Vice presidents are not the most successful at ascending to the presidency. George H.W. was the last sitting vice president to run for the presidency. Because of their recognition and previous experience working under President Bush, vice presidents can be considered the White House’s heir apparent.
Kamala Harris is not one of them. Her poor public performance and similar low poll numbers make it difficult for her to become a presidential candidate. A report from Politico shows that Biden’s aides are looking for someone else to replace him.
Biden’s people now see Pete Buttigieg as Kamala’s successor to the Oval Office. He’s the Transportation Secretary, most well-known for taking paternity leaves in the supply chain crisis and calling highways and bridges racist.
According to Politico, “While Buttigieg claims he doesn’t think he’s contemplating the race for Biden’s successor in the West Wing,” His name is often mentioned by his aides as a natural Democratic presidential candidate in 2028 or 2024 if the president does not run.
One insider said that “Nobody in West Wing shuts it down,” it’s very open.
Mindful staff members believe that the talk of Kamala being succeeded by Buttigieg is a racist insult and that senior staffers should stop talking about another white man taking over for Kamala.
Identity politics is the problem. Joe Biden promised to pick a woman of color for his vice president. He settled on the woman who claimed that she believed the women who accused Biden of sexual misconduct, and who essentially called Biden a racist.
However, no one likes her. Although her poll numbers are lower than Joe’s, Buttigieg still earns diversity points for being gay.
Buttigieg will need to overcome the wrath from Kamala loyalists before he can claim any presidential aspirations.