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By Sarah May on
 July 3, 2023

Speculation swirls about wisdom of Kamala Harris' continued presence on 2024 ticket

Amid growing doubts about President Joe Biden's cognitive and physical health as he campaigns for a second term in office, a new degree of scrutiny is being applied to his vice president and declared 2024 running mate, Kamala Harris, and it appears that not everyone is convinced that she remains the right choice for the ticket, as Tom Rogers of Newsweek recently wrote.

According to a recent NBC News poll, Harris now has the worst net-negative approval rating of any vice president who has held the office since the survey's inception decades ago.

Specifically, a staggering 49% of respondents said their view of Harris is a negative one, with 39% declaring their impression to be “very negative.”

Just 32% of those taking part in the poll said they had a positive view of Harris, with a mere 11% declaring their take on the vice president to be “very positive.”

While low approval ratings are never something a vice president is likely to relish, they are particularly problematic in Harris' case, given the seemingly precarious state and questionable longevity of the president sitting in the Oval Office.

The same NBC News poll that brought such bad news to Harris had equally foreboding insights for Biden, revealing that a stunning 68% of respondents said they had “major” or “moderate” concerns about the president's fitness.

Biden has a long history of apparent mental misfires, gaffes, and malapropisms, but worries about the true state of his mind have gained steam in recent weeks, due in large part to repeated confusion of Iraq with Ukraine, an on-stage tumble at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, and the baffling exhortation of “God save the Queen” at the end of a speech on gun control.

The entire scenario has become, as Rogers opines, a “big problem” for the Democrats, and he suggests that the solution is to ditch Harris from the 2024 ticket, given her massive unpopularity and the manner in which Republicans are likely to capitalize on the campaign talking point recently emphasized by GOP hopeful Nikki Haley, who said that, given his current state, a vote for Biden is really a vote for Harris.

In his op-ed, Rogers did not weigh in on whether he believes Harris has been successful in her current role, but he emphasized that the outcome of the next election will likely be determined by a number of voters in a small number of swing states – places he believes the vice president could be a serious liability for Biden.

Considering, then, that “Vice President Harris could render Joe Biden unelectable,” Rogers says that Harris is the one who ought to leave the ticket.

Rogers acknowledges that the reality of attempting to kick Harris off the 2024 ticket is an extraordinarily delicate prospect, given her status as the first Black female to ever hold the office, but he posits that workarounds are indeed available.

In order to avoid alienating the identity groups whose votes Harris' place on the 2020 ticket was designed to secure, Rogers says Biden must select a Black replacement and then elevate Harris to the job of attorney general, moves he believes would placate the far-left base.

Though high-profile Democrats – including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – have reportedly cast doubts on Harris' suitability for high office, there has yet to be any outward sign from the Biden campaign that a change could be in the offing.

Indeed, political columnist Mark Barabak opined earlier this year that despite her legions of critics, both inside the White House and elsewhere, “the political cost of replacing Harris, if the thought ever crossed Biden's mind, would far outweigh any gain,” but whether that assessment proves correct, only time will tell.

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