With President Joe Biden’s approval numbers languishing in the basement, speculation is reportedly mounting about whether he will, in fact, seek a second term as well as if he would be willing to endorse Vice President Kamala Harris as his heir apparent, should he step aside.
The troubles currently plaguing the Democrat Party in this regard are laid bare in a recent New York Magazine piece written by Gabriel Debenedetti, and the situation appears quite bleak, indeed, given the age and decreasing popularity of Biden and the perceived incompetence and unpalatable nature of Harris.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the latest average of opinion polls put Harris at an unfavorable rating of 52% among the American electorate, adding to an already discouraging picture of her national political prospects, in either spot on the 2024 ticket.
Even if Biden were to abandon his previously stated plans to run for another four years in the Oval Office, there is much concern among high-level Democrat insiders that a Harris candidacy – even if endorsed by the current commander in chief – might not be sufficient to stave off primary challengers.
In the latter months of 2021, rumors of a rift between the Harris and Biden camps within the White House grew rampant, with substantial turnover among high-level vice presidential staffers doing little to abate worries about the party’s future if the president were to back away from another run.
Axios reported last year that many Harris staff members were jumping ship simply to avoid the potential career damage the think could result from being pegged as a “Harris person” in a key indication of just how bad the vice president’s reputation has become within the party generally and in the White House specifically.
The Daily Wire has noted that “these kinds of things have a way of spiraling. And Harris’ dismal first year as vice president” was unlikely to quiet scuttlebutt about her possible replacement on a Biden-led ticket or as his successor if age and infirmity prevent him from mounting another campaign.
According to Debenedetti, one Capitol Hill insider believes that if former President Donald Trump throws his hat into the ring in 2024, “Biden has to run again, because he desperately has to keep Trump out of the White House and defend our democracy, and I have no doubts Kamala Harris can’t win,” but it remains unclear whether the ticket would be adjusted with regard to the number-two spot.
While certainly alarming for Democrats, the difficulties facing the party ahead of the midterm elections as well as the next presidential cycle are likely viewed as poetic justice by conservatives marveling at the staggeringly short-sighted manner in which Biden and his handlers backed themselves into a corner by opting for a diversity hire who was never ready for prime time in the first place.