Vice President Kamala Harris has been on something of an upswing lately; she addressed the Munich Security Conference, completed a well-received tour of Africa, and inserted herself into the ‘Tennessee Three’ Controversy. But Harris’s upswing hasn’t been enough to silence all discussion of her being replaced on the 2024 ticket.
Fox News, for one, is still asking the question: ‘Should Biden dump Kamala Harris as his vice president?’ Yeah, okay, it’s Fox News who would rip on Harris even if she cured cancer. But the question is still out there, percolating, reinforcing the idea that Harris’s tenure as vice president has not gone smoothly.
To gauge where Americans stood on Harris’s viability as a 2024 vice presidential candidate, Fox canvassed the streets…of Nashville, TN.
Personally, I would have canvassed the suburbs in a swing state to get a sense of where Americans lie, rather than somewhere in the deep red South, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.
Nashville weighs in on Kamala Harris
Fox posed the question on the streets of Nashville: should Biden keep Harris on the 2024 ticket? One man, Kenny, said “I don’t think he should. I think that she’s in over her head a little bit and probably needs more experience.” (Author’s note: before serving as vice president, Harris had tenures as both a US Senator and Attorney General of the nation’s most populous state.)
Another man, named Bill, said Harris had done a “horrible” job in office. “She shouldn’t even be considered,” Bill said, “she never should have been considered. She didn’t do well in the presidential election when she was running, and I believe there’s only one reason she is vice president – a woman and her color.”
Well, now that’s a little closer to the mark. Harris’s performance in office has been pretty rough. And she did run a terrible presidential election in 2020 (actually, she ran out of money and suspended operations in 2019, so technically, she never made it to 2020) never polling above the low single-digits. As for Bill’s affirmative action claim, that’s intriguing. You’re not supposed to go there, first of all, but Bill goes there anyway – and frankly, he has a point.
Biden was explicit in that he intended to select a Black woman as his vice president (in effect, limiting the pool to, like, less than six percent of the US population). So, we know Harris was selected for the position, in part, because of her race and gender. And sure, you can argue that it was time for a non-white non-dude in the vice presidency, but that doesn’t change the fact that Biden’s race and gender selection criteria announcement put Harris back into competition for the position, even after her abysmal presidential campaign effectively removed her from that competition.
One man, named Rich, emphasized that neither Harris’s race nor gender bothered him (thanks for clarifying) but that her policies didn’t sit well. “Being from California, I’m not a big fan of her,” Rich said. “It’s got nothing to do with gender or race. It’s strictly policies. I think the country might be in trouble if she became our president.”
Another man, named Brandon, told Fox that he was concerned with the overall direction of Washington, D.C. “We’ve got to pray for these folks. We got to pray that they lead this country into another direction because if we keep going like we are, it’s going to be a mess.” Appeals to religion aside, Brandon has a point.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.