With the midterm elections in the rear-view mirror, attention has turned to the 2024 presidential race, and during a recent public appearance, Vice President Kamala Harris revealed herself to be surprisingly shaky on the question of whether she and President Joe Biden would win, should a re-match against former President Donald Trump occur, as Mediaite reports.
Harris' curious comments came during an exchange with reporters that followed a speech she delivered aboard a Philippine Coast Guard ship, the Teresa Magbanua.
One of the assembled journalists who addressed Harris referenced the fact that Trump had just announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 and was asked to weigh in on whether a Democrat ticket again comprised of herself and Biden would prevail in such a contest.
"Well, as the president said," Harris began, "he intends to run. And if he does, I will be running with him."
Biden's second in command continued, "And I have no doubt about the strength of the work that we have done over these past two years. We have delivered unprecedented relief for the American people through the height of the pandemic."
Harris went on to tout the passage of infrastructure funding as well as the controversial Inflation Reduction Act, rather than directly address the 2024 race for the White House.
As such, she received a follow-up question from the same reporter, who asked, "But do you think a President Trump – former President Trump candidacy is good for the country, good for America?"
The vice president dismissively replied, "I am thinking about, right now, what we need to do in the Indo-Pacific. Thank you for your question," perhaps a sign of growing unease about her potential place on the ticket in the upcoming election cycle.
Harris' reluctance to address questions regarding her own re-election prospects – let alone those of Biden – may be due to long-standing questions about her suitability as the party's future standard-bearer and the president's heir apparent.
An increasing number of prominent voices have suggested that in order for Democrats to stand the best chance of victory in 2024, Harris needs to get the boot.
Earlier this fall, political commentator and comedian Bill Maher stated that since it is unlikely Biden will voluntarily walk away from another shot at the White House, it will be necessary for the party to jettison Harris, noting, "she's just not very popular anywhere" and is "a bad politician."
In late November, Christina Cauterucci of the notoriously liberal platform Slate echoed and even amplified Maher's take, pointing to the fact that as low as Biden's approval numbers have been throughout his first term in office, Harris' have been worse.
"If Biden intends to keep his job, he would do well to join forces with someone who isn't even less popular than he is," Cauterucci observed.
Despite prior representations that he would indeed seek a second term, on Wednesday, Biden himself seemed to cast some doubt on the possibility when, in response to an admirer shouting "four more years" after his remarks, replied cryptically, "I don't know about that." Whether that response was simply an unscripted bit of self-deprecation or indicative of a decision that has already been made, only time will tell.