Throughout what at times has been a circus-like election season, Kamala Harris has consistently displayed her mastery of political acrobatics. From fending off ridiculous “birther” conspiracy theories to more than holding her own on the debate stage, the senator from California has landed firmly on her feet each time.
But beginning Monday, Harris will likely find herself walking a tightrope of sorts during her questioning of Amy Coney Barrett at the judge’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Harris gained plenty of political capital for her pointed line of questioning during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 2018, using that momentum to help launch her presidential campaign early last year. But while she was able to flex her prosecutorial skills while interrogating him about allegations of sexual assault, Nazis in Charlottesville, the Mueller investigation and more, critics all but labeled her an “angry Black woman” in an attempt to discredit her.
This time around, the stakes are even higher as Harris — the Democratic vice-presidential nominee — will have to be aware of possibly turning off…