Vice President Kamala Harris is ready!  Early last week, before Special Counsel Robert Hur's presidential observations convulsed the Beltway, President Joe Biden's second in command sought to reassure voters that she is "ready to serve."  Ensconced on Air Force Two, Harris informed the Wall Street Journal that anyone who sees her in action, “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead.”  Harris may be more right than she knows.  Concerns about the vice president's competence have plagued her tenure.  Now, concern is ratcheting up to panic.  A columnist for The Hill newspaper reports that, in conversations with "multiple high-level Democrats," "not one of them wants Harris on the ticket."

Voter doubts are growing, as well.  Last summer, Harris earned the dubious distinction of scoring the worst approval rating of any vice president in the history of NBC News polling.  Her approval numbers have been underwater since her first summer on the job.  Currently, a lackluster 37.5% of the public applauds the California Democrat's performance.  A recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll finds that among Black voters, America's first Black vice president is significantly less respected than America's oldest president, 56% approval versus Biden's 68%.

Generating enthusiasm for the Biden-Harris election sequel was always going to be heavy lift.  Now, as voters seriously contemplate that Harris is one heartbeat away from the Oval Office, apathy is turning to dread.