Kamala Harris made history as the first female vice president, but after the fanfare eventually died down, the former California senator also broke new ground as one of the most disliked and least visible vice presidents the United States has ever seen.
Harris was a necessary part of Biden’s 2020 campaign, giving progressive Democrats a reason to vote for yet another straight, white, old man – and after the pair announced their plans to run for a second term, it looks like Harris might actually be put to use again.
After failing to secure the border and spending the last two years standing diligently at the president’s side as he gives speeches, Harris is already entering campaign mode.
And sadly, if things go wrong, Biden has someone to blame.
Kamala the Fundraiser
Politico reported this week that Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine, will co-host a fundraiser in New York City featuring the vice president.
The event, due to take place on May 30, will feature up to 75 people and give the vice president a chance to woo wealthy liberal donors in the run-up to the 2024 election.
The event, which will take place at a private home, follows two previous events hosted in the city by the president earlier this month.
It won’t be the last one, either. Harris, now 58 years old, is a comparatively youthful candidate with time to spare.
As the president negotiates with Republican leaders on the debt ceiling, faces increasingly difficult questions about his family’s controversial foreign business dealings, and struggles to control the influx of illegals over the southern border, Harris has the time to hop around the country wooing rich friends of the Democratic Party to put them on the path to a second victory.
Is Kamala Harris Destined to Fail?
Just as Biden was shielded by the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 race, spending most of his time in a makeshift studio in his basement, this time he’ll be hidden away in the White House under the guise of him conducting important presidential business.
Biden will have no reason to attend any rallies, which is helpful given that the pandemic can no longer be used as an excuse for poor attendance.
Harris, however, won’t be so lucky. The vice president, an easily forgotten mouthpiece who voters rejected in the 2020 primaries, can be wheeled out whenever she’s needed while Biden does the bare minimum.
Harris can fundraise, she can appear at rallies if necessary, and if it all goes wrong, Biden can blame her for the loss as well.
But hey, at least Harris is back to being useful for something.
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.