An inquiry about Vice President Kamala Harris regarding the 2024 election was met with silence this week from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D).
Anderson Cooper, a CNN anchor, questioned Pelosi on her opinion of Harris as the “best running partner” to aid Joe Biden in winning reelection. But rather than saying “yes” or “no,” the Democrat from California used all five Ds in dodgeball to answer the question: dodge, ducking, dip, dive, and dodging.
“Biden believes so, and that is what matters,” she said to Cooper.
“Don’t you believe so?” Cooper continued.
The second time Cooper tried, he also failed. Pelosi said that Harris was “very smart about politics” and that she didn’t get “enough credit.” But she didn’t say if she thinks Harris is the right choice for Biden’s running partner.
“But do you actually think she would be a good running mate?” A third time, Cooper asked.
In this case, the third time did not turn out to be the best. In fact, Pelosi admitted that Harris doesn’t do much and said that her lack of accomplishments is just part of being vice president.
“She serves as the country’s vice president. People often ask me, ‘Well, why doesn’t she carry out this or that?’ Because she serves as the vice president, I reply. That’s what the job calls for. Pelosi informed Cooper, You aren’t doing that much.”
The query stemmed from a recent Washington Post essay by David Ignatius, in which he stated that if Democrats hope to hold onto the White House, not Biden and certainly not Harris needs to run for reelection.
Pelosi never said what she thought about the issue, likely to help Harris. But what she avoided saying was much more important than any of what she did.
Pelosi thinks Democrats have a better chance of winning the White House with someone else as their vice presidential contender, but she is unable to name that candidate without appearing weak politically. This is indicated by the fact that she is unwilling to support Harris for reelection or declare outright that Harris will be a liability for the Democratic presidential ticket in 2024.
However, in response to the question of whether Biden is the most qualified Democratic nominee for president in 2024, she provided Cooper with a definite response: “Yes.”