“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
This week, Joe Biden announced he is seeking re-election as president—but D.C. insiders have begun whispering that he may not intend to win the election for himself.
If Biden wins the 2024 election, he might really be running to put Kamala Harris in the White House…and set her up to be president for 10 years.
Yes, that’s longer than two terms in office—but thanks to a little-known loophole in the U.S. Constitution, it’s perfectly legal.
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With America’s oldest president set to turn 86 before the end of his second term in office, the chances the vice president might succeed him in office has never been higher.
“If you vote for Joe Biden, you really are counting on a President Harris,” former South Carolina governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley told Fox News this week. “Because the idea that he would make it until 86 years old is not something that I think is likely.”
It’s not politically correct to point out Biden’s advanced age in polite society—but she’s not wrong; she’s following the science.
The average 80 year old has a five percent chance of dying within one year, according to actuarial tables used by the Social Security Administration.
By the time he’s 86, the chance of death doubles.
A one-in-10 chance is only a hair better than playing Russian Roulette.
Throw in the fact that Biden has had two surgeries for life-threatening brain aneurysms—with 1980s surgical technology—and his life expectancy falls even lower.
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The chances Biden dies, resigns, or is impeached in a second term are high, and he knows it.
If he’s elected, it’s not clear Biden even plans to serve all four years in office. When a reporter gave White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre the chance to clear up that question this week, she whiffed.
“I’m just not going to get ahead of the president. That’s something for him to decide,” she said.
"Does the president plan to serve all eight years?"
Press Sec: "That's something for him to decide"
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) April 25, 2023
Soon, she walked back her remarks on Twitter. “I can confirm that if re-elected, @POTUS would serve all 8 years,” she posted.
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Interestingly, she tagged the generic presidential account that belongs to any president, not Biden’s personal account.
As you know, we take following the law seriously. So I wanted to be sure that I didn't go into 2024 more than is appropriate under the law. But I can confirm that if re-elected, @POTUS would serve all 8 years. https://t.co/n9OfMV4D1Y
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) April 25, 2023
If Biden serves at least half of his next term in office—late January 2027—Kamala Harris would serve the last two years of his term…and then she could be elected to two terms on her own.
Congress passed 22nd Amendment in 1947 and became law in 1951 to keep anyone from serving four terms in office, like Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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“No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice,” it says. But read the rest of the sentence carefully: “no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”
That means the vice president could legally fill out the president’s second term and run for two terms, or eight more years in office, for a full decade in the White House.
In other words, Kamala Harris could be the second-longest president in U.S. history behind FDR. And it’s perfectly constitutional.
That may be why the media threw its weight behind Kamala in a major way over recent days and weeks.
The New York Times ran a column Tuesday titled “Why Kamala Harris Matters So Much in 2024.” She’s so important, Friedman wrote, that Biden needs to invest in her, not just himself.
That brings us to a Washington Post column on Wednesday that stated Joe Biden himself is “the main problem for the Biden-Harris ticket, and one way for the campaign to address it is to make a stronger case for the vice president,” Kamala Harris.
One of D.C. elitists’ favorite websites, The Conversation, ran a column last month warning about “Why Biden might drop his vice president (and reasons why he shouldn’t).”
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In case Biden didn’t get the pro-Kamala message, it began moved from the op-ed page to the news.
“There’s zero chance Biden will replace her on the ticket,” reported Axios on Wednesday, because “doing so would be an admission that he botched the most important decision he made as a candidate.”
What Biden plans to do, Axios said, is to “rehabilitate” Kamala Harris’ image. In fact, Democratic Party leaders “directed” the president to do so—and not just any leader but one who admires the founder of the Chinese Communist Party.
Anita Dunn—a longtime Obama/Biden confidant who once praise Mao Zedong and gave advice to Hollywood producer/rapist Harvey Weinstein—recently “directed the White House political and engagement teams to help schedule events with Harris promoting popular Democratic causes,” said Axios.
It’s clear that the Democratic Party’s behind-the-scenes kingmakers think Kamala Harris has a bright future.
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Is it possible they intend for her to be the public face of the presidency while they run the government for the next 10 years?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”