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Newsom’s Not After DeSantis and Abbott—His Real Targets are Biden and Harris

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Berman

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Over the past several weeks, voters in Texas and Florida have been subjected to the smiling visage of California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has appeared on their TV screens to sell his own record and attack that of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom Newsom termed “a bully,” and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, whom Newsom criticized for his pro-life stance and support for the Second Amendment. It is unlikely that these ads will do much to dent the reelection prospects of either DeSantis or Abbott (both of whom seem to be cruising to victory in states filled with voters who fled Newsom’s California). Seen properly, the real targets of the attacks aren’t Republican governors, but rather members of Newsom’s own party: President Joe Biden and Newsom’s fellow Californian, Vice President Kamala Harris. Unable to legitimately enter a Democratic primary race when Joe Biden insists he is planning to run, Newsom has decided to try and crash the GOP 2024 sweepstakes to get Democrats’ imaginations going.

As strategies go, Newsom’s ploy is far from the worst being pursued by a Democratic politician in 2022. To be sure, it is cringeworthy and of little assistance either to Democratic candidates running in 2022 or actual American voters. But, to paraphrase the Big Lebowski, it has the singular advantage of being a “strategy.” That alone distinguishes it from the state of paralysis which has overtaken the rest of the Democratic Party. There, a consensus is growing that Joe Biden cannot and will not be a candidate for reelection in 2024. Whether it is a steady stream of leaks about White House dysfunction which have suddenly expanded to include speculation about the President’s health, or more explicit calls by leading liberal commentators, there is a growing chorus calling six more years of Joe Biden a non-starter.

These calls have been constrained by the obstacle presented in the form of Vice President Kamala Harris. Democrats do not believe she can win a general election, but are also unsure if they can deny her the nomination, and worry they could not win a general election if they did. The result has been a situation where fear of Harris prevents Democrats from acting against Biden, and fatalism prevents them from even beginning to do anything about Harris.

Newsom’s actions show an understanding of the frustrations of Democratic voters missed by most of his peers and rivals. The constant complaint among core Democratic voting groups is about the perceived inaction of Democrats in D.C. and the attitude of fatalism in which the Biden administration both reacts to calls to do something with scornful declarations that they can do nothing, and suggests that anyone saying otherwise is a fool. In just the past few months, Democrat voters have expressed frustration over a lack of action in response to the fall of Roe v. Wade, a lack of action on guns, a lack of action on student debt, and behind that, a lack of action on the economy.

Newsom is taking action – not to actually “fix” any of those issues, as he lacks real solutions. But he is taking action on one particular problem, and that is Democrats’ succession plan. Newsom is addressing the problem of Harris and Biden and he is not showing much fatalism. On the contrary, he is directly challenging the conventional wisdom that for any Democratic politician to openly begin preparing for 2024 is suicidal.

In the process, he is establishing a clear lane in any future Democratic contest. Newsom is on TV attacking DeSantis and Abbott, and will have been for almost three years when Biden was absent and Harris ineffective. Furthermore, if Biden does decline to run, a D.C. figure like Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will be tarred with having sat back and done nothing to push Biden either into action or out of the race. Voters as a whole might crave effective action, but Newsom grasps that at least on the Democratic side, voters may be happy to settle for any action at all.

It is also worth noting the nature of Newsom’s challenge. Joe Biden and his team remain backward-looking, obsessively focused on Donald Trump and Pre-2021 issues, as evidenced by their obsession with both the January 6th hearings and rebuilding an “international liberal order,” without even trying to justify why Americans should sacrifice for such a concept. To the extent the administration engages with post 2020 issues such as inflation, housing, or the concerns over education, it is to treat them as “fake” issues stirred up by demagogues to be arbitrarily wished away by executive orders. Their reaction to the Dobbs decision is a case-in-point. The White House and Democrats in D.C. seem to see recent decisions by the Supreme Court not as the product of a long-held conservative legal tradition or extensive social movements, but rather as efforts by Trump judicial appointees to politically sabotage Democrats.

