Amid recent reports of major dysfunction and growing tension between the presidential and vice presidential camps comes news that the Capitol Hill rumor mill is abuzz with indications that the ouster of Kamala Harris may be near.
As Mediate notes, during a segment that aired on Fox News Tuesday, host Jesse Watters indicated that the network’s congressional correspondent, Chad Pergram, had received a juicy tip involving the possible fate of the vice president.
Watters led off by telling viewers that Pergram “has been hearing whispers suggesting there could be some new high-profile confirmation hearings on the horizon in the House of Representatives.”
While that news alone may not have initially perked up the ears of his audience, Watters went on to emphasize that the revelation is significant “because the House does not confirm normal nominees, but it does confirm vice presidential nominees.,” before touching on recent reports of increasing strife between Biden and Harris, with both registering disastrous approval ratings.
The host was then joined by Pergram who acknowledged the swirling speculation, saying, “There is a lot of conjecture right now about the future of Vice President Harris and her lagging poll numbers.”
In an effort to provide evidence for his claim, Pergram added, “As you know, I appreciate congressional process and mechanics. So I got a message recently from someone who knows Capitol Hill very well and they suggested I should familiarize myself with the process to confirm a vacancy for the vice president in the Senate and in the House.”
Pergram later commented during an appearance on network host Bret Baier’s All-Star Panel Podcast that he was “very surprised to get that very cryptic email just a few weeks ago,” but added that confirmation of a new vice president in this manner would not be unprecedented.
There can be little doubt that the vice president’s plummeting popularity – recently found to be sitting a dismal 28% – represents a nightmare scenario for the Democrat Party, particularly due to Harris’ status as the presumptive heir apparent to Biden and ongoing doubts about the president’s ability to complete his current term, let alone run for a second.
Though the leaders on the left almost certainly appreciate the mortal threat this degree of disapproval could have on their party’s prospects going forward, whether they would actually take the politically risky step of requesting – or forcing – the departure of the first woman of color to serve as vice president remains to be seen.