One would think that a presidential candidate would want to include nearly everyone in your campaign process. After all, you compete to prove that you are the best person to rule the whole nation, just a district, county, or even state. This makes it imperative that you put yourself out there in front of as many people as possible and make sure that no one area or demographic gets left out.
That is how Donald Trump won in 2016. While Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton focused on media attention, appearing on talk shows, and hitting up big city functions, now-President Donald Trump went just about everywhere. He held rallies, walked around, and shook the hands of nearly everyone in places most deemed as unworthy of their attention.
And by doing so, he proved to middle America and what many would call the “flyover” states, that they mattered. He was going to be their president too, not just the big cities on our nation’s coasts. So they voted for him and put him in the White House as the President of all of the United States.
You would think that those looking to succeed Mr. Trump would look at his example, taking cues on how to achieve his success. But no, it appears that some would rather take lessons from a candidate who lost.
Californian Senator Kamala Harris and current White House hopeful seems to be doing her best to alienate certain parts of the nation, instead of including them.
This week, CBS News reported that Harris had cut every single field staff worker in the state of New Hampshire and closed numerous offices.
Why? Isn’t New Hampshire and critical early-voting state?
As a matter of fact, it is. Therefore, it would stand to reason that you would definitely want people there to rally others to your cause.
However, Harris has somehow deemed the state as irrelevant at this point. Instead, she is moving everyone to Iowa, another early voting state. Well, not everyone. As CBS notes, more than half of her New Hampshire crew is being laid off, while most of everyone else is moving to Iowa.
According to Nate Evans, Harris’ New Hampshire communications director, “Senator Harris and this team set out with one goal – to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020.” And he continued, saying, “To do so, the campaign has made a strategic decision to realign resources and go all-in on Iowa, resulting in office closures and staff realignments and reductions in New Hampshire.”
Evans did say that “the campaign will continue to have a staff presence in New Hampshire, but the focus is and will continue to be on Iowa.”
Lucky Iowa. You will now be inundated with all sorts of liberal rhetoric that I’m sure New Hampshire is all too ready to get rid of.
However, what this says is that Harris definitely deems one state more important than the other. Most likely, this is because Iowa is given six electoral college votes and is typically one of the first to hold its general election in the country. For the upcoming election, Iowa’s votes will be taken on February 3, 2020.
In comparison, New Hampshire is only given four electoral college votes. However, it still holds early voting and is typically regarded as a battleground state.
It seems that Harris is willing to risk losing New Hampshire entirely as long as she can win the extra two votes in Iowa.
But at what cost?
She might gain two points more than if she won New Hampshire. But now that she has pretty much abandoned the more eastern state, she is sure to lose to it. Plus, it sends the message to states countrywide that they might just as quickly be deemed as irrelevant by Harris based on their electoral college vote, location, or God knows what.
It sure doesn’t set a respectable precedent, especially for a woman who already has serious questions being asked about her ability to be consistent and steadfast.
This generally stems from her habit of flip-flopping on issues, such as legalizing marijuana. As a district attorney and then-attorney general for California, she once held the belief that the drug should remain illegal and sent thousands to prison yearly for its possession. And yet only a short time later, when trying to amass democrat votes, Harris says her Jamaican blood loves it.