Newsom, by contrast, at least grasps that the culture wars are real. His reaction is to place himself on the wrong side perhaps, but Newsom understands that the issue at stake is not about which rest-stop bathrooms adults use, but fundamental questions of parental and child rights. Newsom understands that education is inherently about the power of society versus the power of parents, and not an astroturf distraction. There is no haggling over whether CRT exists. Newsom is determined to win the education wars, at least in California, and to offer Democrats and liberals a battle nationally.

It is unlikely to be a battle Newsom will win, but as I have written several times, many on the left have written off the prospect of electoral victory for any Democrat in the near future. What Newsom offers is combative engagement with the post-2020 political landscape, where Democrats believe that defeat should not be met with fatalistic acceptance but a determination to fight until they “rule or ruin.” Newsom speaks to that in a way Biden and Harris are not even trying to do.

Those who mock Newsom’s attacks on DeSantis and Abbott as ineffective miss the point. If Newsom is highlighting the strengths of his Republican rivals to their local electorates, he is also being ruthlessly effective in his real campaign to replace both Biden and Harris on the 2024 ticket.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.


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BwaHa
1 month ago

I’d love to see Biden and Harris given the boot but, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. Until then I’ll just keep minding my p’s and q’s. I’ll keep reloading my brass and keeping that powder dry. Stay safe everyone!

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

Michael J
1 month ago

Please take this idiot and share him with the rest of the country. Turn what’s left of the United States into a California clone except the people can’t flee to another state.

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael J

Hey, that’s a great idea!

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

Steve
1 month ago

If democrats are willing to nominate Governor Newsom for President then they are far stupider then I even believe or would prove that the have no concern or love for our country or citizens and truly only crave power and control

Thomas
1 month ago

If the asshole is so great .HAVE A DEBATE…!!!

Sean Richman
1 month ago

Sir newsom is nothing but an entity full of”bull exhaust”.If this entity is a relative of mad dame peeelosi there has to be at least some inbreading to end up with these two entities so,so sick and corrupt.

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

It’s past time for our politicos to step up and start doing their jobs at securing our border(s)! IMHO

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

Cynthia
1 month ago

If Newsom promises a great new thing for Harris, rubbing her ego, she’ll leave. The Newsom gets Vice President. The Biden goes to the looney bin, Newsome can take Joe’s job.

Richard Minetti
1 month ago

He’s as good a POS as Biden or Harris !!

Chris Wilborn
1 month ago

All Entirely possible. However, something I have been pondering (and many others )since the beginning of OBiden’s term is : When are the real schemers in the WH going to eject the Disfunctional figurehead and usher in the ” First Female President ” ?! At this point ” OBiden in 2024 ” is Only for the Very Short Sighted .Since ” The First Female President ” WILL HAPPEN, Exactly What are our Plans ? It could happen after the Disastrous Midterms, OR it could happen in the last few months of OBidens Presidential term .My bet is it will be almost exactly one year out from November 2024 .

Robin B
1 month ago

Newsom needs to be shut down as early as possible. He has ruined California for years to come. Anyone still there in a few years will look forward to the mandate of only electric vehicles while not improving the electric infrastructure, which is already old and way overpriced. His only thoughts are on Northern CA and he doesn’t care for the desert or Southern regions. God help us if people actually believe he’s worth anything than the pedigree he came from.

Lakelady
1 month ago

Y’all are getting lost in what 1st & 2nd amendments used to be all about. AMAC is trying to give you a heads up about what they see going on. Make you think about what schemes are going on from others who may not be actual Patriots. Read, listen, and learn, then VOTE!

Andrew P
1 month ago

I just don’t see Newsom as the 2024 nominee. If the Democrats get royally creamed in 2022, someone who can present a tougher, more moderate image is the most likely contender – probably Hillary, Roy Cooper, or perhaps Manchin (does he have the fire in the belly?). If they merely lose the House in a squeaker and keep the Senate, then Harris is unbeatable as the nominee. If 2024 is total chaos, then even AOC has a shot.

tika
1 month ago

he always look like he’s wearing dirty laundry. what a joke!

H L Howell
1 month ago

Is this a Right or Left site. can’t tell anymore.

Chris Wilborn
1 month ago
Reply to  H L Howell

It’s called ” thinking out of the box ” …. try it sometime.

