We feel for District Attorney Kamala Harris today. Whenever something delightful happens to us, something bad occurs. You know, to even things out. (It's the way balance is kept in the universe, our paranoia explained to us.) Take, for example, Harris' most recent coup: landing on Oprah's "2010 O Power List," alongside Julia Roberts, Teresa King, Diane Sawyer, Jane Lynch, and Viola Davis.
In part of a glowing piece on Harris, the big O beams:
When Harris sees a problem, she figures out a creative solution, resolutely ignoring both received wisdom and polling figures. Low-level narcotics offenders cycling in and out of jail, with more than half reoffending within two years of release? Some people might agitate for increasing the length of their sentences, knowing that such an approach would make them seem tough on crime. Harris, understanding that whatever the sentence, those offenders will one day be back out on her streets, corralled a host of public and private organizations and companies into funding Back on Track, an education and employment initiative that gives young offenders who plead guilty the tools to change their lives. The result: Fewer than 10 percent of program participants end up back in jail.
And, as Barack Obama can attest, the Winfrey touch could prove magic come election time. Harris, as most you know, is running for Attorney General.
And now, the sour: Harris is taking some heat today for contributions she accepted from convicted felon Norman Hsu, "a big Democratic donor who made national headlines in 2007 when it was revealed that he had been on the lam for more than a decade for grand theft charges in California."