Gavin Newsom consistently broadcasts he’s not interested in running for President. Some claim he’s lying.
Here Comes Gavin Newsom
According to NBC News, 70% of Americans believe Joe Biden should not run for re-election; That includes 51% of Democrats.
A CNBC poll states his approval rating sits at 37%, despite his big push asserting “Bidenomics” is the greatest thing since the New Deal, which, let’s be honest, was not that great.
Some polls have his approval numbers a bit higher, but he’s hovering around 40% give or take a few points – not exactly a resounding cheer for job performance.
It’s hard to believe the DNC is seriously going to continue with this charade of Biden 2024. He’s got very little going for him, and a lot going against him, both professionally and personally: a crippling economy, waning support for the war in Ukraine, an untenable border situation, an unrecognized granddaughter, and the ultimate liability, his son.
Biden will win the support of social justice warriors and that’s about it. The harder the far-left progressive culture that Biden foolishly has adopted pushes, the bigger the backlash seems to get, even among moderate Democrats.
And then there’s the obvious. I know I sound like a broken record, but Biden’s age and waning health suggest that America, for all intents and purposes, would be voting for a corpse. Although, in the DNC’s defense, it is understandable when their next best alternative is Gavin Newsom.
California Governor’s Push for the Presidency
Last month, Gavin Newsom responded to claims he was gunning for number one, saying to the Associated Press, “Not on God’s green earth.”
Just in case no one believed bought that line, he followed up with, “I have been pretty consistently — including recently on Fox News — making the case for his (Joe Biden’s) candidacy.”
However, making the case for Biden’s candidacy simultaneously makes the case for his. Newsom’s policies are just as, if not more, progressive than the current president’s, and arguably, the governor has had greater success pushing them through in California.
Over the Fourth of July holiday, Newsom took his show on the road to Idaho claiming he was out to garner support for the current president’s re-election. Yet the headline in the LA Times had a different perspective declaring, “Newsom hits the road to campaign for Biden in Idaho, building his own base in red states.”
That seems to be the case.
In an op-ed for the Orange County Register, pollster, political consultant, and founder and partner of Schoen Cooperman Research, Douglas Schoen commented that Newsom is prepping to visit similar states such as Montana and Utah, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by 4 to 1.
According to Schoen, “The ostensible purpose of these trips is to tout Biden’s accomplishments and shore up enthusiasm for the Democratic Party, but Newsom’s underlying goal is undoubtedly self-promotion.”
The Kamala Problem
While California’s worst governor may not challenge Biden for the Democratic ticket, even he, like many others, can read the writing on the wall and is priming the pump as his moment in the sun becomes nigh.
As current Vice President, as well as a woman of color, Kamala Harris is the more obvious choice should Biden have to bow out. Particularly since an announcement from the administration would likely be a late game call to avoid Biden being confined by a lame duck tenure.
However, Harris’s approval ratings are as bad, and often worse, than Biden’s. So, there’s no better time than now for Newsom to indulge in some shameless self-promotion in the guise of support for the sitting president.
I don’t trust Gavin Newsom any further than I can throw him and that’s not very far. (I may be strong, but I’m still female and despite many assertions to the contrary, I tend to be weaker than my male counterparts.)
As Schoen commented, “actions speak louder than words.” Right now, Newsom’s actions tell the country he, like many others in California, wants to hightail it out of the Golden state and make 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue his new home come 2025.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor for 19FortyFive.com. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review.