In the wake of the Thursday terror attack in Kabul that killed 13 American service members, Vice President Kamala Harris ended plans to join California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for a campaign rally ahead of next month’s recall election in which his job increasingly appears to be in real jeopardy, as the Daily Caller reports.
Harris’ plan to hit the campaign trail in support of Newsom was announced earlier this month in what was viewed by many as a clear indication of concern among top Democrats that the embattled California chief executive is at real risk of being ousted on Sept. 14, the date set for the election.
On Thursday, Harris was slated to take part in a car rally with Newsom for which – oddly – it was announced that attendees would need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or of a negative coronavirus test result – despite the fact that they would remain in their own vehicles for the duration of the event, as Fox News noted.
However, once news of the bloodshed in Kabul emerged, the rally was cancelled, but not before a delay in announcing that decision drew the ire of Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce, who declared that holding such an event amid the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan was, “…an obscene display of politicking…the most obscene we’ve seen in a very long time.”
Bruce added that Harris should never have embarked on her recent overseas visit to Singapore and Vietnam given the growing crisis in Kabul, saying that she “needed to stay and work on this kind of an emergency” and accusing her of “avoiding doing her job.”
President Joe Biden has joined Harris by throwing his weight behind Newsom in the recall battle, issuing a statement last week encouraging voters to keep the Democrat in office and calling him “a key partner in fighting the pandemic and delivering economic relief to working families and helping us build our economy back better than ever…”.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has reportedly been doing what she can behind the scenes to keep Newsom in office, indicating recently that she has a “special operation” afoot to help make sure that happens, as the Daily Caller reported.
The crisis in Afghanistan may end up derailing not just Thursday’s planned campaign event with Harris, but it may also cause serious damage to Newsom’s own standing in the eyes of voters, particularly in light of the fact that when asked his opinion of Biden’s handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal and subsequent evacuation effort, he stated, “I’m incredibly proud of President Biden.”
With a recent NBC News poll revealing that just 25% of voters approve of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan, and Harris’ approval having begun to tank even before the devastating circumstances in Kabul became fully apparent, the enthusiastic endorsements from the president and vice president may ultimately do more harm than good for Newsom’s hopes of remaining in office.