Kamala Harris will have to relinquish her Senate seat to preside over the House as vice president, and the problem of her replacement has bedeviled California politicians, who are torn between various interest groups.
Now, Harris herself is officially bowing out of the question, punting it to beleaguered governor Gavin Newsom, who has his own set of problems, including a potential recall effort.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is staying out of the fraught selection process to fill her Senate seat.
Newsom has bemoaned “the stress of having to choose between a lot of friends, to choose between quality candidates — and the fact that whoever you pick, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be upset,” and pointed to a full-throttle lobbying effort that kicked up as soon as President-elect Joe Biden tapped Harris as his running mate.
Much of Newsom’s stress comes from the morally and politically bankrupt practice of balancing competing racial interest groups who are deeply invested in a virtual quota system.
As the Examiner reports:
For some prominent Democrats, selecting a black woman is a priority, while a Latino candidate remains a priority for those who say it’s past time for California, a state with a large Hispanic population, to send their first Latino senator to Washington.
Last month, close to 150 of the state’s biggest women political donors issued a public letter addressed to the governor, urging him “to continue this Californian tradition by appointing a woman of color to Vice President-elect Harris’s US Senate seat.” Among these women are some of Newsom’s most prolific political donors.
I have zero sympathy for Newsom. He’s weaponized identity politicals for political gain his entire career, but as a white male, he should have remembered that every revolution eats its own.
I also have no doubt that whoever replaces Kamala Harris will be just as radical, entitled, and dictatorial as she was.