Are you ready for yet another Kamala Harris reboot? The embattled vice president has been “reintroduced” to the American people more times than the McRib at this point. Over and over, press outlets give her the kid glove treatment in an attempt to assert her supposed political chops.
This time, it was 60 Minutes’ turn. What began with a drooling puff piece descended into an abject disaster.
Hard-hitting journalism from Bill Whitaker on @60Minutes: “If politics is a game, Kamala Harris has proven herself to be a savvy player, forging a career that has gone from one first to another….Being in that unique position, being that first, does that bring added pressure?” pic.twitter.com/Am1oAF4DA3— Brent Baker 🇺🇦 🇮🇱 (@BrentHBaker) October 30, 2023
Ah yes, Harris is a savvy player. That’s why her political career has been continuously bolstered by shady dealings and failures. To become vice president, Joe Biden had to essentially pluck her off the trash heap of candidates who didn’t even make it to Iowa, and unlike everyone else in that race, Harris was actually the frontrunner for a significant period of time. It wasn’t as if she was facing an incumbent and came up short. She was the current thing for Democrats and the press for most of 2019.
Her collapse was organic, not the result of pre-existing factors, and it happened because she’s easily one of the least capable and least likable politicians of the last century. Identity politics is why she’s where she is, not because she’s actually good at this.
For a perfect example of that, here’s Harris announcing that Joe Biden is indeed alive.
KAMALA HARRIS: "Joe Biden is very much alive and running for re-election" 😬 pic.twitter.com/dz88o0RwVH— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 30, 2023
You know things are going gangbusters when the Vice President of the United States has to let everyone know that the president is still alive. No worries, though. All the current administration needs to do is let people know who “brung it to ’em.”
REPORTER: Why are you and Biden so unpopular?— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 29, 2023
KAMALA HARRIS: "The challenge that we have as an administration is we gotta let people know who brung it to 'em! … It is not that the work we are doing is not very, very popular with a lot of people." pic.twitter.com/s31y7wh3P2
What the administration has “brung” is nearly an 18 percent cumaliative price increase on Americans since taking office along with interest rates so high that home ownership is now prohibitive for nearly everyone.
It is astonishing to me that Harris is still suggesting that the problem is simply a lack of effective messaging. No, the economy is in shambles, propped up by outrageous government spending that manages to keep GDP afloat. It’s in an unsustainable spiral whereby wages are “up” but the cost of everything is so much higher that real wages are down.
60 Minutes did its best to cover for those issues. That also didn’t go well.
"Why are you not 30 points ahead?"— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 30, 2023
KAMALA HARRIS: "I'm not a political pundit" pic.twitter.com/LR8QtfhfuH
You have to love the quesiton, which assumes everything is just going great. Regardless, the confidence Harris shows is obviously manufactured. Right now, she and Biden are about as popular as toe fungus.
What worried me the most from the interview was this next clip, though.
"What's the message to Iran?"— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 29, 2023
KAMALA HARRIS: "Don't" pic.twitter.com/3yvDm1zAtr
Remember when Harris went to Europe to warn Russia not to invade Ukraine and then the next day Vladimir Putin moved into the Donbas region? If there’s one thing we know holds zero value in this world, it’s a warning from the Biden administration. So yeah, I guess we are going to war with Iran.
All that said, the overarching theme here was just how stagnant Harris is as a politician. Despite yet another reboot attempt, she remains just as terrible as she’s always been. There is no saving her as a presidential prospect. Democrats played the identity politics game, and now they are stuck with one of the worst candidates in modern history.