She had rehearsed for weeks.
Facing upwards of 50 potential opponents, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) knew that she needed an “I am Spartacus” moment before the 2020 contest kicked off.
But things didn’t go as planned.
First she badgered Judge Kavanaugh with questions that CNN’s top legal analyst called “puzzling” and “unfair.” A Los Angeles Times headline blasted her:
Then came the outright lying.
Desperate for a viral moment, Harris deceptively edited a clip of the judge to accuse him of using “a dog whistle for going after birth control.”
Criticism quickly mounted, she tried to clean it up, but the damage was done. The Washington Post gave her four Pinocchios for her “misleading” attack. PolitiFact rated her False.
There’s no doubt Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. But how often she plans to embarrass herself before then is yet to be seen.