Top cop or radical? Kamala Harris is neither. She’s something ...


Top cop or radical? Kamala Harris is neither. She’s something else

Insiders have only good things to say about her. Her detractors, though, come from both ends of the political spectrum

Laurence Dodds and Olivia Rudgard

The old photograph shows two children sitting together by the pond, doing experiments involving tadpoles. The boy has a Beatles-ish bowl haircut; the girl’s hair is “wild”. He is future San Francisco city councilman Aaron Peskin; she is Kamala Harris, potentially the next vice-president of the United States.

“I’ve known her all my life,” says Peskin, a doyen of municipal politics who has spent decades serving the city that made Kamala Harris – right down to attending the same kindergarten and school in nearby Berkeley, California. Now 56, he believes their shared upbringing helps explain why she is dangerous to Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, Harris was finally unveiled as the running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (ending weeks of political coquetry from his campaign). As the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, she would be not only the first woman in the White House but the first black woman and the first Asian-American...

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