Commentary: Democrats have no bench beyond Biden

Kamala Harris and her unpopularity have become a great insurance policy for the president against impeachment or removal.

President Joe Biden walks through the Rose Garden in April 2022. (White House/Flickr)

“Hey, why haven’t we invoked the 25th amendment on Joe Biden?” I’ve heard this dozens of times in recent months. My reply is usually the same: “The alternative is worse.” And the person quickly agrees.

Even legacy media recently began discussing Biden’s age and ability or inability to run for reelection.

I’ve long said and written that he’s not running for a second term. But then, where do Democrats go? Usually to the sitting vice president, but Biden’s No. 2 is one of the least impressive officeholders in America. Kamala Harris and her unpopularity have become a great insurance policy for the president against impeachment or removal.

So much focus is on Republican presidential options for 2024, yet the GOP has a deep bench, whereas Democrats should be in crisis mode just six or seven months before potential candidacy declarations.

While Harris’ ineptitude is a good argument for Biden staying in the oval, it’s also telling.

Like soon-to-be Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Harris was primarily chosen for affirmative action, and has been a disaster from day one, just as her abysmal ratings reflect.

The Californian is an inarticulate and vacuous opportunist whose entire career is failing upwards.

Harris climbed the ladder in deep blue California where she rarely faced Republicans on the ballot and elections are often based on unserious things like identity politics, of which she enjoys a double dose despite her privileged upbringing.

Harris was once in position for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. The media worshiped her, and if someone had told you she’d drop out way before the Iowa caucuses, you’d declare them insane.

She could have run as a former prosecutor concerned with crime; instead her campaign heads — a radical activist sister and the current lunatic White House press secretary — convinced her to use woke Twitter as a policy guide and promote a Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren-type agenda. Harris wasn’t nimble enough to explain her policies, including the unaffordable and unsustainable socialist Medicare for All proposal.

Her atrocious debate performances, complete with awkward laughs, came off as inappropriate then as they do now. To put it kindly, she lacks the charisma of a Bill Clinton or the charm of a George W. Bush.

In early 2021, the woman who in summer 2019 deemed Biden a neo-segregationist on stage was quickly given lofty assignments as vice president, like border security and so-called voting rights. She did not succeed.

“Kamala Harris failed to gain traction as a candidate in 2020, so why would anybody think she could keep support in 2024, other than the fact that she has coasted as vice president?” Political Editor Chris Queen told Alpha News. “And then there’s the issue of her gaffes. She makes as many flubs as Biden does, without the excuse of advanced age.”

It didn’t have to be this way. The “Biden-Harris” co-presidency idea early on was appalling, and given his age, Biden’s running mate pick was very important. Instead, his team played race and gender politics and failed the country.

Now Democrats are stuck with the least popular president in generations, an intensely unlikable VP, and who else? Hillary? Warren? A retread like Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who already once bowed to the racial politics cabal? The Democrats are headed into troubled waters.


A.J. Kaufman
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A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.