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Are You Ready for Supreme Court Associate Justice Kamala Harris?
Elizabeth Vaughn 11/29/2021 3:41 PM


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As Vice President Kamala Harris' approval rating continues to sink, rumors have been swirling in Washington about the Biden Administration potentially replacing her with a more popular politician. Given President Joe Biden's age and cognitive state, Democrats are right to be thinking about an electable successor.

I don't know where The Telegraph's Washington Editor Rozina Sabur or co-author Nick Allen found this story, but the pair claim in an article published on Sunday that Democrats "are whispering about a potential nuclear option that could see Kamala Harris, the current Vice President, nominated to the Supreme Court."


Sabur and Allen write:

While the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumour mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.


The left-field Supreme Court theory would mean Mr Biden nominating Ms Harris, a former high-flying prosecutor, if a seat on the court became available over the next three years, which it may well. Mr Biden could then use Section 2 of the 25th Amendment to nominate a more popular vice president.

That person would be the presumptive Democrat nominee should Mr Biden not run for re-election at the age of 82.

If Mr Biden stepped down before Nov 2024, the new vice president, under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, would assume the presidency, and be able to run as an incumbent.

The idea of a Supreme Court nomination for Ms Harris was first reported by CNN which, while calling it an "Aaron Sorkin-style rumour" - a reference to the creator of The West Wing - said the "chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit".

Ms Harris was in the frame for nomination to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama in 2016, but wanted to run for the US Senate instead.

Biden's approval numbers began to crater after his disastrous handling of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan and continue to fall with each new blunder. As of Monday afternoon, the RealClearPolitics average of approval numbers for the President stands at 41.8 percent, with average disapproval at 52.5 percent. He is underwater by 10.7 points. Several recent polls have seen his approval rating dip into the 30s.

Harris' numbers are even worse. A USA Today/Suffolk poll released earlier this month showed the Vice President with 28 percent approval.

I don't fault Biden officials for giving Kamala the boot. However, nominations to the Supreme Court should be based on the merits of the candidate, rather than as a consolation prize to an unwanted vice president.

Can you imagine associate justice Kamala Harris cackling through opening arguments? She's done such a great job as vice president that she deserves a seat on the Supreme Court?

I suppose they would have to offer Harris something to make her go quietly, but not a nomination to the Supreme Court.

Yes, I know it's too soon to get excited about this because, after all, it's only a rumor. But rumors surrounding Harris' long-term survival in the Biden Administration have been flying lately. And it looks more and more like her days are numbered.


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Elizabeth Vaughn
Elizabeth Vaughn is a contract writer at The Western Journal and a current contributor to American Free News Network. She is a former contributor to RedState, Newsmax, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have also appeared on Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN, Hot Air, The Gateway Pundit, Ricochet and other sites. Prior to blogging, Elizabeth was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and an independent equity trader. She is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother.

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