Kamala Harris perhaps captures the spirit of the new Democratic party better than any of her colleagues, believes Perry Bacon Jr. of Five Thirty Eight. A woman with African-American and Indian roots might provide the refreshing spark that the presidency needs. Similar to Barack Obama, she has a clear, progressive vision on many issues, such as gender and racial equality, while staying away from more extreme ideals, like those of Bernie Sanders, for example. This could make her very appealing to much of the electorate. From middle-aged moderates to millennial liberals, Harris could unite Democrats like few others.
Kamala Harris’s past as a prosecutor is problematic in ways that make her less than ideal as a US presidential candidate, suggests Lara Bazelon of The New York Times. She presents herself as a “progressive prosecutor,” but that term is not quite accurate. Harris shunned criminal justice reform as a district attorney, while doubling down on upholding wrongful convictions that had been achieved with untruthful testimonies, manipulation of evidence and key facts being hidden by prosecutors. She also defended the death penalty. Overly harsh on defendants, beyond the norm, Harris isn’t the ideal progressive candidate she claims to be.