After more than 11 months in office, with inflation skyrocketing and the country’s superpower status plummeting, Americans can’t stand either President Joe Biden or his vice-presidential-beneficiary of-affirmative-action, Kamala Harris.
Every time Harris tries to help herself, she hurts herself. As border czar who for three months avoided visiting the Mexican border, Harris relented only after plans were made known of former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott traveling to the frontier – and then she briefly visited only a border patrol station about nine miles from the actual border, far removed from where masses of illegal migrants have been crossing.
To humanize her disastrous public image and connect with ordinary people, she staged a ludicrous fake meeting with child actors to tout space exploration. She chose to own Biden’s catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal by telling the world she was the “last person in the room” when he formulated his policy. And her office has been hemorrhaging senior staff.
But on Sunday, the vice president outdid herself in self-destructive stupidity, and made it crystal clear she is unqualified to assume the presidency should the ever-more-enfeebled Biden become incapacitated or, God forbid, pass on to his eternal reward.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” she began by sounding, more even than Joe, like big, dumb, dangerous government personified. “Everyone has to get vaccinated,” Harris insisted at a time when the federal government’s approach to COVID is more discredited than ever, both among the populace and within the medical community, adding that “they’ll save your life.”
For much of the rest of the interview, Harris was a cinematic parody of a Washington politician. We’ve always been able to depend on Hollywood to get Washington rhetoric wrong, whether it’s the “Manchurian Candidate’s” climactic convention acceptance speech declaring, “My life before my liberty!” or Martin Scorsese’s Charles Palantine in “Taxi Driver” announcing that “Today I say to you, we are the people, you and l” (which, as New Yorker Scorsese may well have known, is actually an 1885 rallying cry of baseball’s New York Giants).
But the vice president over the weekend was at least as embarrassingly vapid, stating in reference to booster shots that “we have the power today to have an impact on tomorrow.” She added, helpfully: “And that will have an impact on where we end up tomorrow.”
It was reminiscent of the nonsense opening to “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” widely judged as the worst movie ever made, delivered by the hilariously inaccurate Hollywood psychic the Amazing Criswell: “Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.”
Spending $5 Tril ‘Brings Down The Cost of Living’
Harris went on to laud the $5 trillion Build Back Better package of new entitlements, guaranteed to pour gasoline on inflation, by absurdly claiming, “it brings down the cost of living.” Asked about West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s defection on the bill, Harris went off into a childlike non-sequitur about how “I’m the tiebreaker. I’m the tie vote … the president and I joke and when I leave one of our meetings to go break a tie, he says, ‘well, that’s going to be a winning vote.’ Whenever I vote, we win!”
When asked what “the biggest national security challenge confronting the U.S.” is, “the thing that worries you and keeps you up at night,” instead of addressing China or terrorism or Russia, Harris replied with gibberish: “What we must do then in the face of any and all threats is recognize that one of our greatest strengths is to strengthen our relationship with our allies and partners around the world.”
Asked “do you think you’re being set up to fail?” by Biden and administration staff with an array of no-win assignments, she claimed, “I’m the vice president of the United States. Anything that I handle is because it’s a tough issue. And it couldn’t be handled at some other level” – which means the vice president is either a shameless liar, a hopeless naif, or drunk with delusions regarding her elective office.
Fox liberal commentator Richard Fowler’s dubious advice to Kamala Harris is to arrange more interviews with “black female journalists so she could begin to have a conversation with black America” and apologize for “this White House’s mistreatment of Haitian refugees at the southern border of the United States.” In other words, it’s a communication problem – the perennial self-denial of the left regarding its failures.
Forget for a moment her ineptitude regarding policy. Politically, if Vice President Harris had any degree of shrewdness, and any awareness of the trouble she is in, not to mention a handle on the dynamics of the left within the Democratic Party, she would display some fortitude and self-respect by letting it be known that she, as a nationally elected figure – not Biden or anyone else – will decide what issues she will or won’t work on, instead of being the yes woman of an incredibly shrinking president.
But so tone deaf is Harris, she can’t even see that everyone knows her infamous cackle is fakery, and that the more she pretends to laugh hysterically, the lower her ratings go.
There is nothing smart about a vice president feigning loyalty within a failing administration. Harris would be more respected across the ideological spectrum if she acted like her own woman. In the case of her having to assume the presidency, even Americans who vehemently disagree with her would believe that she at least has leadership potential.
The simple fact is that Kamala Harris isn’t nearly smart enough to see or do this. And so she is crashing and burning – as Americans each night pray that a doddering, 79-year-old incompetent lives to see the light of the morning.
— Written by Thomas McArdle