Will Newsom Replace Biden as the Democratic Presidential Nominee?
Since President Biden took office, there has been ongoing speculation about his ability to complete a full term in the Oval Office.
Despite initial indications that he would not seek reelection, Biden, now 2½ years into his presidency, shows no signs of stepping aside from the 2024 presidential race.
However, with Biden's age, frailty, tendency for gaffes, and the majority of Democratic voters hoping for an alternative, the Democratic Party reluctantly supports Biden as its leader.
The question arises: Is there a viable alternative candidate for the Democrats? Making a bold prediction, it seems likely that Biden will withdraw his reelection bid by the end of October, and California Governor Gavin Newsom will emerge as the Democrats' frontrunner for the presidency.
Several indicators point towards this conclusion. Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee restructured the party's presidential nominating calendar to avoid a damaging and prolonged primary battle, similar to the contentious 2016 election.
While Vice President Kamala Harris might be a potential option, her actions on the public stage have raised concerns among voters, diminishing her chances of being a viable candidate.
In contrast, Newsom is steadily gaining national visibility by engaging in issues such as the southern border, campaigning in key states like Florida, and participating in media interviews. He presents a fresh face for the Democratic Party, with charisma and the ability to rally the Democratic base. Newsom also possesses strong fundraising skills, a quality lacking in many politicians.
Notably, Newsom is unafraid to confront the media and can eloquently debate policy matters, which sets him apart from Biden, who often delivers vague responses to challenging questions.
The stark contrast in qualities between Newsom and Biden makes Newsom a potential powerhouse candidate who could energize Democratic voters in 2024.
As a presidential nominee, Newsom would force Republicans into challenging political discussions that they may try to avoid during this election cycle. His positions on sensitive issues like abortion, Social Security, and Medicare would shape the Republican platform, putting their candidate on the defensive.