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KAMALA, WHO ARE YOU? Rarely have we seen a vice president talked about as much as the president.  I mean, what do vice presidents actually do?  But Kamala Harris is the exception, for two reasons:  First, it's clear that the president may not be able to serve out his term, so the focus will be on his successor.  Second, Harris is blatantly and obviously unfit to be that successor. 

As William Bendix used to say in the old "Life of Riley" radio and TV shows, "What a revoltin' development this is."

In fact I can't think of anything similar – an obviously impaired president whose approval rating is in the 30s, and a vice president who has a lower approval rating than even the president.   Consider this latest, about Harris, from the New York Post: 

Vice President Kamala Harris was “seriously” skewered online for a repetitive, meandering statement at the site of the July Fourth parade mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, where the veep repeated an earlier call for federal gun control legislation.

Harris, 57, spoke in the Chicago suburb Tuesday evening after demanding Congress pass a new assault weapons ban while addressing a teachers union gathering earlier in the day. She vowed that suspected shooter Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 21, would be “brought to justice,” but then “seriously” repeated herself during her remarks.

“And we got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are – because you have been forced to have to take it seriously,” Harris told Highland Park residents.

“The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community,” Harris continued. “And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop.”

Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Sheridan posted video of Harris’ speech on Twitter, along with her repetitive quote.

“Did someone write that for her??” one reply read.

Another critic said they thought the quote was a “joke,” while a third questioned whether Harris’s comments were the product of “first-generation” artificial intelligence software.

“Word salad,” read another take on Twitter. “Means absolutely nothing.”

“Unbroken streak for like nineteen months now of never making a single coherent statement as VP,” still another tweet read. “Almost admirable in its consistency.”

One detractor insisted Harris could even star in a remake of HBO’s award-winning political satire “Veep,” sarcastically praising the “cheap production,” authentic film clips and “great dialogue.”

“Does she seriously think we should take what she said seriously?” another social media critic mocked.

COMMENT:  So sad.  At a time when we need another Churchill, we get Donald Duck.

July 6, 2022