It is no secret that Vice President Kamala Harris has had a difficult few months, and a growing list of missteps has reportedly caused some on the Democrat side to wonder if she is even suited to be the party’s ‘heir apparent’ whenever President Joe Biden chooses – or is forced – to exit the stage, as the Washington Examiner explains.
Harris’ troubles really seemed to begin after Biden tapped her to serve as the point person for the migrant surge at the southern border. Seemingly reluctant to wade in to the chaos on the ground, the vice president attempted to pivot and characterize her job as that of assessing the “root causes” that drive mass migration from Central America and to guide diplomatic efforts to stem the tide.
However, months of stonewalling and a bizarre refusal to travel to the country’s southern border offered voluminous fodder for administration critics, and when she did finally head south, her stop in El Paso was derided as an insignificant photo-op that kept her far removed from the devastation caused by Biden’s policy decisions.
Further bad news for Harris came in a Politico report detailing claims that Harris’ office is an “abusive environment” in which staffers are kept in the dark about key decisions, mistreated, and “thrown under the bus from the very top.”
According to Axios, there are growing legions of Democrats who are worried that Harris would be unable to defeat any Republican nominee, whether in 2024 or beyond, including former President Donald Trump.
One Democrat source explained the situation to Axios by saying that party operatives were not thinking, “Oh, no, our heir apparent is f***ing up. What are we gonna do? but instead were concluding, “Oh, she’s f***ing up. Maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent.”
As the Examiner noted, the internal concerns about Harris are reflective of the broader public, with the RealClearPolitics average of polls noting that voters have a 46.3% unfavorable opinion of the vice president compared to 51.5% favorability for Biden.
A Democrat insider remained cautious about Harris’ future prospects based on her administration performance thus far, saying, “It’s early, so I don’t think any of this is fatal. But it definitely isn’t good.”
If Harris continues her habit of making ill-advised, off-the-cuff statements that serve to alienate additional segments of the populace – such as suggesting that rural voters are incapable of making photocopies of their identification – her political fortunes are likely to remain on the downswing, and that is something in which conservatives can take much comfort ahead of the next presidential election and beyond.