Hearing Kamala Harris speak to supporters at her 2020 presidential campaign kickoff rally, one can’t help but draw a mental comparison between Harris and President Barack Obama. First, the obvious, both candidates are black Americans who have skyrocketed to the top of the political food chain. Second, their career trajectories have been similar in that they both rose up the senatorial ranks in order to mount their presidential runs. Lastly, both candidates are some of the best looking people that have run for the highest office in the land. President Obama was even brazen enough to comment on Harris’ looks at a fundraiser stating “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.”
Harris maintains many of the common political positions held by most prominent Democrats – pro-choice, in favor of sanctuary cities, for gun control, and middle class tax cuts. Although Harris seems to be allying with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America, she will have to veer to the middle if she plans on winning a majority of Electoral College votes. This means that she might have to stray from closely aligning herself with disciples of the Green New Deal that is gaining traction around the country.
But Harris is progressive and fresh enough to excite eclectic members of the electorate, including myself, especially when reading about her liberal stance on legalization of marijuana. Recently, on the NYC based “Breakfast Club” radio show, Harris was asked if she had ever used marijuana, her response: “And look I joke about it, half joking — half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me…I believe we need to legalize marijuana”. That’s good enough for me. It’s a comment that’s indicative of the changing times and upon close examination one notes that this sort of response would have been risqué ten years ago, and it would have been political suicide twenty years ago. In 1992, Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever used marijuana, his response: “I didn’t inhale it, and never tried it again.”
Perhaps the good looking, forward thinking Mrs. Harris’ biggest obstacle to overcome will be rumors that she slept with her former boss, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, in order to jumpstart her political career. If Harris can make it to the general election, one must assume that this salacious affair will be just the sort of juicy scandal that Donald Trump can’t resist attacking. However, Kamala Harris might just be the sort of counter puncher that the country needs, she might be able to pack the parrying shots that Hillary Clinton simply couldn’t. The intact glass ceiling seems to be impenetrable, but maybe, a strong black woman is what it takes to bring it down.