Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) 2020 Democrat presidential primary campaign is literally coming apart at the seams. That’s according to current and former aides mind you. One of her top aides just jumped ship for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign and wrote a scathing resignation letter on the way out of the door. A “blistering” Nov. 11 resignation letter from former Kamala Harris for the People state operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher stated, “This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.” Oof… that hurt.
A New York Times report reveals warring factions within Harris’ campaign against her Baltimore, Maryland and California-based staff, as well as financial woes that continue to deteriorate. As part of the Times‘ various interviews with current and former Harris staffers, the report details the recent resignation letter of the campaign’s operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher. It’s a brutal letter.
Mehlenbacher was a treasurer on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign and worked in the Obama White House.
“Mehlenbacher wrote that Harris’ campaign lacks “leaders who will lead,” calling the direction of the campaign with Harris’ sister, Maya, at the helm “unacceptable.” Mehlenbacher has since taken a top job for billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s newly-announced Democrat presidential bid.
“Those sentiments are reflected in interviews, where one former Harris staffer told the Times that “You can’t run the country if you can’t run your campaign,” when speaking of the campaign’s disarray of messaging and leadership.
One [Kamala Harris] adviser said the fixation that some younger staffers have with liberals on Twitter distorted their view of what issues and moments truly mattered.”https://t.co/gFh71HTvC8
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 29, 2019
“Harris’ financial issues have not gotten any better since the last Democrat debate, putting her in a “dire” situation that has left her staff wanting former aides to set up a super PAC to help them run ads that they, themselves, cannot afford [emphasis added]:
“But her troubles go beyond staffing and strategy: Her financial predicament is dire. The campaign has not taken a poll or been able to afford TV advertising since September, and it has all but quit buying Facebook ads in the last two months. Her advisers, after months of resistance, have only now signaled their desire for a group of former aides to begin a super PAC to finance an independent political effort on her behalf.
There is no surer sign of distress for a campaign than the willingness of staff, donors and supporters to publicly-if anonymously- air their grievances while the campaign is still in progress.https://t.co/goMysPPvc9
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 29, 2019
“Likewise, Harris’ staff complained her message has been all over the place. According to the Times, Harris first chose to use the word “truth” as a campaign slogan because it polled well with focus groups. In recent months, though, Harris has dropped the phrase to focus on the term “justice” where she plays up aspects of her prosecutorial career:
“For a time, she sought to highlight a pragmatic agenda, about matters she said voters thought about while lying awake at 3 a.m. Today, her aides are given to gallows humor about just how many slogans and one-liners she has cycled through, with one recalling how “‘speak truth’ spring” gave way to “‘3 a.m.’ summer” before the current, Trump-focused “‘justice’ winter.”
Usually I hate these sort of "pre-mortem" campaign obituaries, and I probably give Harris a better chance of staging a comeback than most people here, but this story is well-reported and yeah she's made a series of pretty strange choices. https://t.co/1roNId4We5
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 29, 2019
“Even in Harris’ home state of California, the former prosecutor has failed to break into the top tier of candidates in the state’s Democrat presidential primary — a problem that one of Harris’ donors, Susie Buell admitted to the Times.
“For her to lose California would be really hard and it’s not looking good,” Buell said.
“In the latest SurveyUSA poll, Harris runs in fourth with just 10 percent in California behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Harris garners almost as much support in the state as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is polling at eight percent.”
“This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly." Ooof. This resignation letter from Kelly Mehlenbacher, the former state operations director for Kamala Harris is rough. https://t.co/5D4GpTmyT3 pic.twitter.com/WeZDhH33s0
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 29, 2019
At the beginning of all this, it looked like the 2020 nomination was Harris’ for the taking. She’s really botched her chance here and it’s hard to see how she can recover. It’s just too late in the game now. This is actually good news as those who are ahead of her are even less electable than Kamala Harris is.
It looks like her campaign is finished and she has been taken down from within. Her followers are right… if you can’t run your own campaign, how can you run the country? The only thing Harris is good at is corruption. As Twitchy put it, “The campaign hasn’t yet officially slipped beneath the surface but it sure looks like some are scrambling for lifeboats.”
How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled
“her troubles go beyond staffing and strategy: Her financial predicament is dire. The campaign has not taken a poll or been able to afford TV advertising since September, and it has all but quit buying Facebook ads.” https://t.co/v6VAP4rVWP
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 29, 2019
According to The Times, advisers to Harris believe the former prosecutor’s decline in the polls can be linked to the pummeling she took from rival 2020 hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) during the second Democratic primary debate in July. Well, somebody’s got to be at fault here and you don’t expect Harris to take responsibility for it, do you? Harris has suggested that racism and sexism have hurt her campaign, saying last month that her race and gender are the “elephant in the room” for her campaign. That has nothing to do with it… her incompetence does.
Fox News pointed to RealClearPolitics polling averages showing Harris went from enjoying 15% support and second place in a crowded field in early July to polling at 3.8 percent as of Nov. 26. Ouch… that is a political death knell if I’ve ever heard one.
“but but these policies polled so well with blue checkmarks”
— Razor (@hale_razor) November 29, 2019
Despite representing a state with nearly 40 million people, Harris is currently polling in fifth place, almost 10 points behind Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, according to the RealClear Politics average. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who has no prior political experience, is in sixth place and is polling within one point of Harris. ‘Oof’ doesn’t quite do this justice.
This is brutal and confirms a ton of speculation about Kamala and her campaign in general. https://t.co/DMEDaHGWuN
— NeoN: Automataster (@neontaster) November 29, 2019
Twitter's echo chamber and a shot across the bow from Tulsi sunk SS Harris
— Destructive Chemistry (@DestructiveChem) November 29, 2019
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) November 29, 2019
— OpheliaPGMom (@OP_Omom) November 28, 2019
I'm sure he per$uaded her with hi$ many idea$
— Patrick O'Connor (Russian Agent) ↙↙↙ 🏴🌹 (@poconnor5992) November 29, 2019
That's definitely a model campaign to go poaching staffers.
— Aaron Kincer (@Aaron_Kincer) November 29, 2019
That new title will pay off exponentially. She's looking forward to not testing her moral character in the next election.
— Tamara M🐭✌🌹Ⓥ MrsFreeYourMind (@TamaRama10) November 29, 2019
Well she knows what losing is like, so I guess that’s a plus?
— Boy. Man. (@AGayPhish) November 29, 2019
Geez, the body's not even cold yet. Politics is a cold-hearted affair.
— Carl, bankruptcy-free healthcare is my kink 🌹 (@ButIDigressBlog) November 29, 2019
I mean, who wouldn’t want Kamala staffers? She’s doing so well!
— 🐿#Bernie2020 (@DontVote4Bought) November 29, 2019
— Gerald Peace (@RealGeraldPeace) November 28, 2019
Symbolic gesture… amazing the difference between what the media reports and shows. They have to know and look the other way. If a republican would have been all over this one.
The obvious double standard killed the USA 🇺🇸 mainstream media.
— Robert Glenn (@Rglenn828) November 29, 2019
The funny part is where she says Harris is the strongest candidate. rofl
— Joe Shepherd (@AyrForceOne) November 29, 2019
Thinking it kind of sums up the entire Democrat Party in 2019.
— Kevin Walsh (@KevinWalsh1956) November 29, 2019
She essentially just outlined the current operational model of the entire Democratic party.
— Andy Wilson (@threadstoneGA) November 29, 2019
— Terry Kinder – tkinder.com (@tkinder) November 29, 2019
Let’s hold onto this letter in case Biden makes Harris his VP
— Madlaw (@madlaw1071) November 29, 2019