Democrats pray for anyone but Kamala Harris as 2024 candidate


Democrats are despairing of the possibility of Kamala Harris becoming the 2024 nominee if President Biden does not seek a second term, insiders told the Post.

Three polls this month show that more than 50% of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Harris, and those headwinds will likely only increase if Republicans retake the House next year.

“Her main problem is not being female or mixed race, her problem is that she has low grades, just like President Biden,” said University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato. . “If Biden got really high, she would do relatively well too. She would be seen as a popular successor holding office for a popular president.

Political donors – all of whom requested anonymity to speak freely – are also beside themselves.

“She seems completely useless. Nobody involved in this administration should be in the running,” a major Democratic donor told the Post.

Democratic donors are haunted by memories of Vice President Harris’ failed presidential bid.
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Democratic insiders worried about Harris’ failed 2020 presidential campaign, during which she quit in December 2019, with an operation widely derided at the time as disorganized and torn by infighting.

Since his election, those issues have continued to simmer, with his office as vice president frequently in the news for staff turnover, with at least a dozen leaving. In April alone, she lost her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, and her deputy chief of staff, Michael Fuchs. Staff members said anonymously that the internal atmosphere was ‘austere’, ‘chaotic’ and that they were ‘treated like crap’.

“She doesn’t know how to build a staff that has a common goal. You see a lot of his employees are doing their own thing. There’s little advice from her and it looks messy all the time and all she can do when asked about it publicly and privately is laugh,” one lamented. top Democratic official on Capitol Hill.

"No one involved in this administration should be in the running," a Democratic donor told the Post.
“No one involved in this administration should be in the running,” a Democratic donor told the Post.
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“I just don’t think people see her as a serious contender,” he added. “If she wasn’t vice president, she wouldn’t even be on the list.”

Dislodging Harris, however, won’t be easy.

As the incumbent vice president, most agree that Harris is an immediate favorite in any potential open Democratic primary. She would enter any contest with the highest name recognition, which would provide a critical boost in early fundraising. If Biden doesn’t run again, 31% of voters said they would support her for the top job, according to a December Morning Consult poll.

As sitting vice president, Harris would have the advantage of recognition in the next primary.
As sitting vice president, Harris would have the advantage of recognition in the next primary.
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“Kamala is a strong black woman, the elected first vice-president. Democrats can’t win without strong black turnout. She is a role model and a beacon to millions across the country,” said Democratic political consultant Chris Coffey.

Besides Harris, the list of 2024 Democratic hopefuls could include New York Mayor Eric Adams, who would take a look, as well as the Governor of California. Gavin Newsom, but neither have large national followings. Sen. Bernie Sanders, 80 (I-Vermont), who recently suffered a heart attack, has not ruled out a third run for the White House.

Harris' office was beset by staffing issues from day one.
Harris’ office was beset by staffing issues from day one.
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The GOP primary is also up in the air. Polls have consistently shown former President Trump would win if he seeks nomination in 2024, but there is also growing excitement around Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.



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