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EDITORIAL: The Many Excuses Surrounding Kamala Harris’s Slow-Motion Implosion

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Vice President Kamala Harris has charted a low-speed course to political implosion, gathering an impressive list of excuses along the way.

Despite her impressively rapid upward mobility — skyrocketing from the San Francisco District Attorney’s office to the vice presidency in under two decades — her political savvy appears to be taking a different direction.

Harris’ lofty political ambitions became clear in 2018 during the ugly confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — and she quickly parlayed her badgering of Kavanaugh into a presidential run.

She hit one high note when she struck at President Joe Biden in an early debate, challenging him with a comment about bussing.

But Harris failed to make the conversion into a lasting base of support, and ultimately dropped out of the presidential primary before the Iowa caucuses. And that’s when the excuses began to roll in.

Media did some of the work for her, suggesting that because she was a woman of color, she faced a higher bar.

But flash forward nine months to August of 2020 and, amid pressure from the left, Biden tapped Harris to be his running mate.

The coronavirus pandemic kept traditional campaign events to a minimum, but Harris took the stage again — literally — when she debated sitting Vice President Mike Pence.

And once again, the media made her excuses for her. They accused Pence of engaging in “sexist” behavior because he refused to hold back and expected Harris to hold her own on the debate stage. And they argued yet again that if Harris had been white or male, no one would have criticized her.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos accused Pence of “mansplaining,” despite the fact that his own network clocked Harris with three minutes more speaking time.

Harris even used some of that time to condescendingly present Pence with a “history lesson” complete with an entirely fabricated quotation from “Honest Abe.”


Harris’ track record has not improved much since she was sworn in as vice president. In late March of 2021, Biden named her as the lead on the administration’s response to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — and for three months, she brushed off critics who said she should actually make a trip to where the problem was. (RELATED: ‘Not Today!’: Kamala Harris Cracks Up When Asked If She Will Visit The Border)

Her responses — as she insisted that she was dealing with the “root causes” of the problem — were a sight to behold:

In spite of that comedy of errors, Biden then announced that Harris was taking charge of yet another complicated and hotly-contested issue: voting rights.

Democrats have pushed for the end of the filibuster — or at least a suspension long enough to ram through HR-1 — in order to make sweeping changes to voting at the federal level. Standing in their way, alongside a few others, is Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — and Harris has already stepped in it there, doing an interview on WV television without reaching out to the senator first.

As the high-profile assignments — and the mistakes — pile up, Harris had just one thing to say to BET’s Soledad O’Brien: “Yeah, maybe I don’t say ‘no’ enough.”

Hillary Clinton would be proud.