Ex-Harris Staffers Give Assessments Of Kamala In New Book

 January 16, 2024

A new political tome opens the lid on a tumultuous campaign and vice presidency.

"The Truce: Progressives, Centrists and the Future of the Democratic Party" casts a revealing light on Kamala Harris's political journeys.

A fresh literary work by Hunter Walker and Luppe B. Luppen is stirring the waters of political discourse with its candid peek into Kamala Harris's 2020 presidential bid and subsequent role as Vice President of the United States. Published excerpts from the U.K. Guardian offer a glimpse into the book's detailed accounts of internal strife and leadership challenges that have marked Harris's political trajectory. The book's revelations come at a time when the Democratic Party navigates a complex political landscape, with Harris as a central figure.

Inside the Harris Campaign

The book depicts a campaign that faced challenges from the very beginning, as highlighted by a critical comment from an unnamed aide who described it as "rotten from the start." This internal view indicates a significant doubt about Harris's ability to lead the country.

Nonetheless, Harris's campaign marked a crucial point in history, particularly when she was selected as Joe Biden's vice presidential candidate, with her racial and ethnic heritage playing a significant role in this decision.

The criticisms didn't soften with Harris's ascension to the vice presidency. The book alleges that the same issues that plagued her presidential campaign seeped into her vice-presidential tenure. A "Game of Thrones" atmosphere, indicative of a toxic work environment, led to significant staff turnover in her office.

The Vice Presidency Under Scrutiny

Not only did internal issues persist, but Harris's response to criticism also came under fire. Franklin Foer's book "The Last Politician" echoes similar sentiments to "The Truce," depicting Harris as sensitive and oppositional. An excerpt from the book describes Harris as having "rabbit ears," always tuned into criticism.

Rather than brushing it aside, she wanted to know who was speaking ill of her and what they were saying. She let the criticism guide her.

This sensitivity is said to have influenced Harris's approach to her work, including handling her assignment on illegal immigration. Despite the White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain's attempts to support Harris, she reportedly faced difficulties due to her specific demands and focus areas.

Public Perception and Political Impact

Thomas Gift's commentary from University College London underscores the vice president's struggle with popularity, drawing an unfavorable comparison with former Vice President Dan Quayle.

The books suggest that Harris's popularity, or lack thereof, could have tangible effects on the margins, especially with the sentiment that a vote for Biden is implicitly a vote for Harris.

The media's role in shaping these perceptions is not to be underestimated, as the portrayal of political figures can significantly influence public opinion.


"The Truce" and accompanying literary criticisms present a sobering look at Kamala Harris's political journey. The book suggests that the issues faced throughout her presidential campaign did not dissipate upon her election as vice president and instead persisted in the form of staff dissatisfaction and a challenging work environment.

Harris's sensitivity to criticism and her approach to her vice-presidential duties, particularly regarding illegal immigration, are highlighted as areas of concern. The media's impact on her public perception is also touched upon, rounding out a portrait of a vice president facing unique challenges within a deeply divided political landscape and a scrutinizing public eye.

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With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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