Future Empress Incompetence Shocking Even by White House Standards

Was Biden's plan all along to get a train-wreck VP so he could get DNC backing for another run in 2024 for himself?

Top White House officials are publicly circling the wagons around Vice President Kamala Harris’ operation while privately calling the chaos in her office as a “s—show,” Axios reports. 

Long-simmering unhappiness in Harris’ office and tensions between her staff and President Joe Biden’s boiled over in a recent report from Politico. The outlet spoke with 22 sources, including current and former Harris staffers, who described poor morale and communication breakdowns within the vice president’s office.

“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one source told Politico. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s—.”

Some key aides and staffers were left completely in the dark when it came to the planning of Harris’ trip to the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Politico reported. Two advance staffers also recently departed from Harris’ office.

Politico and CNBC also reported on complaints about how Harris’ chief of staff, the seasoned Democratic power player Tina Flournoy, tightly guards access to Harris, including not returning calls and attempts at outreach from Harris’ longtime political allies, friends, and donors.

“We are not making rainbows and bunnies all day. What I hear is that people have hard jobs and I’m like ‘welcome to the club,'” Harris’ chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders told Politico in response, defending Flournoy as having “an open door policy” and calling her anonymous critics “cowards.”

Former President Bill Clinton stepped in with a statement to CNBC backing up Flournoy as “an extraordinary person”  with “a unique ability to focus on the big picture and adapt to changing conditions.” Flournoy was known to closely guard access to Clinton during her time as his chief of staff in his post-presidential life, which some Democrats acknowledge is a necessary aspect of staffing a figure like a president or vice president.

Both White House Chief of staff Ron Klain and White House senior advisor Cedric Richmond also went on record to defend Harris and her office operation to Axios, with Richmond charging that Harris is the victim of “a whisper campaign designed to sabotage her.”

The discord being reported out of Harris’ office highlights the sharp divergence between the VP’s office and the nearly leak-proof operation that Biden runs.

The reported dysfunction within her operation and Flournoy’s iron grip over Harris’ political operation echoes some of the breakdowns that befell her 2020 presidential campaign. Per Axios, it’s causing some Democrats to question whether Harris could run a successful presidential campaign in 2024 if Biden, who is 78, decides to retire.

As the sitting vice president, Harris would be Biden’s natural successor. But Axios reports that some Democrats both within and outside the White House “are increasingly concerned about Harris’s handling of high-profile issues and political tone deafness,” including her missteps around immigration.

“‘Oh, no, our heir apparent is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?’ It’s more that people think, ‘Oh, she’s f***ing up, maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent,'” one Democratic source told Axios.

Source: Business Insider

Top White House officials are mobilizing to defend Vice President Kamala Harris amid a gusher of leaks about dysfunction and infighting in her office.

Driving the news: White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told Axios in a statement: “The President’s trust and confidence in her is obvious when you see them in the Oval Office together.” Biden senior adviser Cedric Richmond said in an interview late Thursday night: “It’s a whisper campaign designed to sabotage her.”

Details: Their responses came after Axios approached the White House with new reporting about growing tensions between West Wing officials and the Harris team, including chief of staff Tina Flournoy.

  • Some White House officials have been frustrated by a series of missteps from Harris and increasingly public bickering in her orbit, which spilled out in a Politico story on Wednesday. Flournoy’s old boss, former President Bill Clinton, came to her defense with a statement calling her “an extraordinary person.”

Why it matters: 2024 is the elephant in the room. While Biden aides overwhelmingly believe he’ll be the Democratic nominee, they also know he’d be 81 when seeking re-election.

  • An operation sometimes visibly out of sync with Biden’s — and missteps during a recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, following a scrutinized interview with NBC’s Lester Holt — have reignited questions from Harris’ 2020 primary bid.
  • Harris would be the presumptive nominee if Biden didn’t run. Administration sources believe it would be nearly impossible to unseat the first Black woman vice president.

Yet many Democrats, including some current senior administration officials, are concerned she could not defeat whomever the Republican Party puts up — even if it were Donald Trump.

  • One Democratic operative tells Axios’ Alayna Treene that most Democrats aren’t saying, “‘Oh, no, our heir apparent is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?’ It’s more that people think, ‘Oh, she’s f***ing up, maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent.'”
  • Some Democrats close to the White House are increasingly concerned about Harris’s handling of high-profile issues and political tone deafness, and question her ability to maintain the coalition that Biden rode to the White House, sources tell Axios’ Hans Nichols.

