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By Douglas V. Gibbs


A friend of mine, after the debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and the Democratic Party’s scream-fest about how they needed to replace Joe as the nominee and naming people like Gavin Newsom, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton as possibilities, asked me on the phone, “What about Kamala Harris?”  Kamala, after all, is Vice President, and tradition calls for the Vice President to be next in line.  Granted, Vice Presidents don’t do well when seeking election as President after they have spent time as V.P. (can anyone name someone other than Thomas Jefferson and George H.W. Bush pulling it off?), but history is clear; it’s not right to leap-frog the Vice President.

Gavin Newsom has been preparing for moving on up to the federal executive office, but the earliest he’s expected to step up would be in 2028 (though, once again, Kamala Harris may stand in his way).  Hillary Clinton is a past argument, and had her chance.  Michelle Obama may be man enough, but has repeatedly indicated a lack of interest in running for office.  Meanwhile, the Democrats don’t want Harris grabbing the mantle.  Yes, they set her up to be Vice President of the United States after a poor showing in the 2020 primary season, and she has had an unpopularity so loud that it has only been overshadowed by her hair-raising cackle.  They just want her to go away, and if Biden were to opt out of running for a second term, she won’t … and that’s a problem.

Two things tell me that despite the disaster of a debate and the fact that most of the time Biden doesn’t even know which room he is in, Biden will be the Democratic Party offering in November for President of the United States.  One, he does not wish to step down and will fight the notion the entire way.  You can’t replace someone who refuses to vacate his seat and create a vacancy.  Two, the only way to keep from having to deal with the Kamala-question is that he needs to remain the nominee.  They will support him partly because he won’t step down, and partly because in the end dealing with him is still better than dealing with Kamala.

If the Democrats did pull off replacing Joe, I don’t believe it would be possible to get Harris to throw her support behind anyone other than herself.  She has been, after all, protective of her political future.  I also believe that no Democrat, including Gavin Newsom, is willing to step up, anyway.  The Trump Train is barreling full throttle ahead, and even with all of the fraud they could muster, the likely result for any Democrat will be a painful loss so devastating that their political career may never recover…and no Democrat’s pride and desire for a long and fruitful legacy is willing to open up for that kind of shellacking.  While I believe the Democrats largely knew that Biden would lose the debate badly, I also believe they thought they could somehow spin it.  They knew Biden would not be able to win outright, but I don’t think they realized it would be as bad as it was.  The Democrats, after all, are an arrogant bunch, and even when the obvious is slapping them in the face they are always somehow convinced that they are ahead of the game.

Yes, they knew that the debate would probably work against them, but to run away from it would have been worse, so they took a chance and then were shocked it was as devastating as it was.

Short of Biden volunteering to step down as the Democratic Party candidate, the Dems are stuck with him.  They had chances in the past to get rid of him and didn’t because they didn’t want Harris taking the helm.  And they can’t now for exactly the same reason.  Harris is incompetent, unpopular, and sides more with the radical anti-Israel, heavy-communist side of the party; without Biden any semblance of looking as if they are moderate-liberal rather than commie-progressive-radical-nuts goes out the window and they are simply not ready for the full communist revolution to take place, yet.

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