Voters are becoming increasingly wary about Joe Biden’s age and evident cognitive decline, and polls are reflecting that reality.
The Wall Street Journal and CNN both discovered that a vast majority—more than 70 percent of voters—believe Biden is too old to serve a second term in office.
Despite all of Democrats’ efforts to wage lawfare against Donald Trump, the former president still has a slight lead in the polls.
On top of concerns about his ability to do anything from making a simple statement to walking upstairs, Biden’s campaign is being dogged by Harris’s deep unpopularity.
That situation had Democrat Party leaders hoping for a candidate to jump into the Presidential race at the eleventh hour to take on Donald Trump.
A good deal of their hopes were wrapped up in speculation that Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) would save the day.
Even though many Americans think Newsom looks like an evil corporate villain in a Disney movie, he’s likely the only Democrat with the name recognition and donor base to have a chance if Biden were to bow out—or be forced to step aside—in 2024.
However, Newsom is giving the impression that he plans to sidestep that fiasco.
Even though Vice President Harris looks like a guaranteed loser to many Democrats, Newsom told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd he is officially removing himself from consideration in 2024.
But the real slap in the face came when Newsom referred to Harris as Joe Biden’s “natural successor.”
That comment can be read in more than one way.
It could amount to Governor Newsom’s recognition that he’s doesn’t want to become mired in a last-minute campaign where he becomes known for destroying the chances of the first black female Vice President.
Swiping the nomination away from Harris during a messy primary process could spark a civil war inside the Democrat Party that could result in permanent career damage to whoever beats Harris.
On the other hand, Newsom could be casting shade on Vice President Harris by hinting at her role in the Biden Administration’s failure.
But distancing himself from the current fiasco would likely also be a smart move for Newsom if he wants to position himself as the top Democrat in 2028.
At this point, Trump’s narrow lead in the polls indicates the nation could be in for another nail-biter head-to-head matchup in 2024.
If Donald Trump were to defeat President Biden, which is far from in the bag, Newsom could go after Harris in 2028, painting her as the “natural successor” to a Democrat who lost to Donald Trump.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.