Kamala Goes All-in With the Race and Gender Card

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Kamala Harris is reportedly grousing that the media is being mean to her because of her race and gender, according to a report in the New York Times.

She’s been telling her supporters that she thinks the coverage of her would be better if she were any of her predecessors, “all of whom were white and male,” the Times notes. “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.”

Oh, how shocking to pull out the race and sex card. How about the problem is that she doesn’t seem all that interested in addressing the primary job with which she has been identified — dealing with the issues of illegal immigration at the border?

There’s no doubt that the border can be a tough issue, particularly when the Biden policies have only made things worse. Biden assigned her that, so one might ask what he was thinking when he gave her an assignment that could only hurt her — since he’s not going to correct the bad policies. But the bottom line is that she hasn’t seemed all that engaged in the effort and that’s all on her.

As the Times story even notes, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), a moderate who has been very upset about the problems at the border, said his experiences with Harris’ office have been disappointing. Cuellar offered to talk with her and give her help when she did her brief layover visit to his state. When Mr. Cuellar heard she was traveling to the border in June, he had his staff call her office to offer help and advice for her visit. They never called him back.

“I say this very respectfully to her: I moved on,” Mr. Cuellar said. “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.”

This was similar to what the Guatemalan president said about Harris — that she visited and then he didn’t hear from her again.

We could also take issue with the claim that somehow she’s getting treated more unfairly than her predecessors like Mike Pence or Dan Quayle. She’s a Democrat, which means that she still largely gets a pass for her failures in her job. Meanwhile, Quayle was permanently shamed by the liberal media for a momentary comment about spelling “potato.” Pence was demonized as a religious zealot and mocked for wanting to be faithful to his wife. Neither of them got a pass from the media for being white or male.

Meanwhile, guess who Kamala is asking for help and advice? None other than the original person who can’t accept her loss and that people don’t like her — Hillary Clinton. Probably not the best person to go to. What did Clinton tell her?

“There is a double standard; it’s sadly alive and well,” Clinton said. “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.”

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, showed that there’s still friction with the White House over how Harris is viewed. “What the White House could’ve done is been clearer with the expectations of what was supposed to happen under her watch,” she said.

So, Harris can cast about for reasons. But she has no one to blame for the low approval ratings but herself and the guy who put her in the job.