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Rumors are flying that some allies of President Joe Biden have suggested replacing Vice President Kamala Harris. The mainstream media has begun pushing this narrative of infighting and a potential 2024 shake-up on the Democratic ticket despite Harris saying she intends to run with Biden on the ticket.
Conservative writer Wayne Dupree has a theory of his own suggesting that Harris has been “hiding” behind the scenes and allowing Biden to take the heat publicly so that she may be able to show a “perfect record” going into 2024.
“Well, they can’t do it under the gun. So it won’t be immediate. If this was indeed a plan then Biden knows he was a patsy president and will be ready to resign probably next spring. If not, there could be some pushback from Team Biden directed at Team Obama/Harris. Biden may be just sentient enough to resent being pushed out of power. And it could be that Harris is being kept in the shadows to insulate her from criticism and keep her pristine for her chance at becoming president,” Dupree said with his opinion.
Rumors have been spreading in the media about Biden and Harris going into the 2024 presidential election.
Biden has publicly stated numerous times he intends to run for re-election, but that hasn’t stopped many from arguing that either Biden or Harris should not be on the 2024 ticket.
Newsweek published a piece titled, “Kamala Harris Is Asked Why ‘Dozens’ of Dems Don’t Want Her on 2024 Ticket.”
The New York Times published a report noting, “Opinions of Harris have also sunk among major Democratic fundraisers, including former President Bill Clinton’s Florida finance chairman John Morgan, who told the New York Times he can’t think of one thing she’s done except stay out of the way.
Most Democrats aren’t sold on Biden in the White House for four more years, either, according to an Associated Press-NORC poll, which found only 37% of Democrats want Biden to seek a second term, down from 52% last October.
A report by The Washington Post said some top Democrats are concerned about the vice president’s political prospects.
“Such concerns about Harris’s political strength were repeated often by more than a dozen Democratic leaders in key states interviewed for this story,” it said. “Harris’s tenure has been underwhelming, they said, marked by struggles as a communicator and at times near-invisibility, leaving many rank-and-file Democrats unpersuaded that she has the force, charisma, and skill to mount a winning presidential campaign.”
“People are poised to pounce on anything — any misstep, any gaffe, anything she says — and so she’s probably not getting the benefit of the doubt,” Jacquelyn Bettadapur, the leader of the Cobb County Democrats in Georgia said. She said that people “don’t know enough about what she’s doing” and “it doesn’t help that she’s not [that] adept as a communicator.”
In a scathing piece published by Slate titled, “If Biden Runs Again, He Should Pick a New VP,” Christina Cauterucci noted how “we are stuck with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris” for now but that Biden may be able to “change that” going into 2024.
Capitol Weekly ran a story titled, “Memo to Democrats: Beware of Kamala Harris, in 2024 or beyond,” where Democrat strategist Garry South detailed, “Despite her obvious intelligence, Harris just isn’t very good, I’m sorry to say, either as a candidate or communicator. When it comes to Harris and 2024 – or beyond — Democrats would be wise to bear in mind the old time-honored caution, caveat emptor.”
The Atlantic published a report titled, “20 Reader Ideas for Who Could Replace Biden,” where the outlet compiled a list of potential lawmakers who could replace Biden.
A recent poll from Morning Consult found that if Biden didn’t run in 2024, Harris is losing support among Democrats.
Politico also published a report months ago claiming that “chatter has picked up” about whether Biden will run again in 2024 and if he does, will Harris be his running mate.
In a story from New York Magazine, titled, “There Has to Be a Backup Plan. There’s a Backup Plan, Right? Inside the 2024 soul-searching that’s happening in every corner of the Democratic Party,” author Gabriel Debenedetti discusses how Democrats are facing a reckoning.
Late last year, a CNN report alleged that White House insiders paint a picture of total chaos and discontent between Biden and Harris.
“That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it,” CNN reported.
Team Harris is also not happy with Biden and the supposed “positions” they have put her in since taking office.