“My whole life,” Harris continued, “I’ve only had one client: the people.” To her, that meant fighting for sexual assault survivors, fighting for fairness within the justice system itself, fighting for families who had been defrauded by banks, and a host of other worthy causes.
Fighting “for the people” is broad, deep, and almost impossible to quibble with. Even if some find fault with parts of Harris’s biography or stances—and they certainly will—fighting for the people is the good fight.
It is also an unmistakable reference to “We the people”—the emotional centerpiece of our country’s founding documents. To be a Democrat in modern America is to believe in the power of the people and the masses over that of any individual who reigns by virtue of their wealth or privilege. It’s to believe in the notion that together we are made stronger and better. Or as President Obama often said, e pluribus unum: out of many, one.
As Harris noted, “I’m running to be president, of the people, by the people, and for all people.”
Whoever wins in 2020 will prevail to the extent that they are able to overcome divisions in the country and tell a story that’s relatable and inspiring to as broad a cross-section of this nation as possible. “For the People” is automatically inclusive, and it is indeed driven by a biography Harris can lean on.
Over the coming the months, there’s going to be a lot of noise, particularly as reporters and rival campaigns pick apart candidates’ biographies and votes. Unless someone has done something that you consider just absolutely disqualifying, I encourage you to try to ignore it for now and focus on whether you think candidates are connecting with you and whether you feel personally drawn to them. No one is going to have a perfect record. What we’re looking for is someone who can provide the nation with an inspirational vision that can bring a giant swath of the country along with them. That’s the candidate we want to top the Democratic ticket heading into 2020.