PROBABLY NOT A GOOD THING BEING A FRONT-RUNNER, ALL WILL BE OUT TO BRING HER DOWN …
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is one of the front-runners of the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates that appears will be in the high teens in number when all is said and done. The 54 year old California Senator launched her campaign this weekend; however, has consistently lagged in national surveys behind former Vice President Joe Biden and independent Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, both of whom are weighing their own White House bids. One has to wonder how a Democrat party that has lurched so far to the left, has embraced identity politics and is so anti-old, white men could nominate a Biden, Sanders or any other man.
However, being a front-runner at the outset cannot be a good thing when there will be so many candidates in the race.
Even before Kamala Harris’ campaign launch in Oakland on Sunday, her nascent 2020 bid had already hit full gallop — a star turn on “Good Morning America,” a self-reported seven-figure fundraising milestone, a friendly reception in a key primary state.
With that fast start, Harris has stoked a perception that she is not just an elite candidate, but among the Democratic front-runners — a designation that is loaded with both upside and danger in this very early stage of presidential jockeying.
The California senator and her campaign strategists aren’t yet declaring her the favorite. But her days-long debut, crafted for maximum impact, showed a desire to make a big and early splash.
“This is what you do,” said Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist with extensive experience in candidate rollouts. “You announce, and then you try to create measures of success, and then you get the press to write you’re the front-runner, and then you use the clips to raise more money.”