This, after multiple polls were released indicating the American public, regardless of political affiliation, is overwhelmingly concerned about Biden’s age.
To those critics, Biden goaded them by saying, “watch me,” as if to say that if you keep an eye on me, you’ll see that I’ve got my stuff together.
Age, after all, is just a construct.
Yet, as Fox News has reported, the forty-sixth president has pulled a bit of a disappearing act in the last week. His schedule has been extraordinarily light, and the few public appearances he has made haven’t been for very long—and have not at all been impressive.
Beyond that, the New York Post reports that the president’s daily schedule has been light for months. His handlers put a lid on anything after 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The forty-sixth president doesn’t start his day officially until 10 a.m.
The man works a mere 30 hours a week.
Biden’s Vice-President Really Matters
This is largely why Biden’s vice-presidential pick matters more than an ordinary vice-presidential nominee would. There’s something wrong with him. He’s already the oldest president in history. What happens if he cannot complete his presidential duties?
Vice-President Kamala Harris, meanwhile, leaves much to be desired. Her favorability rating is low and her unfavorable numbers are through the proverbial roof. Nevertheless, Biden picked her to continue serving as his number two.
She’s on the 2024 Democratic Party ticket. If elected, with the notion that President Biden might not be in office for very long after his reelection in 2024, Democrats need to think about who’d be Kamala Harris’ vice president.
It’s not an easy answer. The Democratic Party, despite its puffery on the matter, doesn’t have a deep talent pool at the moment.
Might she pick someone from within the Biden Administration?
Who Would Become Kamala Harris’ Number Two?
If Kamala Harris ascended to the presidency at some point after 2024, she’d need to choose someone who brought heft to her administration and who was different from her. She’d likely be looking for a male with political experience.
Harris might keep it “within the family” of the Biden Administration. She could pick someone like the current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who is a male, hails from the Midwest, and is the first homosexual cabinet member in history.
The problem with that pick is that Buttigieg is deeply unpopular with most Americans because he’s perceived as having mishandled his job at the Department of Transportation.
Kamala Harris could choose someone from outside of the Beltway. In fact, that’d be her best pick. She’d need to pick someone who balanced her own persona.
Despite the fact that many on the Far-Left dislike Harris for his tough-on-crime record from her days as the California attorney general, Harris was voted the most Liberal senator in 2019. Harris’ record continues to be one of the most Left leaning of any Biden Administration member.
She might want to consider a more moderate member of the Democratic Party from outside the Washington, D.C. bubble.
Blue-Collar Democrats Needed for Kamala Harris
Former Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) ran against author J.D. Vance for the senate seat in Ohio in 2022. He lost to Vance. Yet, Ryan is still popular among the working-class community in the United States.
While serving in the United States House of Representatives, Ryan was a consistent champion of working-class causes at a time when Democrats were widely distancing themselves from that group—and their presidential nominee in 2016 was describing that traditionally Democratic Party voting bloc as “a basket of deplorables.”
Ryan never wavered from his support of that group. Plus, he’s a white, heterosexual, male, which balances Harris. Ryan’s presence in a potential Kamala Harris White House could be the missing link in whatever reelection scheme Harris and her team eventually cook up.
She can win the minority votes and Tim Ryan might cleave enough working-class votes from the “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party to nullify any threat to the Democrats in 2028.
Someone like Tim Ryan would be Harris’ best bet. She shouldn’t pick another Lefty female as her number two. She needs to balance her perceived strengths by selecting someone who can cover her many weaknesses.
Let’s just hope that someone in power is formulating a reliable list of potential number twos for Kamala Harris, because if Biden’s public showings (or lack thereof) are any indication, the old man might not have much longer left in office.
The country will need some stability at the uppermost levels of its government.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.