Vice President Kamala Harris is probably the least helpful running mate in modern American political history.
One almost can’t help but to feel sorry for President Joe Biden.
Vice President Harris has not lived up to the hype at all. Yet, Biden has kept her on. Clearly, the forty-sixth president’s judgment is blinkered.
At the same time, Harris hasn’t exactly been well-served by the Biden Administration.
From the outset, she was foisted upon Biden by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). The Civil Rights icon – at least according to many experts – demanded that Biden name a woman of color as his running-mate in exchange for Clyburn’s much-needed help in securing the African-American vote (as well as the South Carolina Democratic Party’s support) for what was Biden’s dying presidential campaign in 2020.
Once Harris was placed as Biden’s number two, after Biden had won the controversial 2020 election, the forty-sixth president lined up a policy portfolio for his number two that was sure to sink her popularity.
A Slow-Rolling Dumpster Fire
After all, what Democratic Party leader could resolve the crisis at America’s southwestern border with Mexico in any meaningful way? After three years of holding that issue in her portfolio, Harris has categorically failed to achieve anything helpful there.
Peace in Ukraine was another one of the issues that Biden needed her to handle. The war has dragged on for two years, and Russia is now moving tactical nuclear weapons into Belarus (a pro-Russian neighbor of Ukraine).
Gee, thanks, Kamala.
And on and on it goes for Kamala Harris. Why is she sticking around—especially as Biden’s own popularity plummets and everything in the country teeters on the brink?
The answer is power.
Specifically, Harris’ people are banking on the fact that Joe Biden is an aging leader (the oldest president in history), and he won’t possibly be able to make it through a full term—possibly not even through the tough reelection campaign he’s slated to endure in 2024.
Should Biden be unable to compete in this election cycle or complete his possible next term in office, the responsibility would fall on Kamala Harris’ shoulders.
Kamala Harris on her own cannot win an election. She performed so badly in the 2020 Democratic Party Primary that she had drop out before the primary in her home state of California began, because her staff assumed she’d lose bigly there. How embarrassing for her.
Think about it this way: Kamala Harris was one of the most talked about politicians from 2018-2020. The Left billed her as the female Obama (it was believed that the Obamas supported her over their own former vice president, Joe Biden in the primary in 2020).
Yet, Harris totally imploded.
Nevertheless, the Democrats don’t have that deep of a bench and it is obvious that Harris still has powerful friends rooting for her.
Why else would this individual choose to remain a part of the slow-rolling dumpster fire that is the Biden Administration (in which she is often treated with derision)?
President Kamala Harris?
It’s the chance to become the president, that’s why. And she likely has certain guarantees from the people who really matter in Washington in the Democratic Party that her bid to be the commander-in-chief will be honored when the time arises.
A Harris presidency would be even more dangerous to the republic than that of the current Biden presidency. Whereas Biden missteps and puts a lid on his activities as president by the afternoon, Harris is a committed Leftist who is young and, if given ultimate power, will use it to implement the most transformative agenda this country has ever seen.
And when I say “transformative,” I don’t mean for the better. I mean more riots, instability at the border, insecurity everywhere, and economic decline.
The chance for power, though, is why Harris is clinging onto the burning Biden bus. It’s the least democratic thing she could do. But she’s doing it because Harris is a slave to the pursuit of power.
If she gets it, it will destroy both the country and her.
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A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.