Kamala Harris is at the center of the biggest rumor in Washington.
But it is not for the reason anyone suspects.
And Kamala Harris found out some devastating news about the Supreme Court.
When left-wing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer stepped down Joe Biden pledged to stand by his campaign promise to use affirmative action in selecting Breyer’s replacement and only choose from black female candidates.
That led to speculation among Democrats that Biden would choose none other than Vice President Kamala Harris as his nominee.
But Democrats did not want Harris on the Supreme Court because of her sterling resume or because they thought Harris would make a great Supreme Court justice.
Instead, Democrats admitted they wanted Harris on the Supreme Court to prevent her from ever running for president.
Few critics of Harris’ political prospects would speak publicly due to the ferocity of her support in some corners of the party and, in some cases, their own respect for her. But a Harris appointment to the high court, one adviser to major Democratic donors said, would “solve a lot of problems.” One Democratic strategist in the Midwest joked that she could support a Harris court appointment “if it guarantees she never runs for [president] again.” Another party consultant volunteered a Harris appointment, though implausible, would deliver a “two-fer jolt — Kamala as Supreme Court justice and a new VP to bring in some excitement and change the narrative.”
Some Democrats were willing to go on the record with their worries about Harris as the future leader of the party.
“Win-win,” said former New Hampshire state lawmaker and California Democratic strategist Steve Maviglio.
Maviglio cited polling data which showed Harris as the least popular vice president in the last 50 years – highlighted by a USA TODAY/Suffolk poll showing just 28 percent of Americans approved of Harris – as evidence Democrats needed to find a way out of entrusting their political future to Harris.
“She checks a lot of the boxes: A woman of color, a liberal, being smart on a lot of issues, having experience,” Maviglio added. “The other part is that she’s not horribly popular as vice president, like it or not.”
Joe Biden created a giant mess with his affirmative action program for selecting a Supreme Court justice.
Democrats cannot just replace Kamala Harris as vice president because black women are the Democrats’ most reliable voting bloc and identity politics-obsessed voters would react harshly if the party looked like it unceremoniously shoved the first black female vice president off the stage.
Appointing Harris to the Supreme Court would gracefully solve that problem.
The reality is Joe Biden will not choose Kamala Harris as his Supreme Court nominee.
But the mere fact that a growing number of Democrats hope against hope that Biden nominates Harris showed just how dimmed Harris’ political star is.
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