There are rumblings that President Joe Biden is not happy with the job that his hand-picked vice president is doing and according to a new report that there may be trouble in paradise for Democrats in the upcoming 2024 election, he is unhappy that Kamala Harris hasn’t risen to the occasion that is merited by her powerful position.
According to sources cited by Reuters, Biden is grumbling about Harris’ continued reluctance over not stepping up more and taking things “off of his plate” as the 80-year-old incumbent gears up for his reelection campaign, a grueling process for an octogenarian under even the best of conditions let alone one where he isn’t receiving much help from his top subordinate.
“A point of tension in their relationship is that I don’t think that the president sees her as somebody who takes anything off of his plate,” an unnamed former White House official is quoted, adding that “fear of messing up” has been a contributor to Harris being “late to the game” on issues of importance.
Another anonymous source told the outlet that Biden is resigned to having to run for a second term due to a lack of confidence that Harris can win, with the importance of holding on to the White House in perhaps the most pivotal election in U.S. history being of utmost importance in terms of keeping the Democratic Party’s extreme left-wing agenda on track – especially regarding climate change – making a loss to Donald J. Trump or whoever emerges from the GOP field one of catastrophic consequence for a party intent to overhaul American institutions.
“If he did not think she was capable, he would not have picked her. But it is a question of consistently rising to the occasion,” the former official told Reuters. “I think his running for re-election is less about her and more about him, but I do think that she and the Democratic bench (are) a factor.”
Contributing to VP Harris’ problems is her proclivity to make embarrassingly loopy comments and spew often incomprehensible word salads at events where she is speaking, the latest being during a White House speech to mark Women’s History Month on Thursday.
“So, during Women’s History Month, we celebrate and we honor the women who made history throughout history, who saw what could be unburdened by what had been,” she said.
Every Kamala Harris speech is like a high school paper that she’s trying to hit the word limit on: pic.twitter.com/OEqedHSBHp
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 23, 2023
“We see the suffragists, the riveters, the marchers, the mothers and sisters and aunts and grandmothers and daughters, all the giants upon whose broad shoulders we stand,” Harris added.
While the Reuters article stresses that the two have a “good working relationship” it will only serve to add fuel to the fire with Democrats who are looking for other alternatives to stave off a potential 2024 loss to a resurgent Trump or a rising Ron DeSantis with their own ticket unlikely to bamboozle enough swing voters to retain the party’s grip on the most powerful office on the planet.
Axing Harris would be severely problematic for the black vote, a demographic that has long been critical to the success of the Democratic Party and one which won’t likely react well to the replacement of the first black woman to be elected as vice president.
“I think this is actually one of the fundamental strategic challenges for (Biden) … how to navigate this,” an unnamed Democrat with close White House ties is quoted by Reuters. “It’s almost impossible for them to make a change.”
“You cannot replace your first black woman vice president and think that black people and women are going to just vote for you,” the former White House official said. “He needs her.”
If the president is looking for someone to blame for the albatross around his neck, he need only cast his gaze into the mirror as it was he himself who rejected a more inclusive selection process from a bigger pool of qualified choices by eliminating all from contention with the exception of a black woman, a sop to Congressional Black Caucus kingpin Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) who engineered Biden’s resurrection from the political dead when he derailed Bernie Sanders in the Palmetto State in the 2020 primaries, mustering his forces against the avowed socialist in a momentum-shifting beatdown that carried Biden through Super Tuesday and eventually to the Democrat nomination.
There was Susan Rice to pick from who is immensely more qualified than Harris but she was tabbed for the position of Director of the Domestic Policy Council where, for the over two years since Biden was sworn in, she has largely remained out of sight and out of the headlines leading to conspiratorial speculation that her real job is quarterbacking Barack Obama’s third White House term as a proxy for the former president.
So Harris was the pick, the loopy former California attorney general who briefly dropped by the U.S. Senate for a cup of coffee and who had previously suggested that Biden was a racist during a nationally televised Democrat debate before she pulled the plug on her own presidential run.
Despite the brewing troubles with Harris, some insist that the glass is half full.
“The re-election could be her moment to shine,” Democratic strategist Lis Smith said. “She is at her best when she gets back to her prosecutorial roots and when she can really make a case, and Democrats are going to need to make one hell of a case to win in 2024.”
“They have a great relationship. He leans on her a lot,” said former Dem congressman and ex-senior Biden White House adviser. “People consistently underestimate both of them, and they consistently prove people wrong.”
“I would adamantly say that the answer is: Hell no!” Richmond said when asked about the possibility that Biden could pull the plug on his problematic veep.
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