A damnation New York Times profile claims Washington Democrats have “lost hope” in Kamala Harris, casting doubt on whether she would be valuable on the 2024 ticket as a presidential or vice presidential candidate.
“I can’t think of anything she’s done except stay out of the way and stand next to him at certain ceremonies,” John Morgan, a prominent Democratic fundraiser, told the paper.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton privately expressed a belief that Mrs. Harris would not be able to win a primary race in 2024, although Mrs. Clinton denied this according to the profile.
“Even some Democrats to whom her own advisers referred reporters for supportive quotes privately confided that they had lost hope in her,” read another line from the story.
It is a sentiment that has surfaced in various political circles in recent weeks.
“People are ready to pounce on anything — every misstep, every blunder, anything she says — and so she probably won’t get the benefit of the doubt,” Jacquelyn Bettadapur, leader of Georgia’s Cobb County Democrats, told the Washington Postarguing that most Americans “don’t know enough about what she’s doing” and that “it doesn’t help that she doesn’t [that] adept as a communicator”.
Vice President Harris has an approval rating of less than 40 percent, up from 55 at the start of the Biden administration, according to FiveThirtyEight, and is less popular than the president.
The independent has contacted the vice president’s office for comment.
Even the president called Vice President Harris a “work in progress,” according to the recent book The fight of his life by Chris Whipple.
“We respect that there will be no shortage of books about the administration that contain a wide variety of claims,” White House spokesman Robyn Patterson said of the book in a statement.
“We do not intend to make any affirmations or denials when it comes to the details of those claims. The author has not given us a chance to verify the materials attributed here.
Ms. Harris’s negative portrayal was met with jubilation in some corners of the political world and criticism in others.
In National reviewwrote conservative journalist Rich Lowry, “I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t a New York Times piece to finish, but this report on Kamala Harris is much too short.”
Sophia Nelson, a contributing editor at deGrio, argued on Twitter that Ms. Harris is “such an accomplished woman.” Next in line for president. And they treat her like nobody!”