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Not even a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, Democrats are already trying to find another leader for their party. A poll last month found that 44% of Democrats want someone else to run in 2024, while just 36% hope Biden announces his plans for re-election. That’s damning.
However, a team can’t successfully replace a starting QB when the backup isn’t viable either. And turning the keys over to Vice President Harris — who has an abysmal 28% approval rating — could symbolically punt the presidency away to Republicans in 2024.
With this polling data in mind, Democrats have privately discussed an idea to jumpstart a different candidate for 2024, according to the Telegraph. This “nuclear option” would include Biden not running for re-election and the party bypassing Harris by sending her to the Supreme Court.
The idea goes as follows:
“Democrats desperately scrambling to find a potential successor to Joe Biden in 2024 are whispering about a potential nuclear option that could see Kamala Harris, the current Vice President, nominated to the Supreme Court.
While the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumour mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.
The left-field Supreme Court theory would mean Mr Biden nominating Ms Harris, a former high-flying prosecutor, if a seat on the court became available over the next three years, which it may well. Mr Biden could then use Section 2 of the 25th Amendment to nominate a more popular vice president.
That person would be the presumptive Democrat nominee should Mr Biden not run for re-election at the age of 82.
So if the starting QB — whose only job is to game-manage — steps aside and the backup doesn’t get a chance to take over, the Democrats would turn to free agency.
In the scenario that Biden steps aside in favor of the new VP, the poll said likely candidates would include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, and Andrew Yang.
While all are more alive than Biden, that group likely won’t intrigue voters in a general election. The most promising of them, Yang, isn’t even a Democrat anymore, strictly speaking. He started his own political party, the Forward Party, earlier this year. So he’s not a realistic option.
For the sake of coverage, outlets will throw in former First Lady Michelle Obama’s name. A recent Hill-HarrisX poll found that 10% of Democrats would choose her to succeed Biden. But since we have no indication she’d run, Mrs. Obama remains a stretch.
Therefore, believe it or not, the Democrats’ best move for 2024 is to send out Biden once again. Look at Biden like Washington’s Taylor Heinicke: he’s well below average, yet somehow, he’s still better than the alternatives.