In a moment reminiscent of Jeb Bush’s “please clap” humiliation from 2016 – except worse – Sen. Kamala Harris was on the campaign trail in Nevada this week, explaining to her supporters (?) that she was done with the political rhetoric and ready to just get right down to brass tacks. Or “real talk,” as she calls it, because she’s hip and cool and with it. But when Harris asked the crowd to tell her whether America was ready for her presidency, she got back a response she probably wasn’t counting on.
“I’m in the stage of the campaign where I’m kinda like, ‘You know what, I’m just gonna engage in real talk.’ I don’t want to waste your time with anything else,” Harris said. “In this election, in the last kind of couple — like, maybe couple months certainly few weeks — there’s this whole conversation that’s been coming up about electability that’s been focused on our campaign.”
“Folks,” she continued, “is America ready for that?”
The crowd then enthusiastically yelled, “No!”
Harris quickly corrected them: “Yes they are!”
Oh. Well, guess you shouldn’t have asked then.
Harris’s word salad is so jumbled once she begins her “real talk” that it’s entirely possible that the crowd had no idea exactly what question they were answering, but then again, that’s a problem too. We’d say that a bare minimum requirement of a presidential candidate is that they can get a point across so that people listening can understand it. We get it that Trump isn’t always the most eloquent fellow to occupy the White House, but crowds don’t sit puzzled or confused when he asks them a question. He can at least get a point across, even if he rides a few tangents on his way to getting there.
In any event, the crowd’s response is almost certainly an accurate picture of Harris’s chances at the nomination. This race has narrowed to two – maybe three candidates. If the nominee doesn’t wind up being Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, or maaaybe Bernie Sanders, we’ll be shocked. If Harris makes it all the way to the Iowa caucuses, we’ll be at least mildly surprised. Her campaign has had exactly one “bright” spot, and that was her snarky takedown of Biden at the first debate. It’s been all downhill from there, and there’s no indication that she’s got any secret weapon left in the armory.