Last month, we reported in unexpected news that President Joe Biden was planning to run for re-election.
It was a different world when only one president in American history was rejected for a second term, and in 1927 when Calvin Coolidge declared “I don’t want to run”.
Biden, however, is 79 years old, and it was widely expected that he would send the torch to a young Democratic protege after Trump’s withdrawal from the White House.
But what is the strongest up-coming to the challenge: Orange Harris? Pete Bootigig? Meghan Merkel ?!
Yes, he may not have any experience in electoral politics, but for years Duchess Meg has been rumored to be throwing her big, fancy hat into the ring.
The idea of Meghan Merkel running for president has been ridiculed by haters, but is it really crazy?
After all, Ronald Reagan got it His Start as an actor.
Why shouldn’t another Thespian be given a chance to tank the American economy alone ?!
We’re kids, of course.
With her background as a businessman and a cultural ambassador, Meghan deserves at least as much, say, some spray tan aficionado who hosted a reality show.
And at least one prominent Democrat thinks he will be a worthy successor to President Biden.
According to Newsweek, in an interview with the UK News Outlet this week, President Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens said, “It’s nice to have women in politics.”
“The more women we have, the better our democratic system will work with a different perspective, and we embrace all women,” Biden Owens continued.
“We welcome [Meghan] Come and join the Democratic Party. “
Asked if he felt Meghan could “one day be a good potential candidate for president?” Biden Owens responded:
“Yes, probably. Of course he will.”
Now, Valerie said “do” would make a good president when he probably wanted to say “will”, but hopefully that wouldn’t encourage any bizarre right-wing conspiracy on Reddit.
(Just kidding, it must be.)
The Duchess probably has no immediate plans to run for office, but she has been involved in politics throughout her career.
In October 2021, Meghan wrote a letter to members of Congress urging them to lobby for a guaranteed paid family vacation for all new parents.
“I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician,” Megan wrote.
“I, like many, are an employed citizen and a guardian. And since you and your congressional colleagues have a role to play in shaping family outcomes for the next generation, I am writing to you at this crucial time – as a mother – to advocate for paid leave.”
Many praised Meghan for speaking out on such an important issue, but Republicans criticized the Duchess for going too far.
This is not the first time Meghan has locked the horns with prominent members of the GOP.
Donald Trump has criticized Meghan in the past, noting that the Duchess was “not a fan”, adding:
“I wish Harry all the best because he will need it.”
A Trump vs. Merkel contest will surely make for an entertaining contest in ’24.
But in the interests of American democracy, we should have at least one more year where no TV celebrity is bidding for the White House.