Marie Langley
1 month ago

As one of the idiots said on The View, “Oh, I would vote for him! He’s so good looking!”
These are the morons on the left. Even my Democrat friends don’t like Newsom. He ran San Francisco into the ground when he was mayor. He now has destroyed California. So, whoever votes for him if he runs is out of their freakin’ minds. And if so, we are surely doomed. And as usual, Newsom is playing dirty just like the Democrats do. They don’t know how to play nice. They are vicious and corrupt.

Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

A Dem from an ultra liberal messed up state. Not what we should even consider

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony

Smart Americans will not consider him!

edward
1 month ago
Reply to  PIDL

problem is, there are plenty of “useful idiots” out there.

Tm
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

Amen!

phoenix
1 month ago

Its clear he is the heir apparent. Appearing at the whilte house when the President was not there
(speaking to Ron Klane (who is in fact the President) Why was he there? And it just so happend he walks out and lo and behold with the President not in the country There just so happens to be some cameras there to show how “presidential” he looks. Why was the press there? Hmm…. A bit too neat to be a coincidence.

So he is the guy. Getting rid of Biden is easy and he told us during the campaign under the guise with a disagreement with Kamala. ( which I though stupid and weak who is the President? But hey it Biden he has ALWAYS been a buffoon)……”I’ll just get a disease” He said, So the He and the Dems new from the start and he admitted himself “I am a transitional candidate”

The question is How big of a payoff is “commie-la” holding out for? And how to pay her off and what to do with her so they never see her again until she dies. Biden is going to a nursing home, or memory care or whatever…But Commie? Hard to know how to get rid of her.

Maybe give her a chancellor job in England? like The hildebeast? Think tank? Professorship? Some no show job with a fat salary great benefits, and no responsibilities….

One thing for sure she is not going to be allowed to run. Shoot all the dems didn’t want her the FIRST time.
This what get when you choose a diversity hire.

k harwood
1 month ago
Reply to  phoenix

I agree, dethroning the Biden regime isnt his objective. Biden and Harris have dethroned themselves. Newsom is all ready in 2024 general election mode. He views Desantis as his primary rival.

Katieb
1 month ago
Reply to  k harwood

How can any citizen want the filthy situation that California is currently living in! No Thank You! That’s why massive number are moving from Ca.

Steven Coughlin
1 month ago

This guy is a scumbag and an enemy of freedom. Case closed!

Old Silk
1 month ago

LOL – he’s actually touting his record? Or do we need bona fide fact checkers to show his lies? Better still, just look at it yourself.

Granny26
1 month ago

And one of the first things Newscum did when he entered office was raise our gas tax $1. He claims to fix roads etc. but we probably have some of the worst roads in the country. He is an egotistical jackass.

Tom
1 month ago

Nelson and Biden are singing the same song just like the Emperors new clothes. Everyone saw a man nude but the reterique forced everyone to see something not there. I saw the communists game in Viet Nam. Premier ride in 150000 limousine while the people live in grass shacks and severe poverty. The man in the limousine was brought here and given a large amount of money and he buys a supermarket in Wheaton , Illinois. No middle class,rich and destitute. Sorry for speach

Barb
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Who is Nelson? It must be before my time, or maybe Nelson Rockefeller? I don’t know if I know that story or not. Thanks for updating me some more.

Barb
1 month ago

What makes you think that just maybe Pelosi is trying to put her NEPHEW in that position so that SHE continues to get inside information for her “husband continuing to be the one playing the stock market, not her” ? Pelosi is shrewd and conniving all the time to benefit herself. They need term limits, they should be fired if they are not doing their jobs. Change the government employment hiring/firing rules to the same that other normal working people follow. How many gallons of gas did Pelosi and her entourage use during this Taiwan trip? Who is paying for the 40 plus rooms at the hotel that was required? Our taxpayer money is a whole flock of birds with lots of wings flapping, going out the window on lots of government foolishness.

Gayle Binder
1 month ago
Reply to  Barb

And back into their pockets.

Barb
1 month ago
Reply to  Gayle Binder

You are so right! The microchips (kickbacks) may now be coming from Taiwan, reason for Pelosi’s visit, since Paulie P has sold his shares and now out of pocket over $300K.

Tom P
1 month ago
Reply to  Barb

You are so right. All the taxpayer money wasted so that evil witch can enrich herself.

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