It’s hard not to think of our major electoral cycles as political pressure cookers, or at least bottlenecks for the bipartisan bickering that we’ve long seen here in the United States, and the coming 2024 contest is no exception.
On both sides of the aisle, the angst is growing. There is an increased tension stifling The Beltway itself, with the Democratic Party showing signs of severe disunity in recent weeks.
The latest symptom of this liberal civil war comes to us from the already-controversial East Wing of the White House.
Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly won’t return Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., phone calls after the senator stopped short of endorsing Harris as President Biden’s vice president in 2024.
The whole thing seemed pretty catty.
Warren has called Harris twice to apologize for her comments, according to CNN, but the vice president has not returned her calls.
The Massachusetts senator seemed to stop short of endorsing Harris as Biden’s running mate in 2024 during a Boston Public Radio interview in January. The radio host asked Warren if Harris should be Biden’s running mate if he runs for re-election in 2024.
Warren’s words were unmistakable.
“I really want to defer to what makes Biden comfortable on his team,” she responded. “I’ve known Kamala for a long time. I like Kamala. I knew her back when she was an attorney general and I was still teaching and we worked on the housing crisis together, so we go way back. But they need — they have to be a team, and my sense is they are — I don’t mean that by suggesting I think there are any problems. I think they are.”
There has been plenty of speculation about the 2024 Democratic ticket of late, with many progressives openly hoping to replace President Biden on the ticket, but wary that such a move might spur Harris to run herself.
Given the Vice President’s obscenely inconsequential first term, her nomination in 2024 could be a death sentence for the left’s desire to remain in control of the White House.