Kamala Harris is a Big Dud – A new poll released has former President Donald J. Trump, a man who notoriously underperforms with independent voters nationally, beating President Joe Biden by eight points in key swing states.
This is an essential element to understand, because as everyone—myself included—has been fixated on Trump’s abysmal standing in national polls with independents, in the states that will likely decide the next election, Trump is ahead of the man who will likely be his rival in the General Election (should Trump himself become the GOP nominee).
There has been a sustained—and intensifying—whisper campaign directed against President Trump by elements within his own party. These whispers are designed, I believe, to pressure an otherwise recalcitrant, octogenarian, potentially senile president into abandoning his place at the top of the Democratic Party’s ticket in 2024.
Biden’s History of Failure
After all, few people honestly believed that Joe Biden was the best person for the job of president. This is a man who twice ran for the presidency before finally winning it in 2020.
In Biden’s two previous presidential bids, in 1988 and 2008, he was the butt of all jokes.
Even his own party refused to take him seriously. Biden was always viewed by his colleagues—including his one-time boss, former President Barack Obama—as perennial joke.
He was convivial and a glad-handing politician with a cheap smile and an insincere charm. Beyond telling a funny joke or helping to complete a political deal, Biden was never given his due as a force to be reckoned with in the Democratic Party until 2020 rolled around.
And even then, Democrats were so disenchanted by the prospects of the aging Biden being the forty-sixth president of the United States that they refused to give a man who should have been the heir apparent (considering that when he ran in 2020, Biden was the former vice-president for the last “successful” Democratic Party president) that Biden couldn’t win a primary until the South Carolina Primary rolled around.
Biden had lost Iowa (the place where his first two presidential candidacies died). He was soundly defeated in the New Hampshire primary (coming in a distant fifth).
By the time that South Carolina’s Democratic Party Primary rolled around, many were saying the elderly Democrat was done for.
Cutting a Deal to Save Himself…At the Expense of His Party
Joe Biden allegedly cut a deal to save his campaign with Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). Clyburn is a civil rights icon who carries great sway with the African-American community—a group that any Democrat needs to keep onside and galvanized in order to offset whatever advantages an unorthodox Republican candidate, such as Donald J. Trump, might have.
The deal – at least as many suspect – was simple: in exchange for Clyburn’s support, Biden had to promise to name a woman of color as his running-mate. Enter Kamala Harris, whose own presidential campaign that year floundered faster that Biden’s was in the process of doing.
Kamala Harris was billed as the female Obama. Articulate and competent compared to Biden’s senility and inartful speech patterns. To punctuate just how ephemeral Biden’s presidency was to be, Biden himself ran around assuring audiences that he was merely a “transition candidate.”
The implication, I believe, was simple.
Biden would deliver the knock-out blow to the dreaded Orange Man in the White House and then, once he was successful in that mission, go gracefully into that good night, leaving America with a super competent, ultra-Liberal first female of color, Kamala Harris, as president.
That’s where things get tricky, though.
Not Letting Go
Once ensconced in power, Biden and his political apparatus—especially his wife—liked finally holding the reins of power.
What’s more, Biden allegedly spent his entire career in government trading access to his various offices for gobs of money from foreign governments and shady international businessmen and women.
The presidency was the ultimate cash cow. And the Biden Syndicate got to show the rest of the Democratic Party establishment that had quietly mocked Ole Joe for so long who was the boss.
If Biden stepped aside and acted as merely the “transition candidate” he’d assured skeptical Democratic Party voters (and powerbrokers) that he would be, then the Biden Family would lose its access and privileges.
They’d all go back to being peripheral players.
Too bad for the Democratic Party elite, though, that as vice-president, Kamala Harris has been a total dud. Her speeches have become legendary. Not in the way that Barack Obama’s aspirational speeches were. In the way that George W. Bush’s word salad-filled public pronouncements were. More dangerously, Harris had not enjoyed a single policy success, despite having been given a thick portfolio.
Now, the best laid plans by the Democrat elite are falling apart.
Joe Biden’s recent strange displays in Britain with King Charles III have reinforced the image that he is cognitively impaired and declining. But the Democratic Party’s backup president, Kamala Harris, is both wildly unpopular and proving herself to be incompetent.
There are, of course, other candidates in the offing.
Gavin Newsom as the Democrats’ White Knight?
A sort of Leftist Ronald Reagan (who also previously served as California’s governor), defiantly opposing Republicans everywhere on everything, championing the most radically Left-wing programs in America today, and looking good while doing it, Newsom is the future of the Democratic Party (as much as California, sadly, is the likely portent of things to come for America as a nation).
Can the DNC not only believably evict Joe Biden by pressuring him with this whisper campaign in the media as well as exile Kamala Harris from running for office? Especially if their preferred nominee in 2024 is a white, wealthy Liberal from California?
That isn’t going to bode very well for anyone.
And beyond Newsom or Harris, who do they really have besides Joe Biden?
Biden’s Unpopularity Grows
One thing is clear: the longer that the campaign goes on, the more the country struggles and declines under the downward pressures of Biden’s toxic presidency, the more appealing Donald Trump will be a certain segment of moderate, independent voters in key swing states that are essential for any candidate seeking to gain control of the White House.
Biden’s failures as well as his own obvious declining mental state, coupled with the fact that his running-mate is a walking disaster, means that the Democrats are weak and totally beatable in 2024.
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 (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.