The last confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee were a launching pad for Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. Two years later, the looming confirmation battle for the nation’s highest court could help propel her into the White House.
In a year when the word “unprecedented” has been rendered basically meaningless, the California senator’s dual role as both a vice presidential nominee and one of the most prominent members of the Senate Judiciary Committee is a historical first. Progressives are hoping that Harris’ aggressive cross-examination of Brett Kavanaugh during the explosive 2018 hearings investigating allegations of sexual misconduct are a preview of a similar performance in the coming weeks as the panel considers President Donald Trump’s potential third justice on the Supreme Court—this time, under an even brighter spotlight.
“There’s really only two political events that capture the attention of the whole country: Supreme Court hearings, and presidential and vice presidential debates,” said Teddy Goff, co-founder and partner at Precision Strategies and former chief digital strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Goff told The Daily Beast that “no one’s better in these kinds of settings” than Harris.