She was supposed to be the successor to the president for a term. The vice president who would take the torch from an 80-something Joe Biden and carry out the administration’s agenda as she became the first woman and the first woman of color to capture the White House as the 47th president of the nation.
But as things are now, one has to wonder how Kamala harrisKamala HarrisMcConnell: The 2022 Midterm Election Will Be ‘Very Good Pick For Republicans’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Did Democrats Misunderstand Voters’ Call For 2020 Change? Christie on the 2020 election: ‘No matter where you are, it’s over’ MORE it even remains on the ticket in 2024, regardless of who the nominee is. A USA Today / Suffolk University poll finds that only 28 percent of voters – fewer than three in 10 – approve of the work Harris is doing. For context, that’s 10 points below your boss (38 percent approve, 59 percent disapprove). For more context, Harris scored a 46 percent approval, 40 percent disapproval upon entering office, according to USA Today / Suffolk.
Harris’s struggles are mainly two:
- She is practically invisible.
It’s been 153 days since your last interview with a major news agency, in the form of NBC’s Lester Holt. You may recall that it was the beginning of the end for management’s confidence in its ability to handle even the most basic questions.
“Do you have plans to visit the border?” Holt asked.
“At some point, you know, we’re going to go to the border,” Harris replied before repeating strangely to himself as if a short circuit had occurred: “We’ve been to the border. So, all this about the border – we’ve been to the border. We have been to the border. “
“He hasn’t been to the border,” Holt correctly pointed out.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris snapped before laughing. “And, I mean, I don’t understand the point you’re making.”
LESTER HOLT: He hasn’t been to the border.
KAMALA HARRIS: And I haven’t been to Europe. pic.twitter.com/Vj6M261Nx3
– Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 8, 2021
Since then, the only interview Harris gave was to “The View” on ABC. His own staff could not have provided a smoother platform.
The vice president has yet to hold a solo press conference. Out of sight, out of mind. And when judging Harris solely on the main task assigned to him by the president, 23 percent approve of the administration’s handling of the US border, or less than a quarter.
- Harris never really liked him to begin with.
Harris has been dubbed the 2020 presidential candidate. But that’s a misnomer, because she didn’t even make it to 2020 as a candidate. I never made it to Iowa or New Hampshire. She was voting lower than even Andrew YangAndrew YangAdams wins New York City mayoral race Bill Maher rejects criticism of Chappelle: ‘What was that reaction?’ Progressive economic theories run into some inconvenient truths MORE in her home state of California in December 2019, prompting her to drop out of school while appearing to blame Democratic voters for misogyny and racism.
Discussing her campaign with “Axios on HBO,” Kamala Harris says that eligibility is the “elephant in the room,” questioning whether America is ready for a woman, and a woman of color, to be president. pic.twitter.com/vykBmAvIhL
– Axios (@axios) Oct 28, 2019
Harris told Axios at the time: “Perhaps I have also started to be more candid in talking about what I describe and what I think the elephant in the room is about my campaign.”
Axios: “What is that?”
Axios: “What do you mean?”
Harris: “Electability. You know, essentially, America is ready for a woman and a woman of color to be presidents of the United States?”
However, Barack Obama was elected president twice as a person of color, while Hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Ted Cruz nicknames Hillary Clinton ‘Oscar the Grouch’ for Big Bird’s tweet Howard Stern submits his 2024 bid against Trump: ‘There’s no way I’m losing’ Media narrative pushed back the role of education in Virginia elections MORE captured three million more votes than Donald trumpDonald Trump Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block the release of the documents on January 6 Sununu underscores the uncertain path of the Republican Party to obtain a majority in the Senate Trump endorses Idaho lt. gov. against the incumbent Republican leader MORE in the 2016 general election. So there it is.
Overall, the USA Today / Suffolk poll has some disturbing numbers for Biden-Harris. Consider the answers to the question: “What is the only thing Americans want President Biden to do In the next year? ”
– Quit / Retire / Quit: 20 percent
– Economy / employment: 11 percent
– Unite / help the country: 8 percent
– Immigration / border control: 8 percent
– COVID / mandates: 6 percent
– Infrastructure bills: 5 percent
– Inflation: 4 percent
– Health care: 3 percent
– Climate change / environment: 3 percent
– Bipartisanship: 3 percent
That’s right: first on the list are Americans who want the president to resign or resign.
Even more telling: 64 percent of Americans (nearly two-thirds) don’t want Biden to run again, including a whopping 28 percent of Democrats.
Can the administration turn this around? Maybe. But some changes will be needed. Some responsibility. A pivot to something like the middle. But we have not seen any inclination to make such a turn, to make personnel changes.
Republicans now lead Democrats by eight points on the Congressional ballot, according to the USA Today poll. Only four seats need to be changed for Republicans to take control of the House, just a net total in the Senate. President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden Invests Trump on Owl Habitats Telling the Truth About Critical Race Theory Better growth requires the government to spend more money on itself MORE he lost 63 seats in 2010 before losing the Senate in 2014. Donald Trump lost 43 seats in 2018 before losing the Senate in 2020.
2022 Congressional Voting Generic Survey:
– PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) November 7, 2021
Harris was supposed to represent the next generation of Democrats. She was the Plan B of an elderly president. With a 28 percent approval, it’s hard to see the vice president take the next step into the Oval Office.
Joe Concha is a political and media columnist for The Hill.