Should the 80-year-old President Joe Biden decide to run again in 2024, a left-wing magazine is advising him to do so without Vice President Kamala Harris by his side.
Last week, Harris said she was ready, willing, and able to run again for the veep spot in two years.
“As the president said, he intends to run. And if he does, I will be running with him,” Harris told reporters aboard the Philippines Coast Guard ship Teresa Magbanua as she concluded a news-free trip to Asia, the Daily Wire reported.
But the deeply unpopular Harris might not have a say in the matter if Biden’s handlers take the advice of Slate, a far-left website.
“As Joe Biden weighs a run for re-election even as he becomes the first octogenarian U.S. president in history, he should think back on what it was like to watch the Harris campaign flame out,” Slate wrote.
“A second Biden term would mean even higher stakes for a vice-presidential pick—not only because Biden is older than he was the first time around, but because the VP serving when he leaves could be the de facto frontrunner in the  Democratic primary. Harris, a proven dud of a presidential candidate who has done little to distinguish herself since, is not a good choice for the Democrats’ top billing. For his second term, should he seek one (he shouldn’t!), Biden should tap someone else,” the outlet added.
Compared to predecessors, Harris’ polling is much worse — and has been throughout her tenure. Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported on the RealClearPolitics average approval rating for Harris, which is at 40 percent. Importantly, she has a high 54 percent disapproval rating.
“As the country has become more partisan, vice presidents have been less likely to enjoy broad support among the public. Pence, for example, had a net favorability of roughly zero for much of his four years in the White House. Joe Biden, Dick Cheney and Al Gore all began their tenures with higher ratings than Harris currently enjoys,” the Times wrote.
Harris gets extremely low marks for largely ignoring the chaos along the U.S.-Mexico border, which Biden assigned her to handle a few months after both of them took office. Biden, on his first day, signed a raft of executive orders that reversed most of President Donald Trump’s immigration and border security measures, which had led to historic declines in illegal crossings.
Since, those crossings have skyrocketed, along with drug smuggling, after the administration also re-implemented so-called “catch-and-release.”
“After becoming vice president, Harris was asked to lead the administration’s response to the contentious issue of immigration. Her handling of the topic has been criticized, which some observers link to her approval rating sinking at a greater rate than Biden’s thus far,” said the Times.
That, in part, has caused a growing number of liberals to gallop away from Harris.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t much matter why Harris’s public favor has fallen,” Slate wrote. “Even though her bad polling numbers are not entirely her fault, for a variety of substantive reasons, she is not the rising political star she was initially made out to be. And an aging, past-his-prime statesman—especially one as disliked as Biden—needs the momentum of a rising star.”
“Democrats know this. They are already worried about it. I’ll leave it to them to decide who should replace Harris and how she could transition out of the job. (Would a Cabinet position do the trick?) At this point, almost any of the people who have been named as possible successors to Biden would be a better pick.”
“If Harris cares about the future of the Democratic agenda, she should gracefully step aside. 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,” Slate wrote.