One, know and establish your political persona before you get in.
…Harris promised a focus on racial issues with an implicit suggestion that Barack Obama, the first African-American president might have been too timid here. By this fall, there appeared to be no focus — race or otherwise.
…A candidate can alter, modify or change a position or two, but the overarching message has to be consistent and coherent.
…Two, when you get that moment in the limelight, be ready to capitalize on it and move on.
…Three, a campaign [organization/staff] matters. A staff is — to an extent — a mirror reflection of the candidate. [Which makes the Peanut Gallery curious why the Hill singled out her sister and not her stuff in the rest of the paragraph.]
…There is no doubt the political bar is a little higher for women — and more so for minority candidates.
It’s hard to cite this as the major factor in Harris’s collapse: In the past three presidential elections, twice the Democratic nomination went to an African-American, Barack Obama, the other to a woman, Hillary Clinton.
…Also can we stop any talk of nominating sitting Senators to VP or cabinent positions. Enough already. They need to stay where they are.