Washington Post columnist asks VP Harris to voluntarily step down 'for the country's sake'

 March 19, 2024

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker published an op-ed on Friday calling on Vice President Kamala Harris to step down from her position "for the country's sake" because of her low approval ratings.

Parker noted that Biden could not "fire" Harris without backlash because she fits the identity politics the Democrat party endorses--she's the first Black and Asian woman to become vice president.

While Parker supports diverse choices in higher positions, she said she was disappointed in Harris's performance as Vice President and thinks it would be better for Biden's chances of re-election if he was free to choose another running mate.

"Every honest person knows he’s not in top form," she said of Biden, citing polling showing that 73% of registered voters think he's too old to run for a second term.

Between a rock and a hard place

It's putting the Democrat party between a rock and a hard place. If they keep backing Biden, voters will be reluctant to give him another four years because they don't like the idea of a Harris presidency.

If they throw Biden over to avoid a Harris presidency, they risk backlash from that decision as well.

Harris voluntarily stepping down would solve this problem, allowing the party to bring in a more viable VP candidate like California Governor Gavin Newsom or Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

It seems like a better plan than parachuting in Michelle Obama to replace Biden at the DNC convention in August. Obama has the popularity to pull off such a move if anyone does, but she does not seem to want the job.

Not much hope

With Biden already trailing former President Donald Trump in polling, it doesn't seem like he has much hope for victory under the current circumstances.

Democrats are taking a huge chance if they go into the general election with the current matchup.

Granted, it's early and anything can still happen.

Short of a Trump criminal conviction, which is seeming less and less likely by the day, however, Democrats will need a big gamechanger to overcome their current disadvantage.

Parker makes some very good points, but Republicans shouldn't get nervous just yet.

Harris's political ambitions are as strong as her cackle is loud, and she won't step down when she's this close to being the first Black Asian woman president in history. Not without one heck of a fight.

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