In early 2019, then-Sen. Kamala Harris secured her place as the next Vice Presidential running mate by doing one thing: announce her own 2020 presidential campaign. The Democratic Party aimed to beat President Donald Trump in 2020, no matter what. In the minds of left-wing voters and politicians, the country needed to be saved from another four years of Trump. There was no room for error. It also meant Harris’ presidential campaign was essentially dead on arrival.
His campaign lasted just under 11 months in total and didn’t even live until the election year. In fact, Harris’ campaign was so neglected that it fizzled out when Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak each suspended theirs. Even wellness spiritualist Marianne Williamson lasted longer. In the end, Harris blamed the finances: “My presidential campaign just doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she wrote. “I am not a billionaire. I cannot fund my own campaign. And as the campaign progressed, it became more and more difficult to raise the money we need to compete.
In early March 2020, the alleged Democratic candidate was former Vice President Joe Biden. During a debate in DC, Biden said he would “pick a woman to be vice president” if he wins the nomination. Her stated commitment to gender and racial diversity was anything but a tacit endorsement by her former opponent Harris. The senator filled the right boxes in terms of biology and preferred resume, and many Democrats felt appeased by the inclusion of a younger, progressive counter and a possible successor to Biden. The bet worked and Trump left.
Only nine months have passed since Biden was sworn in as the 46th president. With the departure of Donald Trump, things have changed. It can be argued that some standards have returned. But not being Trump doesn’t make someone a competent cadre who can lead our nation to a better future. And Biden’s incompetence is evident in the transformations that have taken place both at home and abroad.
But where is Vice President Kamala Harris in all of this?
If there’s one resounding indictment against gender politics, it’s the mundane nature of Harris’ vice-presidency. It seems the only hurdle she had to overcome was to become the first woman to hold the post. She did it simply by existing: Harris was in the right place at the right time. The Democratic Party needed a victory that could also count as an official cultural development. Biden would beat Trump, in large part thanks to the latter’s self-sabotage, and the story would finally be written with a woman on the note. A party that saw Hillary Clinton’s “inevitable” defeat was looking for some relief and a sense of accomplishment. Harris provided it from the start. And not much more.
A year after announcing that a woman would be his running mate, President Biden gave his elected official a big task. At a meeting in March to discuss the immigration crisis, Biden brought the issue to Harris, saying, “When she speaks, she speaks for me.”
Even before the election, Democrats’ strategy was to treat Trump as the architect of the border crisis and to describe all immigration mitigation efforts undertaken by the Trump administration as inhuman. Once the “Party of Compassion” takes over the reins of power, they pledged, a new day would dawn for America and those seeking to start a new life here. Months later and no meaningful action has been taken, the influx of migrants has increased and conditions at the border and beyond have deteriorated, all during a pandemic. The President of the United States assigned a duty to his Vice President, and things only got worse. Harris’ best and apparently only attempt at border policy to date came at a press conference in early June while on a trip to Guatemala and Mexico: US-Mexico border, ”a- she declared. “Don’t come, don’t come. In the months that followed, illegal border crossings continued unabated.
The growing frustration with Harris for his lack of practical effort and concern is by no means the Republicans’ goal. Recent footage from Del Rio, Texas showed thousands of Haitian immigrants camping out under a bridge, eager to enter the United States unchecked, the situation had turned into a national security and humanitarian nightmare so dire that even the establishment media have noticed. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle responded by asking, “What about our VP’s message? Where is she? She was supposed to be in charge of all these migration issues. Julia Ainsley of NBC News echoed the question, acknowledging, “Well, we haven’t heard much from the Vice President.”
When Harris finally appeared, it was only to spread a false media story that border officers who worked on horseback to tame massive crowds attacked immigrants with whips. Despite its demonstrable inaccuracy – the objects in question were horse reins, which were also not used as whips – Harris urged an investigation into the accusation and denounced the treatment of migrant crowds. The decisions that led to the gathering of illegal migrants in Del Rio and elsewhere? Of limited concern.
