Amid a deluge of devastating leaks, disastrous poll numbers, and staff departures, Vice President Kamala Harris agreed to take part in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in an attempt to regain her footing and salvage her increasingly precarious political fortunes, as Fox News reports.
The sit-down, highlights of which were published in the liberal paper this weekend, came amid a wave of unflattering press reports detailing dysfunction and upheaval in Harris’ office and a number of high-profile resignations from her staff, including those of communications director Ashley Etienne, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, and others.
Though the vice president previously attempted to downplay rumors of discord among her personnel, insiders told the Washington Post that Harris’ office is known for its abusive environment in which “you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and her own lack of confidence” and are “constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”
Turning to her friendly hometown paper, the former California senator did her best to skirt substantive discussion of the criticism that has beset her in recent weeks, and she did not admit that she may have made profound mistakes while navigating her first year in office.
“There is nothing about this job that is supposed to be easy,” explained Harris, adding, “if something is coming to me, it’s because it needs to be addressed and because, by definition, it’s not going to be easy. If it was easy, it would have been handled before it comes to me.”
In addition to scrutiny over her management style, recent reports have suggested a deepening rift between Harris’ staff and that of President Joe Biden, rumors she attempted to quash during the Chronicle interview by claiming that her relationship with the commander in chief is one between “governing partners” who share a mutual sense of trust.
Unfortunately for Harris, the damage to her future electoral fortunes may already be done, with voter approval of her job performance recently registering at a paltry 28% and harsh assessments of her commitment to vice presidential duties coming in from all corners.
Just this weekend, the Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan – who once touted Harris’ supposed political abilities – notably lamented what has presented itself as a lack of seriousness on the vice president’s part on a series of issues ranging from Afghanistan to the southern border crisis.
Though Harris may have harbored hopes that a simple, gushing puff piece by the Chronicle would reverse the tide of disapproval that is quickly engulfing her, unless she heeds Noonan’s advice to “inform and immerse herself, meet with party thinkers, [and] study her briefing books,” her fate may already be sealed – much to the delight of conservatives everywhere.