Vice President Kamala Harris has faced criticism since the 2020 campaign season claiming she doesn’t have the depth and seriousness required to eventually become president, either after President Joe Biden’s term — or terms — end or he is unable to continue in the job. (He is 79, after all.)
Harris didn’t help herself in the eyes the critics this week when she began to sing a kids’ song during an event with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
RNC Research posted a tweet of the vice president singing, “The wheels on the bus go round and round” — prompting laughter from Buttigieg, according to the Daily Mail — after she honked the horn and sat on a new electric bus that is being funded as part of her administration’s bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Kamala Harris, singing: “The wheels on the bus go round and round” pic.twitter.com/QPHfAXPbby
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 2, 2021
Pretty much a joke
It was the type of silly thing you do when you can’t think of something meaningful to say or do. Then again, the infrastructure bill is pretty much a joke, so Harris’ comments and trademark cackle reflect that reality.
After all, most of the infrastructure bill isn’t really funding infrastructure. The electric bus is just one example of the left co-opting infrastructure to kow-tow to “woke” priorities.
Sadly, some Republicans actually went along with it. Their choice to break with the GOP and vote in favor of the bill has earned some 13 House Republicans the ire of both “their colleagues and constituents,” The New York Times reported last month.
Meanwhile, Harris and her staffers actually have the gall to get upset when rumors go around that Biden wants to replace her on his eventual 2024 ticket, or at least bypass her when choosing a successor to run for president in 2028 — or sooner, if Biden decides not to run next time around.
Buttigieg stepping up
According to some of the rumors, Biden may be latching onto Buttigieg as his choice rather than Harris. (So much for helping the first woman of color ascend to the role.)
What Harris will do about this, if anything, is a mystery. In the meantime, even liberal columnists are pointing out that Buttigieg may have an edge over the VP looking to the next presidential election cycle.
“Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s star is rising while Vice President Kamala Harris’ star appears to be crashing,” Zeeshan Aleem wrote for MSNBC on Wednesday. “When Biden assigned Harris a sprawling, high-stakes policy portfolio, it was seen as a sign of esteem and an attempt to bring her into the fold on the biggest issues of the day. Harris was tasked with a number of hard jobs, including working on immigration policy, police reform and voting rights,” Aleem added.
“[But] the complicated and thorny nature of these policy spaces have often put Harris in an awkward spot,” he said, noting Harris’ “actions and rhetoric on immigration have elicited criticism from both her right and her left.”