It’s all coming together for Michelle Obama.
She’s become the new favorite to replace Joe Biden.
And now she’s in the driver’s seat for the 2024 election.
Democrats are scrambling to find an alternative to Joe Biden as his poll numbers plummet and the scandals pile up.
Tens of millions of Americans believe he’s already far too old to serve in office, and a second term would keep him in the White House until the age of 86.
For this reason, Democrats believe it’s time to replace him with someone more energetic and popular.
And the name they’ve settled on is Michelle Obama.
She has spent the years since her husband left the White House living the life of a celebrity, hanging out with movie stars and musicians.
And one new poll has put her at the top of the field of candidates voters would want to take Joe Biden’s place if he dropped out.
According to the Daily Mail, “What happens if 81-year-old Joe Biden or 77-year-old four-times indicted Donald Trump drop out of the 2024 election race?”
“Democrats say they would like to see Biden’s vice president, Kamala Harris, or former first lady Michelle Obama take up the mantle.”
“Republicans opt for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the candidate they would like to see get their nomination.”
The poll numbers actually put Obama ahead of Harris among independents.
16% of independent voters said they wanted to see Michelle Obama take Biden’s place, while only 10% of independent voters chose Kamala Harris.
Among Democrat voters, Harris had 22% and Obama had 17% – which is close enough.
The article continues, “The question is not entirely academic. Biden is already the oldest president in history and shows clear signs of slowing down; meanwhile Trump is facing legal attempts to disqualify him from the ballot and would become the second oldest on his inauguration day if he won a second term.”
Julian Gallie, a research associate at J.L. Partners, was quoted in the article saying: “Questions are swirling over Joe Biden’s re-election bid, but this poll shows that among the Democratic base there is a lack of an obvious successor. One in five go for the deeply unpopular Kamala Harris, with Michelle Obama the next favorite. The fact that Democratic voters are reverting to past establishment figures, with one in three opting for either Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama, suggests that the direction of travel is still unclear until a natural successor appears.”
This is bad news for Democrats, who are clearly split over who should lead their party forward.
If their own base can’t agree on who their leader is, it will make a victory in 2024 that much more challenging.