OK, look: We’ve written this story before. But this one quote is just too great to let pass.
Vice President Kamala Harris is embattled, with Democrats openly talking about how they hope President Joe Biden will drop her in 2024 and how she can never win the White House.
So three reporters at The New York Times this week penned a piece headlined “Kamala Harris Is Trying to Define Her Vice Presidency. Even Her Allies Are Tired of Waiting.”
The piece rambles on and on — more than 2,200 words — and of course concludes Harris is pretty darn good, with the last line quoting a supporter saying, “It’s better to let Kamala be Kamala.”
But there was one passage that was just too perfect to let slide.
“[T]he painful reality for Ms. Harris is that in private conversations over the last few months, dozens of Democrats in the White House, on Capitol Hill and around the nation — including some who helped put her on the party’s 2020 ticket — said she had not risen to the challenge of proving herself as a future leader of the party, much less the country. Even some Democrats whom her own advisers referred reporters to for supportive quotes confided privately that they had lost hope in her.”
Wow. So, as Harris and her team are trying to spin some good news, they suggested the reporters check in with some top supporters, confident that they’d deliver some gushing quotes. Instead, they did just the opposite, saying they’d “lost hope in her.”
That’s just too perfect.
The very next paragraph was also incredibly frank for the highly liberal Times. “Through much of the fall, a quiet panic set in among key Democrats about what would happen if President Biden opted not to run for a second term. Most Democrats interviewed, who insisted on anonymity to avoid alienating the White House, said flatly that they did not think Ms. Harris could win the presidency in 2024. Some said the party’s biggest challenge would be finding a way to sideline her without inflaming key Democratic constituencies that would take offense.”
The Times report followed another from the equally liberal Washington Post published last week. “Some Democrats are worried about Harris’s political prospects,” said the headline.
The Post, for some reason, went to Jacquelyn Bettadapur, a “longtime leader of the Cobb County Democrats.”
“People are poised to pounce on anything — any misstep, any gaffe, anything she says — and so she’s probably not getting the benefit of the doubt,” she said. Many Democrats “don’t know enough about what she’s doing,” she said, adding, “it doesn’t help that she’s not [that] adept as a communicator.”
Over the last few months, Democrats have openly mused about her future, with some liberal news sites and party leaders saying she shouldn’t run in 2024. If Biden runs again, he should dump Harris, some stories say. Others say that if he doesn’t run, the party should bail on her and pick someone else.
And then there’s the September survey from Morning Consult: Just 28% of Democratic voters would vote for Harris in a Democratic presidential primary without Biden on the ballot, down from 33% in December 2021.
You don’t win the White House with those numbers. And you don’t win as a Democrat if the Times and the Post are bashing you.
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.