Kamala Harris wiped out, badly, during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign.
Despite the fact that she considered herself a top contender, she never caught fire, in part because she was annihilated by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) in a debate and the fact that she was a huge flip-flopper. As we noted, black and female voters weren't warming up to her. She ended up dropping out before even the first primary votes were counted.
She also had a lot of negatives and baggage, with the left really not liking her for what she did when she was California attorney general, plus there was the history as “Willie Brown's girlfriend.”
Nevertheless, Joe Biden being Joe Biden and always being wrong, decided that he was going to pick her because she was a female of color. Now, he's caught between a rock and a hard place, because she's not only not caught fire, she's underwater in popularity, according to recent polls, and Democrats are doubting her abilities.
According to The Telegraph, Kamala Harris has become the most unpopular vice president since at least the 1970s, with polls showing that she's now underwater with more Americans disapproving than approving of her job performance.
A recent RealClearPolitics report has Harris' average favorability at a mere 45 percent — with respondents who view her unfavorably a point higher at 46 percent.
Included in the average is the Economist/YouGov poll conducted between July 24 and July 27, those who view Harris unfavorably came in at 48 percent.
It's not surprising, given the very high profile assignment that she received — the border- – has blown up into a true scandal, with the massive number of people just being allowed in.
As we previously reported, citing The Hill, even Democrats are now quite nervous about putting her out there on the road when normally she would be delegated to push for candidates in 2022.
“As of right now, I think she has the potential of doing more harm than good for some of these candidates,” said one Democratic strategist. “My sense is she'll probably raise a lot of money and maybe she'll go to some specific districts, but they'll have to be really strategic with her.”
“She doesn't have the standing at this moment to go to a lot of these tighter districts,” the strategist added.
No one is coming out and saying she's doing an amazing job, because the first question would be ‘On what?'” acknowledged one Harris ally. “She's made a bunch of mistakes and she's made herself a story for good and bad.”
What it boils down to, is that she's just not a very good at what she does. Add to that the complete lack of a central core, that she'll say anything for political power plus the disturbing cackle, which my colleague Jim Thompson emphasized in his cartoon earlier. You get someone who may well wrest away Hillary Clinton's crown as most unlikeable.
That leaves Democrats up a creek without a paddle in 2022, and they deserve it. They signed on to all this, and now it just may sink them.