That's the word from Ben Smith at Politico:
"When she broke out of a six-candidate primary field in the race for attorney general, the San Francisco prosecutor won big endorsements from party heavyweights, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, as well as endorsements from labor unions like the Service Employees International Union and most of California’s top newspapers. She also was the only down-ballot Democrat for whom President Obama raised funds this year.
"That level of support — coupled with glowing profiles in national magazines like Ebony and The Daily Beast, as well as appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and a Matt Lauer interview on Today — lead top Democrats to predict she will soon become a household name. 'She’s a rare talent who will be a national figure shortly,' said Chris Lehane, a former Clinton aide who is now a consultant in California. 'People call her the female Obama. It’s more apt to say she is the female Obama that progressives thought they were voting for.' ...
And the inevitable comparisons to the President.
"Both are mixed-race children of immigrants raised by a single mother; both are eloquent, telegenic big-city lawyers with strong liberal credentials who catapulted from relative obscurity to the national stage. And like the first African-American president, Harris has broken a long-standing barrier — she’s California’s first African-American attorney general and the first woman to hold the office."
Harris and Governor-Elect Jerry Brown, both veteran champions of LGBT rights, campaigned against appealing Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker's landmark ruling on Prop 8. Haris reiterated this at her first news conference when she formally declared victory. "We will not defend Proposition 8 because it is simply unconstitutional. One does not need to run from their convictions when they choose to run for office."
Read the full profile at Politico ...