(PresidentialWire.com)- When Democrat Joe Biden named Kamala Harris as his running mate during the 2020 presidential election cycle, many believed it was a sign that the Democratic Party was building Harris up for a future run at the presidency herself.
Now, less than a year into the Biden-Harris administration, there are some liberals who see it completely opposite.
Recently, Briahna Joy Gray, who hosts a podcast called “Bad Faith,” recently said the White House is instead setting Harris up for failure so that the Democrats can make way for another candidate to run for president in the future.
On a podcast Gray appeared on with The Hill called “Rising,” she said:
“[The White House is] intentionally putting her in a position where they can have a plausible excuse to move past her. The article cites a possibility of moving her into a Supreme Court position in a way to promote her up and out of the way to make room for someone like Pete Buttigieg.”
The article Gray was referring to was a report in CNN published over the weekend that said many key aides in the West Wing are increasingly frustrated with the vice president and her staff.
The report said the aides have decided “there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now, especially at a moment when President Joe Biden faces quickly multiplying legislative and political concerns.”
The article painted a similar picture of frustration from Harris’ side:
“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.”
Following that report being published, the White House quickly responded by denying that to be true. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, tweeted on Sunday night:
“For anyone who needs to hear it. @VP is not only a vital partner to @POTUS but a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country — from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband.”
For her part, Gray said she believed the White House was misguided in its response, saying officials should be more concerned with Harris not being popular among American voters.
She said on The Hill podcast:
“The people have not been that fond of Kamala Harris. She has historically low approval ratings for vice president, especially considering she hasn’t done much of anything.”
While many in the mainstream media “framed her as the next Barack Obama” during the presidential primary last year, Gray said that “might have worked against her, because a lot of people woke up to the fact that representational politics doesn’t move the country forward in the way that people had hoped with Barack Obama.”
If this all proves to be true, Harris will have failed twice — first at winning support from Democratic voters in the 2020 presidential primary, and then again at winning support from the most powerful Democrats in Washington.