In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have suffered through some concerning poll results. Several of these results show historically low approval ratings for both.
Biden has been taking a lot of heat due to rising inflation and other economic concerns. But Harris hasn’t been faring much better, as some surveys put her approval rating below 30 percent.
And all this is apparently putting a strain on the White House.
The working relationship between Biden and Harris is in question now, as various insider reports hint at a growing rift. On top of that, some sources are citing an “entrenched dysfunction.”
According to a CNN report, the two most powerful people in the country are more at odds than ever before.
Right now, it seems the biggest problem is that Harris and her team are annoyed at Biden for “sidelining” her, and treating her position as more ceremonial than functional.
It seems VP Harris wants to do more but Biden appears reluctant to do so, which is causing even more dissension. Toss in the growing problems in the country, and it’s a bad time for D.C. in-fighting.
But that doesn’t mean the rift isn’t there.
As CNN noted (via Breitbart):
Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined.
The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically.
Insiders also said that the Vice President’s staff “has repeatedly failed her and left her exposed.” And Harris routinely complains about her “lack of involvement” with the administration.
Some Democrats also say Biden hasn’t done enough to put Harris in a position to lead.
That’s subject to debate, though, and many wonder if the Vice President is well qualified for that role. Others worry about Harris constantly being under fire, and Biden’s lack of response.
Some believe Biden’s team hasn’t done enough “to curtail partisan attacks on her from conservatives,” for example.
Apparently, she’s looking for more public support from the President and his staff, while she continues to face plenty of backlash for her actions and policies. But even that might not be enough.
It seems Harris wants a stronger role in Washington, while at the same time those around her question her leadership capabilities.
And as the poll numbers continue to slide and America becomes increasingly unhappy with this administration, it’s likely that tensions will only escalate in the future.
Currently, the polls show that most people in the country don’t want Biden to continue as President beyond 2024. And similar surveys put little faith in Kamala Harris as a potential future POTUS.
If the two can’t show a united front in Washington, though, things could get even worse for Democrats.
With the midterm elections in 2022 coming up fast, the Democrat party is already worried about a “red wave” striking D.C.. And if this rift between Biden and Harris widens, that will play into GOP hands.
Democrats better hope for a stronger and more unified start to next year.
- Inside reports say there’s a growing rift between President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
- Sources claim Harris is unhappy that the President hasn’t protected her from partisan attacks. She also doesn’t like being “sidelined.”
- Questions remain about the VP’s leadership capabilities, and both Biden and Harris have plummeted in the polls.