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Biden needs to dump Harris

Biden needs to dump Harris

In view of President Biden’s appalling polling numbers, there are increasing calls from Democrats for him to step down. It is understandable. It seems that as the election grows nearer, Biden’s numbers continue to plummet. While Biden claims that he is the only candidate who can beat Trump – because he did it before – Democrats from senior leadership to grassroots voters are not convinced. Depending on the poll, the number of Democrats who say Biden is too old to serve another term runs between 55 and 65 percent.

At this point, the picture for Biden looks bleak, indeed. But there is one thing he could do to shake up the campaign and change the dynamics of the race – and arguably the trajectory of those polling numbers. At least it is a possibility.

Biden should dump Vice President Harris as his running mate for the 2024 election. You do not hear that a lot in public statements. Perhaps that is because there is no reason to publicly face down Biden on that issue. Or perhaps there is concern about a Black backlash. Any pressure has to be applied in private. The first public statement would come from Biden, himself – or from Harris who would be allowed to frame a face-saving rationale for walking the plank.

The most obvious reason for her to be booted from the ticket is that she is more unpopular with voters than is Biden –as unimaginable as that may seem. She is a drag on the ticket.

Harris is one of the reasons why Biden is not doing well, and why his age, mental acuity and long-term survivability are major concerns among voters — Democrats, Republicans and independents. If she remains on the ticket and Biden wins, most voters believe she will succeed to the presidency at some point in the second term. The fear that Harris could become President borders on apoplexy – even among Democrat voters.

Biden’s age – as in physical and mental acuity and basically survivability for the next four-plus years — is a problem on its own. But is an exponential problem when Harris is added to the equation.

By selecting a more popular Democrat – someone voters would accept as a future President — concern over succession diminishes significantly. The Democrat ticket would theoretically gain a stronger more credible voice to sell Democrat talking points. It is almost beyond refutation that Harris is a terrible campaigner. Between the cackles, the “word salads” and her condescending style, Harris is a disaster at the podium – even with a teleprompter.

And it is not just a matter of style. Her record on issues is best described as an incompetent failure. Biden assigned her to take on election reform (Democrat-style) and immigration. Not only did she not achieve anything, but she did not even appear to be working on it.

Some would argue that Harris is the lynchpin to the Black community. Maybe not. What little evidence there is suggests that she is not all that popular among Black voters. She may qualify as a person-of-color according to the new racist and divisive term, but a lot of Black folks do not see Harris as one of their own.

The only downside for Biden is who to pick as his new running mate. The obvious choice is California Governor Gavin Newsom. But the pressure would be to pick another woman of color. It would be hard to find such a qualified person on the Democrats’ long list, much less the short list – with the possible exception of Michelle Obama. While the former First Lady has made it very clear that she has no interest in running for President, the offer of a free boarding pass might be tempting. If I were doing the picking, I would consider the new young Black governor of , __.

I am not at all sure that Team Biden realizes what a drag Harris is on the ticket – and what a danger she poses to Biden’s reelection. If they did, I would expect to see a new person coming out of the National Democratic Convention as the vice presidential nominee.

That could be in the works. The most propitious time to make such an announcement is a few weeks before the Convention – after a period of “White House leaks.”


Replacing Harris makes so much political sense, I would be surprised if it did not happen.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

9 Comments

  1. Frank stetson

    Not going to happen is my bet.

    Is Pence still Trump’s VP? I’m going Tim Scot, Lyndsey Graham, or David Duke.

    • Dan tyree

      David Duke would be great. So before Frank has a cow let’s talk about Robert Byrd. Same difference. Byrd has a road in West Virginia named after him. Also a federal building. Go visit beckley wv and see for yourself. He even got to be senate majority leader. Go figure. So don’t even go there Frank. Mr kkk Byrd is still well thought of by the commiecrats. Any one reading this should google senator Robert C Byrd. Seriously I wouldn’t support Duke. My statement in this beginning of my post was sarcasm. But the democrats who still love the memory of Byrd are as serious as a heart attack

  2. frank stetson

    After he voted no on the 64 civil rights bill, Byrd changed his ways in the 70’s and threw off his racist mantel to the point of many organizations supporting Blacks commended him for his good deeds

    As Dan T said, but apparently did not do, “Any one reading this should google senator Robert C Byrd.” If you did, you would never make the mistake DT did.

    BUSTED — Bryd changes his ways. It can be done DT, youi can see the light, use the Force, and be one with right-minded folk.

    • Dan tyree

      Since I’ve never had anything to do with the klan or any racist groups I don’t need to “change” But imagine if one of the current republicans had been in the klan. We would never hear the end of it. Byrd even attended high school assemblies to recruit kkk members. That’s the same as insurrection. It’s teaching kids to not respect the rights of others. Much like the democrats today.

      • Jim wampler

        The real issues are that the democrats can’t defend their party without making off the wall accusations against their opponents. So let’s talk about retard joe apologizing for calling an illegal what he is. A damned murdering illegal. So let Frank and his American haters keep supporting that bullshit. But a day of reckoning is coming. And soon.

      • frank stetson

        sorry, banned from responding Dan t

  3. Darren

    The Dems do nothing out of logic or correct Business, its all for SHOW.
    The Only reason Kamala was picked in the first place is like the Clown Biden put on the Supreme Court,
    ” I want a Black Female ” PERIOD.
    And people wonder why the Country has gone to Hell.
    SOTU reminded me of the Hitler Movies we all viewed in School when we were young.
    The Chamber is Cheering as the Country dissolves in front of them.
    When does Biden just Pick Soros and get it in the open?

  4. Dan tyree

    Darren the democrats thrive on tokens. The only qualification to serve is to be a person of color or whatever. I’m just saying that it takes more than a token to keep our country free and prosperous

    • Darren

      That is exactly correct and what I was conveying.
      You are on the money Dan.
      It is never too late to correct things though.
      Its just the more damage this President Moe does, the longer it will
      take to straighten things out.
      And most Americans will have gone under life changing issues.