Harris and the “But she’s a cop” argument

As a lawyer who works with DAs and AGs every day, allow me to say: they’re not all bad. Some are even liberal Democrats who want to see justice done, help victims, and stand up to bad cops.

And not all cops are bad, either. I know, I work with them every day, too.

So I’m really sick of my fellow liberals saying “You can’t support Harris for VP — she’s a cop!”

To place them all in the “bad” category is like when we defense attorneys try running for office and people say “You can’t vote for them. They’re on the side of criminals!”

No, we’re on the side of justice, and that can be fought by both DAs and defense.

I personally want more Democrats to run for DA and AG. But when my fellow Democrats consider that a disqualifying factor, then I guess I won’t expect a lot of reform coming. (If you want to make change, you have to be in the room where it happens.)

So let’s see how terrible this cop was in California when she was a DA and later an AG.  Hmmm.  Well, she refused to enforce the state’s death penalty. She took felony marijuana arrests and reduced them to misdemeanors and refused to even prosecute the misdemeanor marijuana arrests. She set up a hate crimes unit to help LGBTQ victims and refused to defend California’s Proposition 8 that prohibited gay marriage. She stopped prosecuting young prostitutes, realizing that they were the victims, and worked to provide them with support to get out of their situation.

And when she ran for AG, the police union refused to support her.

So much for “but she’s a cop.”

 

Vote for who you want, not for who you think will win

I have given up on predicting what people want. The experts all said we’d never elect a black man and we got two terms of Obama. The experts all said we’d never elect a racist asshole and we got Trump. And in the past, when we chose who we thought would probably win instead of who we really wanted (Kerry, Dukakis, Gore) we lost.

Vote for who you want. Support who you want. You may be surprised at how well you do.

Mind you, as a Political Science grad who worked on political campaigns and runs a political blog and taught political science at the college level, you could consider me an “expert” — and I’m one of those experts who has been proven wrong.

I now think what is most important when people vote is personality and charisma, which can overcome any negatives a candidate may have. “Do they look like a President?” should be the main question.

I’d love to see a Warren / Harris ticket, but people are saying they can’t win.  I think that the kind of person who would refuse to vote for two women on the ticket probably isn’t going to vote for a Democrat anyway. I think we can win by getting our base excited and actually coming out to vote, like they did for Obama. There are more of us than them, and when we vote, we win.

Doing the Republican’s job to attack Democrats

We Democrats have some very good candidates this time. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro … I’d be happy to have any of them as President.

So please Democrats. Pick your favorite and support that person without thinking that means attacking the other ones.

We’re all on the same team and we’re debating who is the most valuable player. We don’t have to say bad things about the other players to build up our favorite.

Saying “I prefer Harris’ health plan to Booker’s” is not an attack, and you can then debate why. Saying “Booker is an idiot and his plan is the stupidest ever and I will never vote for him” doesn’t help at all.

This does not apply if one of these candidates turns out to be corrupt or does illegal things. Yeah, then they deserve to be attacked.

So let’s keep our debate civil and reasonable, and not do the Republican (and Russian) job for them.

Harris

My current favorite, but that doesn’t mean I dislike the others