Rumor has it that Kamala Harris is slowly but surely making her way to the top of Joe Biden’s shortlist for VP.
According to a Sunday report from Business Insider, Biden has narrowed down his options to just a handful of contenders, and the Washington Examiner‘s Kaylee McGhee reports that Democrat “California Sen. Kamala Harris’s name keeps moving to the top.”
The Business Insider article named six Democrat women who are reportedly up for role of Biden’s running mate, including Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Florida Rep. Val Demmings, and Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta who has been in the spotlight recently over a police-involved shooting in her city, were also named in the report.
But it seems Harris is the one getting the most attention from pundits.
Of course, this would likely be a bad move on Biden’s part. For one, it was Harris who accused Biden of racism during a June 2019 presidential primary debate, as CNBC noted at the time.
How will Democrats reconcile that issue when President Donald Trump cites these accusations by Harris during his own campaign?
Part of the problem
Not only do Harris and Biden already have an exploitable past, but they also do not compliment each other when it comes to criminal justice, as McGhee noted in a Sunday op-ed.
Indeed, at a time when the entire nation is focused on the criminal justice system and how to reform it, Biden stands out as one of the figures responsible for the doctrine of mass incarceration.
According to The New York Times, then-Sen. Biden authored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the act that essentially created the conditions that Americans want to do away with.
Moreover, Harris will do no favors in covering up Biden’s shortcomings when it comes to criminal justice. As McGhee reported, Harris has a murky past as California’s attorney general, and she has been accused of blocking “evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so,” according to The Sacramento Bee.
Harris is seen by many as an overzealous prosecutor who aggressively pursued prosecutions over simple crimes. If Joe Biden picks her as his running mate, there likely will be a lot of Democrats who won’t bother to show up in November.