ANALYSIS / OPINION:
As southern border crisis rages, Taliban regains control of Afghanistan, Dr Anthony Fauci says Christmas may need to be canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats fight over bill $ 3.5 trillion in welfare, soaring inflation, disrupted supply chains, and the United States possibly exceeding its debt limit, our Vice President Kamala Harris is MIA.
Ms Harris took a stealth trip to Palm Springs, California on Friday as the White House did not disclose the reason for her non-public visit. The next day she was gone. The trip confused some of Biden’s allies, who questioned why the former senator had not been more involved in President Biden’s efforts to push through his welfare bill on Capitol Hill.
Ms Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff were pictured walking in Washington, DC on Sunday. There was nothing in his public schedule all weekend.
It’s not that Ms. Harris doesn’t have several high-profile tasks. She was tasked with tackling the origins of the influx of migrants to the southern border, expanding voting rights, increasing broadband access, tackling black maternal mortality, racial inequalities , the promotion of women in the labor market and is the leader of the Space Council.
No visible progress has been made in this regard. As for the southern border, things got worse after Ms Harris traveled there in June and to the Northern Triangle countries in May. This month, up to 400,000 migrants could cross the border, nearly doubling the 21-year record set in July under the Biden administration.
Ms Harris has kept a low public profile, but when she engages with the press, it often has a disastrous effect. Last month, she only appeared for about 10 minutes on ABC’s “The View” after two co-hosts tested positive for the coronavirus moments before her interview and had to be escorted off set.
During her brief appearance, she said, “we must do more” to support the Haitian community, without further details. Regarding the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, Harris said she receives confidential information every day on hot spots in the world and threats to our national security, and that “the United States has an obligation. , and we, as leaders, have an obligation to understand that we are a global leader. It was another non-response.
Every time Ms. Harris opens her mouth, politically correct and tasteless words spring up. Last week, during a visit to a college, Harris did not reject a student who accused Israel of committing “ethnic genocide.” Instead, Ms Harris replied: “It is about the fact that your voice, your point of view, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed and must be heard.”
Ms Harris was immediately criticized, as many widely interpreted her comments as agreeing with the student’s characterization of Israel. No, it was just Mrs. Harris doing her best to be aroused and popular, using progressive buzzwords without thinking about it. His team immediately had to intervene to limit the damage, contacting the Democratic Majority for Israel, a major rights group, the next day to “consolidate relations with the pro-Israel organization,” according to Politico.
That seems to be the one thing Ms Harris and her team seem to care about: cleaning up the mess she’s self-inflicted on herself and improving her image.
After her disastrous interview with NBC’s Lester Holt in June, where she defended not visiting the southern border, saying she didn’t understand the question and “I haven’t been to Europe either,” and a story of Politico detailing “low morale, porous lines of communication and diminished trust between aides and senior officials” within her office, she hired two seasoned crisis communications experts in August.
Their strategy so far appears to be to keep her on the sidelines and let Mr Biden handle the multiple crises facing his administration. Absolutely no leadership on his part. So far, it seems to be working. This month, Ms Harris’ poll numbers beat the president for the first time since taking office.
“My gut is to say that so many shots were directed at Biden, Harris’s number increased just by being out of the spotlight,” Democratic strategist Christy Setzer told The Hill last week. “She’s not giving anyone new reasons not to like her, so her poll numbers are averaging, with the country roughly evenly split on the black woman in second place.”
And there you have it, Ms. Harris’ only credentials: being the first black woman appointed vice president, desperately trying not to spoil the moment. Don’t expect to see her anytime soon.
• Kelly Sadler is the Washington Times commentary editor.