US Vice President Analysis
Kamala Harris should resign if she loses the midterm elections
The 58-year-old is disappointed so far across the board. Even in the midterm campaign, it does not live up to expectations. Her resignation could inject new energy into the ailing Democratic Party.
US Vice President Kamala Harris, 58, is not very popular with Americans.
There is a joke in the United States about two sisters: one went to the high seas and the other a vice president. He didn’t hear anything from them again after that. And it’s true: Vice-Presidents usually keep the thankless presence out of the limelight. John Nance Garner, former vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt, once said that an office was worth nothing more than a “bucket full of warm pee.” However: one would have expected more from the first woman in the second highest position in the United States.
Kamala Harris (58) has been disappointed so far across the board. More than half of Americans think the former California senator doesn’t have her job under control. Even on the Democratic side, one openly wonders if a woman with a big smile and Afro-Indian roots might have been a mistake from the start.
Videos of her latest touring appearance show a politician mired in anxiety. Speaking at a panel discussion on the climate crisis, she said: “We will work together and will continue to work together to address these issues, address these challenges, and work together as we continue to work with the new standards, rules and agreements that we have decided to work together. We will work together.”
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This is political speech in its purest form. Less content is not possible. One commenter on Twitter said Harris once again looked like a high school student about to give a lecture about a book she hadn’t read.
Things are going disastrously for the vice president when it comes to the one important dossier that Joe Biden (79) has given her: immigration. More than two million illegal immigrants have crossed the US southern border since the beginning of the year: four times as many as in 2020, when Donald Trump spoke of an “emergency.” Republican governors in South American states have begun sending immigrants on crowded buses and planes to democratic cities in the North to “open the eyes” of politicians in New York and Washington. And Kamala Harris? She did not hear any specific proposals for a solution. A clear statement is missing. It does not have the file under control.
In the hot phase of the midterm elections (the midterm elections take place next Tuesday), one would have expected Harris to at least thrive as an activist. But unlike her predecessor, Mike Pence, who tours the country alongside Republican candidates, Harris hides when fundraising and does not venture outside the major Democratic cities. If the predictions are correct and Republicans win Tuesday’s midterm elections, Kamala Harris still has one step to give her party much-needed impetus: to step down and make way for new forces out of the limelight.
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