Columnist Andrew Stiles asserted last week that Harris “keeps balking at the opportunity” to take up a larger role in the administration despite complaining about being sidelined.
“It’s as if the only thing she is really passionate about is using the power of her office to destroy the careers of her political rivals,” Stiles wrote.
Reluctance to act
One example that he pointed to is Harris’ apparent reluctance to take serious action on America’s migrant border crisis.
Indeed, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei complained during an interview with Fox News this past December that he has had no direct contact with Harris regarding migration.
What’s more, Stiles cited a Washington Post report which stated that Harris was initially reluctant to lead the administration’s defense of abortion following a major Supreme Court case last month.
She is said to have worried about being “pigeonholed on the issue because of her gender, according to people familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose a sensitive dynamic.”
“Ultimately, Harris signed on to be in charge of the White House push to protect abortion rights across the country,” the correspondent wrote.
“If history is any indication, the result will be a half-assed effort that accomplishes nothing and inevitably devolves into finger-pointing, recrimination, and anonymous leaks to the press,” he added.
To support his prediction, Stiles noted how “[t]hat is precisely what happened after the administration tasked her with leading the charge on the border crisis and on voting rights.”
“It is perhaps no wonder that Democrats are already panicking at the thought of Harris being the party’s presidential nominee in 2024,” he concluded, saying, “Even her former staffers are terrified at the prospect of Harris becoming president.”