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The pressure is mounting on Harris to be replaced …voluntarily or otherwise

The pressure is mounting on Harris to be replaced …voluntarily or otherwise

The pressure is mounting on Harris to be replaced …  voluntarily or otherwise

Recently, I suggested that President Biden should dump Vice President Harris.  I went so far as to say that she is such a drag on the ticket that he may very well pick a new running mate.

Of course, mine is just one conservative’s opinion.  Why should Biden take any advice from me?  But it seems that those with more connection to Biden – and more influence on him – are agreeing with me.

From one of the major Oracles of leftwing ideology, the Washington Post, comes this.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker – admittedly one of the Post’s more moderate political writers — has said out loud what has only been whispered in the closed-door rooms of the progressive political class.  In her recent column, Parker called on Vice President Harris to voluntarily walk the political plank.  She should “step aside.” 

While I had called on Biden to boot her off the ticket, Parker does not think that is a good idea.  She writes, “Biden can’t fire her. He can’t risk alienating his base. Full stop.” 

Of course, Parker is correct.  Playing to identity politics has its downside and can backfire.  Harris is a case in point.  Although I do not believe the response to canning Harris would be as severe as Parker suggests. Truth be known, Harris is not an overwhelmingly popular figure in the Black community.

Whether Biden boots Harris or she takes off (allegedly) on her own, Parker and I do agree that she is a serious threat to Biden’s reelection. 

Parker states that “The seriousness of this situation can’t be overstated.”  That comes very close to saying that Harris is an existential threat to a Biden second term.”

In fact, Parker sees Harris as the second of two potential knock-out punches.  She writes that “Biden’s diminishing faculties, notwithstanding his relatively successful State of the Union address, and his increasing physical frailty are concerning.”

Parker suggests that Harris’ relatively limited and behind-the-scenes role these past several years has been to prevent her weakness from being more widely seen. 

According to Parker, “It has seemed that Harris’s role was to be quiet, lest she embarrass her boss with her sometimes inane, rambling remarks and a laugh that erupts from nowhere about nothing obvious to others.”

Seeing Harris as the proverbial albatross around Biden’s neck is not just a matter of conjecture.  It is seared into the polling numbers.  In a recent NBC poll, Harris’ numbers were Very Positive at 10 percent, Somewhat Positive at 18 percent, Neutral at 16 percent, Somewhat Negative at 11 percent and Very Negative at 42 percent.

According to a March 2024 USA Today poll, Harris had a 36 percent unfavorable rating to Biden’s 41 percent.  Clearly, Harris makes a bad situation for Biden a LOT worse.

And it is not just Harris’ general unpopularity and ineffectiveness in an office that has a low threshold for effectiveness.  It is that fear that she could very well take over the presidency during a second Biden term. That is a terrifying thought for most voters.

Parker suggests that “There’s no reason to think her ranking would spike were she suddenly promoted to the Oval Office. Instead, most signs point to disaster.”  This despite Harris’ own claim to the Wall Street Journal that she is “ready to serve” as president if necessary – and amazingly claims that anyone who knows of her work as Vice President “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead.”  Yeah, right!

 In calling on Harris to withdraw for the good of the country, it is obvious that Parker wants to see Biden win in November.  I guess that is where she and I differ.  My recommendation to dump Harris is based on the possibility of a Biden win.  That is not my view.  I see Biden replacing Harris with someone better in the event that he does win a second term.

Be that as it may, the pressure to have Harris replaced on the Democratic ticket is mounting.  The decision does not have to be made today, but sometime before the Democratic National Convention.

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.

8 Comments

  1. Dan tyree

    Nooooooo!!!! Joe needs a token

  2. FRANK STETSON

    Dan, you are right. Joe will need either a black OR another target demographic group. Maybe Halley, that would be a hoot.

    I don’t think he will do it. Too problematic.
    I don’t think she will resign. Too problematic.

    I honestly think Joe put her in the penalty box for that debate. She has not risen above it, but he seems to be doing little to mentor. Mayor Pete too. How do you get to manage the Infrastructure Bill and fade from the limelight. It’s weird.

    I expected more from Joe on mentoring the next generation Democrat. Then again, I expected him to annoit his successor after the first term. If Trump was not running, I would be more animated, but priorities and focus are stopping Trump.

    Hey, speaking of that, anyone interested in a 200 room god ugly stone mansion? Fire sale prices. 200% below loan appraised value and 300% above tax appraised value. Guy has 10 billion dollars but this puppy must go!!!!!

    • Tom

      I agree with you Frank, getting rid of Harris will be to problematic and come with much backlash that he is anti-Black and was the first POTUS to get rid of his Black / mixed race VP. That will not play well for him. And it plays into Trump’s racist narrative.

