Democrats are stuck between a rock and a hard place with Kamala Harris.
Harris is massively unpopular, but she is also the sitting vice president and checks the right identity politics boxes.
And now Kamala Harris shook her head in disbelief over finding out which Democrat will challenger her.
Many Democrats secretly hoped that California Governor Gavin Newsom would parachute into the 2024 presidential race and save the party from the prospect of Donald Trump defeating Joe Biden or Kamala Harris.
But Newsom swore off a run in 2024 during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where Newsom said there was no circumstance under which he would challenge Harris in 2024 and that he strongly supported Joe Biden’s re-election.
That doesn’t mean – however – that Newsom has foregone a presidential run entirely.
In fact, Newsom made back-to-back moves that strongly hinted Newsom would challenge Harris in the 2028 Democrat primary and also position himself for the general election.
Newsom sought to appease liberals by decrying an order from a district court judge in California that struck down the state’s ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines.
“Unsurprisingly, Judge Benitez chose to issue this radical decision on the same day President Biden announced his new Office of Gun Violence Prevention. As a reminder, this is the same judge who used Gun Violence Awareness Day to strike down California’s assault weapons ban — comparing the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife,” Newsom’s statement read.
“Judge Benitez is not even pretending anymore. This is politics, pure and simple,” Newsom added.
“It’s time to wake up. Unless we enshrine a Right to Safety in the Constitution, we are at the mercy of ideologues like Judge Benitez. All of our gun safety laws that are proven to save lives are at risk. It doesn’t matter what laws we pass. It doesn’t matter what the voters decide. Concealed carry. Banning weapons of war. Reasonable waiting periods. Background checks. The idealogues are coming for all of them,” Newsom concluded.
When Donald Trump criticized judges who ruled against him as partisan ideologues the press claimed it was one step short of turning America into Nazi Germany.
Unsurprisingly there was not a peep in the press about Newsom smearing a judge in harshly personal terms.
But Newsom wasn’t done yet.
Newsom also took steps to distance himself from the left and present himself to general election voters as a moderate and not your typical “California liberal.”
Crime and the decreasing quality of life in America’s biggest cities are major issues for voters.
That’s why Newsom filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to consider a challenge to an Oregon law that prevents cities from clearing out the homeless encampments that turned once thriving downtown areas into post-apocalyptic third-world countries.
“While I agree with the basic principle that a city shouldn’t criminalize homeless individuals for sleeping outside when they have nowhere else to go within that city’s boundaries, courts continue to reach well beyond that narrow limit to block any number of reasonable efforts to protect homeless individuals and the broader public from the harms of uncontrolled encampments,” a statement from Newsom read.
“It’s time for the courts to stop these confusing, impractical and costly rulings that only serve to worsen this humanitarian crisis,” Newsom continued.
Newsom also vetoed a bill that would allow judges to order the government to take children away from the parents if a mom and dad refused to allow their child to undergo transgender surgeries to mutilate their body.
Late on a Friday night, Gavin Newsom just vetoed AB 957, which would have required judges to remove custody of children from parents who don’t “affirm” a child’s “gender identity or gender expression.” pic.twitter.com/fXfdYtBNS4
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 23, 2023
Newsom imposed some of the harshest COVID lockdowns and mandates, wants a new constitutional amendment allowing the government to ban and confiscate firearms, and strongly supports the Communist Green New Deal.
The California governor is the walking embodiment of a coastal elite liberal.
Newsom also knows this which is why he tried to soften the edges around his image with these pivots to the center.
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