A number of Democrats are privately saying they have lost hope in Vice President Kamala Harris because of her disappointing tenure as Vice President so far, even if few of them are willing to say so publicly.
The New York Times detailed the dissatisfaction in a Monday article titled “Kamala Harris is trying to define her Vice Presidency. Even her allies are tired of waiting.”
“But 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 read.
Some of her erstwhile supporters “confided privately that they had lost hope in her,” the Times reported.
On the record
Democratic fundraiser John Morgan was one of the few willing to go on the record about Harris.
He said her weakness as vice president is going to be “one of the most hard-hitting arguments against Biden.”
Biden’s advanced age only makes her weakness a more important factor because of the increased likelihood that he will not make it through a second term, he said.
“It doesn’t take a genius to say, ‘Look, with his age, we have to really think about this,’” he argued.
“I can’t think of one thing she’s done”
“I can’t think of one thing she’s done except stay out of the way and stand beside him at certain ceremonies,” Morgan continued.
To be honest, it’s not all that easy to think of former Vice President Mike Pence’s accomplishments during his tenure either, but here’s the difference: he didn’t make bumbling, awkward speeches that made him sound like a buffoon.
Pence actually seemed to be a stabilizing force in the Donald Trump administration, giving the president gravitas and the benefit of years of experience as a political insider.
If reports can be believed, Pence stopped Trump from making some pretty bad decisions and was a voice of common sense, not vapid diatribes, when he was in office.
Certainly, no one was worried about Pence handling the job if anything happened to Trump, as much as the left railed against some of his purported views.
Even people in her own party can’t say the same about Harris, however, and it may give Democrats even more pause about a second Biden term in 2024.