A writer for The Washington Post has created a list of the top Democratic contenders behind President Joe Biden, if he chooses, or is unable to, campaign again in 2024 and there was one shocker.
The writer, Aaron Blake, had previously ranked the vice president as the number one person to take the president’s place, but after not putting her position to “good use” she was lowered in the rankings.
“We’re dropping Harris down a slot this time,” the writer said. “Being vice president is certainly a good launchpad, but it’s not at all clear Harris has put it to good use. Her numbers are similar to Biden’s, and she’s done little to change the perceptions that harmed her 2020 campaign, including on her ability to drive a message. There’s also no way she would run against Biden if he does run (while others might have seen wiggle room on that). On the plus side, Biden has committed to her being his running mate again.”
In the number 2 spot was Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“The transportation secretary moves ahead of Harris, but not with any great conviction on our part,” he said. “He ran a good campaign in 2020 — we’ll repeat that he was very close to winning the first two contests — and would enter 2024 with more heft as a Cabinet secretary. Mostly, we’d expect a Biden-less race to be one of the most wide-open contests in recent memory. To the extent people don’t want Biden or Harris, he’s next in line just in terms of sheer plausibility.”
Those two lackluster opinions show how weak the Democrats’ bench is behind President Biden, not that it is mush stronger with him.
The president would be 81 years old during the campaign for president and, if he won, would be 82 years old on the first day of his next term.
In just about any other scenario the vice president would be seen as the heir apparent, but not in the case of Harris who has been the butt of quips for her ridiculous gaffes and cackles.
Earlier this month she spoke to MSNBC host Joy Reid and was asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin should be removed from the presidency.
She proceeded to give a near two minute answer that did not answer the question that was asked.
“Listen, I think that you frame the point quite accurately and well, which is America’s policy has been and will continue to be focused on the real issue at hand, which is one, the needs of the Ukrainian people, which we will continue to support through humanitarian assistance, through security assistance, but also ensuring there is serious consequence for Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression as it relates to Ukraine,” the vice president said.
“Which is why our policy from the beginning has been about ensuring that there are going to be real costs exacted against Russia in the form of severe sanctions, which are having a real impact and immediate impact, not to mention the longer term impact, which is about saying there is going to be consequence and accountability when you commit the kinds of atrocities that he is committing,” she said.
She went on to praise President Joe Biden and then said, “To your point, Joy, I’ve been to Poland,” which was not Reid’s question.
She then talked about visiting France, Germany and Romania as she continued to not answer the question that was asked.
“I will tell you in sitting down with prime ministers and presidents, often the first thing they would say to me is thank you to the United States and this administration for bringing us together, for building the coalition for reinvigorating the relationship between the United States and its NATO allies, reinvigorating the relationship and importance of the relationship to the E.U. in terms of an issue like Ukraine, which is ultimately about one of the most important principles we’re fighting for, the importance of sovereignty territorial integrity,” she said.