According to a Washington Post report, Harris’ political advisors are trying to reverse her current trajectory.
Harris, the first female vice presidency, has faced a wave of criticisms about office dysfunction.
Harris has been more visible in recent weeks at major events with President Biden.
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According to The Washington Post, Kamala Harris’ political team made a series of changes to improve her public image and her political future after experiencing some difficulties in her first year.
Harris, a former California senator and attorney general, has experienced a meteoric rise to the top of the national political landscape. She was appointed to the Naval Observatory in just four years, after she entered the Senate Chamber.
She was forced to resign months after she took office in January. A series of media reports on dysfunction in her office combined with stagnant approval ratings have led to advisors and supporters feeling that they have hurt the fortunes, first Black female vice president and first Indian American vice presidential in American history.
Now — nearly one year after the inauguration — there’s a major effort for a successful reset by Harris’ team.
Jamal Simmons, a long-time Democratic analyst, has been appointed vice president’s communications director. This comes at a time when many feel her office lacks consistency in messaging about her duties and accomplishments.
Harris, who has been absent from large events along with President Joe Biden has become a more visible figure. This was evident at the signing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure bill in November. They also made a joint appearance in Atlanta on Monday, where they pushed for the passage voting-rights legislation that was stalled by Congress.
Harris has been a stronger presence on television in recent weeks, despite a schedule that only featured a few interviews with media personalities.
As Democrats face political headwinds in maintaining their congressional majorities in 2022, the vice president is also set to become a familiar presence on the campaign trail — a relief to many who want to see her engaged with voters ahead of an expected 2024 Biden reelection campaign and a potential presidential run in 2028.
This week’s Atlanta speech on voting rights was a sign of Harris’s greater influence on public policy, particularly for issues that are closely watched by the American people.
Before Biden spoke in support of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — key pieces of legislation that the party hopes to pass in the face of near-certain Republican filibusters in the Senate — Harris remarked on the bills and introduced the president.
During her speech, she said, “Years later, our children, and our grandchildren, will they ask us about this moment?” “They will look back on this time, and they will ask us not about how we felt — they will ask us what did we do.”
She said, “We cannot tell them we let a Senate ruling stand in the way our most fundamental freedom.” Instead, let us tell our senators that we stood together as people with courage and conscience.”
The vice president faces many challenges as her advisors try to jumpstart their role.
Vice President Kamala Harris stands before President Joe Biden to advocate for the passage voting-rights legislation in the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is located on the grounds at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.
“She cannot own voting rights”
Harris has not yet announced Symone Sanders’ replacement. Symone Sanders was Symone’s former chief spokesperson and senior advisor. She left the role in December. Harris was recently appointed as the host for a new weekend MSNBC program.
After Harris was chosen to focus on the causes and consequences of migration from the Northern Triangle nations, Republicans made a series dissenting remarks about Harris’s recent actions. They repeatedly asked Harris to visit the border between the US and Mexico. Many Republicans still criticized Harris for not visiting El Paso sooner when she visited the region.
A testy exchange with NBC’s Lester Holt over visiting the border led some in the Biden administration to be “quietly perplexed” by her response — in which she also stated that she had not been to Europe as vice president — according to a CNN report.
According to the Post report, Harris reportedly viewed the NBC interview with caution and is now trying to let go of her defensive posture.
The vice president spoke with Craig Melvin, NBC, earlier this week. She pushed for the administration to push for voting rights in a manner that was pleasing for many Democrats. She was also questioned about the timetable for COVID-19 test, which have been scarce in the country due to the rapid spread Omicron.
In the coming weeks, the Biden administration will make 500 million of these tests free to Americans. Harris replied that the tests could have been distributed sooner if Harris was asked.
Some Harris backers are annoyed that Biden has given Harris thorny topics like immigration and voting rights. This will require a Herculean effort, and a near-perfect combination of circumstances, to make visible progress.
Harris was also not a veteran of Capitol Hill like Biden and did not have the connections and deep relationships that her boss developed during his 36-year tenure representing Delaware at the Senate.
According to the Post report Harris’ aides stated that Harris was having difficulty disproving the narrative that Harris is a difficult employer. Harris’ articles have included everything from “soul-destroying critique” to longtime supporters feeling restricted access to Harris.
The New York Times reported last week that Harris told her close friends that she felt her media coverage would have been “different” if Harris were a white male. This was in reference to Harris’s pioneering role and the high expectations that go along with it.
Donna Brazile, former chair of Democratic National Committee, and campaign manager for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential election campaign, stated that Harris’s issues are complex and cannot be sorted into a time frame.
“She can’t have voting rights. Brazile stated to The Post that no one is allowed to own the nation’s long, arduous struggle for its independence. This is a big task. To get us to 2020, it took a civil war and then a civil rights movement. We will need to do a lot more to get there.