Report: Kamala Harris Was the Most Liberal Senator in 2019
According to GovTrack, a nonpartisan website that tracks bills and members of Congress, Kamala Harris was the most liberal member of the Senate last year. Or as the New York Times put it, she’s a “pragmatic moderate” (yes, really).
Moving to the left of Bernie Sanders is no easy feat, but Kamala has always been among the most liberal Senators, and went into overdrive on the campaign trail. As Breitbart reports:
In 2018, Harris was ranked the fourth-most left-wing. But by 2019 — a year she spent running for president — Harris had moved to the furthest extreme.
GovTrack explained its ratings: “Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.” The most conservative score is 1.00; the most liberal score possible is 0.00.
Harris ranked #100 — the “least conservative,” or most liberal, Senator on the list, and the only one to score a “0.00”:
The eleven furthest left senators were:
- #90 0.16 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
- #91 0.15 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
- #92 0.14 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
- #93 0.12 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
- #94 0.10 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
- #95 0.09 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
- #96 0.07 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
- #97 0.07 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
- #98 0.03 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
- #99 0.02 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
- #100 0.00 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
So, for at least the last year Harris moved to the left of Sanders.
Rising political polarization isn’t the result of both sides becoming more and more extreme, it’s almost entirely a phenomenon caused by the left.
An analysis from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center published a study in October 2017 tracking the growing ideological divide in America since the 1990s. And the main finding? That while Republican voters have moved slightly more to the right, the left has shifted leftward by a drastically larger margin.
An analysis by The Economist of winning House candidates found a similar pattern – Republicans took an ideological step to the right while Democrats ran a mile to the left.
Until this week I had thought to myself that as bad a candidate Joe Biden is, the Democrats “at least” didn’t make the socialist their nominee. But with most voters believing Biden won’t even finish out a full term in the White House if elected, they picked the one person to the left of that socialist.