The Kamala Problem
The veep’s political stumbling has the Democrat rank and file souring on her.
President Joe Biden is no spring chicken, and most Americans, if they were honest with themselves, agree that his mental faculties and physical frailty are a concern. (Not to mention, he is a corrupt politician.) But the Democrats are kind of stuck with Biden because the heir apparent, Vice President Kamala Harris, is a dumpster fire of a backup.
Between her gaffes, inane statements, and rotating door of staff, she has a reputation for not being very well prepared for anything regarding her White House duties. The only thing she does seem to speak somewhat competently on — which is to say, without making a word salad — is the issue of abortion. But even on that issue, she manages to give away the game.
Democrats have long tried to sell the lie that their party does believe in abortion limits (i.e., gestational age limits usually defined by viability). Republicans have pointed out, correctly, that this is incorrect. The Democrat Party platform even indicates that they are for no limitations on abortion — even until birth.
Harris was being interviewed on CBS’s show “Face the Nation” when the interviewer, Margaret Brennan, asked, “What week of pregnancy should abortion access be cut off?” Harris refused to answer but instead steadfastly repeated that she wanted to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade.
Kamala Harris has a very difficult time explaining which gestational limits — if any — she supports on abortion-on-demand pic.twitter.com/QDq6apMNwX— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 10, 2023
Brennan was trying to get the vice president to put less radical Democrats’ and independents’ fears to rest regarding the accusation that the Democrats are okay with late-term abortions. Harris failed utterly.
Harris’s inability to do her job well has made her a liability for the Democrat Party. There have been several pieces written of late calling for her not run in 2024, or for Biden to choose another running mate.
You know she’s deeply unpopular even amongst her own party when the likes of Congresswoman Nanci Pelosi (D-CA) won’t explicitly endorse her. Pelosi was recently interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, to whom Pelosi repeated the idea that the American people don’t understand that Harris really is politically astute — almost as if Pelosi were trying to convince herself of this as well.
Is she Biden’s best choice? “He thinks so, and that’s what matters,” Pelosi replied. Besides, the job description of the vice president is that “you don’t do that much.”
Nancy Pelosi repeatedly avoids answering if Kamala Harris is Biden’s best VP option. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/uIfhqRR1u0— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 14, 2023
Even if she doesn’t “do that much,” Harris’s regular displays of incompetence aren’t going to help the Democrats.
In 2020, Biden made sure everyone knew Harris was chosen as vice president because she was a black woman, not because people liked her or because she was a good politician. More recently, “The View’s” Sunny Hostin declared the obvious — that Kamala Harris is vital to Biden’s reelection to keep the black vote. On the subject of having another more astute running mate subbed in, Hostin exclaimed, “We’re not interchangeable.”
Hostin inadvertently hit at the heart of the issue for the Democrats. When identity politics is employed to pander to a minority, you either choose wisely the first time or live with the consequences.
Let’s just hope the pitiful Biden/Harris ticket is so disliked after four years of bad policy, a flagging economy, and being the laughingstock of the world that the American public chooses a more competent leadership duo.
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