      Haley would never go for Joe. I really think Biden would have been smart to ask Manchin to be his VP. This would project stability and reasonable thinking as well as super experience.

      I agree, where has Pete been? I was wondering if he is taking whormoan therapy? Maybe it is no longer Pete? Maybe its Petricia? Whatever the reason, you have a good point being in charge of such a huge infrastructure bill you would think he would be more visible.

  3. Darren Boyajian

    Biden’s incredible POOR judgement is what brought her into the office to begin with.
    Getting her out is just another admission he has bad judgement!
    Look at the Supreme Court Justice he installed, dumb as a stump, but she
    is Black, Yea, that meets the criteria.
    What shit show is he going to replace Harris with?
    And what makes anyone think it will be an improvement?
    I would make a bet his pick will lower his numbers even further.
    Right off the get go he will loose 20% that think she is great?
    What would the view think. LOL.

  4. Darren

    Biden’s incredible POOR judgement is what brought her into the office to begin with.
    Getting her out is just another admission he has bad judgement!
    Look at the Supreme Court Justice he installed, dumb as a stump, but she
    is Black, Yea, that meets the criteria.
    What shit show is he going to replace Harris with?
    And what makes anyone think it will be an improvement?
    I would make a bet his pick will lower his numbers even further.
    Right off the get go he will loose 20% that think she is great?
    What would the view think, they love Harris.

    • FRANK STETSON

      Darren, as to your Jackson post….

      Jackson was raised in Miami, Florida where they do guarantee a public-school result as “dumb as a stump.” NOT. FL has a very good public school system. Like Horist, she was a champion debater winning the national oratory title at the National Catholic Forensic League championships in New Orleans during her senior year when she was senior class President. She claims FL education set the stage for her success. Congrats Horist and Gilbertson for continuing FL’s Public School success to this day. Spend less, get more, I can’t understand it, no one will explain it, no one copies it, but ……. there tis it. Her HS yearbook says “I want to be a judge….” Wow, I just wanted to get some pot and go to a Who concert…..

      Got her undergrade and JDL from Harvard, magna cum laude and cum laude, just like Desanctimonious did Yale/Harvard without the laude’s. She was editor of Harvard Law Review, he read it. She clerked for Justice Beyer and then got his seat.
      From 1992 to 1993, Jackson worked as a staff reporter and researcher for Time magazine.

      Served as a law clerk to Judge Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1996 to 1997

      Then to Judge Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1997 to 1998.

      She spent a year in private practice at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin (now part of Baker Botts)

      Then clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer from 1999 to 2000.

      Jackson returned to private legal practice at the law firm of Goodwin Procter from 2000 to 2002

      Then at the law firm now called Feinberg & Rozen LLP from 2002 to 2003.

      From 2003 to 2005, she was an assistant special counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission.

      From 2005 to 2007, Jackson was an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C.

      From 2007 to 2010, Jackson was an appellate specialist in private practice at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.

      From 2010 to 2014, Jackson was the vice chairwoman of the United States Sentencing Commission. Then district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia until 2021

      Jackson has been a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers since 2016, DeSantis has not.

      On September 20, 2012, Obama nominated Jackson to serve as a United States district judge for the District of Columbia to the seat vacated by retiring judge Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, a relative by marriage, introduced Jackson at her December 2012 confirmation hearing and said, “Our politics may differ, but my praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity, it is unequivocal.” Ah, those were the days when we could rise above partisanship upon occasion.

      On March 30, 2021, President Biden announced his intention to nominate Jackson as a United States circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the seat vacated by Garland. Republican senators Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and Lisa Murkowski joined all 50 Democrats in voting to confirm Jackson.

      Sure seems smart enough, experienced enough, IMO. What’s in your wallet? Got degrees like that? Got work experience like that?

  5. Doug301

    Don’t be too surprised if you hear talk about Micheal Obama surfacing again as the VP of choice for Obiden. She or He (whatever) fits the bill for miinority, black, woman,,,and yes possible transgender.

  6. Tom

    This article gets a Stop The Spin rating of STS-1. only reason is that it is biased conservative but it appears that most responders agree to much of what is written.

    I agree, and I think most Independents / Unaffiliated voters see Harris as a liability to Biden, and a potential disaster if she steps in for Biden. Personally, I think the two are stuck with each other, it will most likely be a Biden/Harris ticket. Age is a factor with Biden, as is Harris. My only hope would be that if Biden does become infirm to the point of not being able to hold the office, that this infirmity would take place after the second year of his second term. Again, I have advocated for a split ticket vote to create gridlock as a way to keep both parties in check from their extreme factions. In a case of Harris taking over the oral office, grid lock will help keep things stable. And if she is disliked enough she can be impeached. But do not expect her party to help in that effort.