Joe Biden created a mess for himself when he selected Kamala Harris his vice presidential running mate.
He failed to look at reports that she was erratic, horribly mismanaged her own campaign for the presidency in 2019, and was not much of a leader.
Not only that, those who worked with her called her style toxic.
“Those of us personally familiar with Harris’ deficiencies know they cannot be fixed by new staff or pricey consultants. The change has to come from her,” said Gil Duran, a former aide to Ms. Harris and other California Democrats, wrote in a December 2021 San Francisco Examiner column.
Author Chris Whipple noted that Biden remarked that Harris was a “work in progress” in his book “The Fight of His Life” and detailed how Harris struggled with her new job.
The match between Biden and Harris was odd, considering that Harris all but called Biden a racist at one of the Democratic primary debates.
“I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” Harris said. “But it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States Senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country.”
In 1994, Biden praised segregationist Democratic Sen. John C. Stennis who terrible thinks about African-Americans, and Sen. Robert Byrd, who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan in his youth.
Kamala Harris is Unpopular With Americans
“Despite massive and historic achievements, President Biden’s polling numbers are underwater. His disapproval rating stands at 53 percent. 68 percent of the country believes Biden’s mental and physical health is an issue of either major or moderate concern. In a general election matchup against former president Trump, Biden leads by just 4 percent, which is within the margin of error, and in a general election matchup against the other leading contender for the Republican nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, President Biden is tied,” Newsweek editor-in-chief Tom Rogers wrote.
A new NBC News poll says that 49 percent of Americans view Harris unfavorably.
Democrats have tried to rescue Harris’s flagging reputation by putting her front and center on abortion issues after she failed as the administration’s border czar. Republicans and Democrats alike panned her performance.
As Vice President, Kamala Harris has shown an uncanny ability to burn through staffers.
In her first two years in office, she burned through a chief of staff, a deputy chief of staff, a communications director, a policy advisor, and a speechwriter.
All of it was attributed to her leadership style.
Biden Needs a Stronger Hand as VP
This has some Democrats calling for replacing Kamala Harris with someone like California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Due to Biden’s rapid aging, he will need a strong hand to step in should he be forced out due to health or die in office.
Gerald Ford was the last president to run for re-election with a different vice-presidential candidate in pursuit of another term.
Ford chose Kansas Sen. Bob Dole as his running mate after Vice President Nelson Rockefeller opted not to run due to concerns over then California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s pending challenge for the vice presidency.
Conservatives did not like the liberal Rockefeller, and “Rockefeller Republican” became an epithet for Centrist Republicans who were liberal on some issues and conservative on others.
Someone like Newsom would bring proven executive experience and unlike Harris, he is articulate and would bring the sort of Pitbull talents that presidents traditionally look to their vice presidents for.
Newsom would be the logical choice if Democrats choose to move on from Kamala Harris. Don’t be shocked it if it happens.
John Rossomando was a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.