Amid a series of unforced errors and what some critics call “political tone deafness,” concerns are growing among Democrats about the wisdom of considering Vice President Kamala Harris as the party’s heir apparent, whether in 2024 or beyond, as Fox News reports.
Party officials, including certain members of the Biden administration, are said to be so worried about the slew of mistakes made by Harris in recent months that they suspect she would have little chance of defeating any Republican candidate as the nominee in 2024, including former President Donald Trump.
According to comments made by White House insiders to Axios, Harris’ bungling of her role as the administration’s point person for addressing the migrant surge, including her months of stubbornly refusing to visit the southern border herself, are among the reasons many doubt her abilities as a future standard-bearer for the party.
One source went so far as to say that many on the left aren’t simply saying, “Oh, no, our heir apparent is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?” but are in fact coming to the conclusion of, “Oh, she’s f***ing up, maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent.”
While aides to President Joe Biden have indicated their expectation that he will be his party’s presidential nominee in the next election cycle, his advanced age and rumors of suspected cognitive decline have led some to wonder if such a scenario is realistic. If Biden opts not to run, Harris would be the presumptive nominee, but that is not to say that everyone is convinced that she is up to the task.
Further undermining confidence in Harris’ capacity to effectively carry the torch post-Biden is an expose from Politico last week which painted the vice president’s office as a place where staff are mistreated, “thrown under the bus from the very top,” and “where people feel treated like s***.”
The piece also made poignant note of the fact that claims of abusive staff environments are nothing new to Harris, considering that her ill-fated 2020 presidential campaign was marred by similar claims, with one advisor declaring in a fiery resignation letter, “This is my third presidential campaign, and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.”
Though there has been talk in recent weeks that the Biden and Harris camps are plagued by mutual distrust and communication difficulties, White House chief of staff Ron Klain has attempted to tamp down such suggestions, telling Axios that “the president’s trust and confidence in her is obvious when you see them in the Oval Office together” and suggesting that Harris is “off to the fastest and strongest start of any Vice President [he has] ever seen.”
As controversies and criticisms continue to swirl around Harris, Trump is continuing to drop hints about a potential 2024 run, and based on a new McLaughlin & Associates poll, the former president would soundly defeat the current VP in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up. Given the obvious risk of what is to them an utterly unthinkable outcome, it is no wonder increasing numbers of Democrats are struggling with a serious case of buyer’s remorse.