There has been recent growing chatter among Democrats and the mainstream media about how Vice President Kamala Harris has become more of a liability than an asset for the party ahead of the 2024 election, which necessarily has prompted a delicate discussion on how best to remove her from consideration as either President Joe Biden's running mate or the prospective nominee herself.
One of the major problems highlighted for Harris was her poor communication skills, and in reference to that, Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke duly noted that the vice president has an incredibly "awkward" speaking style that is unlikely to change in the next two years.
That observation from Corke came Sunday during a segment on Fox News' "MediaBuzz" program with host Howie Kurtz to discuss a recent article outlining how an increasing number of Democrats were expressing how "worried" they were about the future "political prospects" of Vice President Harris.
That report from The Washington Post shared comments and critiques both on and off the record from a dozen Democratic leaders in states across the country.
"Harris’s tenure has been underwhelming, they said, marked by struggles as a communicator and at times near-invisibility, leaving many rank-and-file Democrats unpersuaded that she has the force, charisma, and skill to mount a winning presidential campaign," The Post asserted.
To be sure, some of the individuals interviewed suggested that racism and sexism were to blame for the suspected unlikelihood that Harris could win both the Democratic primary and the general election in 2024, if President Biden didn't seek re-election, but others "worry that Harris herself lacks the political skills to win a national race."
In reaction to that article from The Post, Corke referenced his own discussions with Democrats and said, "The vice president, for all of her faults and all of her skill, such as it is, I do believe all Democrats, most Democrats, believe is not the way to go in 2024."
With regard to the assertions from some that racism could prevent Harris from winning a national election, the reporter said that he'd heard similar things but didn't "buy that" as legitimate in light of the fact that former President Barack Obama had twice won the election.
"We've seen in recent history if you are someone who is charismatic, someone who has an idea of what you want to run on and how you want to lead, people can choose or choose not to rally behind you," Corke said.
As for Harris, "I think she is awkward in her speaking manner and style. Can she be trained out of it? At this late date, I just don't think so and I'm not so sure Democrats think so either."
As if the article from The Post last week wasn't bad enough for Vice President Harris, the trouble for her was compounded by a similar piece on Monday from The New York Times about how even Harris' "allies are tired of waiting" for her to fully "define her vice presidency" in advance of the next crucial election cycle.
In public, some of the vice president's supporters have touted her alleged achievements and improvements in speaking out forcefully on issues that are important to most Democrats.
"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 Times wrote. "Even some Democrats whom her own advisers referred reporters to for supportive quotes confided privately that they had lost hope in her."
"Most Democrats interviewed, who insisted on anonymity to avoid alienating the White House, said flatly that they did not think Ms. Harris could win the presidency in 2024. Some said the party’s biggest challenge would be finding a way to sideline her without inflaming key Democratic constituencies that would take offense," the outlet added. "Now with Mr. Biden appearing all but certain to run again, the concern over Ms. Harris has shifted to whether she will be a political liability for the ticket."