She’s Hillary 2.0.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ very dangerous week amid revelations of a poisonous workplace tradition is giving some Dems troublesome flashbacks to Hillary Clinton — with some in her occasion nervous she gained’t be capable to beat any GOP candidate sooner or later.
“She would have a tough time beating anyone, as we noticed the final time she ran. And I feel we run the danger of a 2016 redo,” a Democratic Capitol Hill insider advised The Submit, recalling Clinton’s presidential race defeat to Donald Trump, who performed up his standing as a Beltway outsider.
“We’ve got an inheritor obvious who’s anointed that folks don’t like and in case you problem her you might be dismissed as standing in the best way of historical past when there are some actual legit considerations,” the insider continued.
Clinton, the previous senator and secretary of state was a lot adored by occasion grandees, however a bruising main with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that 12 months put her at odds with a lot of the occasion’s activist base. Although Biden avenged the occasion in 2020 and Democrats took again management of Congress, Clinton’s loss has haunted liberal strategists ever since.
The considerations come as Harris is closing out what is nearly definitely her worst week in workplace, buffeted by nasty stories of a poisonous work setting for her employees.
“Persons are thrown beneath the bus from the very prime, there are quick fuses and it’s an abusive setting. It’s not a wholesome setting and folks typically really feel mistreated. It’s not a spot the place individuals really feel supported however a spot the place individuals really feel handled like s–t.” one insider advised Politico.
An identical disarray plagued Harris’ personal 2020 presidential marketing campaign which led to fiasco, with the candidate dropping out earlier than the Iowa caucuses. Harris state operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher bolted in Nov. 2019 with a blistering resignation letter.
“That is my third presidential marketing campaign,” Mehlenbacher wrote on the time, “and I’ve by no means seen a corporation deal with its employees so poorly … With lower than 90 days till Iowa we nonetheless don’t have an actual plan to win.”
Harris dropped out of the race a month later.
Her quick vice presidency has additionally been marred by the continuing disaster on the southern border, an issue she has been tasked to handle, however for which there has to date been little progress. For months, Harris refused to go to the border, incomes the ire of conservative critics.
At 78, Biden is the oldest individual ever elected to a primary time period in American historical past and questions on his psychological well being have dogged his quick tenure.
Many prime DC insiders — and even some senior administration officers — consider Harris would lose a 2024 contest to whoever the GOP chooses — together with Trump, Axios reported.
“‘Oh, no, our inheritor obvious is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?’ It’s extra that folks assume, ‘Oh, she’s f***ing up, possibly she shouldn’t be the inheritor obvious,’” a Dem operative advised Axios.
Harris, by a spokeswoman, dismissed the criticism.
“The Vice President and her workplace are targeted on the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda to construct an economic system from the center out and the underside up, not the highest down. To creating positive racial fairness is on the core of the whole lot the administration does, to combatting the existential risk of local weather change, and to proceed defending the American individuals from the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated Sabrina Singh.
Republicans, in the meantime, are salivating.
Luke Twombly, 27, communications director for the Texas GOP and a rising star within the Lone Star State, stated he could be “thrilled” to see Harris be the 2024 normal bearer.
“The girl couldn’t even get elected in a Democratic main in her personal state or Iowa. If she ran nationally I think about the voters would reject her too,” Twombly stated. “I feel nearly any Republican we now have would beat her. I feel Trump would shellack her.”