Once hailed by liberals as a groundbreaking political figure, Vice President Kamala Harris has had a rocky first year in office thus far, and a recent wave of high-profile departures from her White House staff have prompted some Democrat elites to conclude that she is doing far more to hurt her party’s future prospects that help it, as Axios reports.
The exodus from Harris’ staff began when communications director Ashley Etienne announced in November her intention to leave her post this month, as the New York Post noted at the time.
Further adding to the perception of chaos and discontent in the office of the vice president was news that senior Harris adviser and chief vice presidential spokesperson Symone Sanders would also be departing for new opportunities at the end of this year, according to Fox News.
As The Hill added, also moving on from Harris’ employ imminently are vice presidential director of press operations, Peter Velz, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Speculation has grown in recent months about a host of issues plaguing Harris, including a perceived rift between her camp and that of President Joe Biden, as well as reports that the current turmoil within her staff is reminiscent of managerial weaknesses with which she has struggled her entire career.
As such, according to Axios, staffers are now jumping ship in order to avoid the potential career damage that may result from being pegged as a “Harris person,” particularly given the vice president’s plummeting approval numbers and voter discontent with her handling of tasks delegated to her by Biden, especially that of addressing the southern border crisis.
One Democrat operative with knowledge of what is happening in Harris’ office told Axios of the current situation, “If we mess this up, it’s going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come,” while others indicated that numerous current staffers are eager to devote their energies to a Biden reelection campaign or that of another 2024 presidential contender.
With the ability of Biden – whether due to advanced age or worsening cognitive frailties – to seek a second term very much in doubt and Harris floundering to find her footing, there is, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, “open panic” within the party about her presumed heir apparent status.
Considering that Harris was forced to end her own 2020 presidential campaign even before the first primary votes were cast, it seems odd indeed that Democrats would have ever believed her to be a sound choice to lead them into the future, and their predicament is something that can only bode well for the GOP.