What we’re hearing: Relations between the West Wing and the Vice President’s office are tense.

  • Several administration officials used “shitshow” when describing Harris’ office, and contrast her operation with disciplined, virtually leakproof Biden aides. [LOL. So they will only ever leak to undermine Harris which they have a huge incentive to?]
  • Some Biden officials view the Harris operation as poorly-managed and staffed with people who don’t have long-term relationships with her. They feel she’s gotten bad advice from her press and communications shop and think it’s telling that she’s already lost two advance aides and a digital director.

Case in point: A few months ago, what should have been a no-brainer of a press request came to the vice president’s office. Forbes wanted to feature Harris on the cover of its “50 Over 50” issue — saluting her rise to be the “first woman, the first Black person, and the first South Asian-American to become U.S. vice president.”

  • After concluding that Flournoy had been sitting on the request — a characterization that an aide to the V.P. flatly disputes, explaining that she was simply nailing down details before sharing it with a larger White House circle — ultimately the West Wing intervened to get an answer for Forbes.
  • The vice president ended up participating — and getting glowing treatment. But Biden advisers couldn’t understand why it had to be this hard, people familiar with the incident tell Axios.

Source: Axios

  1. 7hoursemen says

    (US) Amazon truck got looted

    Not long now, before the US comes crashing down.

    1. ken says

      So funny! They stopped traffic to ‘unload the truck’. Course I’d be racist for mentioning and race so I won’t. But I might mention Amazon is a large contributor to BLM. (lol)

      Soon, like in the old west stagecoaches, they’ll have to have shotgun riders. But even back then they only stole currency and precious metals. These people were stealing boxes they had no idea what was in them.

      Yes,,, the US of A is history,,, a ‘has been’ for years.

      Edit: Most if not all those packages were likely under $995. If this was in San Francisco the police wouldn’t even bother looking for the perps. They’re openly robbing stores there today.

      1. Katie says

        The majority of black people in the US are kept poor, but most poor people in the USA are white and desperate, combine that with open criminality in high office, you get looting because…………. why not?

        Amazon are looting the tax payers, so the tax payers are just taking back what I’m sure they believe to be theirs, their tax gifts, Tax gifts made to large corporations by their corrupt elected politicians. It is a broken system.

        Good attempt to turn it into an anti-black story and anti-civil right groups, like BLM, but you failed in your work for the oligarchs. The truth is nothing to do with what you far right stooges are trying to report.

        1. XSFRGR says

          Poor Baby, are you offended ??

        2. Fred not Reed says

          I lived around Blacks in every circumstance, in including 20 years in the ‘hood.
          Read a science book: Blacks have low IQ and low impulse control.
          Black kids live in hovels and wear rags while their parents drive clapped out Lexuses with $4,000 wheel rims.
          Besides the Blacks themselves, the only ones hold them down is the Jewish Establishment that uses propaganda and “entertainment” to weaponize the failure and rage they create.

  2. 7hoursemen says

    I’m enjoying the irony of Off-Guardian print articles about censorship as they block anyone who disagrees with their agenda. Priceless.

  3. ken says

    What, pray tell, does anyone expect from a bunch of blathering idiots that cannot tie their own shoestrings.

    Does this give you confidence in government?

    1. Fred not Reed says

      This pic is laughable. Dems front for the Jewish Establishment. (Pelosi is marrano.)
      Though the Jews even created NAACP the only Black you’ll see in a synagogue is the cleaning lady.
      Manipulation. Good gawd, manipulation 12 levels deep.

  4. Mr Reynard says

    Even reading the most dystopian SF novels, I have never read one, were the Emperor was an old demented senile old man & the pretender an old two bit whore ??

    1. XSFRGR says

      Every thing is possible in the home of the brave, and the land of the free !!!

      1. Mr Reynard says

        Land of the free & brave..
        Stop making me laughing hysterically …Nearly fallen from my chair..

    2. Fred not Reed says

      They are merely placekeepers, INTENTIONALLY disposable to be blamed for collapse.

      1. Mr Reynard says

        & DON’T FORGET spreading “DEMOCRACY” world wide …

  5. XSFRGR says

    I don’t understand the problem here because she’s exactly what the electorate deserves.

  6. yuri says

    a senile vegetable combined with a machine produced hybrid fruit—the amerikan dream

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