Things are looking really grim for her…
By any case, when she sparred with Vice President Joe Biden and rendered the front runner seem fragile, Sen. Kamala Harris did not do well in the spotlight after the first round of debates.
Harris’ seemingly overwhelming momentum only two and a half months earlier is now a more remote memory than any recollection of what the original face of Joe Biden looked like.
Mired behind Der Bidengaffer in fourth position and two white septuagenarian socialists, Harris was unable to play her diversity card efficiently enough to break loose from the midpack.
Normally, that wouldn’t be a big problem in the main phase at this early stage, particularly with such a big field. However, given the momentum she had at the end of June and the beginning of July, her inertia in the polls is more like backsliding.
Now, it appears that the Harris campaign is turning to what is generally considered a desperation play: putting all of her eggs in the Iowa basket.
Kamala Harris is putting her stumbling campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy: She’s shifting away from the closed-door fundraisers that dominated her summer calendar to focus on retail politicking in the crucial kickoff state.
Harris huddled with top campaign officials Tuesday in Baltimore to discuss the next steps as a series of polls show her plummeting into the mid-single digits. She’s not expected to significantly alter her message. Instead, Harris is planning to make weekly visits to the state and nearly double the size of her 65-person ground operation, sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.
Retail politicking sells in Iowa perhaps even better than it does in other states. For that reason alone, this is a good strategy for Harris. If, however, she underperforms after diverting her resources there, it could be an almost fatal blow to the campaign.
Harris has her work in Iowa cut out for her:
An Iowa poll out Wednesday, conducted by her own pollster for another client, showed Harris well out of range of the frontrunners, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, and behind Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.
Yeah, she’s trailing Amy Klobuchar, who is currently polling around two percent nationally. And that’s from her pollster.
She can probably hang around until Super Tuesday, but limping into it may not do her any good.
As for now, the Party of Youth and Diversity looks older and whiter at the top every day.