‘The idea is not as crazy as it sounds at first’
By Joe Kovacs
Joe Biden and Barack Obama walk along the West Colonnade of the White House Tuesday, April 5, 2022, after attending an Affordable Care Act event. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)
While Barack Obama cannot legally run for president again, there’s a push by some on the political left to have the former president run for vice president with Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket in 2024.
Among those promoting such a ‘Hail Mary’ attempt is Philip Allen Lacovara, who has served as deputy solicitor general of the United States, counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor, and president of the District of Columbia Bar.
“To bolster his chances for reelection, Biden needs to engage in some out-of-the-box creativity,” Lacovara writes in a new column posted on the Messenger.
He says “Biden’s stumble across the stage after speaking at the Air Force Academy on Thursday will certainly feature prominently in Republican campaign ads aimed at reinforcing the theme, already gnawing at even his most ardent supporters, that Biden is too old and frail for another four years. The unpopularity of backup, Vice President Kamala Harris, only aggravates the problem.”
“Biden might rescue his faltering hope of reelection in one seemingly impossible way – asking the highly popular, former President Barack Obama to step in to replace Harris on the 2024 ticket.”
“The idea is not as crazy as it sounds at first – although the former president, enjoying his life as a private citizen, might not be crazy about the idea.”