Kamala Harris is Getting Out There – Will It Help Change Her Approval? – Vice President Kamala Harris visited the historical Stonewall Inn in New York City to mark the final week of Pride Month. She was even seen in a video dancing outside with Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, while inside the bar, Harris spoke about her support for the LGBTQ community while praising the Stonewall Inn.
“We’re not going to be silenced,” Harris said. “We’re not going to be deterred. We are not going to tire. We’re not going to throw up our hands; we’re going to roll up our sleeves. That’s to me what Stonewall means — strength in numbers.”
The trip to the Big Apple for Pride Week comes as it was reported that Harris also has the dubious distinction of having the lowest net-negative rating of any modern vice president according to a new NBC News poll. Just 32 percent of registered voters said they had a positive view of VP Harris, compared to 49 percent who said they had a negative view, including 39 percent who expressed having a “very negative view.” Overall Harris had a net -17 rating, which NBC News noted was “the lowest for any vice president in the poll’s history.”
Finding Issues Suited to Kamala Harris
By all accounts, Harris was seen as well-suited to the events in New York City, even as the polls suggest Americans just don’t like her. Harris had struggled in her first two years in office – but has been on a bit of a comeback this year.
Harris was likely given tasks that didn’t fit with her style or personality, and which she had little to no experience with. That has changed, and perhaps not a moment too soon.
As Politico.com noted this week, “Harris has become a more prominent presence on the fundraising circuit, clocking in the most appearances of the four White House principals. She has continued to step up her travel without the need to frequently break ties in the Senate. And she is continuing to take on the abortion rights debate right amid the one-year anniversary of the end of Roe.”
And as previously reported by 19FortyFive, her trip to Africa was another win, as residents in three countries welcomed her as a kindred spirit. She visited Ghana, Zambia, and Tanzania, and those African nations essentially treated her as a hero.
Roe V. Wade – A Win for Harris
While those in the pro-life camp saw the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V. Wade as a victory – one that actually cost the Republicans in the mid-terms, the biggest winner could be VP Harris. It has given her a cause she can rally behind, and show authentic passion about.
Kamala Harris has found her voice on the hot-button issue, and has managed to show her position without the infamous “word salad” she displayed for the previous two years.
Whether the Harris comeback will last is still the question, and it may take more than words to turn around her approval. But even her biggest detractors must admit that Harris can’t be written off just yet.
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A Senior Editor for 19FortyFive, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer. He has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,200 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, politics, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes and Clearance Jobs. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.