by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Biden administration keeps trying to give Vice President Kamala Harris something to do, but she keeps balking at the opportunity. She complains about being “sidelined” by the White House and complains when they give her a job she doesn’t want to do, such as handling the border crisis. It’s as if the only thing she is really passionate about is using the power of her office to destroy the careers of her political rivals.
Harris was not enthusiastic about being tapped to lead the administration’s response to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the vice president “had initial reservations about becoming the face of the administration’s response, worried she could be pigeonholed on the issue because of her gender, according to people familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose a sensitive dynamic.”
Ultimately, Harris signed on to be in charge of the White House push to protect abortion rights across the country. If history is any indication, the result will be a half-assed effort that accomplishes nothing and inevitably devolves into finger-pointing, recrimination, and anonymous leaks to the press. That is precisely what happened after the administration tasked her with leading the charge on the border crisis and on voting rights.
Harris was not thrilled when Biden in March 2021 put her in charge of the administration’s response to the ongoing immigration crisis on the border. The vice president “was resigned to the assignment, but she and her team wanted to make sure her role was depicted in the narrowest possible way,” according to the authors of This Will Not Pass.