For some left-leaning journalists, the bloom is definitely off the rose when it comes to Vice President Kamala Harris, as evidenced by a Thursday piece in the Los Angeles Times in which she was accused of failing to exert – or even possess – sufficient influence with regard to the sweeping election reform bill championed by Democrats, but successfully blocked by Republicans in the Senate.
As the Washington Examiner reports, the Times’ Noah Bierman authored an article in which he lamented the absence of leadership from Harris in terms of advancing measures such as S.1, the upper chamber’s version of the House-passed “For the People Act.”
According to Bierman, with regard to the eventual collapse of the bill’s prospects in the Senate, when it comes to Harris, “the takeaway was how little we saw of her,” chiding the vice president over the fact that there were “no dramatic trips…to court votes. No statements on how to find compromise. No known talks with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin,” who had previously been expected to be the lone Democrat to oppose passage.
Though Bierman’s disappointment at Harris’ lack of action was palpable, he also suggested that the outcome is probably not surprising to those who are aware of the vice president’s career trajectory to date.
With regard to Harris’ ability – or lack thereof – to carry a lot of sway in the Senate, he remarked, “She served only four years there, a good portion of that time running for president,” adding that while she is “working on her Senate relationships,” she has thus far shown little impact “when it comes to legislating in the modern Congress.”
Harris has not been the only member of the current administration blamed for the demise of the election overhaul bill, however, as President Joe Biden himself took some hits earlier this week from several far-left lawmakers.
Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) expressed his skepticism that Biden’s heart was really ever in the fight to pass the reform measure, as Fox News noted, stating that the president “just sort of stared at me” during a personal interaction in which the Democrat congressman suggested that the White House needed to take a more active role in the battle.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) also gave voice to growing frustration on the far-left, stating, “We’ve got to find a way to pass voting rights and I’m deeply committed to that,” suggesting that eliminating the chamber’s filibuster rules may be the only way to achieve the results he and other progressives demand, given the 50-50 composition of the Senate. “No Senate rule is more important than the constitutional right to vote,” he added.
With faith on the left dwindling in the ability – or willingness – of Harris and Biden to exert greater powers of persuasion to advance legislative aims and a growing push on the part of many Democrats to rig the game by killing the filibuster, conservatives are left to hope that the determination of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to hold firm in their resistance to such a move does not flag.