“Gavin Newsom’s star is ascending — and he’s bringing a whole constellation with him.”
As we get closer to the 2024 election, people on both sides are speculating about whether Joe Biden will actually run or step out of the race at some point.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has not been shy about putting himself out there as an alternate candidate, and Politico wants to make sure the runway is set up for him, should he need to land.
Could they be any more obvious?
Gavin Newsom’s star is ascending — and he’s bringing a whole constellation with him.
We mapped out the California governor’s inner circle.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 10, 2023
That tweet links not to an article but an infographic that shows you all the amazing people who are part of Newsom’s team, all ready to jump in if necessary.
Who’s in Gavin Newsom’s orbit?
California’s Democratic governor — who’s become an increasingly active surrogate for President Joe Biden as 2024 approaches — is an inveterate texter who will tap out messages to a wide array of business executives, lawmakers and policy experts in Sacramento and beyond. But Newsom still relies on a core group of advisers — many of them San Francisco political veterans who have been with him since his days as a businessman-turned-mayor.
Those counselors have helped guide Newsom’s rise over the past two decades as force in California politics — including his triumph over a recall effort in 2021 and his more recent emergence as a national Democratic figure. They’ll likely be there should he launch a presidential run in the coming years.
The idea of Biden dropping out has become so mainstream that this opinion piece by Douglas MacKinnon at The Hill was one of the top stories at Real Clear Politics two days ago:
When is the optimal time for Biden to drop out of the race?
Like a magician setting up a trick in one hand while distracting the audience with the other, the Biden White House and its allies are desperately trying to distract the attention of the American people from President Biden’s age, his obvious frailty and his increasing verbal and mental gaffes.
It has now gotten to the point where I have had a number of Democrats — including staunch supporters of the president — tell me it makes them “nervous,” “uncomfortable,” “sad” or gives them a feeling of “foreboding” anytime they watch President Biden speak in public, interact with guests or walk up or down the stairs to Air Force One…
As stated in this space in the past, I don’t believe Biden will be the Democratic nominee in 2024. Now, while the president, his White House and his allies may predictably denounce such speculation as ridiculous or wishful thinking, what if I and others turn out to be correct?
That possibility raises a critically important question: When would be the optimal time for President Biden to announce he’s dropping out of the race to give the Democratic Party the best chance to retain the White House?
Meanwhile, Newsom is doing interviews on FOX News and campaigning in other states. Tell me this man isn’t running.
Great to be in Boise, Idaho last night supporting the Idaho Democratic Party.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 2, 2023
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