires for her failure to make a dent in the 2020 presidential race.”

    Keerist! Get your stories straight; it’s the RUSSKIS!

    1. Billionaire Russkis!

  17. What’s she gargling in that photo?

    1. Bile?

    2. What’s left of her reputation?

    3. She’s practicing for her upcoming film debut ‘Cockchuggers III: Welcome to Bonerville’.

  18. Oh, no!
    Now the democrats have no one with experience that works on their knees like Harris did with Downtown Willie Brown.

  19. Good riddance Kamala Rouge!

    1. I like that one. I’m going to use it.

  20. So, practically speaking, I assume this early implosion means she’s also out of contention for the VP spot.

    1. Not necessarily. With better campaign management she can add appeal to a ticket.

      1. Maybe if she offers to let Biden sniff her hair on the regular, she can grab that spot.

  21. F

  22. I really wouldn’t want to vote for anyone who has served as a prosecutor. That is what dropped her off the list for me.

    1. It wasn’t her communism, or totalitarian bullshit?

  23. Black woman with an attitude had zero chance of going anywhere. The Trump bashing and the chest thumping gets you to level one on the prog meter, but those things are Pavlovian at this point and carry no serious political weight, especially beyond the ideological black hole of the primaries.

    She needed a niche, as Bernie has with his socialist rants, as Warren has with her…faux-whatever…and Biden has with his Uncle Joe schtick.

    She should’ve laid claim to education or housing or criminal justice reform. But since she never had any principles to begin with, she spent her loose-change capital re-doctoring her resume.

    Good riddance.

  24. Black woman with an attitude had zero chance of going anywhere. So I’ll give her some slack. Still, the Trump bashing and the chest thumping only gets you to level one on the prog meter, plus those things are dreadfully Pavlovian at this point and carry no serious political weight, especially beyond the ideological black hole of the primaries.

    Hence the donor cash drought.

    She needed a niche, as Bernie has with his socialist rants, as Warren has with her…faux-whatever…and Biden has with his Uncle Joe schtick.

    She should’ve or could’ve laid claim to education, housing or criminal justice reform. But since she never had any principles to begin with, that approach went fast adrift, and she spent her loose-change political capital re-doctoring her resume and playing party black woman in chief.

    Such schemes work in the bowels of urban liberalism and academic circles. They fail miserably in corporate circles where the only color of consequence is green.

    Anyway, good riddance. .

    1. She didn’t have any of those things because she’s never been required to. She was the Chosen One all throughout her career in California, no one ever wanted substance from her so she never developed any.

      This is what will ultimately doom a lot of leftists, they create safe spaces and thrive within them, and then are completely unprepared for the larger world. I have no doubt that she’s surprised that the rest of the country doesn’t buy what California is selling.

  25. Not that long ago a cop with a record of prosecuting pot users would have been strong front runner. Times have changed.

    She was the Herman Cain of the democrat field. But she got less love from the left than he got from the right, despite getting 10 times the coverage. Even black voters weren’t feeling her.

    The white suburban democrats and indies do not want radical overhaul of the economy. As long as Biden appear semi moderate and reject magic unicorn healthcare bonanza, he should be the presumptive nominee.

    He should. But he’s prone to gaffes, not unlike Gary Johnsons.

    1. She isn’t black. So I’m not sure why blacks would feel ethnic kinship with her.

      1. She’s about as black as Obama. Maybe a little less as her Jamaican father is likely of mixed race.
        One drop rule still works for a lot of people.

  26. Maybe Harris can sleep her way into a vice presidency.

    1. Well, I’ve heard Hillary might make a late entry to the race. Has Hillary kicked Huma to the curb yet? Or maybe it could be threesomes.

  27. Good riddance.

  28. This “tossing in the towell” speech is the most honest statement she’s made since she decided to throw her hat in the ring.

    She IS a fraud and a fake, of the same calibre as that macabre faux indian creature.

    I wonder WHY not one person ever, to my knowledge, raised the issue of Harris’ eligibilaity to stand for President. SHe was born here, all right, but ot TWO parents who were not citizens at the time. Thus she is certainly NOT a Natural Born CItizen. She had NO business even running… her ery candidacy has been a fraud and a lie. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    1. ” SHe was born here, all right, but ot TWO parents who were not citizens at the time. Thus she is certainly NOT a Natural Born CItizen.”

      This is dead flat wrong as a matter of current law.

  29. Biden was the real reason Harris took off. He’s in the weird situation of not being a viable candidate while sucking the oxygen out of the room.

  30. Like I said in yesterday’s roundup, this broad was the one who Mofobama and his crew was supporting and fundraising for, though being the gutless turd that he is he refused to admit it publicly. Another utter humiliation for his sorry ass.

    I admit to being a little surprised that she didn’t do better. I made the mistake of forgetting one of my ironclad rules of politics: American women inherently despise and resent any better-looking woman.

  31. Her giggles gave me the creeps.

    I’m almost certain on her down time she sits back with a cheap glass of wine, kicks back, opens up a book of all the innocent poor people she rail roared or put in jail and giggles proudly.

    Her giggles tell me chick gets off on that.

    Marvel wants ‘woke’ characters? How about a woman villain? The Diabolical Giggler!

  32. Harris [D] blamed ______________ for her failure ………….
    As if any [D] political plan didn’t blame __________ for its utter failure over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    Just like lying – once you start blaming others for everything it’s hard to LEARN anything at all except to blame even more.

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