Kamala Harris has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race: why some of her competitors should follow suit.


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Sen. Kamala Harris talks in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018.

Owen Phillips

Last Tuesday, Senator Kamala Harris of California announced that she will be withdrawing from the 2020 presidential race after a series of leaks from inside Harris’ staff revealed internal problems with the campaign.


Kamala Harris was considered at the beginning to be a top-shelf candidate, but after a series of lackluster debate performances and questionable policy decisions, she quickly fell to the b-tier.


But this newest round of information coming from within her campaign suggests that Harris was a far more imperfect candidate than was originally thought. Memos leaked from inside the campaign and those released officially paint a vivid picture of mismanagement and inefficiency. 


Harris’ campaign appears to have been doomed from the start, with reports of financial mismanagement and discontent among campaign managers. Apparently, Harris has been hemorrhaging cash from her campaign since almost the beginning and has been relying on last-minute donations from large corporate sponsors to keep her campaign afloat.


Harris’ lastest focus had been on Iowa for Super Tuesday and scrounging together the funds to begin a series of television advertisements promoting her capability and preparation to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.


These most current developments provide a clear picture of what a Harris presidency would look like, but on a much safer scale. Right now, the only people being harmed by her failures are those connected to Harris and, unfortunately, her supporters. 


If this is how Harris has managed her campaign, we can only imagine to what degree her inability to lead would affect America.


But Harris’ problematic sprint for the White House is not only telling of her own shortcomings as a candidate but those of her competitors as well.


Kamala Harris has been considered a sort of viable underdog–not mainstream enough to be a frontrunner, but a strong enough competitor to actually vie for the title. But if Kamala Harris has been holding back the truth of her crumbling system for this long, imagine what her weaker opponents have been handling.


Some of her contemporaries have been dealing with 1% polling numbers, lackluster voter turnout and minimal budgets, yet still attracting more media attention week by week than Harris, even last week when she announced her withdrawal from the race.


Candidates such as Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and Andrew Yang, each have garnered a small cult following, due in part to their unorthodox campaign strategies, unique policy focuses and aggressive media presence, yet lack any serious chance at the Democratic nomination.


But there is another side to that point, and it is those who have fallen outside the media lens completely, several of whom have already dropped out or have at least been excluded from the most recent debates. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand withdrew her candidacy in late August after little interest in her campaign forced her to close her short-lived run.


Representative Tulsi Gabbard has received almost exclusively negative press since announcing her candidacy in January, coming under a great deal of scrutiny for her comments about conservative stances on foreign policy and her disdain for Hillary Clinton and previous support of now competitor Bernie Sanders.


A prime example is self-help author Marianne Williamson, who polls very well with young voters, showing very similar numbers with youth voters to Bernie Sanders in 2016, but has been largely ignored by the media as “not a serious candidate” and the attention she does get is superficial at best (largely in reference to her eccentric behavior), and overwhelmingly ignorant of her unconventional policy stances. 


Overall, Kamala Harris’ campaign should act as a harbinger to those campaigns below and above her, that the public will eventually see the true color of the candidate, and not just on the debate stage. 


It should be fairly easy at this stage in the game for the candidates themselves to know who has a real shot at the presidency. My advice to them–leave with your dignity intact.