Kamala Harris needs better handlers. At the very least, someone on her team who understands Q ratings. You see, here’s the problem; the VP has a grating personality. She’s non-charismatic and odd, so when she gets in public situations where she’s being ridiculed, she isn’t equipped with the ability to defuse the situation. Even though this has happened many times, she ends up in the headlines for it.
A case in point was her attempt at showing support at an NCAA tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. She was there because she figured she’d be in a friendly environment and could get some easy cheers and adulation from the crowd, err, I mean, she was there to cheer on her alma mater playing the University of Kansas. It didn’t go well for the Veep.
When her face was plastered on the giant scoreboard, she was booed. And jeered. Hey, that goes with being a polarizing, unpopular, uninspiring politician. Still, it would have been good for K Harris if she possessed a particular skill many leaders have which is called “reading the room.” Anyone who’s seen a video of her in public knows it is one of many weak points of hers, and she put it on full display with cameras rolling in Iowa.
Her school is Furman. They were a number 16 seed in March Madness and played like it — getting blasted by Kansas to the tune of 96-68.
The team had a great season to make it to the tourney, but the last thing they needed was a politician looking for a photo app at their expense.
In one of the more awkward things you will ever witness, Harris did a bizarre, smiley, slow walk/clap into the locker room of the losing team with a grin so big you’d think they just had “One Shining Moment” and cut down the nets as champions.
“You played hard. You played to the very last second. You made all us Bisons proud,” she started.
There was more. ”You are smart. You are disciplined. You put everything you had into the game. You guys did not stop, and that is so inspiring. So you keep playing with chin up and shoulders back because you showed the world who Bison are.”
A friendly bit of advice for the people in charge of the VP’s image and schedule. Hitching your wagon to a #16 seed that just got their butts kicked in March Madness and talking about their shoulder placement is not a sign of power.