HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” host Bill Maher recently implored Democrats to remove VP Kamala Harris from the Democrat’s 2024 ticket, saying that such a move needs to happen because she is “a bad politician” and “not very popular anywhere.”
He began that by saying that Democrats might not kick Biden off the ticket but could very well remove the generally unpopular VP. In his words:
“It’s very hard to take the nomination away from the president. What I could see is replacing the vice president because she’s not very popular anywhere. And it didn’t seem to work out. And I don’t know. That’s been done before in a ticket.”
Responing to Maher, the guest, Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan, agreed with Maher and said that Kamala is both an “off-putting person” and has “a lot of baggage that probably wouldn’t do well under a lot of scrutiny.” That reference to Kamala’s “baggage” is likely her reported affair with San Francisco Mayor Wille Brown when she was starting to climb the career ladder and the harsh stance she took on low-level drug offenses, baggage which doesn’t play well with large segments of the electorate.
Agreeing in his response back to Flanagan, Maher argued that Kamala is both “a bad politician”, saying:
“I just think she’s a bad politician. And I don’t … I think she’s a very bright person. But I can see them doing that because a lot of the problem with Biden being old is, ‘Oh, if he dies then you know you’re gonna get this person.’ OK, so here’s the problem with the Democratic party. They’re so boxed in by identity politics that you cannot conceive of a Democratic ticket that doesn’t have a woman and person of color on it.”
Watch their back and forth here:
Bill Maher suggests replacing VP Kamala Harris ..
The Problem with Democrat Party is that it’s so boxed in with Identity Politics . . pic.twitter.com/jFJkcQegJg
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) October 2, 2022
And while Maher is the one who pushed the idea of removing Kamala back to the fore, he’s hardly the only Democrat suggesting that she be booted.
A CNN report from late last year, for example, reported that White House insiders claim Biden and Kamala are not on good terms and that the chatter about removing her “has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit. In that report’s words:
Harris is struggling with a rocky relationship with some parts of the White House, while long-time supporters feel abandoned and see no coherent public sense of what she’s done or been trying to do as vice president. Being the first woman, and first woman of color, in national elected office is historic but has also come with outsized scrutiny and no forgiveness for even small errors, as she’ll often point out.
Defenders and people who care for Harris are getting frantic. When they’re annoyed, some pass around a recent Onion story mocking her lack of more substantive work, one with the headline, “White House Urges Kamala Harris To Sit At Computer All Day In Case Emails Come Through.” When they’re depressed, they bat down the Aaron Sorkin-style rumor that Biden might try to replace her by nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy. That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it.
She’s perceived to be in such a weak position that top Democrats in and outside of Washington have begun to speculate privately, asking each other why the White House has allowed her to become so hobbled in the public consciousness, at least as they see it.
So the Supreme Court thing didn’t happen, as that seat was filled by Katanji, who is not a biologist. But that doesn’t mean Kamala is safe from being removed.
A more recent story from New York Magazine argued that Kamala almost certainly couldn’t win an election, a tacit admission that she needs to be removed given Biden’s age. In the words of that article, 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“:
With Trumpism reascendant, ambivalence about Biden’s age and political standing is fueling skepticism just as the image of his understudy, Vice-President Kamala Harris, dips even further than his. The most recent analysis from the Los Angeles Times has her net approval rating at negative 11.
[…]Most think Harris would win the nomination if Biden backed her, and no one thinks he would ever actively endorse anyone else. But to her doubters, that itself is reason to think that “Biden has to run again, because he desperately has to keep Trump out of the White House and defend our democracy,” as one Capitol Hill supporter puts it. “And I have no doubts Kamala Harris can’t win.” The inside-baseball gripes and anonymous knifing would be easier to shrug off if not for the flurry of sub-rosa activity elsewhere in the party, which suggests a potential Harris candidacy may not be intimidating enough to keep others away from 2024.
We’ll see what happens. But the knives are back out for Kamala, and it appears that discontent has been lurking in the background for months now.
This story syndicated with permission from Gen Z Conservative
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