Amid the series of crises engulfing the White House and her own nosediving popularity, Vice President Kamala Harris is reportedly being pushed to the periphery by Biden administration leaders looking to help the commander in chief distance himself from her struggles, as the New York Post reports.
According to a recent CNN story on Harris’ ongoing difficulties, the vice president feels she has not received sufficient support from the Biden arm of the administration, has been kept out of key meetings, and has been, in some ways, set up to fail in that she was handed a number of political hot potatoes to manage early in the term, including the crisis at the southern border.
“They’re constantly sending her out there on losing issues in the wrong situations for her skill set,” one former aide to Harris told CNN, adding to the speculation that the Biden team views her as more of a liability than the party’s presumptive heir apparent.
Among the many irritations felt among Biden’s West Wing contingent are Harris’ many public missteps, including an embarrassing interview with Lester Holt of NBC regarding her failure to visit the border with Mexico, a tone-deaf tweet ignoring the meaning of Memorial Day, and an exchange in which she seemed to support a college student’s claim that Israel was guilty of “ethnic genocide.”
Though many of those who spoke to CNN lent credence to claims of a deepening rift between the Biden and Harris camps, Symone Sanders, spokesperson for the vice president, attempted to tamp things down by saying, “It is unfortunate that after a productive trip to France…and following passage of historic, bipartisan infrastructure bill…some in the media are focused on gossip – not on the results that the president and the vice president have delivered.”
Another former aide to Harris asserted to CNN that Harris has been denied the same sort of support offered to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, whose own prospects as a possible presidential contender in 2024 – should Biden not seek re-election – have increased of late.
“It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a white man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves,” said the source.
Despite these accounts of Harris’ worsening isolation and deepening dissension in in the administration, the president and vice president put their game faces on and attempted to telegraph friendly unity on Monday during a signing ceremony for the aforementioned infrastructure bill, with the two momentarily walking with arms around each other on the South Lawn, though observers deemed the visual wholly unconvincing.
Biden’s tanking approval and cognitive frailties, together with Harris’ staggeringly low favorability ratings among the electorate are sure signs that the Democrats face a truly thorny dilemma when it comes to the 2024 presidential contest, and that is cause for real optimism among conservatives everywhere.