She’s Hillary 2.0.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ very dangerous week amid revelations of a toxic office culture is giving some Dems troublesome flashbacks to Hillary Clinton — with some in her social gathering apprehensive she gained’t have the ability to beat any GOP candidate in the long run.
“She would have a hard time beating anybody, as we saw the last time she ran. And I think we run the risk of a 2016 redo,” a Democratic Capitol Hill insider informed The Post, recalling Clinton’s presidential race defeat to Donald Trump, who performed up his standing as a Beltway outsider.
“We have an heir apparent who is anointed that people don’t like and if you challenge her you are dismissed as standing in the way of history when there are some real legitimate concerns,” the insider continued.
Clinton, the previous senator and secretary of state was a lot adored by social gathering grandees, however a bruising main with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that 12 months put her at odds with a lot of the social gathering’s activist base. Though Biden avenged the social gathering 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 virtually definitely her worst week in workplace, buffeted by nasty experiences of a poisonous work surroundings for her employees.
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment. It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s–t.” one insider told Politico.
An analogous disarray plagued Harris’ own 2020 presidential campaign which ended in 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.
“This is my third presidential campaign,” Mehlenbacher wrote on the time, “and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly … With less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real 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 deal with, 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 heir apparent is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?’ It’s more that people think, ‘Oh, she’s f***ing up, maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent,’” a Dem operative informed Axios.
Harris, by a spokeswoman, disregarded the criticism.
“The Vice President and her office are focused on the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda to build an economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. To making sure racial equity is at the core of everything the administration does, to combatting the existential threat of climate change, and to continue protecting the American people from the Covid-19 pandemic,” mentioned Sabrina Singh.
Republicans, in the meantime, are salivating.
Luke Twombly, 27, communications director for the Texas GOP and a rising star in the Lone Star State, mentioned he could be “thrilled” to see Harris be the 2024 customary bearer.
“The woman couldn’t even get elected in a Democratic primary in her own state or Iowa. If she ran nationally I imagine the voters would reject her too,” Twombly mentioned. “I think almost any Republican we have would beat her. I think Trump would shellack her.”