AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott
A new consensus is emerging within the Democrat Party establishment: Yes, Joe Biden is too old to run for president again in 2024. But the party will back him anyway, because the alternative of a Kamala Harris-led ticket is worse.
That’s the upshot of a bombshell story from Politico reporter Jonathan Martin late last week detailing the private thoughts of many senior Democrat operatives, who nearly all spoke on the condition of anonymity. One senator said, “Few Democrats in [Congress] want Biden to run again,” while a governor “mused about just how little campaigning Biden would be able to do.”
A few brave Democrats have openly stated that Biden is simply too old to run. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota has said that “if [Biden] were 15-20 years younger it would be a no-brainer to nominate him, but considering his age it’s absurd we’re not promoting competition but trying to extinguish it.”
Fellow Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig has made similar comments. Some voices in the mainstream media have also made that case, with The New York Times releasing an opinion article last July declaring “Joe Biden is too old to be president again,” and The Washington Post running an analysis piece putting the spotlight on Biden’s age and mental fitness.
But the hard truth that many Democrat power brokers have come to face is that Kamala Harris, Biden’s most obvious heir apparent, gives them an even worse chance of retaining the White House in 2024.
Harris’s tenure as vice president has been a disaster. Early in his presidency, Biden tasked her with solving the border crisis. This was met with back-to-back failures. Not only was the border not secured, but a series of interview gaffes tarnished her public image. Most notably, in an interview with Lester Holt, she dismissed criticism for not visiting the border by stating, “And I haven’t been to Europe.” The gaffe drew such criticism and condemnation that the vice president withdrew from almost all major interviews for nearly a year. Harris, it seems, is the only politician capable of doing worse in front of a microphone than her boss.
Democrats are in a bind, however. As a woman of Asian and Jamaican descent, any attempt to deny Harris the nomination would likely infuriate large parts of a Democrat base obsessed with identity politics. As vice president, Harris is also the natural choice for the nomination if Biden were to choose not to run.
This combination of factors virtually mandates that Democrats must back Harris if they abandon Biden. “Democrats have seen what happens when anyone in their party openly criticizes Harris,” Martin writes. “They’re accused by activists and social media critics of showing, at best, racial and gender insensitivity. This doesn’t stifle concerns about her prospects, of course, it just pushes them further underground or into the shadows of background quotes.”
Another House Democrat said, “The Democrats who will need to speak out on her are from the Congressional Black Caucus, no white member is going to do it.”
Re-nominating Biden, then, is perhaps more about avoiding an intraparty civil war than it is about giving Democrats the best chance to win in 2024. The obvious conclusion that most Democrats seem to have reached but few have the courage to say out loud is that the party is best off running someone not named Joe Biden or Kamala Harris in the next presidential election.
But running Biden again next year will only prolong the inevitable: whether in 2024 or 2028, Kamala Harris will expect what she feels she is owed – a clear path to the nomination.
Democrats find themselves stuck at an impasse of their own creation. If poll numbers and both Biden’s and Harris’s woeful record are any indication, however, it won’t matter who is at the top of the ticket in 2024, because both the president and vice president will find themselves voted out of office.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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Remember Red Wave in Midterms?
As bad as the Democrats are… they will still get support from those who will never support one of us ‘evil’ Conservatives. They are also masters on generating fear for such issues as Pro-Choice, Police Brutality, military automatic weapons of mass murder and of course – Climate Change!
Look at what was just elected in Pennsylvania with Fetterman who was barely functioning.
Get involved do not sit on the sidelines.
Let me get this straight! They’ll support Joe for a second term because they don’t want Kamala to be their pick for President. Yet they’ll keep her as Joe’s Vice President. Should Joey Baby win a second term and mentally or physically go off the rails they’ll do an Article 25 on him and end up with Cackling Kamala in the Oval Office anyway. Democrats know Kamala cannot primary and win the nomination and that Joe probably won’t complete a second term. Either way she ends up in the White House. The only way to keep her from being President is to not let Joe run. Occam’s Razor says “Look for the simplest solution”.
I think we could have gotten someone alot worse like that self proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren!IMHO. As a lifelong staunch conservative, Joe is doing better than I thought he would!We are not going to convert most democrats because they have been steeped in socialist ideology for generations. They are truly blind who refuse to see.
