If Biden has underwhelmed as president, his second-in-command has managed to fall even shorter of expectations. The latest polls show the American people viewing Vice President Kamala Harris less favorably than Biden, which is no small feat. Outside of family and paid advisers, even Democrats have a hard time envisioning Harris getting closer to the presidency than the 85 minutes she spent in charge when Biden was undergoing a medical procedure.
Beyond that, the bench gets awfully thin awfully fast. The runner-up of the last two contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is 80. His ideological soul mate, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has the opposite problem. She is only 32, although she technically would meet the constitutionally-mandated age requirement by Inauguration Day 2024. Like Harris with the border, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will spend the rest of his political life explaining how “supply chain” became kitchen table vernacular on his watch.
Perhaps Hillary Clinton or John Kerry is available for one more political rodeo? The GOP can only hope.