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Can Kamala Harris Step Up if Needed?

According to high-ranking Democrats, President Joe Biden's natural successor would be Vice President Kamala Harris if he gave in to growing pressure and quit as the Democratic candidate in the 2024 election.  Some are asking, "Does she have a better chance than Biden to beat Donald Trump?" This comes as Biden has repeatedly stated that he will remain in the race. Harris has not shown much spunk as VP, but most vice presidents remain somewhat subdued in the background. She had a less than energetic start at the beginning of her term but has recently shown some grit in attacking Trump. Her problem was that she came from a middle-class background, and that class of folks tends to be very mild even when a strong approach is needed. Andrew Young, the former confidant of Martin Luther King, is one example of the weakness of middle-class Black folk as their tendency is to stay away from the direct fight needed against bigots.  According to ABC News, “If Biden were to step aside, Vice President Kamala Harris is the most likely choice to replace him as the Democratic nominee — not necessarily because she is the best pick (this is impossible to test) but purely by her being first in line to the presidency. The million-dollar question, then, is whether Democrats would be better off with Harris as their nominee than with Biden.”  In most recent head-to-head polls against Trump, Kamala Harris has polled about the same as Biden in most cases, …

According to high-ranking Democrats, President Joe Biden’s natural successor would be Vice President Kamala Harris if he gave in to growing pressure and quit as the Democratic candidate in the 2024 election. 

Some are asking, “Does she have a better chance than Biden to beat Donald Trump?” This comes as Biden has repeatedly stated that he will remain in the race. Harris has not shown much spunk as VP, but most vice presidents remain somewhat subdued in the background. She had a less than energetic start at the beginning of her term but has recently shown some grit in attacking Trump. Her problem was that she came from a middle-class background, and that class of folks tends to be very mild even when a strong approach is needed. Andrew Young, the former confidant of Martin Luther King, is one example of the weakness of middle-class Black folk as their tendency is to stay away from the direct fight needed against bigots. 

According to ABC News, “If Biden were to step aside, Vice President Kamala Harris is the most likely choice to replace him as the Democratic nominee — not necessarily because she is the best pick (this is impossible to test) but purely by her being first in line to the presidency. The million-dollar question, then, is whether Democrats would be better off with Harris as their nominee than with Biden.” 

In most recent head-to-head polls against Trump, Kamala Harris has polled about the same as Biden in most cases, so it appears from these preliminary polls that it might not make much difference. 

Though she has improved somewhat recently with confronting the menace of Trump to democracy, Harris is seen as one who seems to take serious matters with little forethought and too much smiley face, appearing weak on the issues or hesitating to confront the lies of Trump directly. One cannot go high and confront Trump’s lows in this political atmosphere, as Michelle Obama once suggested. Wimpy middle-class tactics will not work against Trump’s voters. The undecided and independents often only respond to direct resistance against extremists and not soft, wet-bread comments of the weak middle class. One cannot win a struggle by using the cliché, “Let’s overcome them by our capacity to love.” That did not work against the apartheid regime of South Africa or with Hitler and will not work with Trump. In this political climate, people have to feel one is really in the fight to overcome a man (Trump) bent on creating a dictatorship.

Democrats have yet to embrace Harris as Biden’s heir apparent fully. The choices are thin, and with Biden not completely standing up to the dictator Netanyahu in Israel, he has lost many young voters. Still, there is a strong urge for many voters to hold their noses and vote for Biden as the other choice is complete chaos, smelling like a rotten possum corpse requiring a gas mask.  Some polls show that almost 50% of the voters have an unfavorable view of Harris. However, Harris has picked up the pace by campaigning for women’s rights and the right to control their bodies. She also did well in her comments after Biden’s sloppy debate performance by saying in a CNN interview, “I’m not going to spend all night with you talking about the last 90 minutes when I’ve been watching the last three-and-a-half years of performance.” 

Many are saying that they will still go with Biden even if he is somewhat hampered by age rather than going with a professional liar and a fascist. 

Harris was horrendous in debates with Biden for president. Many have forgotten how bad she was as a presidential candidate. Her poll results remained low. In national polls conducted in July 2019, she ranked roughly 15% among Democrats. She was competing with several other mediocre candidates and ended up in fourth place then. She dropped out of the race long before a single vote had been cast. It appears she is a ghost with no real chance of being president in any future event. But she can still show promise and change. To her credit, Harris focused on the dangers of a second Trump administration rather than the concerns of Biden’s mental health and age. She was attempting to rally Black voters to deliver a win for the Biden-Harris ticket.

Post-debate, a CNN poll suggested that Vice President Harris could potentially outperform Biden in a hypothetical race against Trump. Interestingly, some Republicans are hoping that Harris won’t run for president. They believe it would be easier to beat Biden than Harris, largely due to the Black vote. Black voters often feel a duty to support Black causes or candidates, even if they perceive them as weak or as Uncle Toms. This is a significant challenge, as it underscores the potential impact of sell-out Black figures like Tim Scott and Clarence Thomas. Harris could step in, but she would have to demonstrate a level of strength that she is not yet known for.

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