Potentially All White Debate Causing Anxiety Among Dems
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California has formally withdrawn from the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Besides the usual chattering among the pundit class over the great meaning of the collapse of what was once a promising campaign, Harris leaving has had one very embarrassing side effect from the perspective of Democrats. The next presidential debate is likely to consist of all white people. That was not supposed to happen in the “diverse” Democratic Party.
Harris had qualified for the next debate, having achieved 200,000 unique donors as well as reaching at least four percent in four DNC approved polls or six percent in two DNC approved polls. Those who have also qualified include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen Bernie Sanders, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer, all white people. The other candidates of color, to coin a phrase, have thus far fallen short.
Fox News explains.
“Both tech businessman Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have met the donor requirement to qualify for the December debate but have yet to meet the polling requirement as they each only have three polls and have until the December 12 cutoff to earn the fourth.
“Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has met the donor requirement but does not have any qualifying polls so far. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has not met either requirement and previously failed to qualify in the November debate.”
The consternation on the left has roiled social media. Leah Greenberg, the co-executive director of something called Indivisible Team, expressed the outrage the best.
“No matter your candidate, you have to recognize that going from the most diverse field ever in January to a potentially all-white debate stage in December is catastrophic. The implicit racism and sexism of ‘electability’ is deeply damaging to democracy.”
To be sure, the qualified slate of Democratic candidates are still diverse from gender and even, since Buttigieg is included, from a sexual orientation perspective. But liberals are wringing their hands and raising their voices over why all of the minority candidates seem to be falling short. To be sure, many are, like Greenberg, blaming racism. Julian Castro, though, has a theory about Kamala Harris, who was once considered the candidate to beat because of all of the diversity boxes she checked, according to Hot Air.
Harris, according to the former HUD Secretary, was held to a double standard by the media. The media pointed to chaos within the Harris campaign and the fact that the senator from California was personally unlikeable on the stump. Harris also never recovered from the famous takedown she endured at the hands of Tulsi Gabbard on the debate stage.
Other analysts have pointed out that none of the other “candidates of color” have achieved the right combination of gravitas, appealing personality, and policy chops to break out of the lower tier. Tulsi Gabbard has annoyed many Democrats by being on Fox News too much. Corey Booker, who once compared himself to the red-haired Thracian slave rebel Spartacus, has not been able to explain why he should occupy any office of public trust, not to mention the presidency. Yang, Castro, and Deval Patrick are too obscure to gain much notice either by the media or the voting public.
The accusation that Democrats are too racist to appreciate minority presidential candidates is somewhat eyebrow-raising, considering the success of a gentleman named Barack Obama. Ironically, Obama’s elderly, white sidekick, Joe Biden, is contributing to the diversity problem by attracting too much of the African American vote. Then, hardly noted by most of the media, is the polling that suggests that President Donald Trump is attracting an unprecedented share of black voters, in the low 30 percent.
Aside from the racism argument, some suggest that the DNC rules for qualifying for the debates are what is at fault. Michael Starr Hopkins, a Democratic strategist, explains via Fox News.
’The DNC thought it would help progressives demonstrate support, but it ended up hurting campaigns like Harris, Booker, and Castro,’ Hopkins told Fox News. ‘Instead of focusing on building infrastructure, they had to spend insane amounts on donor lists to get on the debate stage.’”
Hopkins suggested that lower-tier candidates had to expend a lot of resources expanding donor lists and raising money. He concluded by suggesting that African American voters will be turned off by not seeing and candidates of color on the debate stage and that turn out would thus be affected.