Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calf.) was asked by a radio host to name her top accomplishment since coming to the Senate and all she could come up with is that she sat on committees.
Harris has been prominently mentioned as a potential nominee for president from the Democratic Party.
Podcast host Aminatou Sow asked Harris, “We’re wondering, maybe, if you could talk about what at this point you consider your biggest win, or the thing that when you’re like ‘Wow, when I look back at those 18 months, this is the thing that I want top of the resume,'” Sow said.
I’ll tell you. Umm. One of the things that I think, for me, is most important is the role that I serve on that various committees that I’m on — umm — which are oversight committees. Let’s be clear. Those committees exist to watch and question what is going on with our government, the United States government. So, I’m on Senate Intelligence, I’m on Homeland Security, I’m on Judiciary and the accomplishment then is for me is a function of what I think my role should be. Often, especially in the last 18 months, has been to try and get at the truth.
Wow. That’s some “top of the resume.”
From that same interview: “And so, the accomplishment is, and the goal is to always make sure that we are being, and the system is being, as transparent as possible, and that, frankly, that the American public has the answers and that we’re being told the truth,” she said. “And when that happens, I feel a sense of accomplishment and when it doesn’t happen, I feel a sense of frustration.”
This is the sort of question that any rookie politician hits out of the park. A friendly, non-confrontational host tees it up, steps back, and the candidate gets a chance to lay into one.
Instead, Harris swung and missed.
But she shouldn’t feel too bad. Hillary Clinton didn’t accomplish a thing during her time in the Senate and she ended up the Democratic nominee for president. Besides, Harris doesn’t have to worry. Her “resume” has the two most important boxes checked, which actually makes her overqualified to be the nominee for Democrats: she’s a woman and she’s a minority.
And when you think about it, for Democrats, that’s all that matters.