Democrats know they have a problem if Biden can’t or won’t run again in 2024.
As Vice President, Kamala Harris should be the person to step in and run, but many people on the left have doubts.
Will they actually run other candidates and deny her the nomination? It’s starting to look that way.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
… many leading Democrats are increasingly public in their belief that Harris, the first woman to be vice president as well as the first Black and Asian American person, will not come into the next nominating race as the prohibitive favorite. They argue in favor of a wide-open primary geared toward finding a general election winner above all else. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is often mentioned as a potential contender, but Democrats expect others will emerge as they did in the crowded 2020 field, which also included Harris.
“There’s going to be a battle for it, and I think that’s very healthy,” said former Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who preceded Harris in the Senate and shares her San Francisco political base…
Nevertheless, Democrats are worried. Some are privately discussing what veteran Democratic strategist Paul Maslin called an “extremely worrisome” problem for the party as it contemplates Trump’s potential return. The party’s loss this month in the Virginia governor’s race — a blue-leaning state that is normally seen as a bellwether — has further heightened anxiety ahead of next year’s midterm election, where the party in the White House almost always loses congressional seats.
“It’s open panic,” said another Democratic operative who would not use his name for fear of alienating the administration, adding that some party activists worry Harris doesn’t have the political skills to navigate such difficult times.
If Democrats deny Kamala Harris the nomination, will they accuse themselves of sexism and racism?
Those are the rules, aren’t they?