California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is apparently all in for President Joe Biden's re-election campaign, even though some thought he might throw his own hat in the ring.
Newsom tweeted his support for Biden's re-election on Tuesday morning after Biden's midnight video announcement that officially put him in the race for 2024.
"There's no one better to lead [the] fight than President Biden. Looking forward to another four years of his leadership," Newsom said, retweeting Biden's video, which was titled "Freedom."
Our democracy is under attack. Our freedom is being stripped away.
It’s time to step up—and there’s no one better to lead that fight than President Biden.
Looking forward to another 4 years of his leadership.
Let’s show up big today. Every dollar counts https://t.co/xNHCc1gaGm https://t.co/QcVNUwpHc6
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 25, 2023
To be fair, Newsom has repeatedly said he wasn't interested in running for president in 2024 and had pledged his loyalty to Biden as far back as last year in a Politico interview.
Maybe his national and global focus was an attempt to position himself for 2028, when Biden would be unable to run?
That's what Eric Schickler, political science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks. “Building a national profile now, the most likely scenario where that really comes to fruition is for 2028,” Schickler said when asked to explain why Newsom has attacked red state governors over abortion restrictions and created a TruthSocial platform in which he claimed red states had a "murder problem."
It's also possible that he thought, as had several pundits, that Biden might not actually run again in his current state of decline, and he wanted to be ready to jump into a campaign if that happened.
Let's face it: Biden could still have a stroke, heart attack or other major health crisis tomorrow and be unable to run. At the age of 80, and in his current physical state, anything is possible.
The drugs they must be pumping him full of in order to look alive long enough to speak can take their toll, or so I've heard.
He could also just keep declining to the point that even his own handlers have to admit he can't keep going.
It's funny to talk about the parallels to "Weekend at Bernie's" and point out his frequent gaffes, weird untrue stories and frequent wandering off in the middle of something.
But that's no way to lead the free world--and at some point, the charade is going to break down.
Newsom definitely wants to be there to pick up the pieces when it does, no matter how loyal he appears.