She’s on the top of everyone’s list to get tapped as Joe Biden’s VP choice….
Like Amy Klobuchar and Vall Demings?
She has a law enforcement background….
And so far?
The other two have dropped because of it….
Can Harris survive her past to be the pick?
Or should she take the Attorney general spot which is surely her’s if she wants it….
She is now dealing with the Senate’s police reform effort and it puts her in a politically tough place….
Harris also has to tread carefully as a former prosecutor who had to defend her record earlier this year during the Democratic presidential primary.
Lara Bazelon, a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, opined in The New York Times in January of last year that Harris “was not a ‘progressive prosecutor.’”
Bazelon criticized Harris ahead of the primary for fighting “tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions” that the professor said “had been secured through official misconduct.”
She reiterated some of her criticisms of Harris’s record from 2004 to 2015 in an article published in The Appeal in December after Harris ended her presidential campaign
But Bazelon told Politico this month that Harris in recent years has positioned herself “on the right side” of law enforcement issues.
“I don’t think there’s the interest or the oxygen to re-litigate it,” she said of Harris’s work as a prosecutor. “She’s positioned herself in the last couple of years as someone who really is on the right side of these issues and that carries weight.”
She called Harris’s law enforcement record a “net neutral.”
Any bill Harris supports must counter the negative narrative that emerged during the primary and not give critics more ammunition, said Democratic strategist Steve Jarding.
Jarding says Harris needs to “be bold.”
“This is a chance for her to show that she can take the lead and she can be an asset on the ticket,” he said.
“When you’re attorney general and effectively a prosecutor, there’s a chance in this climate that could hurt you. We saw it with [Sen.] Amy Klobuchar,” he said.
Jarding said if he were Harris, “I would be less concerned about getting it passed,” warning that if Harris agrees to water down Democratic reforms to get a bill through the Senate, “then I think she would look worse.”
“It would play into the critics who said she was too harsh as attorney general when it came to people of color,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made clear last week that he has little interest in moving much more in the direction of Booker and Harris’s police reform bill.
“They want to basically … federalize all of these issues,” he said, vowing the Senate-House Democratic proposal “is going nowhere in the Senate.”
The other thing Harris has to be wary of is the likelihood that any legislation passed by Congress, even if it falls short of what advocates of police reform on the left are calling for, would be seized by President Trump as a major accomplishment and touted during his race against Biden….