I remain confident that Kamala Harris is the presumptive Democrat nominee for president, but I have to admit seeing this story introduced a sliver of doubt into my mind:
Some 17 days after announcing her 2020 Democratic presidential bid before a sizable crowd of 20,000, California Sen. Kamala Harris has issued an urgent email headlined “Falling Short.”
In it, her campaign pleads for donations in time for the next Federal Election Commission reporting period, which campaigns use to show if they have the needed financial support to push through the Iowa caucuses.
“I need to be direct: right now, we are at a real risk of falling short of our February fundraising goals,” said the email signed “Kamala.”
Democratic campaign experts said that it will cost candidates $50 million to $100 million just to get to the early 2020 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Several campaigns are competing with each other for donations and staff. Often as FEC deadlines near, campaigns issue dire warnings not because they are falling short but because they want to pump up their final number.
If Kamala can’t raise any cash, that isn’t good news for the Democrats in 2020. All the energy is with candidates like her – Biden or Bernie are almost guaranteed to lose.