By Duncan Smith
There’s a reason why then-Sen. Kamala Harris was among the first contenders to drop out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary sweepstakes.
The woman is about as likable as the Plague, and voters could see that right away.
She doesn’t speak to people, she talks down to them and whines.
She’s abrasive. She isn’t personal. Staffers say she’s abusive.
None of these are good qualities, and it’s beginning to show in polling.
Even as Joe Biden’s approval numbers are tanking, Harris’s numbers are worse, according to the most recent polling.
In fact, they are so bad that now, Democrats and White House officials strategizing ahead of the 2022 midterms don’t believe they can even send her out to campaign for anyone in an even semi-tight race.
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Vice President Harris has some ground to make up in order to be perceived more favorably by the public, a complicating factor for the Biden administration as it maps out its midterm strategy.
Six months into office, polls indicate Harris is viewed less favorably than President Biden. She has also made some tactical missteps outside of the White House that Democrats say show she hasn't quite yet found her bearings.
Vice presidents historically do not outperform the leader at the top of the ticket. But her lower ratings haven’t gone unnoticed.
In a trio of recent surveys, Harris earned a combined unfavorable rating of 46 percent, according to an aggregate average compiled by RealClearPolitics. That number is 3 points below Biden's 43 percent in the same category.
In an Economist-YouGov poll conducted from July 24 to 27, Harris's unfavorable figure reached 48 percent.
'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.
Even Harris allies aren’t keen about sending her out into the heartland to stump for candidates.
'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.'
'I don't think someone like Mark Kelly would want her anywhere around him,” the ally said, a reference to the freshman Arizona Democrat.
Face it, Harris isn’t likable and the more Americans are exposed to her, the more they see it.
But Biden’s handlers wanted her so they could check off some more ‘first’ boxes. Now they’re stuck with her.
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