Asked last month whether Joe Biden would replace Kamala Harris as his running mate in 2024, a White House spokesperson told reporters that the Democrat president has no plans of switching up his ticket. But that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning.
As recently as December, Fox News host Sean Hannity was drawing attention to Harris’ super-low approval numbers — a sign her support among Democrat voters is waning as the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race draw closer.
“No vice president in U.S. history has a lower approval rating than Kamala Harris,” Hannity told his viewers, according to Fox. “Maybe that’s because the vice president is terrible at her job,” he added, pointing especially to her failure to stem the crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, which Biden first put her in charge of last spring.
“Is anybody surprised?”
A month earlier, a report from the U.K.’s Telegraph claimed Dems were “desperately scrambling to find a potential successor to Joe Biden in 2024” and even “whispering about a potential nuclear option that could see Kamala Harris, the current Vice President, nominated to the Supreme Court.”
The Telegraph explains:
The left-field Supreme Court theory would mean Mr[.] Biden nominating Ms[.] Harris, a former high-flying prosecutor, if a seat on the court became available over the next three years, which it may well. Mr[.] Biden could then use Section 2 of the 25th Amendment to nominate a more popular vice president.
With Harris’ approval numbers still dismally low, the move could give Dems an opportunity to win back voters in 2024 who have become disillusioned with the current VP’s poor performance.
“According to reports, Harris often refuses to read briefings, is frequently unprepared for…daily challenges…as vice president,” Fox’s Hannity said last month. “Is anybody surprised?”
“There’s no change”
Asked directly about the subject last month, Harris did little to tamp down on the rumors that she might be on the chopping block, admitting she hadn’t discussed the 2024 election with Biden.
“I’m not going to talk about our conversations, but I will tell you this without any ambiguity: We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election, because we haven’t completed our first year and we’re in the middle of a pandemic,” she told the Wall Street Journal.
The White House tried to save face the next day by insisting Biden still plans on keeping Harris as his running mate in the next election. “There’s no change,” a spokesperson said, according to the New York Post.
But as Harris continues to struggle in the polls — and as mounting reports suggest her office is full of chaos and dysfunction — the question remains: Is keeping Harris on the ticket really the right move for Democrats who want to keep their hold on Washington once Biden’s term runs out?
Whatever the answer, it seems increasingly unlikely that Biden would run in 2024 with anyone but his current VP by his side. Still, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Democrats shoot themselves in the foot again by putting yet another wildly unpopular politician on their White House ticket, just as they did in 2016. And we all know how that turned out for them.