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Harris as Veep: Not a Command Performance

Jamie Stiehm on

WASHINGTON -- Does anyone know that Vice President Kamala Harris canceled plans to campaign for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a bruising recall election?

Perhaps a telling move, from one Californian to another.

Harris was meant to help the governor in an hour of need. But she's shaky too and may have little political capital to lend Newsom. Newsom faces voters on Sept. 14 in a blue state where Republicans are on a tear.

This broken plan got lost in the fog of war in Kabul and the epic storm that darkened New Orleans. No reason was given. The rally has not been rescheduled.

Harris and Newsom, in their 50s, are telegenic friends and pragmatists who know the special election is national in scope.

If Larry Elder, the leading Republican, becomes governor and if California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, 88, has to leave her Senate seat, Elder would name the new senator and tip the Senate to a Republican majority.

 

The curious incident got me thinking about Harris. Her portfolios, a voting rights bill and the southern border with Mexico, have not moved forward.

The vice president requested to work on voting rights. But she did not show up to speak at Saturday's voting rights march in Washington to align with a growing grassroots movement.

Actually, Harris has not received rave reviews on the new job in Washington. Admittedly, it's a tough crowd. Some note her 2020 presidential campaign tanked before Iowa.

Harris was just not ready to run, unlike another Black freshman senator in 2008.

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