I was speculating about Cory Booker as a young counter to ALL the Sanders/Warren gushing from the pundits….
But about a month ago I switched my nose to the new Senator from California, Kamal Harris….
That is where I’m at now….
In a long discussion this weekend with a guy I know who talks politics….He shook his head repeatedly when I mentioned Harris….
‘No Black Woman will make it’…. he cautioned….
I reminded him the Blacks and Yellows ARE the backbone of the Democratic party….
I reminded him that the woman thing might not apply to Harris because she isn’t Hillary Clinton (who STILL has NOT recovered in post election polling)…
I reminded him that Harris at 52, was a generation below Warren and two decades younger than Sanders….
He kept shaking his head….
But he promised me he’d check up on the new Senator that appears to many of us as a running for President on a time frame similar to the last Democratic President…..
“She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” another fundraiser said. “She’s absolutely going to run.”
Donors say Harris is giving them a glimmer of hope when they need it the most.
They see the former prosecutor-turned-California attorney general as embodying the qualities a Democratic presidential candidate would need to win the White House in 2020.
They also see the 52-year-old African-American woman as a fresh face.
“There’s a big hunger out there for somebody new and different,” said Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant who served as an adviser to former Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), who challenged Harris in last year’s senatorial race.
“People are looking for champions. … She’s in that category. There are people who might not know her real well but want to like her. What little they know, they like.”
Since November, Harris has become one of her party’s biggest draws: She has raised upwards of $600,000 for Senate candidates in recent months, and she recently raised $227,000 in an email for MoveOn.Org, according to sources close to Harris.
Her fans see her as an antidote to Donald Trump and as a candidate who could feed off the so-called resistance to the Republican president.
“Kamala has come to embody what’s next for our party,” said Ben LaBolt, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for former President Barack Obama.
“She comes to Congress with immense credentials — a law enforcement official with a smart approach to taking on bad actors and protecting consumers. And she’s already broken through as bringing a unique voice in the Senate that is both substantive and relatable — which is hard to do your freshman year.”….
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