Given President Joe Biden’s age and, in the eyes of some, his seeming decline in cognitive ability, a reasonably strong possibility exists that he’ll only be interested in serving one term as president.
According to Newsmax, that could be bad news for Democrats, as it would likely mean Vice President Kamala Harris would likely be the presumptive frontrunner for a 2024 presidential run — a possibility that several Dems, including White House sources, are growing increasingly wary of, given recent reports of increased dissent within her office, Axios noted.
Why not Kamala Harris?
It’s not a secret at this point, even five months in, that Harris isn’t exactly the most effective or most popular vice president in recent history.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a number of Democratic operatives, behind the scenes, are expressing worry that Harris could be the party’s presumptive frontrunner in 2024, with many of them revealing their true feelings about their thoughts on Harris now as well as the idea of her possibly representing the party in three years.
“Oh, she’s [expletive], maybe she shouldn’t be the heir apparent,” one anonymous Democratic operative reportedly told Axios, with some current, anonymous White House officials adding that they doubt her abilities to defeat a Republican nominee, especially popular figures like former President Donald Trump or even Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
Adding to the lack of inspiration of Harris leading the party, some anonymous officials reportedly described the way she runs the vice presidential office as a “s***show,” as well as an allegation that her press team is leading her into making bad decisions that reflect poorly on the party.
In a recent Politico report, the outlet published a bombshell story concerning life inside of Harris’ office, titling the piece, “‘Not a healthy environment’: Kamala Harris’ office rife with dissent.”
White House scrambles
Axios approached the White House seeking comment on emerging reports of dissent within the vice president’s office, and, not surprisingly, was met with textbook spin to suggest that everything surrounding Harris is proverbial peaches and cream.
“The President’s trust and confidence in her is obvious when you see them in the Oval Office together,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told the outlet. “The results speak for themselves: a decline of border arrivals from the Northern Triangle, improved vaccine equity, and increased economic opportunities for women.”
Cedric Richmond, President Biden’s senior adviser, suggested that Harris was being purposely targeted with the bad press. “It’s a whisper campaign designed to sabotage her,” Richmond said Thursday.
Obviously, even if the problem exists and is well known within the halls of the White House, it’s not as if its top representatives are likely to admit it, as it would immediately hamstring the party’s chances at keeping the White House in 2024.
Only time will tell who remains standing at the end of Biden’s first term, but at less than half a year in, Harris’ house already appears to be crumbling.