Harris’s Comeback Quest – From Momentum to Disapproval

(DailyVantage.com) – Vice President Kamala Harris is attempting to make herself relevant again ahead of the 2024 presidential election by attacking Republicans for “extremism.” Recently, she made an impromptu visit to Florida in a political move against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the runner-up in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, where she slammed a new standard within the Florida curriculum that she framed as teaching that enslaved people benefitted from slavery. She also made a stop in Iowa, where she defended pro-choice rhetoric. Despite these events, Iowa and Florida are likely Republican wins in the 2024 presidential election.

At one point, Harris had decent momentum in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, where she actively attacked Biden for busing and working with segregationists. According to RealClearPolitics aggregate polling, she propelled herself to a maximum of 15.0% in the race, leading even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in July 2019. Now, though, according to FiveThirtyEight, she has a disapproval rating of 52.3% and an approval rating of 39.6%, meaning that most Americans dislike her, including many Democrats. Despite her unpopularity, a senior adviser for the Democratic National Committee said that her public presence will be central to the Biden 2024 campaign strategy, keeping Biden out of the fray of politically divisive discourse and having someone more “youthful” when compared to Biden on the campaign trail.

After the midterm seat gain for Senate Democrats, she is more flexible and less relied upon for a tiebreaking vote. However, the Democratic Senate Majority could be short-lived due to the 2024 general election having seats Republicans are favored to win from Democrats in Montana and West Virginia, which could flip the chamber back into Republican control.

With the presidential primaries just around the corner in early 2024, the political maneuvers now set the stage for the presidential election. Recent polling from the Morning Consult shows Biden ahead of former President Donald Trump and DeSantis by 3-points and 6-points, respectively, demonstrating that the Democratic strategy of keeping Biden insulated from Republican attacks could work and proving that Harris may just be helpful to distract Republicans from further pressuring Biden.

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