The growing consensus among leftist commentators in Washington, D.C. in the past couple of weeks is that Joe Biden might consider dropping Kamala to “strengthen the Democratic ticket” in 2024.
It’s not surprising, given that Harris’ approval rating has been in the red for months, just like Biden.
What’s more interesting than what comes out of the elite Beltway media circles are the powerful Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker (D-Calif.), and Anderson Cooper from CNN who asked Harris if she was the right choice for Biden in what is expected to be an election year that will be tough.
Pelosi’s remarks, as we reported previously, were not exactly an affirmation of Pelosi’s confidence in the veep. Here’s her comment for those who didn’t hear it:
COOPER: “Does she seem to be the most suitable running mate for you?”
PELOSI: She’s the Vice President of the United States. People ask me why she doesn’t do this or that. I replied that she was the vice president. This is the job description.
You don’t do that much. Mm-hmm, you know, you, you know?”
The grin on Pelosi’s face sort of gave away the game. Watch:
NEW: Nancy Pelosi admits that Kamala Harris does nothing and says the reason for this is because that’s the role of the Vice President, to literally do nothing.
“She’s the vice president of the United States. So when people say to me: ‘well, why isn’t she doing this… pic.twitter.com/BrKQcBT8yz
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 14, 2023
Jamie Raskin, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee (D-Md), made comments that were perhaps even more shocking than those by Pelosi. Jake Tapper asked him four times on Thursday if Kamala was Biden’s vice president. Raskin dodged the question by hinting that Biden might name a new running-mate at the DNC Convention.
TAPPER: It’s not — nobody is making a comment about personalities. It’s a very simple question. Do you believe Kamala Harris would make the best running partner for President Biden’s campaign? You sent her excellent. That’s more than Speaker Pelosi did. Do you think that she is the best? I’m not trying anything to stir up. It’s actually a simple question. Do you believe Kamala Harris would make the best running partner for President Biden? “Yes or no?”
RASKIN: “I don’t really know what else to say, other than that she is –”
TAPPER: “You might say yes.”
RASKIN: “…would be an excellent running mate as well as a vice president. I do not know if President Biden has named him as his running mate. Next summer, we’re going to attend a convention. We’ll be going through this process in a year. So…
Watch Raskin flail and flounder below.
FULL EXCHANGE: Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin refuses — FOUR TIMES — to say if he believes Kamala Harris is Biden’s best choice for vice president pic.twitter.com/ogTVKFf3nm
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 14, 2023
Although I don’t like Tapper, he is right. At this stage of the race, it shouldn’t be difficult for Democrats to answer the question directly. If it is, it confirms the speculation that there are indeed problems on Capitol Hill, and possibly at the White House as well, in regards to whether Harris is brought along for a second term.
Liz Warren, D-Mass., was the first to make this speculation. In January, he refused to endorse Kamala as Joe Biden’s vice president.
She said, “I want to respect what makes Biden feel comfortable in his team.” “I have known Kamala a long while. I like Kamala. We go back a long way. I met her when she was attorney general, and I was teaching. Together we worked to solve the housing crisis. They need to work together, and I have a feeling that they do. I’m not saying I think they have any problems. I think they are.”
It’s funny to see Democrats such as Warren (and Pelosi, and now Rankin), confirm that there really are no real friends in electoral politics – just people you can toss aside once they have outlived their utility.
In the case of Kamala Harris, I believe that it could not have happened to a person more deserving.