Kamala Harris – Caricature by DonkeyHotey, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original
Yeah, you read the title correctly.
According to the Daily Caller, the 2020 presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris recently said that she’s opposed to the healthcare plan put forth by fellow Democrat and 2020 competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders despite the fact that she herself co-sponsored it.
Harris noted during a series of fundraisers with wealthy donors in the Hamptons that she “has not been comfortable” with the Medicare-for-all plan despite putting her signature on it in 2018. Joining her signature is Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Corey Booker, 2020 candidates all.
This is yet another confusing turn from Harris, who seems to have a different answer to the health care question by the day. At one point, Harris said she wanted to eliminate private health insurance completely, but quickly walked that back when it proved to be unpopular. Then, once again, she endorsed the idea of getting rid of private insurance, even going so far as to endorse Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill, but made it clear that she doesn’t want to walk back all private insurance despite it being in Sanders’ bill.
…which she co-sponsored.
…despite the fact that she’s apparently uncomfortable with it.
…even though it does exactly what she wants, give or take a longer timeline.
If you’re confused, don’t blame me. This is Harris’s doing.
What is likely going on is that Harris is caught between two types of voters. The moderate voters and wealthy donors who have private insurance they’d like to keep, and the radical base that has taken over her party which seeks to eliminate privatized anything. It’s not just you who’s confused, Harris seems to be, too.
The more Harris tries to line up her messaging to embrace what’s popular, the more confused she becomes, but it does expose a fatal flaw in her as a politician. She’s not concerned about principle, she’s concerned about popularity. What she embraces today may be taboo tomorrow, and when it comes to the mob, what is taboo changes frequently.
Harris will soon find herself on the bad side of everyone and will see her approval numbers begin to freefall as a result.