Kamala Harris’s political downfall continues to unfold.
Now, things just went from bad to worse for Biden’s chief ally.
And it’s all thanks to one blindside betrayal that Harris never saw coming.
Kamala Harris is perhaps the single least popular political figure in Washington, D.C.
Despite trying to position herself as the heir to Biden and potentially as the 2024 Democratic Presidential nominee in her own right, Harris continues to face massive setbacks in her own quest for political power.
Not only does she have one of the worst approval ratings in the history of the Executive Branch of the Federal government, with just 28% of Americans approving of her job as Vice-President, but she is now facing a series of backstabs that could jeopardize her career for good.
SFGate reports, “The office of Vice President Kamala Harris saw two high-profile departures in the past week-and-a-half, as both chief spokesperson Symone Sanders and communications director Ashley Etienne announced they would be stepping down.”
The move comes as a stunning betrayal for Harris, who had relied on these key figures to manage her own rise to power for years.
Now, the resignations are triggering talk that other staff members in Harris’ office are jumping ship out of fear of being “dragged down” along with Harris herself.
Axios adds, “One recurring theme, though, is concern — even fear — about career harm by being too closely linked to a flagging operation. Axios is told some Harris staffers want to work on Biden’s reelection campaign, while others don’t want to be aligned with Harris in the event another promising Democrat runs for president in 2024.”
For Harris, this means the problems continue to pile up.
Not only is her own approval rating even lower than Joe Biden’s, but there’s now open talk that Democrats will try to nominate someone else for president in either 2024 or 2028, and with the media now pushing figures like Pete Buttigieg in her place, it’s clear that Harris’ own political standing is starting to collapse.
“Sanders was seen as one of the central staffers for Harris as a candidate and is known to be personally trusted by Harris herself. She’s the staffer most frequently by her side,” adds Axios.
Her departure now leaves a hole in Harris’ office that will be hard to fill.
But even worse, it means that the floodgates are now open for even more resignations in the future, especially if it becomes clear that Harris is not guaranteed to win the nomination in either 2024 or in 2028 should Biden run again for a second term.
Harris herself has been facing significant political headwinds since earlier this year, when her refusal to travel to the southern border prompted calls from critics that she was refusing to do her job, especially in light of the fact that Biden had appointed Harris to handle the crisis on the southern border.
Now, these problems have only magnified as Harris faces challenges from within her own party, not just from Republicans.