Photo Courtesy CNN
Photo Courtesy CNN

With Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings underway, many Democrats will be eagerly awaiting Kamala Harris’ turn as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s star prosecutor, hoping she can create one of those pin-drop moments that made her an irresistible pick to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

But as this week’s proceedings approached, close allies of the California senator cautioned that viewers tuning in shouldn’t expect those kind of fireworks from the vice presidential candidate.
This time, Harris is playing a much more complex dual role, a Judiciary Committee member valued by her party for her courtroom skills, but also the running mate of a Democratic presidential nominee who has condemned the divisive, angry politics of Washington and is promising to be a president to people all political persuasions.
In her opening statement on Monday, Harris did not even mention Barrett’s name, instead accusing President Donald Trump and Republicans of threatening the health and safety of millions of Americans with their effort to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, telling the story of a child named Myka whose parents were hit with enormous health care costs after she was diagnosed with a “congenital heart defect.” She also argued Barrett could undo the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Barrett would replace.
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