California Attorney General Kamala Harris doesn't want to put herself forward for a big promotion—at least not this week. She's tamping down speculation that she would be nominated to replace Eric Holder, the outgoing United States Attorney General who said yesterday he would be leaving office after six years. Instead Harris will remain focused on her upcoming reelection campaign.
In a statement, Harris said, "I intend to continue my work for the people of California as Attorney General." That's not quite the full Sherman, but it's awfully close. Though US AG could be a solid stepping stone to future runs, there's little upside to serving out the last two lame-duck years in the administration, especially if that job is to clean up after Holder's controversies. Why bother with such a thankless task?
That doesn't mean that Harris doesn't have larger ambitions though. San Francisco's former district attorney's name has often surfaced in discussions of Cabinet positions or larger elected offices in California, including Governor or Barbara Boxer's Senate seat. But, despite the chatter, it looks like she won't be making the jump to Washington this time.
Don't rule it out, however. Because you know, despite what she herself thinks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't going to be on the Supreme Court forever. Hint. Hint.