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Vice President Kamala Harris is the best-positioned politician in the country. After six years as California Attorney General and just four as U.S. senator, the 56-year-old was catapulted to the number two position in government. She’s a heartbeat away from the presidency, understudying for a doddering septuagenarian who may not have a lot of heartbeats left in him.
Yet, she has a serious image problem. Voters find her cold and unlikable. She couldn’t get Democrat support for her presidential run, dropping out before voting began. Her current polling is underwater, with 45% approval and 48% disapproval — the lowest numbers for any VP since Spiro Agnew. 2024 looms and she needs to right the ship, pronto.
Time for a political PR supergroup to combine forces; gurus of spin with decades of experience making brittle politicians seem warm and approachable.
A group of the Democratic Party’s most influential women met for dinner at a home in the nation’s capital last month to game out how to defend Vice President Kamala Harris and her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, against a torrent of bad press.
..The host was Kiki McLean, a Democratic public affairs expert and former adviser to both Clintons.
Her guests included Harris confidant Minyon Moore; two former DNC officials, Donna Brazile and Leah Daughtry; Biden adviser and leader of his outside group, Stephanie Cutter; former Hillary Clinton spokeswomen and Democratic strategists Adrienne Elrod and Karen Finney; and former Obama White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
That’s right: The White House is leaning on Hillary Clinton staffers to make Kamala Harris more likable.
Unsurprisingly, Hillary’s brain trust doesn’t blame Kamala’s numerous gaffes, political failures, or creepy laughing at various tragedies. No, the bad coverage is obviously due to racism and sexism.
“Many of us lived through the Clinton campaign, and want to help curb some of the gendered dynamics in press coverage that impacted HRC,” this source said. “It was like: ‘We’ve seen this before.’ It’s subtle. But when things aren’t going well for a male politician, we ask very different questions, and they’re not held to account the way a woman leader is.”
You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Kamala’s critics into what I call the basket of deplorables. But what difference, at this point, does it make? I think her new PR team will easily wipe away all the bad coverage, like with a cloth or something.Published in