While President Joe Biden continues to struggle with an abysmal approval rating, this is someone in his administration who is even less popular than he is: Vice President Kamala Harris.
According to a polling aggregate maintained by FiveThirtyEight, just 36.6% of Americans regard her job performance favorably. Now, even some in the mainstream media are skeptical about her future.
“Messy Democratic primary”
That was this past Sunday during a discussion on ABC News’ This Week about whether Biden will seek another term in 2024.
“You talk to Democrats privately, key Democrats on Capitol Hill, leaders in the party, and there’s just trepidation about this,” Fox News quoted ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl as saying when asked what the president will do.
“There is a sense that among many of them that he shouldn’t run, and also if he doesn’t run that the primary is wide open, and it’s not just Kamala Harris’ to take,” Karl remarked, adding, “It could be a very messy Democratic primary.”
Yvette Simpson serves as CEO of the Democratic political action committee Democracy for America, and she told host George Stephanopoulos that Harris “should be” the Democrats’ “heir apparent.”
“It has to be her because it would be an outrage to skip over the vice president, especially the first African American and Asian female vice president,” Simpson insist.
However, even Simpson acknowledged that the White House has “to do a lot of work to get her in the seat so that we can see her powerful.”
“She’s powerful, she’s young, she’s able to get the energy, but we have not seen her strong and I don’t know why the Biden administration didn’t position her that way,” Simpson stated.
What’s more, the left-wing activist was adamant that Biden should not be on the Democratic ticket in two years’ time.
“I mean, when folks rallied around him to be the president, there was the expectation that he would not run again, that he would actually empower someone to run,” she said.
Fox News reported in July that a New York Times/Siena College poll found that 64% of registered Democrats would prefer that someone other than the president be nominated.