Kamala Harris isn’t exactly the most controversial Vice President that this nation has ever had, but that’s mostly due to the fact that we’re having a hard time figuring out what exactly it is that she’s doing as Vice President.
She was appointed “border czar” at one point, but then made precisely one trip to the border, and more than 90 days after being given the responsibility of rectifying this grand humanitarian crisis.
Now, as 2024’s electoral cycle gets underway, the Democratic Party doesn’t exactly know what to do with her.
Washington Post reporter Cleve R. Wootson Jr. revealed that several Democrats, some under the condition of anonymity, admitted that they were “worried” about the prospect of Kamala Harris leading the Democratic Party or even returning as vice president in 2024.
Monday’s piece, titled “Some Democrats are worried about Harris’s political prospects,” based on interviews with “more than a dozen Democratic leaders in key states,” found prominent party members expressing concerns over Harris’ political future based on her experience as vice president.
Wootson elaborated, “Harris’s tenure has been underwhelming, they said, marked by struggles as a communicator and at times near-invisibility, leaving many rank-and-file Democrats unpersuaded that she has the force, charisma and skill to mount a winning presidential campaign.”
“People are poised to pounce on anything — any misstep, any gaffe, anything she says — and so she’s probably not getting the benefit of the doubt,” said former Cobb County Democrats Chair Jacquelyn Bettadapur, a Harris supporter. She added, “it doesn’t help that she’s not [that] adept as a communicator.”
Prominent members of the party were beginning to wonder as well.
The Post story followed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., similarly appearing to cast doubts on Harris’ future, stopping short of endorsing her as Biden’s running mate in 2024.
“I really want to defer to what makes Biden comfortable on his team,” Warren said Friday. “I’ve known Kamala for a long time. I like Kamala. I knew her back when she was an attorney general and I was still teaching and we worked on the housing crisis together, so we go way back. But they need — they have to be a team, and my sense is they are — I don’t mean that by suggesting I think there are any problems. I think they are.”
Wootson reported that Warren issued a statement Sunday regarding her comments, saying, “I fully support the president’s and vice president’s re-election together, and never intended to imply otherwise.”
President Biden’s reelection campaign is already off to a shaky start after a number of classified documents were discovered at a number of his properties, leading to a raid of his Rehobooth home on Tuesday.
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