Is it Kamala Harris’s time already? President Joe Biden hasn’t even been in office for a month, but speculation is already building that his VP is due to replace him.
With concerns lingering about Biden’s age, pundits are taking interest in Harris as a presidential candidate, the Washington Examiner reported.
Harris 2024 speculation builds
Although she had the favor of media, Harris failed to gain traction with her own White House bid, which ended in 2019. She joined Biden’s ticket as VP months later.
The Biden-Harris campaign was followed by speculation that Biden was too old to serve two terms, or even one, and rumors of his premature retirement or death — Biden is 78, making him the oldest president ever — are not going away.
If anything, forces seem to be aligning in Harris’s favor, Paul Bedard observes, with recent media profiles from left-leaning publications like the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, which has a whole team covering (flattering) her, suggesting the media is still in her corner.
“Glass ceiling” narrative has a whiff of destiny….
There is no question that Harris has establishment backing, with a prefab narrative of “glass ceiling” shattering ready to go at a moments’ notice. In fact, she is already receiving tributes worthy of a stateswoman: a glass portrait in her honor was installed (temporarily) at the National Mall.
Some, like feminist Jo Freeman, say she should waste no time in distinguishing herself.
“It’s very unusual for the vice president to have reasonably good knowledge that their boss, the president, isn’t going to run for reelection,” she said.
Pollster: Never say never!
Whatever Harris decides to do, pollster Jonathan Zogby is optimistic about her odds: a recent survey finds that Harris has 53 percent approval and 37 percent disapproval. The failure of Harris’s own presidential campaign doesn’t close the book, he said.
“Vice President Kamala Harris is very popular at the moment. She is seen as a trailblazer and breaking the glass ceiling as the first woman and African American vice president. The mainstream media fawns over her,” says Zogby.
Another factor that everyone seems to be forgetting: Biden. “Now that he achieved his dream, will he give it up so quickly?” asks University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato.
A better question might be: if he decided to stay, would the media respect his wishes?