(TheConservativeNews.org) – Douglas MacKinnon, who was a writer in the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as well as a special assistant for policy and communications at the Pentagon during the last three years of the George W. Bush Bush administration, wrote that President Joe Biden could essentially install Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The plan was outlined in a column for The Hill, that could propel Newsom directly to the presidency, passing by Vice President Kamala Harris, without it ever coming to a vote before the American people.
The plan MacKinnon described was simple: all President Joe Biden had to do was replace VP Harris with Newsom — after which he could resign, leaving Newsom seated comfortably in the Oval Office less the wear and tear from an actual campaign.
Despite the plan being simple, MacKinnon noted, the situation was quite complicated. First, he argued that the expected “Red Wave” that failed to materialize as a result of Tuesday’s midterms elections was the result of either “Trump fatigue” or plain vanilla hatred of the former president — but what could have been channeled into massive gains for the Democrats was tempered by the fact that voters just don’t like Biden (or Harris) much either.
“As long as Trump is still considered a potentially viable candidate for 2024, or a political force by the left, that fatigue and hate will be enough to drive many Americans to the polls to vote against any Republican,” MacKinnon continued, positing that Biden was only as strong as his potential Republican opponent was weak.
But he said that he didn’t believe the former president was likely to run — although he did expect a fair amount of protracted drama surrounding his potential “announcement” — which meant that Democrats would have to be prepared to face a stronger ticket. The ticket MacKinnon thought was likely — and strong — included Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and possibly former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
“What Tuesday’s voting demonstrated is that our country is still equally divided and deeply polarized, with no political healing on the horizon,” MacKinnon wrote. “That reality speaks to the need for a proven vote-getter with lots of money and a logistical machine behind him. In Politics 101, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) meets — maybe even exceeds — those qualifications.”
He went on to say that GOP lawmakers and voters can write off Newsom for having “ruined California,” but he argued that Newsom is nevertheless a formidable political opponent who has lots of connections, ambition, and can drive voters to the polls.
“Might the Democrats leapfrog him into the Oval Office before 2024? It would be political malpractice for them not to consider the option,” MacKinnon concluded.