According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, not even Vice President Kamala Harris’ own supporters believe that she has a real chance at becoming president of the United States.
That’s good news for Republicans, but bad news for Democrats, considering that there is no guarantee that Joe Biden, at 78, will be up for the task of mounting a White House bid again in 2024. Could it be the perfect opportunity for former President Donald Trump to make a comeback?
Only time will tell. For now, the Times is reporting that Dems may want to look outside of the Biden administration as they look to nail down a nominee for the next presidential election.
Harris “hasn’t done anything”
That’s according to voters. The Times said it conducted “interviews in downtown plazas and suburban strip malls with more than two dozen voters in Philadelphia and Bucks County, [Pennsylvania] — two essential places in the Democratic Party electoral map.”
The interviews reportedly occurred “during the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan but before the terrorist attack that killed 13 American service members and scores of Afghans.”
The voters told the Times that Harris faces a “variety” of challenges looking to 2024. Among them, the Times said, is “the perception that she is not a central player in the administration” and that she “‘cackles’ too much,” an opinion that purportedly stems from the VP’s bad habit of laughing in response to difficult questions from reporters.
Others pointed out that Harris “hasn’t done anything” as Biden’s second-in-command. One Harris supporter blamed this on a “series of no-win assignments” from Biden, including him tasking her with managing a surge in migration at the U.S.–Mexico border.
But try as the Times might to make this all appear favorable for Harris, what the paper actually did was show that there are a number of reasons why Harris is unfit to become the next U.S. president.
The polls tell the truth
None of this should be at all that surprising to anybody. Let’s not forget, she dropped out of the running during the 2020 Democrat presidential primary race because she received virtually no support.
Democrats clearly hoped Harris would become more popular as Biden’s vice president, but it’s just not happening. If anything, the spotlight seems to be harming her popularity with voters: A poll published last month, in fact, found that Harris is the “most unpopular” vice president in about five decades. Another August poll found a majority of people believe that Harris is not qualified to be president.
As a result, Democrats have found themselves in a bit of a dilemma looking to the 2024 presidential primaries. No strong candidate has emerged on the left; meanwhile, Republicans are looking as strong as can be, with former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) continuing to dominate in the polls.
In short, things are quickly shaping up for the GOP — and the Dems are falling apart at the seams.