California Democrat Kamala Harris makes good on World Series bet with wine delivery to Ted Cruz
Updated 3:42 pm, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
WASHINGTON -- They say elections have consequences. Well so do World Series'.
California Democrat Kamala Harris, new to the U.S. Senate this year, felt the full impact Tuesday when she had to knock on the door of Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with a delivery of California wine (one white; one red).
"This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," she said as reporters crowded around.
Sports bets between politicians have become a time-worn cliche, and this certainly wasn't the only one of the 2017 World Series. But the moment in the Russell Senate Office Building was fraught with significance, and not just because the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. (Had the Astros lost, Cruz was on the hook for Texas BBQ and Shiner).
The wager between a liberal Democrat talked of as a possible 2020 presidential contender and a past conservative Republican presidential contender who, well, who knows what 2020 will bring, couldn't help carry a little extra zing.
The backdrop in Cruz's office -- a painting of former President (and California Governor) Ronald Reagan's iconic "Tear Down this Wall" speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin -- added to the symbolism.
Cruz reminded Harris that it was also the place where another president, John F. Kennedy, uttered the famous phrase, "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner").
"We were all Berliners," Cruz said, "and today we are all 'Stros."
Harris, laughing and searching for words, seemed to put a finer point on things: "Today, at this very moment... I'm an Astro... at this moment. At this very moment."