Newsweek and other observers position the California governor as an alternative to Vice President Kamala Harris.
- While President Joe Biden insists that he intends to run for re-election, his approval ratings are low, his competency and mental fitness are in question, and his party has started to turn on him.
- Nonetheless, the Democrats lack an heir apparent, as Vice President Kamala Harris’s approval ratings and job performance are even worse than the President’s.
- Against this backdrop, some on the left suggest that California Governor Gavin Newsom is the Democrat’s best bet for a 2024 presidential nominee.
NEWSWEEK PUSHES NEWSOM:
- In particular, the leftist publication Newsweek beats the Newsom 2024 drum.
- Since September, they have published no fewer than four pieces to this effect while they position him as a serious opponent for the Trump Republicans.
- All the same, Governor Newsom has work to do if he wants to be the Democrat’s 2024 nominee, as he is not a household name nationwide.
- Furthermore, many of his California policies are unlikely to play well nationwide, as Newsweek itself notes.
- Indeed, much of the national recognition that he does have comes from being the first governor to mandate the COVID vaccine for school children—a policy that has provoked not only numerous lawsuits, but also an immediate and visceral reaction from California parents.
- For his part, Governor Newsom currently denies that he has designs on the White House.