We reported earlier this week on how KamalaWorld is in full crisis mode, which was confirmed by the VP’s recent hiring of crisis communications expert Lorraine Voles, who once served “as a strategist and adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2006 Senate reelection race and 2008 presidential bid.”
Considering Hillary Clinton’s political career has been one big crisis after another – mostly of hers and Bill’s own making, it was not surprising to see Democrat insiders note that Voles was the go-to person for politicos who are facing a public relations crisis, which Harris most definitely is.
In any event, with all the surprisingly bad press Harris has earned over the last nine months — including on her disastrous handling of the border crisis, it was rather amusing this morning to read that Democrats are gearing up to use her as a political weapon going into the 2022 midterm elections, thinking she’ll be a powerful force for her party:
Democrats see Harris as uniquely positioned to drive up turnout among young people and women, who they believe will be critical to Democrats retaining their majorities in Congress. Historical trends suggest that Republicans should have an edge in the midterm elections, and Democrats say a strong turnout will be key for the party to keep power.
“She is very popular with the base. She is particularly strong with women and with young people. Turn out for young people is going to be critical for the midterms and it is uncertain,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who advised President Biden’s campaign. “Between turnout and swing independent women, I would think she would be quite aggressive because of her own appeal and popularity.”
“Vice President Harris is a trailblazer and having her alongside President Biden at the top of the ticket in 2020 was critical to flipping the White House and Senate and maintaining control of the House,” DNC spokeswoman Adonna Biel told The Hill. “She is an invaluable asset to the DNC, and as we head into 2022, Vice President Harris will play a key role as the DNC continues to fight to expand our majority and defeat the disastrous Trumpian agenda Republicans are pushing.”
You gotta think that Republican campaign strategists and advisers have to be laughing their heads off at this news, especially considering what a drag she’s been on Biden’s presidency to date. There were even murmurings over the summer that Harris would not be welcomed as a campaign surrogate for vulnerable Democrats for that very reason.
Let’s also remember that Harris has consistently been her own worst enemy over the years, especially during her failed 2020 presidential campaign. Despite the fact that her first 2019 primary debate performance, where she lobbed one staged attack after another at Biden, was wildly cheered by the media, it didn’t take long for her rising star to come crashing down to earth.
Within just a few weeks, her poll numbers fell. Tulsi Gabbard scored a knockout punch against Harris during her second debate. Polls were taken that summer that showed a majority of black and female voters were not warming up to her. By December 2019, she dropped out of the race before the first primary/caucus votes were cast.
Two years later, her poll numbers are still underwater. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news for the left (not really), but let’s just say that Kamala Harris’ well-known, er, methods for rising to political prominence in California in the mid- to late-1990s still do not sit well with a lot of women. So I don’t anticipate her being a massive draw for that voting bloc going into 2022.
And correct me if I’m wrong here, but the “young people” vote Democrats think she’ll stir up is typically low during the midterms, and in my view Kamala Harris just does not have the star power to reverse that trend.
All that said, only time will tell, of course, but if her campaigning for Democrats in 2022 goes anything like her presidential campaign did, Democrats are setting themselves up for what may even be bigger losses.
You hate to see it.