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Vice President Kamala Harris has been hit with another humiliation as an event she was set to headline has been postponed.
Jordan Chariton of Status Coup News has reported that the Woman’s Leadership Forum she was supposed to headline has been postponed due to low ticket sales.
“So the @dnc had to move a May fundraiser with VP Kamala Harris to the fall because ‘they couldn’t sell enough tickets.’ Tough sledding when even the donors aren’t buying what you’re selling,” he said on Twitter.
So the @dnc had to move a May fundraiser with VP Kamala Harris to the fall because "they couldn't sell enough tickets."
Tough sledding when even the donors aren't buying what you're selling. pic.twitter.com/2ZmJSM6vRX
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) June 14, 2022
“The event was rescheduled last minute for the autumn, when the event is traditionally held after the event couldn’t sell enough tickets,” it said. “When the invites were sent out on May 5, it was hyped as an incredible opportunity to mingle in person after two years of virtual events and meetings.”
Tickets for the event ranged from $250 – $50,000
It comes as two major rumors are hitting the White House: will President Joe Biden run for re-election and if he does, will he stick with Vice President Kamala Harris.
The first issue came on Monday night when CNN’s Don Lemon flat-out asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if President Joe Biden has the “stamina, physically and mentally” to run for a second term in 2024.
Currently, Biden is 79-years-old. He would be 82-years-old on Inauguration Day 2025 if he were to run again and win.
“Don! You’re asking me this question! Oh my gosh, he’s the president of the United States! You know, he — I can’t even keep up with him,” Jean-Pierre declared. “We just got back from New Mexico. We just got back from California. Uh, that is — I, I, that is — that is not a question that we should be even asking. Just look at the work that he does. Just look at how he’s delivering for the American public.”
DON LEMON: "Does the president has the stamina, physically and mentally, do you think to continue on even after 2024?"
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: "That is not a question that we should be even asking" pic.twitter.com/dUfQil9qKp
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 14, 2022
Lemon even asking the question speaks volumes about just how bad things have gotten under Biden.
Last week, the New York Times published an explosive piece detailing how Democrats are mulling replacing Biden at the top of the ticket in 2024.
“Many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024,” the NYT reported.
The NYT report cited “nearly 50 Democratic officials” and “disappointed voters” who are “alarmed about Republicans’ rising strength and extraordinarily pessimistic about an immediate path forward” under the Biden administration.
Things are not looking good for Harris, either.
In a scathing piece from New York Magazine, titled, “There Has to Be a Backup Plan. There’s a Backup Plan, Right? Inside the 2024 soul-searching that’s happening in every corner of the Democratic Party,” author Gabriel Debenedetti discusses how Democrats are facing a reckoning.
Debenedetti notes how there seems to be a major divide between Biden and his allies on one side and Harris and her loyalists on the other.
With Trumpism re-ascendant, ambivalence about Biden’s age and political standing is fueling skepticism just as the image of his understudy, Vice-President Kamala Harris, dips even further than his. The most recent analysis from the Los Angeles Times has her net approval rating at negative 11. The result is a bizarre disconnect within the Democratic Party, with two factions talking past each other.
One group consists of Biden and his loyalists, who are convinced that while the ticket’s numbers are undeniably bleak, they’re historically unsurprising for a president and VP facing their first midterm and will surely bounce back. The second group comprises a broad swath of the Democratic elite and rank and file alike, who suspect that vectors of age, succession, and strategy have created a dynamic with no obvious parallel in recent history.
Debenedetti notes that Harris expects Biden to run again in 2024, but if he did step aside, would he endorse Harris as the Democratic nominee?