I am not sure why my blog post about Kamala Harris has been so difficult to put together. The honest truth is that I’m not totally sure why I like her so much. I don’t even agree with many of her policy positions. But she’s a bad ass woman who I can see leading this country in the right direction. While Buttigieg still holds the top spot for me, my thoughts about Kamala Harris have evolved.
I had originally put Harris further down on my list, because her record on criminal justice has been … mixed. But after her CNN Town Hall, I thought she did a reasonable job of defending that record. I think she understands the issues of criminal justice reform better than almost any of the other candidates.
I am not a big fan of her flagship idea to raise teachers’ salaries. I agree that we need to invest in education, including doing significant work to increase teachers’ salaries. My dad, my sister, and so many of my friends were or are teachers; I deeply feel that they are all underpaid. I just don’t know that this is the best way to spend dollars on education improvements.
Harris is also a supporter of a full stop Medicare-for-All program, with the virtual elimination of private insurance, except as supplemental insurance. While I think that we are headed in this direction, I again think that it is too simple to say that we’re just going to jump here. I believe we need a slower trajectory to this end goal, with a public option.
Even as I write my thoughts up in this post, I recognize that Harris in my second spot is not totally rational – but I like her. I trust her. If a zombie apocalypse were upon us, I would be entirely comfortable with her in charge.
Buttigieg still has my vote, but if Harris is the nominee, I will happily sport a Kamala Harris For the People tee, put up a yard sign, and talk to my neighbors and friends about her.