In an unprecedented move, a political group has committed to
spend waste "tens of millions of dollars" to improve the reputation of a sitting vice president.
In a testament to just how big a political liability Harris is, Emily's List, a group focused on electing pro-abortion, Democrat women, told Politico that it's going all-out to polish her terrible image during the 2024 election.
“We’re going to tell the story about who she is, what she’s done, support her at every turn and really push back against the massive misinformation and disinformation that’s been directed towards her since she’s been elected,” said Emily's List president Laphonza Butler.
The prospect of a second Biden term is positively underwhelming to a wide, bipartisan swath of Americans: An April NBC poll found 70% don't think Biden should run for re-election. For half of those who feel that way, Biden's age figured as a "major" reason.
Of course, it's not just his age: Seemingly every week, Biden publicly showcases his deepening mental and physical frailty. He would be 86 at the end of a second term. Add it all up, and 2024 voters are going to be intensely focused on the fact that Harris is a heartbeat -- or head-banging stumble -- away from the Oval Office.
BREAKING: President Biden takes a fall on stage at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduationpic.twitter.com/BLef4F8eby— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) June 1, 2023
“She is a boogeyman that Republicans can [and will] use when it comes to pushing their message,” said an unnamed senior Republican strategist.
According to FiveThirtyEight's polling composite, Harris has a 56% disapproval rating -- slightly worse than Biden -- with just 37% approving of her performance. Harris defenders pin the public's dim view of her on bias against black women and the Biden administration's mismanagement of her public relations:
“The White House team themselves didn’t fully understand early on the differences that when you have a woman in this role, it has to look different," said an anonymous Harris ally. "You have to do it differently. You can’t just do it the way you would with a white man, because again, people have never seen it before.”
We think it has a lot more to do with the fact that every time she opens her mouth, Harris sounds like a high school student who's called on after skipping the reading assignment:
This lady is dumber than a bag of rocks— Gummi Bear (@gummibear737) March 21, 2022
I present to you Kamala Harris just repeating “the significance of the passage of time” over and overpic.twitter.com/FvGcTWYSfK
What is Kamala Harris talking about? pic.twitter.com/GegCvNtovo— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 13, 2022
Kamala Harris truly has a way with words pic.twitter.com/3XKC7hJXW5— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 10, 2023
Of course, when she can't come up with a word salad, there's always her trademark cackling -- which, all by itself is worth at least a 15-point approval-rating hit:
Kamala Harris calls Joe Biden a racist during the debates.— ❂̷̨̰͍̜̈́̃̓̉̌̔͋̚͘͝ Michael (@OdinAwakens) January 14, 2022
Colbert questions her on it.
Kamala Harris: “It was a debate”.
The cackle is back! Apparently VP Kamala Harris finds talking about Ukrainian refugees to be funny. pic.twitter.com/MIrX6IJFc9— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 11, 2022