Vice President Kamala Harris has performed terribly in her role thus far and has proven herself to be even more deeply unpopular with a majority of the American people than her decidedly unpopular boss, President Joe Biden.
She has been so bad at the job that the growing chorus of voices calling for President Biden to remove and replace VP Harris ahead of 2024, if the Democrats hope to have any chance of electoral success, have become even louder, the Conservative Brief reported.
Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, given its current obsession with identitarianism, it could be exceedingly difficult for the party to rid itself of the problematic and unlikeable politician who was the first woman and first person of Black or South Asian descent to serve as vice president in U.S. history.
“Democrats will have a dilemma …”
In a recent op-ed for The Hill, veteran political consultant and strategist Douglas MacKinnon reiterated his prior suggestion that Democrats should jettison VP Harris prior to the 2024 election cycle but acknowledged that “political correctness” would likely prohibit the party from doing what was necessary for its own political benefit.
“About two months ago, I wrote an article suggesting that President Biden should replace his vice president, Kamala Harris, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and then resign, to give Democrats a better chance at retaining the White House in 2024,” MacKinnon wrote. “Though of course it was not a game plan that Biden would ever entertain, my intent was to ignite a discussion on the viability of a ticket led by either Biden or Harris going forward. And it worked.”
He noted positive and negative reception for his idea and noted, “I didn’t think anyone would take the idea literally. And my point still stands: When it comes to picking a presidential ticket for 2024, many people believe — including some liberals — the Democratic Party could be in a world of hurt if it doesn’t look beyond the current occupants of the White House.”
“Some Democrats have told me they don’t think either Biden or Harris would give their party the best chance in the next election,” MacKinnon revealed. “More than that, several worry that Democrats will have a dilemma if they try to move away from Harris, since she is the first woman and first person of color to be elected vice president — a special place in American history.”
Voters largely disapprove
“I’m still proud that Harris made American history. It was long overdue. And no one can take that away from her,” MacKinnon wrote. “But now what? Aside from being a history-making figure, Harris is a government official who should be working on behalf of the American people.”
“So, will the Democratic powerbrokers be able to — or, more importantly, be willing to — separate the ‘government official’ from the ‘history-making figure’ to judge Harris on her performance?” he asked.
The veteran political consultant pointed to a December 2022 survey which found that only around 43 percent of Americans approved of the job performance of VP Harris, which was less than the 45 percent approval for President Biden in that same poll. He also pointed to a February 2022 survey of California voters that found that Harris only had the approval of 38 percent of her own state’s constituents.
Those results aren’t too disimilar from the Los Angeles Times‘ running tracker of Harris’ favorability rating among registered voters, which as of January 3 was just 39 percent favorable and 53 percent unfavorable, a negative spread of -14 percent.
That figure is not only worse than the VP’s four most recent predecessors at the same point in their tenure, but was also about six points worse than Biden’s negative favorability spread of about -8 percent — the difference between the president’s 44 percent favorable and 52 percent unfavorable ratings.
Dems need to replace Biden and Harris to win in 2024
“Rhetoric from Biden supporters aside, you might be hard-pressed to find Democrats who truly believe that Biden will actually seek reelection when he’s 83, or who want that to happen,” MacKinnon wrote. “You also might find more and more Democrats who don’t think Harris has the gravitas to occupy the Oval Office, though they might be reluctant to express that publicly.”
“Put aside history-making icons and political correctness,” he concluded. “The Democratic Party is going to find that it needs someone else to nominate as presidential and vice-presidential candidates in less than two years. Some may disagree, but I predict that will prove to be a valid political take.”