Is Kamala Harris Democratic Party’s Presidential hopeful?


As the United States hurtles toward the 2024 presidential election, the Democratic Party is facing a conundrum that demands urgent attention: the future of their leadership. With President Joe Biden’s cognitive decline becoming increasingly evident, and Vice President Kamala Harris failing to gain traction among the Democratic base, the party is grappling with the prospect of a leadership reshuffle.

Joe Biden’s approval rating languishes at a dismal 39 percent, reflecting growing concerns about his mental acuity and ability to lead effectively. Surprisingly, Harris fares only marginally better, with an approval rating of 37.5%, a stark contrast to her once-minimal support when she exited the presidential nominee race in 2019. How did Harris manage to alienate swathes of her own party faithful?

A closer examination of Harris’ political career reveals a contentious history, particularly during her tenure as California’s district attorney. Criticism has been leveled at her for failing to address issues of police misconduct and wrongful convictions adequately. Her record as a prosecutor, including actions such as incarcerating individuals for minor offenses and opposing police accountability measures, has drawn significant backlash.

It may be mentioned here that, Earlier in her career as California’s district attorney, Harris, the child of immigrants from Jamaica and India, had a reputation as a ‘top cop’ who worked against the interests of victims. She frequently failed, for example, to exercise her authority to investigate charges of misconduct and abuse by police and prosecutors. At the same time, she often kept people – many of them poor black people – behind bars even when there was ample evidence of wrongful convictions, while opposing legislation that would have demanded her office to investigate fatal police shootings.

During the 2019 Democratic presidential debate, Representative Tulsi Gabbard highlighted Harris’ controversial prosecutorial decisions, questioning her commitment to justice and equity. Despite these accusations, Harris has only vaguely acknowledged her past actions, asserting her role in “reforming California’s justice system”.

Furthermore, Harris’ tenure as vice president has been marked by perceived ineffectiveness, particularly concerning her handling of key responsibilities assigned by Joe Biden. Her failure to address the root causes of illegal immigration, notably by neglecting to visit the US-Mexico border, has raised doubts about her leadership capabilities.

Amid mounting criticism and speculation about Biden’s fitness for office, rumors of invoking the 25th Amendment have surfaced. However, the prospect of Harris assuming the presidency does not inspire confidence among many Americans, given her own shortcomings and lackluster performance as vice president.

The potential fallout from replacing Harris at this juncture is considerable, with concerns about accusations of bias and double standards looming large. As the first woman and first Black American vice president, any move to remove Harris would undoubtedly face intense scrutiny and backlash.

Despite growing doubts about her readiness for the presidency, Kamala Harris remains resolute in her conviction to lead if called upon. However, recent reports highlighting Biden’s cognitive decline have underscored the urgent need for the Democratic Party to reassess its leadership lineup.

With Donald Trump poised to exploit any weaknesses in the Democratic ticket, the party faces a critical juncture in its quest to regain political momentum. Rethinking the entire leadership structure, including the possibility of introducing fresh faces, may be imperative to rejuvenate the party’s appeal and prospects in the upcoming election.

Democratic Party is at a crossroads, grappling with the challenge of navigating through Biden’s presidency and determining the future trajectory of its leadership. Whether Harris emerges as the party’s next presidential hopeful remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: the Democrats cannot afford to ignore the pressing need for introspection and renewal.


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