It has been reported that key Democrats are looking at options to try and install Vice President Kamala Harris on the Supreme Court, while looking at another candidate to run with or replace President Joe Biden on the ticket in 2024.
The gist of the plan is that Biden would nominate Harris to the court if a seat becomes available before the next election, in order to open up the Vice President spot as a path to run with Biden in 2024 or take his place at the top of the Democratic ticket.
According to the Telegraph, "polls are now regularly showing Mr. Biden's approval rating below 40 per cent, and panic set in at the White House after a recent poll put Kamala Harris at an unelectable 28 per cent," which appears to be the impetus behind this kind of strategizing by the Democrat party.
This would allow Biden to appoint a new and more popular Vice President by invoking the 25th Amendment, and then step down. This would make this third-party hypothetical new Vice President the de facto incumbent President and presumptive nominee for 2024.
Biden himself, currently intends to run again in 2024, but there are some doubts on whether that will pan out, in part due to his advanced age, along with his dismal approval rating.
However, an anonymous source says that the relationship between Biden and Kamala remains cordial. "We've seen similar types of stories in every administration, about how the Vice President's office is getting along with the President's office."
The source continued, "There were those stories when Joe Biden himself was Vice President, so some of this is fairly standard. Sometimes to deflect from number one, you go after number two."
The move is not without historical precedent. In 1973, Preisdent Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald Ford to replace Vice President Spiro Agnew after his resignation. When Nixon resigned less than a year later, Ford assumed the presidency, and used the 25th Amendment to nominate Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President.