New York Post columnist Matthew Continetti contended in a piece published Monday that Vice President Kamala Harris has been so prone to errors and missteps over the last few months that she is becoming “a liability” to President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
“President Biden has a problem, and her name is Kamala Harris,” Continetti wrote for the Post. “The vice president has become a comic figure in today’s Washington — a politician given to missteps and unforced errors who inspires neither loyalty nor trust within her inner circle.”
Biden picked her as his running mate because, at the time, she was his “safest” choice, Continetti charged.
“But now, she’s a liability for both the president and the Democratic Party,” he added, pointing to her “unique combination of falsity and incompetence.”
Harris has an improvisation problem
When Harris has to improvise, Continetti said Monday, she usually “stumbles.”
When NBC News anchor Lester Holt asked Harris during her Guatemala trip why she was thousands of miles from the border, for example, she awkwardly laughed and then blurted out: “And I haven’t been to Europe!”
The vice president has benefitted from a media that likes to throw softballs to Democrats, but they can’t do that all the time and retain any of their credibility. Within days after Harris finally went to the border (even if it was El Paso, which was far from the epicenter of the crisis), aides started resigning, alleging that she was “abusive” as an employer and that her office was chaotic.
Continetti said that Harris risks “becoming a punchline” if too many more negative stories about her and her office come out.
He also wondered in his Monday op-ed if Biden purposely gave Harris an impossible task with the border to deflect criticism from his own office, making her job next to impossible and setting her up to fail.
Will it matter in the end?
Still, even some close to the VP have admitted she has slim chances of winning the White House should be the one to run for Democrats in 2024. Axios reported last week:
One Democratic operative [claims] that most Democrats aren’t saying, “‘Oh, no, our heir apparent is f*****g up, what are we gonna do?’ It’s more that people think, ‘Oh, she’s f*****g up, maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent.'”
For Harris, it’s all about PR at this point. Only time will tell how much longer the media tries to cover up her missteps before they realize it’s a futile endeavor.