Kamala Harris found herself on the hot seat.
Harris knows her political future is on the line.
Kamala Harris squirmed after facing one question that Democrats regretted.
Harris hoped retreating from public view would shield her from blame for Joe Biden’s failures.
Biden named Harris border czar and Harris never visited the border and shirked any duties that would involve managing the illegal immigration crisis.
That strategy failed as Harris’ approval rating in a USA Today/Suffolk poll sunk to 28 percent – 10 points below Biden’s sickly 38 percent ratings.
As Biden’s administration drowned in failures on inflation, the border, Afghanistan, and never-ending COVID mandates Biden’s handlers leaked to CNN and POLITICO that Harris failed at every task handed to her and that no Democrat feared running against her in a presidential primary.
The toxic combination of lousy poll numbers and damaging leaks from inside the administration created a political crisis for Harris.
Few expect the cognitively impaired Biden to seek re-election in 2024 when Biden will be 81 years old, and Harris needs to stem the tide of negative news cycles to try and ward off potential primary challengers.
But Harris’ attempt at damage control backfired in an interview with Democrat Party loyalist and ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos tried to tee up Harris to deliver a strong answer that would put the questions about her political viability to rest.
“Vice presidents always face chatter about their role and relevance. You’re no exception to that,” Stephanopoulos began. “Even your close friends and allies like the Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis have expressed some frustration because they think you can be more helpful than you’ve been asked to be. Do you share that frustration? What do you say to your friends who are frustrated?”
But Harris whiffed by ignoring the question and touting Joe Biden signing a controversial $1.2 trillion Green New Deal down payment bill into law.
“This was a good week,” Harris responded, “and this week, when we got this Bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed and signed by the president, it makes a statement about all of the hard work that has gone into it, month after month after month. I’ve traveled around the country, as has the president and convened members of Congress. We convened people around our nation asking ‘What do you want?’ And this is a response to what they want, and it’s actually going to hit the ground in a way that is going to have direct impact on the American people. We’re getting things done and we’re doing it together.”
Harris’ non-answer forced Stephanopoulos to ask Harris a second time if Harris felt the Biden administration “underused” her.
The vice president then claimed she felt no slights by the Biden administration.
“No, I don’t,” Harris shot back. “I am very, very excited about the work that we have accomplished, but I am also absolutely clear-eyed that there is a lot more to do, and we’re going to get it done.”
By that point it was too late.
Harris’ failure to directly answer questions or handle interviews smoothly is why Biden’s handlers kept Harris out of the spotlight as much as possible.
But what worries Democrats is the fact that Harris tries as hard as possible to stay out of the headlines and still has a 28 percent approval rating.
If Harris takes Joe Biden’s place in 2024 a strategy of playing hide-and-go-seek is untenable should Harris win the Democrat Party presidential nomination.
And that is why Democrats are leaking to POLITICO and CNN that no other prominent Democrat is worried about the prospect of facing Harris in a presidential primary.
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