It’s always hard to pinpoint the exact moment when whispers become gossips which grow to rumors and finally catch the attention of producers and editors and subsequently expand to
news reports, but the question of who would be next in line after senile Joe Biden inevitably declines has become a topic of great interest in the Democrat party today. It could be argued that speculation on Biden’s successor began even before the 2020 Democrat presidential primary season, seeing as the would-be frontrunner was already in his late 70’s and not well-regarded for either his intellectual aptitude nor his sharpness to begin with. Barack Obama, Biden’s bosom pal and boss for eight years, famously quipped, “Don’t Underestimate Joe’s Ability to F— Things Up”. The Big O didn’t mean it as a compliment, either. Making things even more interesting is the current political situation, where Biden’s post-inaugural “honeymoon” popularity lasted about as long as a mismatched couple’s marital bliss, and his vice president, Kamala Harris, is arguably even worse than the 2020 Electoral College winner. Harris came away as the undisputed champion of the identity politics beauty contest (not intended as a sexist remark, by the way) simply because her surface characteristics fit the Democrats’ shallow criteria for candidate selection. Add the fact that the hated former president, Republican Donald J. Trump, has experienced a remarkable resurrection of his political career and now sees heightened prospects for another barnburner of a 2024 campaign, and you’ve got real worry on the Democrat side. Who will carry the donkey standard for the Democrats? In a piece titled, “11 Democrats who could replace Joe Biden in 2024”, liberal pundit Chris Cillizza wrote at CNN Politics earlier this week:
“Combine President Joe Biden's age (he'll be 82 shortly after the 2024 election) and his ongoing political struggles (he's mired in the low 40s in job approval) and you get this: a series of stories examining whether Biden runs again and, if not, who might take his place. “We are in the midst of just one of those news cycles, with The New York Times publishing a big takeout on the potential Biden replacements within the Democratic Party over the weekend.
“The White House, aware of the whispers, made clear Biden is planning to go for a second term. ‘The President has every intention of running for reelection,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. But ... what if Biden's plans change?”
Yes indeed, what if they do? Or, what if Psaki and Biden and Dr. Jill and everyone around the decrepit old screw is lying through their teeth about Joe’s real intentions? Of course the current first term president says he’s in it for the long haul. The practically drooling chief executive maintains the ruse for several reasons.
First, Biden doesn’t want to declare himself a lame duck president and instantly concede most of his already vastly reduced political leverage to which he tenuously clings to someone else. If congressional Democrats get the impression that Biden is -- or intends to -- pack his backpack and go home early, they’re likely to peel away from him faster than a fighter jet from a tight attack formation.
With no margin to spare in the senate and only a few votes to burn in the House, it wouldn’t take many holdouts to upset the entire Democrat applecart. Biden would still have his “pen and phone”, but his control of the bureaucracy and judicial appointments wouldn’t bring about the complete transformation of the country that he and his leftist colleagues desire.
Second, if Biden admits his White House days are numbered, what happens to his fundraising capability? Every presidential candidate -- including incumbents -- needs a substantial war chest to tap into in times of need. Plus, if senile Joe isn’t serious about the years after 2024, he won’t be able to attract the kind of money to help the national party compete for congressmen and senators’ seats.
Three, should Biden hint that he’s bailing, his legislative agenda won’t be taken seriously. As it is, Democrats are scrambling around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to get the Build Back Better monstrosity passed before the liberal half of the country (he’s lost nearly all Republicans and most Independents) wakes up to it and his approval ratings tank even further. Can you imagine Joe Biden having any more political power than he does right now?
With each passing day Joe Biden’s word carries less and less weight. Democrats recognize a president who doesn’t have a commanding presence like Obama and Clinton did, doesn’t have a proper grasp of the party’s salient issues, does have a near 50-year record of gaffes, blunders and outright stupid quotes, and looks at though he could fall down at any moment.
No amount of political coaching would improve the situation either, since the more exposure Joe gets, the worse off he becomes. The administration is desperately attempting to control the media narrative, but it isn’t working. With inflation the highest it’s been since the early 80’s, citizens can’t help but notice that their money isn’t going as far these days.
Heck, even Taco Bell’s $.99 Sunday crunchy tacos are now $1.29. That’s thirty more cents for the same lightly filled shell with a bare token of beef, cheese and lettuce.
Lastly, Biden, like any president, wants some say in who succeeds him. The Big O certainly didn’t want Joe Biden to carry on his legacy, so he picked Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democrat primary race. Donald Trump is Donald Trump, so logically speaking, the only one who could come after himself is… himself. Or at the very least, somebody who’s just like him.
Biden understands if he bows out now that it will generate a political feeding frenzy to determine the next top Democrat. And there are lots of ambitious liberals out there not named Bernie Sanders who want a shot at the Oval Office. These opportunists may be willing to pay lip service to broken down ol’ senile Joe right now, but when he’s on his way to retirement, watch out. The only thing left for Biden is his name… and it’s waning fast.
As every liberal pundit would, Cillizza provided a list of candidates who could step into Joe Biden’s rickety role if the president reverses himself and announces that he’s calling it quits.
They are: Kamala Harris; Pete Buttigieg; Elizabeth Warren; Amy Klobuchar; Roy Cooper (North Carolina Democrat governor); Mitch Landrieu (former Mayor of New Orleans and tapped by Biden to head up the recently enacted bogus “bipartisan” infrastructure bill); Gina Raimondo (former Rhode Island governor and current Biden administration Commerce Secretary); Gretchen Whitmer (she’s cute, isn’t she? But she’s a horrible governor of Michigan); Phil Murphy (Governor of New Jersey who barely won reelection in a solidly blue state last month); J.B. Pritzker (Illinois governor and super rich); and, Stacey Abrams.
Knowing the Democrats and the fame-seekers that they are, it’s highly doubtful a relative unknown would take over quickly enough to follow-up on Joe Biden. This fact all-but eliminates about half of the above list, including Roy Cooper (who?), Mitch Landrieu (who?), Gina Raimondo (who?), Phil Murphy (who?) and J.B. Pritzker (who?).
Stacey Abrams is perhaps the most intriguing name on Cillizza’s wannabe roster. Abrams is running again (she says for “reelection”) for governor of Georgia. If the Peach State’s Republican party remains divided after incumbent Brian Kemp botched the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, Abrams could win. She has no platform other than ensuring as much ballot fraud as possible, but Democrats don’t care about anything other than skin color, gender and kissing the rear-end of leftist interest groups. Abrams could fundraise too.
Kamala Harris occupies the normal successor position, but the media and some members of her own party have chiseled away at her reputation. Her recent staff departures would draw much interest if she were to be stupid enough to run in a primary race. Here’s thinking if Biden is a one-term president, Kamala is a one-term vice president, too.
Buttigieg is too married to the Democrat cultural-destruction agenda to appeal to a national electorate. Plus, he’s got a husband. America has changed a lot this century, but not that much.
Whitmer is an intriguing possibility simply because she seems like a much younger and more attractive version of Hillary Clinton, complete with an ability to lie without skipping a heartbeat! But as a presidential candidate? Will she even win reelection next year? Gretch’s COVID restrictions were some of the most stringent in the nation.
Just like with Biden, Elizabeth Warren is too old.
Democrats will struggle to find a viable politician to step into Joe Biden’s shoes. It’s not because Biden is great -- he’s not -- it’s just that the potential successors are so poor. Republicans have many, many well-known and principled conservatives should Donald Trump decide not to run again in 2024. Democrats will wonder what hit them.
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