Politics

Kamala Harris Seen As Fake, Unelectable

Please Democrats, eventually nominate her. Please.

Miranda Devine of the New York Post ruminates on Kamala Harris and her lack of authenticity.

Devine: It was one year ago Wednesday that Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate. That auspicious moment catapulted the stone-cold loser of the Democratic presidential contest into prime time, a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

With the convenient defenestration of her main rival, handsy, outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the ambitious 56-year-old vice president is another step closer to the 2024 nomination — or 2028, if you believe Biden.

The problem for the Democrats is that she is unelectable. It’s the fake laughter, the handmaidenly comportment around Biden, the car-crash interviews and the complete inability to succeed at any of the tasks she has been handed, from immigration to vaccination.

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Not for nothing was Harris billed the “most unpopular vice president in 50 years” by UK broadsheet the Daily Telegraph. She’s so unpopular that Hillary Clinton staffers, of all people, reportedly have been consulted for likability lessons.

The truth is, if she’s not annoying, Harris is boring. Someone tried to get “#VPAppreciationDay trending Wednesday, but, of 30 or so tweets posted, not one made it into triple figures for likes or retweets. If you had a strong president, of course, none of this would matter outside a little Beltway gaggle of ladies who lunch.

But Biden isn’t getting any younger. When he showed up to work for the first time this week, after lunch Tuesday, he was filmed wandering across the White House lawn in search of the entrance to his office. There may be an explanation for the odd behavior, but the point is that Biden often seems to be off with the pixies. The idea that in three years, at age 81, he would contest another election is fanciful. He is not young for his age, and he started his presidency already three months older than Ronald Reagan was at the end of his two terms.

Harris knows the top prize is just waiting to plop into her lap and she doesn’t have to try very hard to score the nomination because she has the big gorilla of identity politics at her service. Good luck to any Democratic challengers in 2024 who aren’t female and black. It’s all about the precedent…This is her problem. She is probably not a bad person, but so desperate has she been to climb the greasy pole that she has jettisoned every value her disciplined immigrant family imbued in her and every lesson life as a prosecutor taught her.

The cognitive dissonance is etched across her face and betrayed by every tremble of her vocal cords. Unless you are a psychopath, you can’t stop the truth leaking out. The fakery is what turns people off. If she wants to improve her image, try being the real Kamala.

Who knows, under the try-hard cool-aunt guise, there might be a social conservative waiting to break out, who would be wildly popular on both sides of the aisle. It’s never too late to try authenticity.

 

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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