NEW YORK — If Kamala Harris is a moderate, Joe Biden is a teenager.
Soon after the former vice president, 77, revealed on Tuesday the woman he hopes will become his vice president, newsroom Leftists rushed to disguise the 55-year-old junior senator from California as a centrist.
The so-called Paper of Record dubbed Harris “a pragmatic moderate.” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said that Harris “comes from the middle of the road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party.” Nonsense. Harris is a Right-winger! Just ask the Washington Post, which called her “a small-c conservative.”
This, of course, is unwittingly hilarious, when it’s not maddening. These and other media organizations know better. They are busy repackaging the far-Left Harris as a half-Jamaican/half-East Indian version of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R – Alaska), whose office occupies the 50-yard line of the
Redskins generic Washington team. In fact, Kamala Harris is Bernie Sanders with long, black hair.
Actually, that’s a tad unfair to the socialist senator from Vermont. He is merely the second-Leftest member of the World’s Greatest Deliberative body. Who’s No. 1? Kamala Harris!
According to GovTrack’s legislative-vote analysis, Harris is “Ranked most liberal compared to All Senators.” With a score of 0.0, Harris was the 100th most conservative senator. Sanders was No. 99, with a 0.02. So, this “small-c conservative” actually votes to the Left of Bernie Sanders.
GovTrack also considers Harris a rigid partisan. She “Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Democrats.”
Other key legislative report cards also find Harris in or near the ideological end zone.
The American Conservative Union scored Harris a dismal 9 percent in 2018. That year, the pro-market National Taxpayers Union graded Harris a D. In contrast, the Americans for Democratic Action gave Harris a perfect, 100-percent-liberal rating in 2018 (before her 2019 presidential run and consequent truancy muddied results.)
Biden, for his part, was stumbling-over-a-cliff Left in 2008, his last year in the Senate. The ACU judged Biden a 0. The NTU ruled him an F. And the ADA rated him an 80.
Based on actual Senate votes, Biden-Harris is the farthest-Left Democrat ticket since George McGovern and Thomas Eagleton in 1972, if not in U.S. history.
Yeas and Nays aside, Harris’ policies catapult her over the port side of the ship of state.
- “On Day One, we’re going to repeal that tax bill,” Harris said, promising to torpedo President Donald J. Trump’s entire Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and sink the finances of American businesses, families, and individuals. Harris also said: “We’ve got to raise the corporate tax rate” from 21 percent all the way back to 35 percent — 10 points higher than in Red China.
- “I am prepared to get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal,” the $52.6 trillion eco-Leviathan, which she co-sponsored. Ditching the filibuster could jet-propel Biden-Harris’ entire radical agenda through the Senate.
- Harris co-sponsored the Medicare for All Act, Bernie Sanders’ plan to nationalize healthcare and kill the private health coverage of some 180 million Americans.
- “Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants,” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked debating Democrats in June 2019. Up went Harris’s hand.
- Harris itches to repeal 8 U.S. Code § 1325 and, thus, decriminalize illegal entry into the USA.
- Harris favors “banning Right to Work laws. That needs to happen.” This would cost 166 million Americans in 27 states their protections against mandatory unionization.
- “There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking,” Harris declared on CNN. If she prevailed, Americans would kiss energy independence goodbye. Harris further threatened: “Under my plan, there would also be a carbon fee.”
- How about a compulsory gun-buyback program? “I think it’s a good idea,” Harris said September 6 in New Hampshire. “We have to take those guns off the streets.”
Democrats offer Americans a fragile, fading, solid-Left Joe Biden and, one heartbeat behind him, the even-harder-Left Kamala Harris.
You have been warned.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.