Rather than set the bar high as the first female vice president, Harris proves that a superficial obsession with gender doesn’t translate into real-world effectiveness or success. His election made history and, for some voters, that was enough on its own. There is a painful lesson to be learned in placing gender above preparation. To win the White House, Biden needed Harris. But just as the presidency is too big a job for an elderly statesman, the vice president’s job is too big a job for people like Harris. Whether or not she believes herself ready, she gladly accepted the role, knowing that the path to power required that acceptance. Now, less than a year after the debut, voters are noticing a strange combination: Harris is both overwhelmed and indifferent.
The main weakness of the vice president is her inability to communicate effectively and wisely. In recent days, the Harris team has added two new experts, Lorraine Voles and former Obama student Adam Frankel, to help in this area. The couple have their work cut out for them. For example, when asked in a television interview in early June why she hadn’t visited the southern border, Harris told NBC’s Lester Holt, “Me and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t – I don’t get the point you’re making. Harris, who is, bears repeating, the Biden administration’s frontier on the border issue, finally made his first trip to the border as vice president later in the month.
In a question-and-answer session during a recent visit to George Mason University, a student mentioned US financial support to Israel. The student called the aid a contribution to “ethnic genocide and displacement of people”. In response, Harris said, “It is about the fact that your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed and must be heard.” The White House has remained silent on the questionable exchange, forcing supporters to fall back on the excuse that the Biden-Harris administration has a wonderful pro-Israel record.
The biggest problem came in early October when a new YouTube series premiered with the vice president, featuring Harris talking about space exploration with a group of young people. It turned out to be child actors who had to audition for the role and were cast as Harris herself. The show was produced by a company called Sinking Ship Entertainment.
These messaging issues are not new. The country saw how ill-equipped Harris was during the 2020 election campaign and during the presidential debates. They represent further proof that the selection of a person based above all on sex is a disaster in the making. But the elephant in the room isn’t so much Harris’ performance as the second in command. Instead, it’s the possibility that she will be tasked with taking over the presidency someday, if the need arises.
It doesn’t take long at all to worry about President Biden’s diminishing mental and physical strength. It shows on a daily basis. Biden is the oldest president the country has ever had. In this case, it is imperative that his vice president be a capable, experienced and empathetic politician who would lead the country in all fields, foreign and domestic. But Kamala Harris is waiting backstage, who can’t brag about any of these things and instead owes the fact that she is a heartbeat from the world’s most powerful seat to little more than biology. Disturbingly, this is in fact applauded by members of the Democratic Party.
Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign in 2020 started with plenty to do but fell quickly, foreshadowing her tenure as vice president. The two roles mirror each other in a strange way. As a candidate for President and Vice President, gender and race were highlighted first. The physical characteristics were supposed to facilitate everything that was to follow. But they didn’t, and they didn’t. A December 2019 article on CNN described how the Harris campaign “fell apart” following “months of disjointed posts, contentious internal struggles between key contributors and serious money issues.”
Playing the role of presidential candidate is a great setup for the future, as Harris discovered. But the chaos, both in front of and behind the camera, should have been enough to avoid Harris as a running mate. Chaos followed Harris to the White House. Reports from July refer to “internal malfunctions and quarrels” within his office. White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment on the reports, saying: “The Vice President is an extremely important partner for the President of the United States. She has a challenging job, a tough job, and she has a great support team around her. Not what you would call a outright denial.
Among Democrats, there seems to be a sense of comfort that Harris won the vice presidency. But not so long ago, a glaring lack of support and interest led to the demise of his presidential campaign. Her weaknesses as a politician did not improve with a higher position. The rumors of chaos aren’t just rumors, and we’re watching the results unfold in real time on the world stage. If Kamala Harris was just another in a sea of hopes for 2024, these issues could be overlooked by now. But the Vice President is barely treading water in her current role and, as a result, doesn’t belong anywhere near the Oval Office.
But at least this glass ceiling is cracked?
Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog and a columnist at Arc Digital.
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