Prospector Political Publish Week #7: Impeachment, dropped Harris bid lead to eventful political week


Brendan Burke, Copy Editor

Editors’ Note: This edition of Prospector Political Publish can be found in Issue #4 of The Prospector being released on Dec. 10. The print issue does not mention Billionaire Tom Steyer as one of the candidates nominated due to his qualification being recent. Link to the print article here: OPINION 4 (2)

We are coming to the close of one of the biggest weeks in this year’s political atmosphere. With California Sen. Kamala Harris dropping her bid for the 2020 Democratic primary and the House Judiciary Committee initiating official impeachment proceedings, there is much to discuss in the political world.

I am going to start off by talking about Harris dropping her bid. I was quite shocked when the senator left the race due to the fact that she was polling in fourth place; I named her a winner of the November Democratic debate in Prospector Political Publish Week #6 and she was one of seven candidates (Billionaire Tom Steyer just recently qualified and was left out of the print issue) to qualify for the sixth Democratic debate in December. 

Harris had a huge following when she announced her campaign back in January, but she failed to live up to the hype amid candidates such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden

Harris is ending her campaign because of the lack of financial resources she requires for her campaign to continue.

“To my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today,” Harris said in a Dec. 3 tweet. “But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.”

While most people seem to think that Harris’ decision was a unique one, I applaud her for it and hope more Democrats will follow in her footsteps. 

Harris has set a precedent by leaving the race because she showed candidates that have not been qualifying for recent debates what course of action they should take in regards to their campaigns.  

I stated in Prospector Political Publish Week #5 that many Democratic candidates must realize when it is their time to leave due to the fact that they are just confusing the entire party. 

With the most recent political Gallup poll showing that 31% of Americans identify as Democrats, nominees dragging in the polls need to allow this group of over 75 million people to choose a small number of candidates that they can get on board with.

For example, the December debate currently only has six qualifying candidates set to participate. I can only hope that this number remains unchanged because it will officially cut down the size of the legitimate field. 

It is time for nominees such as author Marianne Williamson and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to leave the race, and Harris is allowing this goal to be achieved. 

However, I say with confidence that Americans have not seen the last of Harris; she even said in her farewell video, “I am still very much in this fight.” 

The fact that Warren and Biden have both mentioned the fact that Harris would be the best vice presidential nominee widely hints at news to be revealed at the Democratic National Convention next July.

Obviously, most Democratic nominees have showed their appreciation for Harris and everything that she has done for the Democratic primary. 

Surprisingly, President Donald Trump even tweeted at Harris saying, “Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!” While many people have debated whether or not this was a sarcastic remark, Harris quickly responded with “Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial.” 

Here, Harris is referring to the impeachment trial that Trump may face in the U.S. Senate if he is impeached by the House of Representatives. 

This vote is actually not as far away as it seems because Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated that it should occur by Christmas. As previously stated, the House Judiciary Committee has formalized impeachment proceedings by holding a day-long hearing with four legal scholars debating whether or not Trump’s actions are impeachable. 

The three scholars invited by Democrats stated that Trump’s actions fit the impeachment clause while the fourth scholar invited by Republicans stated that their case is based on shoddy evidence.

With all of the witnesses providing necessary testimonies being given, Pelosi has said that drafting the articles for impeachment is the next course of action due to the 2020 election coming up fast. 

The end of this impeachment proceeding is essential because it will play a larger role in the election. There should be no more debate about whether impeachment articles are justified; it is time for a vote.