(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- “The Democrats’ bench is weak right now,” said a report from defense and national security website 19FortyFive. Not even the president is a guaranteed, or even the best, pick for the 2024 presidential election and the vice president is one of the least popular politicians, as her failed 2020 presidential bid showed.
If Harris is anything like her predecessors— Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush—then she might be the best equipped to succeed the president. As Democrats hesitate to support Joe Biden again for the next election cycle, we might assume that Harris is the best option to take up the mantle. But who would be her running mate?
Some are floating the idea of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Harris’ vice-presidential pick. The reasoning behind this is that her popularity is enough to make up for any lack in Harris. She has garnered 13 million followers on Twitter, appeared on the cover of GQ and Vogue, walked the red carpet at the Met Gala, and seems to be more popular than century old politicians like Schumer and McConnell. Her popularity is a sure-fire way to get visibility for a Harris bid.
A Harris-AOC ticket would rev up the far-left’s base, as they would focus on the fact that it’s two non-white women running for the nation’s highest office. It would prove to be strategic for Democrats to use any criticism of the two to be a racist misogynistic attack.
What many would overlook, however, is the failure of either of the two to have made any progressive achievement. Beyond AOC’s talking, she has made no legislative progress regarding her own democratic-socialist agenda.
“A Harris-AOC ticket would be a gender and race-based Trojan horse that would likely just sneak in mainstream values to the White House,” 19FortyFive reports. “For AOC, despite her tough talkin’ progressivism, typically just votes mainstream.”
AOC is also a polarizing figure for those on the left but especially on the right, which would likely create a more hostile political environment.