Kamala Harris’ gaffe-a-day vice presidency is turning from farce to political liability.
That’s because Harris committed the cardinal sin of Democrat Party politics.
Now Kamala Harris said the one word that no Democrat ever wants to hear.
In an interview with PBS’s friendly left-wing presenter Judy Woodruff, Harris used the word “malaise” to describe the feeling in the country after 12 months of Joe Biden failing to live up to his campaign promise to “shut down the virus.”
“No doubt, COVID, for example, I mean, we’re all — well, everybody is frustrated with that. And I understand and I fully appreciate there is a level of malaise. We’re two years into this thing. People are — we want to get back to normal. We all do,” Harris added.
Much in the same way a Republican president will never again say “read my lips” after George H.W. Bush raised taxes and broke his campaign pledge, the word “malaise” is verboten in Democrat politics.
That’s because on July 15, 1979 Jimmy Carter delivered what would come to be known as the “malaise speech.”
Even though Carter never used the word “malaise” in his televised address, Carter intoned about a “crisis of confidence” that threatened American democracy.
The 39thpresident bemoaned the fact that Americans lost faith in a biased news media, government and schools after the tumult of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s due to the Vietnam War, violent left-wing protests and Watergate.
The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.
As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the truth and it is a warning.
The “malaise” speech encapsulated Carter’s impotence in the face of gas shortages, runaway inflation and the Iranian hostage crisis.
Sixteen months later Ronald Reagan destroyed Jimmy Carter in one of the biggest landslides ever kicking off the Reagan Revolution and realigning American politics.
The problems that bedeviled Carter – rising gas prices, inflation and weakness in the Middle East – are a mirror image of those facing Joe Biden.
And Kamala Harris echoing Jimmy Carter by claiming the public felt “malaise” towards the Biden administration’s response to COVID was a forehead-slapping moment for Democrats everywhere.
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