Kamala Harris: The Democrats’ Achilles Heel – If Joe Biden pulls a Lyndon Johnson or a Harry Truman and backs off from his intention to seek a second term, Democrats would have a problem: Kamala Harris.
Johnson and Truman both intended to seek a second term the year before the election but withdrew upon seeing weak support from the Democratic Party.
Although a recent poll showed that 86% of Democrats said they would be comfortable with Harris if she were to become president in the event Joe Biden either was incapacitated or died in office, they aren’t lining up to support her in matchups with Donald Trump.
“Polls show that Americans have even less confidence in Harris than they do of Biden and that’s saying a lot,” columnist Joe Battenfeld wrote in The Boston Herald. “Voters are not completely clueless. They see Biden stumbling around on stage and fumbling his words and realize that the president’s chances of making it through a second term at age 86 are not good.
Battenfeld continued: “But every time Biden does something weird like grope an actress, forget what state he’s in, belt out a head-shaking ‘God Save the Queen,’ or call someone a ‘dog-faced pony soldier,’ voters are hit on the head with a brick: the vision of Kamala Harris in the Oval Office.”
The Real Clear Politics Average shows Trump leading Harris by a 46% to 42.8% margin.
“Democrats may be happy with Kamala Harris taking over, but the rest of the electorate almost certainly is not,” Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen said. “Harris has lower approval ratings than Biden, and remains very much an open question to the electorate whether she is ready and indeed able to govern.”
Kamala Harris Gaffes Should Be Emphasized
Battenfeld suggests the Republican National Committee should run advertisements highlighting her profundities.
Harris is the one American politician besides her boss who has a lengthy track record for making some odd remarks. She is notorious for her “word salads,” and even Left-leaning The Daily Show mocked her style with a skit featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus in-character as Selina Meyer, the bumbling female vice president on HBO’s “Veep.”
Others have claimed that her uncontrolled laughter and bizarre comments about falling out of a coconut tree suggest she does her speeches while intoxicated.
She’s also been compared with former Vice President Dan Quayle who was notorious for having said nonsensical and downright stupid things while in office.
“What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is,” Quayle said during a 1989 speech before the United Negro College Fund.
Los Angeles Times columnist saw the Quayle comparison.
“By the time he took office, Quayle’s image as an intellectual lightweight and serial bumbler was sealed. He took on the fictional Murphy Brown and her decision to have a baby out of wedlock, then made a mash of the word ‘potato.’ (Working off an erroneous flash card, he added an extraneous ‘e’ during a stop at a New Jersey elementary school.) That only reinforced the worst many believed about Bush’s understudy,” Los Angeles Times columnist Mark Z. Barabak wrote.
While Harris’ defenders note that the vice presidency is not a test of a person’s abilities, she has shown that she lacks the leadership abilities of recent vice presidents from both parties including Walter Mondale, George Herbert Walker Bush, Al Gore, or Dick Cheney.
Kamala Harris has done enough to show the country she is not a serious leader and should not be anywhere near the top job.
John Rossomando is an opinion writer for 19FortyFive. He 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.