A recent Gallup poll found that 63.6% of Americans give Kamala Harris a vote of “no confidence” as vice president.
A number of factors can be cited that would account for her low approval rating. Among these are an internal report in early July that her office is “rife with dissent.” Harris’s team, Politico wrote, “is experiencing low morale, porous lines of communication and diminished trust among aides and senior officials.” Not a good look for the person who is one heartbeat away from the presidency.
The most obvious factor is Harris’s delay in visiting the southern border. Compounding this issue is the fact that when she finally did go, she traveled not to where the “action” is, in the Del Rio sector, but to El Paso, a safe 790 miles from the epicenter of the crisis.
In short, when the topic of Harris’s popularity was visited by the panel of “The View” this week, there was plenty of grist for a real analysis. Instead, show veterans Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar ignored the facts in favor of the twin imaginary 900-pound gorillas in the room — viz., Harris’s sex and her race. And they did it with a smirk. Have a look.
In a way, jumping to this simplistic conclusion is understandable. After all, aren’t Goldberg and Behar homing in on the reason Joe Biden named Harris as his running mate in the first place? It wasn’t because she had been an illustrious senator or even a very good debater. It was because he had promised, foolishly, that he would restrict his selection to a woman of color. The folly of having chosen a candidate as week as Harris reveals the downside of playing identity politics. Playing the sex and race cards instead of focusing on substance reveals the shallowness and stupidity of the women of “The View.”