While the prospect of a medium-term path looms for the Democrats, some corners of the party are casting their eyes further into the future at the 2024 presidential election. And on all sides, uncertainty abounds. President Joe Biden he has said both publicly and privately that he intends to apply again – contrary to messaging during his campaign that he would only serve one term, but still there is “lingering chatter” that he could give up, according to to Politico.
Along with the chatter came the first maneuvers to fill the void that Biden could leave. Vice president Kamala Harris it would seem the logical choice, but a number of relationships published Monday indicate that the withdrawal is far from certain. Its primary tasks – voting rights and the border in relation to Central American migration – are slow issues with low visibility. The passage of Biden’s $ 1.2 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill should have meant a victory lap from Harris, but like Axios Notes, his “largely covert efforts” to get the bill passed have often gone unnoticed. Despite having held “more than 30 public events – and about 150 calls, meetings and other engagements with members of Congress” to talk about the plan, the Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has eclipsed she as spokesperson for the plan.
Politico notes that Harris’ role has “limited his ability to raise public awareness” like other Democrats, such as Buttigieg and senators. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, And Cory Booker, “They raised their national profiles,” perhaps in the service of 2024 ambitions. Depending on how they go in 2022, people like the Michigan government. Gretchen Whitmer and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams it could also be in the fray. As a veteran New Hampshire agent put it, Harris “definitely won’t clean up the fucking field.”
The uncertainty comes amid Harris’s reported frustration with his role. The vice president “told several confidants that he feels limited in what he is able to do politically” under Biden, according to CNN. This “exasperation” speaks to the increasingly strained relationship between Harris’ office and some members of Biden’s team. “It is only natural that those of us who know her know how much more useful she can be than she is currently being asked to be”, Eleni Kounalakisthe California deputy governor and longtime friend of the vice president told the store. “That’s where the frustration comes from.” When such feelings strike, some of Harris’s neighbors reportedly told a story of Onion mocking how little he had to do, titled “The White House urges Kamala Harris to sit at the computer all day in case emails arrive “.
Part of the problem may be internal. Sources told CNN that Harris staff “repeatedly let her down and left her exposed” and have struggled to follow when it comes to getting the vice president more involved in administration. His chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, he would ask Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, for budgeting to make additional hires following communications and planning stumbles over the summer. According to CNN, Klain was not supportive and told Flournoy to “think creatively about drawing on other resources in the office.” Flournoy reportedly struggled to make new hires and retain existing members of her team. And Harris “complained about the lack of support,” like when, after appearing at a September fundraiser for the Virginia government run, “she asked why she was put in a situation that ran counter to the good COVID model. -19. Protocols. ”White House press officer Jen Psaki he referred to Harris as a “vital partner” to Biden just hours after the CNN news hit.
In a statement, Harris’ office rejected CNN’s characterizations. “It’s a shame that after a productive trip to France … and following the passage of a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create jobs and strengthen our communities, some media will focus on gossip,” he said. the office. But the optics are having a real impact. Last week, Harris’s approval rate dropped to 28%, “an all-time low for any modern vice president,” according to to Insider, and his supporters “don’t see a consistent public sense of what he did or tried to do as a vice president,” according to on CNN.