One of the biggest surprises in the 2020 campaign so far has been to learn how thoroughly unprepared Kamala Harris is for the national stage.
People had very high expectations for her, but she has turned out to be a weak candidate who often tries to laugh her way through difficult lines of questioning.
Now her campaign is imploding.
‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
Kamala Harris’ campaign is careening toward a crackup.
As the California senator crisscrosses the country trying to revive her sputtering presidential bid, aides at her fast-shrinking headquarters are deep into the finger-pointing stages. And much of the blame is being placed on campaign manager Juan Rodriguez.
After Rodriguez announced dozens of layoffs and re-deployments in late October to stem overspending, three more staffers at headquarters here were let go and another quit in recent days, aides told POLITICO.
Officials said they’ve become increasingly frustrated at the campaign chief’s lack of clarity about what changes have been made to right the ship and his plans to turn the situation around. They hold Rodriguez responsible for questionable budget decisions, including continuing to bring on new hires shortly before the layoffs began.
Amid the turmoil, some aides have gone directly to campaign chair Maya Harris, the candidate’s sister, and argued that Rodriguez needs to be replaced if Harris has any hope of a turnaround, according to two officials.
“It’s a campaign of id,” said one senior Harris official, laying much of the blame on Rodriguez, but also pointing to a leaderless structure at the top that’s been allowed to flail without accountability.
Her dismal poling numbers are not helping.
Kamala Harris Continues to Flounder in the Polls
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is floundering in the polls – polls that include Iowa – despite strategically pumping the bulk of her resources into the Hawkeye State.
The presidential hopeful shifted strategies in recent weeks, making good on her promise to “f*cking move to Iowa.” Her campaign confirmed this month that it was closing three offices in New Hampshire – offices in Keene, Portsmouth, and Nashua – and scaling down her Manchester office in order to focus solely on Iowa.
“Sen. Harris and this team set out with one goal — to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020,” Harris campaign spokesperson Nate Evans told WMUR.
At this point, it doesn’t seem to matter what her goals were.
People are starting to wonder if she’ll even make it to Iowa.