Shock poll has Kamala Harris as Dems’ top ’24 pick if Biden doesn’t run; surprising name runs close second

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A new poll has found that Vice President Kamala Harris, who is reportedly the most disliked vice president in U.S. history, is the Democrat Party base’s top choice going in to 2024 in case President Joe Biden opts to not run for reelection.

Granted, The Hill/HarrisX poll found that only a fairly tiny 13 percent plurality would like her to run for president. Coming in at second place with only a 10 percent plurality was former first lady Michelle Obama.

“All other candidates listed received 5 percent or less support, with most voters surveyed still unsure of who they would back if Biden chose not run,” The Hill reported.

“Other candidates in the poll included 2020 presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg.”

Obama repeatedly made it clear both in 2016 and in 2020 that she had no interest in running for office. To this day, some on the left continue to maintain that had she run against then-GOP nominee Donald Trump in 2016, she would have won.

Her supporters went on to urge her to join the slow, boring and apathetic 2020 Democrat primary race, but again she refused, as expected.

Fox News’ Dana Perino was so confident that she wouldn’t enter the primary race that she bet one month’s worth of her salary on it.

The one-sided “bet” — and this term is being used loosely — was made during a discussion in August of 2019 with network host Tucker Carlson.

“I just think, she doesn’t even like politics. They have a great life. She doesn’t want to run. And in fact, she might not even be able to run. If Barack Obama is going to be too moderate for this new crowd, then I don’t know if even Michelle Obama would have a chance. But she’s not going to run,” Perino told Carlson.

She added that, given the gigantic number of candidates participating in the primary, the fact that Democrats were praying and wishing for Obama to enter the race to save them did not bode well.

Note that this discussion happened before the coronavirus pandemic swept across America and drastically pulled then-President Trump’s poll numbers down.

Dovetailing back to the present, it’s again extremely unlikely that Obama will run in 2024. Likewise, it’s too late for Yang. He bowed out of the Democrat Party two months ago to start his own party in the hopes of putting a dent in the longtime “two-party duopoly” that’s polarizing Americans and essentially destroying the country.

But it’s not too late for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, whom some on the left have reportedly begun coalescing around, according to “Politico Playbook” writer Tara Palmeri.

Speaking on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” this Friday, she revealed that some Democrats suspect he would be a better successor to Biden than Harris because of how allegedly well his public performance has been.

“It just so happens that Pete Buttigieg aligned himself in a place where the policy that this administration is pushing, infrastructure, the heart of that, is in transportation. Because of that, he’s become the spokesperson for this infrastructure bill, this bipartisan infrastructure bill that’s overwhelmingly popular,” she said.

“And he gets to go on the road and sell this bill, and he gets to be on late-night TV. He’s on ‘The Today Show,’ getting warm fuzzy interviews. He’s on ‘The View.’ He’s everywhere. He’s getting all this amazing press like nothing you’ve seen from a transportation secretary before.”

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He’s also been praised to high heaven by the establishment press for using parental leave to skip out on his job duties for at least two months.

Conservatives have not responded similarly. They believe him being MIA amid the ongoing supply chain crisis amounts to a gross dereliction of duty.

However, it appears that’s not how the Democrat Party base perceives it.

A Morning Consult/Politico poll published last week found that he enjoys 83 percent name recognition and a 38 percent favorability score. That’s notably higher than the vice president’s stunningly low 28 percent favorability.

Buttigieg has for his part not indicated any interest in running for president in 2024. He likewise has dismissed allegations of there being a “rivalry” between him and the VP.

“No, [there is no rivalry], because she and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn’t focus on what’s obsessing the commentators,” he said during an NBC News interview last weekend.

“We’re too busy with a job to do — she as a leader in this administration, with her leadership role, and I, and the president, and everybody else in the Cabinet and across the administration, are laser focused on getting the job done.”

 

But this claim hasn’t stopped the rumors from persisting.

“While Buttigieg says he’s not contemplating the race to be Biden’s successor, inside the West Wing, others are imagining it for him. His name is sometimes discussed by aides as a natural Democratic presidential nominee in 2028 — or 2024 if the president opts not to run,” Politico reported three days after his NBC News interview.

Vivek Saxena

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