By most accounts, Vice President Kamala Harris has done a terrible job thus far in her role, as evidenced in part by the fact that her favorability ratings among the American people are even lower than President Joe Biden’s own abysmal approval numbers.
That has prompted a number of left-leaning media outlets to suggest that Biden, if he runs for a second term, would be wise to replace Harris as his running mate for a 2024 campaign, the Conservative Brief reported.
Furthermore, most if not all of those same outlets have also suggested that, in the event that Biden doesn’t run again in 2024, the Democratic Party ought to look past Harris in search for its nominee to replace the current incumbent president.
Harris should be replaced by Biden
One such example came in November from Slate‘s Christina Cauterucci, who argued that “If Biden runs again, he should pick a new VP” and asserted that “Kamala Harris had her chance. The Democrats need something different.”
That piece documented Harris’ “disastrously mismanaged mess” of a 2020 presidential campaign that ended before any primary votes were cast, as well as the “astonishing missteps” and utter lack of “progress” on the issues assigned to her since becoming the vice president.
“If Harris cares about the future of the Democratic agenda, she should gracefully step aside,” Cauterucci concluded. “The vice presidency is a valuable mechanism for soft-launching future presidential hopefuls. Democrats cannot waste it on a candidate who has already failed to launch.”
Democrats should “beware” of Harris
Little more than a week prior to that, Capitol Weekly published a similarly-themed piece from Democratic strategist Garry South that urged Democrats to “Beware of Kamala Harris, in 2024 or beyond.”
“Despite her obvious intelligence, Harris just isn’t very good, I’m sorry to say, either as a candidate or communicator,” South asserted, and though he excused some of her “verbal gaffes and screw-ups” as normal, he did note that “it just seems like about every word out of her mouth is calculated and contrived, the product of excessive caution.”
“I can’t question her sincerity, but she just doesn’t come off as particularly genuine or authentic in most of her public appearances. Pretty much everything has the smell of a carefully rehearsed performance — even the occasional outrage seems faux,” he added.
And, after recounting Harris’ many apparent failures and struggles dating back to her time as an elected official in California, South ultimately concluded, “When it comes to Harris and 2024 — or beyond — Democrats would be wise to bear in mind the old time-honored caution, caveat emptor,” or “buyer beware.”
More suggestions for Democrats to pass on Harris
Interestingly enough, The Atlantic‘s Conor Friedersdorf in July published “20 Reader Ideas for Who Could Replace Biden” on the 2024 Democratic ticket, and not a single one of those suggestions from liberal readers mentioned Kamala Harris as a viable replacement. In fact, any mentions of Harris were along the lines of how she should be passed over as the nominee or replaced as the VP if Biden runs again.
Then there was New York Magazine’s Intelligencer in August that sought to address “The Kamala Harris Conundrum,” which is: “a successor-in-waiting who is just as disliked as the standard-bearer but is also exactly as irreplaceable.”
That “successor-in-waiting” status for Harris is a real thing, to be sure, as evidenced by the fact that she continues to lead most polls focused on a prospective 2024 Democratic primary field without Biden, but even there, as revealed by a September Morning Consult poll, her lead over other likely Democratic candidates has noticeably slipped.
Kamala Harris is a terrible politician who never should have been selected as Joe Biden’s VP, and while those left-leaning media outlets are correct to warn their Democratic comrades against continuing with or elevating her in 2024, it is quite likely that many Republicans are secretly hopeful that Democrats are indeed “stuck” with Harris in 2024, even given the inherent risk there that she could actually end up becoming the president one day.