Well before he became the Democratic presidential nominee and even before then-Sen. Kamala Harris bowed out of the 2020 campaign before the first primary vote was even cast, Joe Biden was being urged, pressured, steamrolled, whatever you want to call it by the mainstream media and “woke” Democrats into picking a female as his running mate, preferably a black female.
A number of women were floated as possibilities. And despite numerous allegations of inappropriate touching, hair sniffing, and even one allegation of rape, one by one any of the “#BelieveAllWomen” ladies said to be under consideration by Biden let interviewers know in so many words that they’d be honored to accept the invite should it be offered.
As we all know, Biden settled on Harris, who was viewed after the first primary debate in June 2019 to be Biden’s staunchest adversary in the campaign. But within weeks of her star rising after that first debate, her poll numbers fell. Tulsi Gabbard scored a knockout punch against Harris during her second debate. Polls were taken that summer that showed even a majority of black and female voters were not warming up to her. Just a few months later, she dropped out.
But two summers after her presidential campaign cratered, Harris is still having a tough time of it, bumbling through one crisis after another along with getting hit with a surprising wave of bad press which has undoubtedly had an impact on her declining approval numbers.
It’s gotten so bad for Harris that not even Biden himself can explain why he picked her as his Vice Presidential running mate, nor could he explain why she might make a good President one day. Here’s what he said about Harris during his speech welcoming WNBA champions The Seattle Storm to the White House:
You know, I can say as much as I want — from the time my two daughters were born — that you can do anything a man can do. It’s one thing for somebody to say that and keep pounding that in the head of your five granddaughters as well. But guess what? Until they see it, until they watch, it becomes real then.
That’s why, by the way, she’s — and happens to be in Asia for me right now — but that’s why we have a female Vice President of United States of America who’s going to be — we’re going to have some presidents pretty soon.
BIDEN: "She [Kamala] happens to be in Asia for me right now, but that's why we have a female Vice President of the United States of America, who's gonna be, we're gonna have some presidents pretty soon."
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 23, 2021
Imagine being the President of the United States giving a speech in front of women on the importance of women leaders and role models and not being able to give a coherent if brief explainer on why you picked a woman to be your VP.
At first thought, the moment came off to me as another on a long list of embarrassing ones for Biden since he took office. But upon further consideration, I concluded that I couldn’t really blame him for what he said (or, rather, didn’t say), because I couldn’t come up with one good reason why he picked her to be his second in command either. And 7 months into her time in office, it’s still not clear why he did so beyond the pressure he faced from Dems and the press.
Whether or not his comments yesterday were a momentary lapse for Biden, as I’ve said before, Kamala Harris is just not good at what she does. And judging by her polling numbers, it would appear most Americans agree.