“I would say, the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris,” Trump responded. “I would say, in terms of the opening act, I would say, would be her.”
He’s right — even though he pronounced Harris’ first name wrong. (It’s pronounced “comma-la.”)
Of the early entrances we’ve seen in the Democratic race, Harris’ has been the best. Why?
Well, first, she clearly had a very well-thought-out plan, with a plan to get maximum media attention both nationally and in key early-voting states, as well as to send a powerful symbolic message about her candidacy.
Harris announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At first glance, announcing on a federal holiday seemed a bit odd, but Harris’ announcement was the only thing happening that day — other than Trump tweets — and she dominated the coverage.
Harris finished her weeklong announcement tour at Drake University in Iowa, where she fielded questions from voters — and CNN’s Jake Tapper — in a town hall format. She was at ease and effective — coming across as someone with a broad knowledge on issues but also a real person with flaws and challenges of her own.
Still, seen against the week, that was a minor blip.