The New York Times reported Monday that anonymous sources said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told them privately that she doesn’t think Vice President Kamala Harris has the political acumen to successfully navigate a presidential primary.
Publicly, Clinton maintains through a spokesperson that she and Harris have a close relationship and that Clinton supports her.
Clinton is somewhat of an expert on the presidential primary process, having won one in 2016 herself.
Furthermore, Harris has already shown that she couldn’t navigate a primary back in 2019, when she was an early candidate in the 2020 presidential race but dropped out before a single primary vote was cast due to a lack of support.
The alleged comments by Clinton were part of a larger article about how Harris was still struggling to define herself as vice president.
Other anonymous Republicans said they were disappointed by her performance so far, and wondered if she should be on the ticket with Biden in 2024.
“The painful reality for Ms. Harris is that in private conversations over the last few months, dozens of Democrats in the White House, on Capitol Hill and around the nation — including some who helped put her on the party’s 2020 ticket — said she had not risen to the challenge of proving herself as a future leader of the party, much less the country,” the article declared.
The public largely agrees with these Democrats, if polls are any indicator. Harris’s approval rating is currently 38% in the RealClearPolitics average, while 51% disapprove.
Lack of accomplishments
Harris has not done much with areas assigned to her by President Joe Biden, such as the border and NASA.
Her aides and even her husband have expressed frustration about her assignments, and accused the administration of sidelining her.
Harris effectively refused to deal with the border except in a limited way that she defined, which only added to her struggle to find her way.
Admittedly, Biden gave her an impossible job in “dealing with” the border when he had already hamstrung her from making any progress on it with his reversal of former President Donald Trump’s policies.
Still, it is disheartening to see that she has floundered so much during these first two years, making inane, repetitive speeches and seeming to avoid any work of substance.
Her lack of fitness to be president is evident, and limits Democrats’ options to replace an aging Biden if they felt inclined to do so, as well as potentially hurting voter turnout in 2024 if she remains on the ticket.