WaPo Editorial Calls On Kamala Harris To Step Down ‘For The Country’s Sake’
BRANDYWINE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 13: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks at the Prince George’s County Brandywine Maintenance Facility on December 13, 2021 in Brandywine, Maryland. The county is working to electrify its entire vehicle fleet. During the visit Harris announced the Biden Administration's new Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan that works to fast-track investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and create a joint electric vehicles office between the departments of Energy and Transportation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker called on Vice President Kamala Harris to step aside “for the country’s sake” in an editorial published on Friday.

Parker agued that although she had hoped to see Harris thrive and shine in her position as second-in-command, she — and may Americans along with her — had been disappointed by the vice president’s actual job performance.

“The Kamala conundrum comes down to this,” Parker wrote. “She was picked because she was Black and female, a combo tantamount to job security. Now that she has become a burden to the Democratic ticket, Biden can’t fire her. He can’t risk alienating his base. Full stop.”

Parker went on to note that the “Kamala conundrum” was particularly worrisome given the number of Americans who were also worried about the age and cognitive state of President Joe Biden.

“The seriousness of this situation can’t be overstated. Biden’s diminishing faculties, notwithstanding his relatively successful State of the Union address, and his increasing physical frailty are concerning,” Parker wrote, adding, “Every honest person knows he’s not in top form. A recent New York Times poll found that 73 percent of registered voters believe Biden is too old to be the nation’s top executive. This includes 61 percent of those who voted for him in 2020.”

Parker concluded by pointing to Harris’ low marks when it came to job approval polls — which have consistently scored her among the lowest tallies ever for a sitting vice president — and argued that if something were to happen to Biden, those numbers were not likely to skyrocket simply because Harris moved into the Democratic ticket’s top spot.


Her assessment was that, for the sake of the country — or, more aptly, for the sake of the Democratic Party’s chances of success in 2024 — Harris should step aside. Parker gave no indication of who she might like to see take Harris’ place in the event that se did so, however.

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