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The administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are not popular and their own party knows it.
And Democrats are concerned that if President Biden decides not to campaign in 2024 that his successor would be Harris who many believe is unelectable, The New York Post reported.
“Her main problem is not being a woman or mixed race, her problem is she has low ratings just like President Biden,” University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato said. “If Biden were riding sky high, she would be doing relatively well as well. She would be seen as a popular successor carrying on a popular president’s mandate.
And donors, who asked The Post to be anonymous so they could say what is on their minds, had similar concerns.
“She seems completely useless. No one involved in this administration should be in the running,” one of the donors said.
Democratic insiders have fretted about Harris’ own bungled 2020 presidential campaign, during which she dropped out in December 2019, with an operation widely derided at the time as disorganized and riven with infighting.
Since being elected, those issues have continued to simmer, with her vice presidential office frequently in the news for staff turnover, with at least a dozen leaving. In April alone she lost her Chief of Staff, Tina Flournoy, and Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Fuchs. Staffers have griped anonymously that the mood internally is “dour,” “chaotic,” and that they are “treated like s—t.”
“She doesn’t know how to build a staff that has a common purpose. You see a lot of her staffers are doing their own thing. There is little guidance from her and it just looks messy all the time and all she can do when asked about it publicly and privately is giggle,” one top staffer on Capitol Hill said.
“I just don’t think people are seeing her as a serous contender,” he said. “If she weren’t the vice president she wouldn’t even been ON the list.”
One Democrat political consultant quickly played the race card to support the vice president.
“Kamala is a strong black woman, the first elected vice president. Democrats can’t win without having high black turnout. She is a role model and a beacon to millions of people around the country,” the consultant, Chris Coffey, said.
It was days ago that Harris appeared to back away from an earlier statement this week in which she definitively made a prediction about President Joe Biden’s political future.
Asked on Monday to respond to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C. ) endorsing her potential candidacy in 2024 if Biden forgoes a reelection campaign.
“Joe Biden is running for reelection, and I will be his ticket mate,” Harris told CNN, adding, “Full stop. That’s it.”
But the White House told Harris’s traveling press pool Wednesday that the vice president wanted to clarify comments she made this week about Biden’s 2024 plans, the Washington Examiner noted.
When she was asked again if Biden was definitely running, Harris responded with a less certain tone: “The president intends to run, and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We will run together.”
Harris’ and the White House’s clarifications come amid rising hesitancy among Democrats about Biden’s competence and ability to run again moving forward.
Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Biden’s job approval ratings continue to crater amid a worsening inflation rate, sky-high gasoline and diesel fuel prices, and a host of other issues facing the country.
In fact, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polling, Biden’s approval rating now stands at just under 38 percent.
Another day, another fresh all-time low for Biden job approval on RCP, under 38 for the first time. pic.twitter.com/EIJMMNucHb
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 29, 2022
A brutal survey released earlier this month found that the vast majority of respondents do not think that President Joe Biden should run again in 2024.