It becomes clearer by the day why Vice President Kamala Harris was forced to drop out of the 2020 presidential election before the first caucus vote was even cast. It’s no secret at this point that Harris has a likability problem, and it’s not getting any better.
According to the Washington Examiner, in what is likely an effort to gain ground in her position and improve the public’s perception of her job performance, Harris has reportedly sought counsel on the issue from none other than failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
A New York Times report indicated that the two speak via telephone every few months. While Clinton is probably the last politician able to give advice on improving public perception, sadly for the Democratic Party, she’s the best they’ve got.
Harris reportedly asks Clinton for advice on how to plot a “path forward,” presumably given that her chances of being embraced by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the 2024 election, assuming Biden is a one-term president, is dwindling by the hour.
Whining about media
Reportedly, Harris has “privately” complained to some of her allies that she’s treated differently by the media, compared to previous vice presidents, because they’re all white males.
Apparently, Harris never watches CNN, MSNBC, or any other left-leaning media outlet, as they fawned over her for months, and to a large degree, still do to this day.
Harris, who previously hired new people to improve how’s she’s perceived by the American public, still struggles, at least according to her polling numbers, which sit in the low 40% range similar to her boss, President Joe Biden.
Clinton agreed with Harris that she’s treated differently, claiming she, too, experienced some level of discrimination during her run simply because she’s a woman.
“There is a double standard; it’s sadly alive and well,” Clinton told The Times. “A lot of what is being used to judge her, just like it was to judge me, or the women who ran in 2020, or everybody else, is really colored by that.”
While it’s easy for Harris to blame the media for dumping on her because she’s a woman — and a woman of color — in reality, she’s unliked because she’s unable to affect meaningful change on any of the issues with which she’s been tasked.
The most glaring failure of Harris’ time in the White House so far has undoubtedly been the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border. She was tasked early on with investigating the “root causes” of the Central American migration problem, but she has mostly kicked the issue aside.
Perhaps if she would actually perform the job for which she was elected, she’d have the confidence of more people in her own party, because as it stands, if she’s the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 2024 election, a Republican town dog catcher could probably beat her without much of an issue.