Kamala Harris appeared to be the ideal “woke” Democratic Party presidential candidate.
As a person of color, a woman, and a child of immigrants, she “checked all the boxes” and tread the line between moderate and progressive comparatively better than the rest of the field.
The most recent CNN poll – approved by the Democrat Party itself – tells another story. Kamala Harris is monumentally unpopular, even within her own party.
To call her loss of nearly 3 out of 4 supporters over just two months a “free fall” is probably an understatement.
It’s hardly true, sadly.
While it made for great television, Harris’s decline predated the debate and Tulsi exchange.
Such reasoning also excuses Harris’s inauthenticity as being culpable for her unpopularity.
After all, Harris was never a frontrunner because of her groundbreaking policies. It was her “intersectional” identity that was her comparative advantage. Behind this facade there isn’t much substance for Democratic voters to latch onto.
FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver’s analysis of a recent Quinnipiac Poll shows that “there’s no single group of Democrats—say wealthy or young or black” among whom Harris is polling at higher than 10 percent.”
Her rapidly declining support is a hodgepodge of people from different demographic groups. In other words, she has no real base.
For this election cycle, it’s no longer enough to be a woman of color.
The field is so big that each of Harris’s’ intersectional attributes is not unique. There are several other candidates that are also black, female, or have immigrant backgrounds.
Policy wise, she easily gets “out-woked” by her more far-left counterparts like Sen. Warren (D-MA) or Sen. Sanders (D-VT), while Biden reigns supreme with the title of “moderate”.
Rehearsed videos of her expressing admiration for her new campaign bus won’t win voters back:
I love it! pic.twitter.com/REKn9A7G6g
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 8, 2019
“Cool” merch won’t do the trick, either. Her decision to sell shirts emblazoned with “That Little Girl Was Me” only angered voters, making her personal attack on Joe Biden’s bussing position appear inauthentic.
Harris is learning the hard way: what goes up must come down.
Natalie Winters is a freelance writer