Harris dismisses concerns over plummeting Biden poll numbers as 'parlor games'

October 29, 2023

With multiple recent polls sounding potential alarm bells for President Joe Biden's reelection prospects, Vice President Kamala Harris is reacting to them rather dismissively, suggesting that reports of bad news are little more than “parlor games” she need not discuss, according to Breitbart.

Harris' comments came during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, set to air on Sunday evening, and they run counter to sentiments currently being expressed by some other prominent figures in the Democratic Party.

During a preview clip of her sit-down for the program, Harris was asked by reporter Bill Whitaker with regard to Biden, “How often do you meet with him?” to which she answered, “Multiple times a day.”

Whitaker later asked Harris to weigh in on “concerns among Democrats about whether the Biden-Harris ticket can win re-election,” something he described as “a concern and a legitimate concern.”

The vice president appeared to disagree with that characterization, stating, “Our democracy is on the line, Bill. And I, frankly, in my head, do not have time for parlor games.”

One prominent Democrat who does share Whitaker's assessment of the threat to the Biden-Harris campaign posed by sinking approval numbers, however, is longtime liberal strategist James Carville, who has made no secret of the fear he believes his party should be feeling with regard to the coming election cycle.

Speaking recently to The Atlantic, Carville stated that the poll numbers for Biden are undeniably “not good,” but that far too many Democrats seem unwilling to outwardly acknowledge reality, as Fox News noted.

“Nobody is saying, 'James, you're wrong,' Carville explained. “They're saying, 'James, you can't say that.'”

Standing firm in his analysis of where things stand for Biden, Carville said, “I'm looking at the polling data, and I'm looking at all of it. The president's numbers are just not good – and they're not getting any better.”

Siding with Carville's take is Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), who last week announced a primary challenge to Biden for the party's nomination, saying, “It is time for the torch to be passed to a new generation of American leaders.”

“I didn't set out to enter this race,” Phillips wrote on X. “But it looks like on our current course, the Democrats will lose and [Donald] Trump will be our president again.”

Phillips told CBS News, “I will not sit still, I will not be quiet, when we're facing numbers that are so clearly saying that we'll be facing an emergency next November.”

Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, like Harris, has attempted to downplay Biden's bad polling news, saying on X, “Polls this far out are a distraction.”

Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz has offered a similar view to that of Harris and Messina, saying, “Predictions more than a year out tend to look a little different a year later,” evincing a stance that Carville and Phillips – and perhaps many more Democratic insiders than have been willing to say so – believe is adopted at the party's great peril.