Well, just in my opinion as a lifetime conservative. We could have done a lot worse than Joe Biden! I’m thinking of that socialist Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren!IMHO Joe has done better than I thought he would!! He could be soo much worse!We are not going to change the mindset of most democrats. They have been steeped in socialist ideology for years. Wealth redistribution. Ann, interesting theory about Kamala’s nationality! Not surprised it didn’t get much traction in 2020.
I hope the socialist/democrats are stupid enough to run Joe in 2024. Alfred E. Neuman could beat him in any race. Kamala won’t be there either. Could you honestly watch her in a debate with anyone? The old adage is so true: You just can’t argue with ignorance.
Harris is unable to run for president due to fact she is not a Natural born citizen. Her parents were not born here. In order for her to be natural born, both of her parents would have been to be born in the United States. They were not, A fact that has been a big part of her identity during the 2020 election.
Well as of right now we have 2 idiots in the White House, 1 is an old idiot and 1 is a complete and total moron, our country has never looked worse , border is a shambles, gas prices , groceries, and let us not forget chinese balloons flying from one side of our country to the other, worst administration of all time , I just hope all the people that voted for these losers are happy with what they’ve done ✌????
AND, are looking forward to the world war III that they are promoting.
The states choose the presidential candidates through primary elections, not the Democratic Party. I doubt voters would choose Kamala so there is no real excuse to push an octagenarian to the top of the ticket.
If Harris is the DemocRot Party POTUS nominee in the next election, not only would she lose, but the effort to rig her a win would be so obvious that even the liberal news media would not be able to convincingly cover it up. The DemocRot Party is becoming too obvious in its ineptitude to hide the truth about its Commie leaning political posture.
We need different leadership before we will be at war with Russia thanks to Biden and the rest of the so called leaders in the White House this is sick all the people of this country will be very poor no money no food nothing but poverty in this country.
Incomptence knows no color of skin nor gender; hence Joe and Kamala.
When the checks stop coming people will look in their mirror and wonder how to eat and where to live!!!Yes,I am a liar ,and a thug ,some say a kkk supporter and while
A few more names like patriot, veteran, America first and Trump, Trump. Trump forever.GOP sucks: when you have your back to a wall and facing a firing squad Trump would have saved you not shot you. Rest in peace!!!’
Well if you want to bring up history, let’s remember the Democratic Party is the party of slavery, Jim Crow laws and the KKK! Talk about a history of hate!
Unless the radical left plays with our elections again, Kamala can pack her bags and go home. It’s going to be Ron DeSantis or Donald Trump. I’ll take either one of them. Then the United States will be the place “where woke goes to die.”
Right but it looks like they are planning on playing the same game!!
of course people like Trump. The right wing media doesn’t report his lies, racism, etc. Heck, Fox was losing viewers on Jan 6 for telling the truth. Sad.
What a wonderful thought
If a coin was ever minted with Biden on one side and Harris on the other, it would be the only coin in the history of the world that when you flip that coin, you would always lose regardless of which side comes up!
GET A LIFE! Everyone on this website gets it, you don’t like the Republican party, and you’ve drank way too much of the PINK Kool-Aid.
My question is, why aren’t you on an AARP website?
Very good question; because he gets paid to spew his hate on conservative sites and try to disrupt the conservative ideas. Not working, just irritating. Or a Chinese plant!!!
They were never elected into office in the first place, they were selected
Biden = Consistency for the nation. He has consistently failed at everything, even before he was president.
D’accord, Mr. Ziegler
How in the world did the smartest and most powerful country in the world allow two id the most incompetent people, Biden/Harris, be elected; and the most disturbing thing is we allowed the deep state to replace the most competent President when they denied Trump his second term?
It’s obvious that our system of governing, in America, has a serious problem.
Trump was the most incompetent president in history. Trump cheated in 2020 by stealing Florida.
TRUMP DID NOT WIN FLORIDA IN 2020
The existence of hate filled people like you is what will doom this nation. You seem like the type of person who would have betrayed your neighbor to the Gestapo.
Awww, what a cute little bean you are.
For the umpteenth time Marc…THEY WERE NOT ELECTED! The highest office in the land was STOLEN and until we can come to grips with that, nothing will ever happen.
The folks at Fox News don’t even believe that,. Off the air of course.