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No, Kamala Harris, Bigotry Has Nothing to Do With Your Abysmal Approval Ratings

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Vice President Kamala Harris is still struggling with low approval ratings as America continues to see how inept she is at her job. Even with various activist media outlets trying to burnish her image, a harsh reality remains clear: Nobody likes her.

Even worse, there don’t seem to be any signs that she or the media can solve this problem. The main reason why is because they are not willing to actually examine the reasons why Harris finds herself in this predicament.

The New York Times recently published an article addressing this matter – and it makes it even more clear that Harris and Company are blaming everything but themselves for the decline in her approval ratings. The author points out that President Joe Biden has not given Harris “a headlining role in some of the most critical decisions facing the White House,” which has created a situation in which she “is caught between criticism that she is falling short and resentment among supporters who feel she is being undercut by the administration she serves.”

The author explained that Harris’ “allies increasingly are concerned that while Mr. Biden relied on her to help him win the White House, he does not need her to govern.”

Perhaps the reason why Biden “does not need her to govern” is because she is about as useful to him as a sex scandal involving Russian prostitutes. But it seems Harris’ cheerleaders are still missing the point. The author writes:

But according to interviews with more than two dozen White House officials, political allies, elected officials and former aides, Ms. Harris is still struggling to define herself in the Biden White House or meaningfully correct what she and her aides feel is an unfair perception that she is adrift in the job.

But Harris seems to believe that her unpopularity has nothing to do with the fact that she has shown herself to be woefully incompetent with all the charisma of Nurse Ratched. Instead of acknowledging and fixing her flaws, she has decided to fall back on a time-honored tradition among leftists: Blaming everything on bigotry.

From The Times:

Ms. Harris has privately told her allies that the news coverage of her would be different if she were any of her 48 predecessors, all of whom were white and male. She also has confided in them about the difficulties she is facing with the intractable issues in her portfolio, such as voting rights and the root causes of migration. The White House has pushed back against scathing criticism on both fronts, for what activists say is a lack of attention.

However, the “everybody’s bigoted” narrative doesn’t wash when one takes a closer look at the situation. The vice president has taken criticism not just from conservatives, but also from Democrats like Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) who has taken her to task for her reticence to deal with the migrant crisis despite being appointed border czar earlier this year. When he heard she was finally going to make a trip to the southern border in June, his office reached out to her to offer assistance and advice. You will be shocked to find out Harris’ office never returned the phone call.

“I say this very respectfully to her: I moved on,” Cuellar told The Times. “She was tasked with that job, it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this, so we are going to move on to other folks that work on this issue.”

The lawmaker indicated that instead of reaching out to Harris, he would contact the White House directly on immigration issues. “At least they talk to you,” he said.

I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound too racist or sexist to me.

When it comes to voting rights, the article noted that Harris’ office “has not developed detailed plans to work with lawmakers to make sure that two bills that would reform the system will pass Congress,” according to a senior official.

To be fair, it isn’t too easy to pass legislation ensuring that Americans have the right to vote when we already have the right to vote. And yes, that includes black Americans like myself who have no problem getting an ID or learning how to work a computer.

Even failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who Harris has confided in, came to her defense. “There is a double standard; it’s sadly alive and well,” Mrs. Clinton during an interview. “A lot of what is being used to judge her, just like it was to judge me, or the women who ran in 2020, or everybody else, is really colored by that.”

This is rich considering that Kamala Harris is essentially Hillary Clinton in blackface, and that, more than anything, is likely contributing to her unpopularity. Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) also tried to deflect blame from the vice president.

“I know, and we all knew, that she would have a difficult time because anytime you’re a ‘first,’ you do,’” she said. “And to be the first woman vice president, to be the first Black, Asian woman, that’s a triple. So we knew it was going to be rough, but it has been relentless, and I think extremely unfair.”

Despite what Harris and her ardent defenders say, the reason why Harris is unpopular is clear: She is just not good at her job. Yes, she did help Biden on the campaign trail. Contrary to popular belief, she was enlisted not to appeal to minorities, many of which are not too fond of her. Rather, she was chosen to appeal to white liberals – especially white liberal women who could virtue signal after supporting a blackish woman for vice president.

But other than that, it does not appear the president or his team has much confidence in her abilities to help govern. This is a concern given that the 79-year-old commander-in-chief is clearly too old for this job. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he would retire before finishing his first term or decline to run for a second. Harris seems to be the only person the Democrats might have in their stable of 2024 potentials. If this is the case, things aren’t looking too positive for the party’s chances of retaining the White House.

As I have said on several occasions, if this trend continues, the GOP could run a platypus in 2024 and still win. It appears we might have an Australian semi-aquatic mammal in the Oval Office sooner than we think.