Many Americans were not alive and most others scarcely remember when President Richard Milhous Nixon resigned as the 37th President of the United States on August 9, 1974. He made no confessions of “high crimes and misdemeanors” with which the House Judiciary Committee charged him over Watergate in its bill of impeachment. But he left office after two years of divisive public debate over the Watergate scandal when he concluded that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to make it possible for him to complete his term of office.
Certainly, many of the Democrats wanted his head, but what seemed to seal his fate was when some of his staunchest supporters suggested that he should resign. After meeting with the then Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-Pa.), the House Minority Leader John J. Rhodes (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Barry M. Goldwater (R-Ariz.), he made his decision and helped to prepare soon-to-be-President Gerald Ford.
As potential legal problems for President Joe Biden grow and further evidence of his mental decline become more evident, the support for the president is at an all time low. The media can cover for him by refusing to report the information coming out of the House investigations, and the Democratic party can continue to claim that there is no evidence of his wrongdoing. But the cost of letting his demise stretch out into the key 2024 campaign risks them losing the presidency and both houses of Congress.
What will get President Biden to resign? He may be forced to leave office if key Democratic supporters in Washington communicate a lack of support. It’s not farfetched for them to come to that conclusion. This close to the 2024 elections, the Democrats cannot afford a protracted impeachment and damaging testimony from a steady stream of whistleblowers who point to his family’s corruption and party coverups.
Yes, there is an obvious problem with any such decision by Democrats. Kamala Harris is no Gerald Ford. In fact, recent NBC News polling indicates that Vice President Kamala Harris has emerged as the least popular vice president in American history. With only 32% of registered voters expressing a positive view of her performance, the poll indicates a distinct negative view of Harris. A whopping 49% of the respondents voiced a negative view with a significant 39% of this group expressed a ‘very negative’ view of her tenure in office.
Yes, a wounded Biden may be a problem in 2024, but an unpopular Kamala Harris may be just as bad for the Democrats. They could decide to make her win the job through a revived primary gauntlet. But unfortunately, such a battle could further hurt a party responsible for four years of rampant illegal immigration, crippling inflation, and unpopular environmental restrictions ending our country’s energy independence.
Biden won in 2020 not because people wanted him; he won because far more hated Trump and wanted him out. Now, the Biden/Harris team has had a record Democrats will have to defend, and it will not be easy to do so. Either Biden or Harris would have problems in 2024. Even if many who voted for Biden refuse to vote Republican, all it would take to ensure a loss is for a lot of past Biden voters to just stay home.
As it stands, the 2024 election is the GOP’s race to lose. The Democrats have an unpopular president and vice president in office. Many of their signature “accomplishments” are far from popular. Crime is up. School performance is down. Voters are primed for a Contract with America that will help right the ship. Republicans want all candidates running to agree to support whatever candidate wins the nomination in order to participate in the coming debates. Not all are sure they can. Maybe it’s time to change our priorities.
We have been too focused on the right candidate and not enough focused on what we want any candidate to champion once in office. It’s time to come together on a Contract with America all Republican candidates can endorse.
Find out what unites the party as a focus for 2024, and then require support for those priorities to participate in the debates. It’s time supporters realize that the person chosen may not be as important as what they can accomplish through the team they bring in and the coattails they have in securing control of both the Senate and the House.
No president will ever be perfect. We have certainly done a great job of proving that. But then again, none of us are perfect either. It’s time to rally around a Contract with America that will provide a vision most voting Americans can get behind.