Two more Kamala Harris aides are leaving her office, The Hill reported Thursday, in addition to the vice president’s press secretary and communications director leaving.
“Peter Velz, who is the vice president’s director of press operations, and Vince Evans, the deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for Harris, are planning to leave those positions soon,” a source confirmed to the Hill.
So is it possible that Kamala Harris is flailing in the number two spot at the White House? (Wait, an increasing number of the public are whispering a possibly credible allegation that that’s Brandon’s spot at White House meetings, let’s say ‘second in command’ then.)
To fairly inform the reader before proceeding, the author has not read any of the pertinent news reports about these departures from the vice president’s office other than the one cited. So the rest is set based on the author’s previous knowledge of politics and some speculation.
Could it be that, with all the preparation of years fighting as an aggressive California prosecutor, a full headdress of feathers in her cap for fighting crime with utmost zeal in the harsh, cold arena of legal combat?
Years spent in the U.S. Senate delegation since 2017, from the state with the most people and money, and campaigning nationally since Jan 2019, for the chair that Brandon is rumored to be crop-dusting daily.
That Kamala Harris is overwhelmed in the vice president’s office and is so unhelpable in her distress that droves of her staff are giving up on working with her?
Could the toxic masculinity that got Harris where she is today, not what it turns out, help her advance further? And that she’s having trouble adjusting?
An identity crisis? It’s hard to let go of a way of being that got you so far and one that was made out of so many admirable virtues.
That can feel uncomfortable at best because of the cognitive dissonance and painful or even unsafe because of ego-investment and uncertainty about the unknown.
Everyone says about Kamala Harris that she is even less likable than Hillary Clinton. And the thing her president told her was that she was a diversity hire. He and his team maybe didn’t think that through in the primary heat.
What irked just enough people in enough counties in key places about HRC, whether this is a fair assessment of her or not, is that she seemed to them to be in it for HRC.
What did she even stand for? Diversity hiring in presidential elections? Conservatives and moderates don’t like it because they are pro-meritocracy. Why wouldn’t they be for the presidency, even for their Uber driver?
And many liberals don’t care for diversity hiring either, because it robs its intended beneficiaries of self-esteem, starting with the premise that they can’t win without a boost and ending with imposter syndrome and a bad conscience sabotaging their best efforts to make the most of their opportunities.
Bigtime Leader, Obama, faced his share of accusations that he was ambitious, but at least in 2008, he campaigned on clearly identifiable positions.
He had that as a foundation to stand on and a policy platform that moved the needle (not the mandatory vaccine needle) on issues that captured a broad base of support as well as energizing liberals, a coalition weary of the radical shifts in federal policy over the George W. Bush years.
It was recently reported that self-proclaimed Techno-King, Elon Musk, has a question he likes to ask applicants to one of his high tech companies to see if they are all bark and no bite, or if they are the real deal: “What were the most difficult problems you faced and how did you solve them?”
Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai in 2018, Elon Musk said: “People who solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it. They know the little details.” At another conference, he said, “Anyone who struggles hard with a problem never forgets it.”
When flailing like the vice president seems to be, dear readers, I have found it helpful to start over again with first principles at heart, and a plan of action to solve the most pressing problems, usually by turning to a resource that has invariably brought success before, and that I have lately neglected to find myself flailing again at what should be my moment to shine forth my best.
Be not afraid. You laugh, you lose. Salutations to the divine in you.