With President Joe Biden facing low polling numbers, disastrous policy decisions, and a seemingly endless selection of bumbles, fumbles, and verbal missteps, it’s easy to forget who is next in line should he ultimately prove unable to complete his term. But Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t forgotten and has indicated she is “ready” to assume the role if Biden steps down.
Vice President Kamala Harris recently shared her “readiness” to step up in an interview with the Associated Press.
Speaking from Jakarta, Indonesia, where she was attending a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Harris reassured everyone that President Biden was in good health and that such a scenario was unlikely to occur. She emphasized, “Joe Biden is going to be fine, so that is not going to come to fruition.”
The idea of Harris as president is not a punchline in a dystopian fantasy novel. As the saying goes, she is “one heartbeat” away from the most powerful position in the world.
Some Republicans have suggested that due to President Biden’s age, he may not complete his term, and a vote for him in 2024 is essentially a vote for Kamala Harris. This viewpoint has been echoed by GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley, who stated on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that, “A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Kamala Harris, you know that, and I know that.” She added, “There is no way Joe Biden is going to finish his term. I think Kamala Harris is going to be the next president, and that should send a chill up every American’s spine.”
Harris may see herself as ready to step in for the ailing and failing Biden, but Americans beg to differ.
In July, an SSRS poll conducted by CNN showed her with a 57% disapproval rating, earning her the dubious honor of achieving the lowest polling numbers among vice presidents in modern history. Despite the delusion she embraced during a July interview on ABC News, there are no “polls that also say” she has great approval ratings.
Harris’s statement that Biden “is going to be fine” carries a touch of irony given that Kamala Harris is currently standing in for him at the ASEAN. The summit schedule was aligned with Biden’s schedule to fit his plans of attending the G20 summit in New Delhi, India. Regional allies are angered and disappointed over the perceived snub, and Harris is hardly a suitable consolation prize for a meeting besieged with complex issues like the United States-China rivalry, disputes in the South China Sea, and civil uprisings in Myanmar.
Sending Harris in place of Biden, however, is like sending a circus clown in to replace a rodeo clown. Hard feelings from allies aside, little would be done either way other than both tripping over size 16 shoes.
And Harris has as much experience putting those oversized shoes in her mouth as her boss does. Whether it’s calling for “population control” to ease climate change or calling North Korea an ally, what a Harris speech lacks in information, it makes up for in entertainment value.