Kamala Harris Was Unpopular Before She Became Vice President. Nothing Seems To Have Changed.
At Monday afternoon’s signing ceremony for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, Vice President Kamala Harris stepped up to the microphone to speak—just as someone else was being introduced.
“Please welcome Heather Kurtenbach,” the White House’s announcer said, calling up the union activist who joined Harris and President Joe Biden at center stage for the event.
Harris wasn’t having it. “In a moment,” she said, with a nervous chuckle.
Announcer: “Please welcome Heather Kurtenbach”
Kamala Harris: “In a moment.” pic.twitter.com/oLo2R4NArY
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 15, 2021
Yes, it was nothing more than a brief, awkward moment during a series of forgettable speeches. But it was also fitting, given this week’s news cycle about the apparent disharmony between Harris and the White House. “Key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at” the vice president and her staff, CNN reported on Sunday. Harris’ confidants, meanwhile, seem to believe she is being deliberately sidelined by the White House.
The palace intrigue should hardly be surprising. Pretty much all presidents and vice presidents have rocky moments in their relationships. Given the results of this month’s elections in Virginia and elsewhere, coupled with ongoing economic inflation and polls showing Republicans gaining a huge lead in the early phases of next year’s midterms, Democrats’ fuses are understandably growing short. Like a baseball team mired in a losing streak, the White House needs someone to blame for the recent run of misfortune and the finger-pointing in the clubhouse is now spilling into the media.
Harris’ biggest problem, however, isn’t that some anonymous staffers in the White House are snarking about her to reporters. It’s that polls show the vice president to be deeply unpopular with voters—even less popular than Biden, whose approval numbers have been underwater since August. A recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll found just 28 percent of voters approve of Harris. As Politico notes, even famously despised former Vice President Dick Cheney never saw his approval ratings tumble so low.
Even among Democrats, Harris lags. That same poll found that 63 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Biden voters approve of Harris’ handling of the job. By comparison, 83 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of Biden voters give a thumbs up to the president.
Those low approval ratings make Harris a convenient scapegoat for the White House and likely reflect some of the political and policy missteps Harris has taken during her first year as vice president. She was put in charge of handling the administration’s diplomatic efforts with “Northern Triangle” countries (El Salvad
Article from Latest – Reason.com