This is a new version of our story first published in November 2021, updated due to the now-open Supreme Court vacancy soon to be left by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, in light of today’s retirement announcement.
Back in November, an article from CNN has sent rumors spiraling in DC about a potential move for Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris, the least popular VP in history, has reportedly expressed plenty of frustration with Biden and the administration. And now that Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his retirement from the bench, the administration is moving to nominate a black woman to the court, which Biden promised to voters on the campaign trail back in 2020.
Now well into January of 2022, we are not the only news organization reporting on Kamala’s potential nomination to the Supreme Court. Breitbart has also reported on the scary possibility that would free the administration from its wildly unpopular Vice President.
The November CNN article, titled “Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as vice president,” cites thirteen high-level Biden administration reporters.
Here’s what the CNN piece about VP Harris’ widespread unpopularity says about the swirling Kamala-SCOTUS rumors:
“Defenders and people who care for Harris are getting frantic. When they’re annoyed, some pass around a recent Onion story mocking her lack of more substantive work, one with the headline, “White House Urges Kamala Harris To Sit At Computer All Day In Case Emails Come Through.” When they’re depressed, they bat down the Aaron Sorkin-style rumor that Biden might try to replace her by nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy. That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it.”
Conservative publication the Daily Wire also covered the story, suggesting the rumor has some credence:
The Daily Wire reported back in November that, while far-fetched, this rumor might not go away any time soon considering Harris’ record-breaking low polling.
Now, as CNN noted, it is indeed an “Aaron Sorkin-style rumor,” referring to the writer of the hit show “The West Wing.” Dramatic things were always happening on the show, but things are much slower — and much more boring — inside the Beltway.
Still, these kinds of things have a way of spiraling. And Harris’ dismal first year as vice president likely won’t quash the rumors.
Harris’ approval rating has plunged to just 28%, according to a poll of registered voters released last week by USA Today and Suffolk University. Biden’s rating hit yet another a new low, plummeting to 38%, but all eyes are on Harris as the person most likely to succeed Biden and run for president in 2024.
Harris’ approval is even lower than Dick Cheney, who was the previous record-holder with a 30% approval rating in 2007 near the end of George W. Bush’s second term.
The chances of Kamala Harris becoming a Supreme Court justice are low, but according to even high-level administration officials and those listening closely, it is absolutely a possibility, considering the fact that benching Harris would bring a boost to the administration’s likability in polling.
A SCOTUS nomination could serve as a potential loophole to get her out of the administration before she does MORE damage to an already-reeling failure of a White House.
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