How Whitmer could still be VP

Thanks to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could be vice president of the United States.


It’s painfully clear what you’re thinking: What in the heck is this clown smoking which produced that incredibly stupid lead sentence?

Settle down, boys and girls. There is no smoking of anything over here, and, while the notion is way out there, as you’re about to read after getting up off the floor, it may be far-fetched but not out of the realm of possibility.

Buckle up.

If you’ve been watching the chatter on the national front, you have bumped into the “story” that the current vice president, Kamala Harris, is having her ups and downs. The D.C. press hounds are pushing the narrative that the Biden folks have assigned her two tasks that have failure written all over them — namely, fixing things at the Mexican border and finding a congressional compromise on policing reforms.

Following the premise Joe Biden’s team may want to unload her, the media is writing about the unconfirmed notion that the VP might be moved out and into a slot on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Both the president’s handlers and the VP’s handlers have debunked all that stuff, but it won’t go away and is fueled by this: The current oldest justice, at 82, is the aforementioned Justice Breyer, who has been clear that he is not about to step down.

But, being one of the last three liberals left on the high bench, you can bet he will not wait around to retire until the next president comes in, for fear it might be a Republican.

So, if you have some loose change sitting around, put it on him leaving before 2024, and Biden gets to handpick the replacement.

And, as the story goes, Biden ordains Harris to be the first African American woman on the court, and then he gets to pick the next vice president — assuming, of course, the Republicans don’t kill the appointment during confirmation.

If Ms. Harris does become Justice Harris, the plot moves to include one Gretchen Ester Whitmer.

Here we go again.

During the runup to the last presidential election, Gov. Whitmer was subject to widespread speculation that she was under consideration for Biden’s second spot on the ticket. It was true, and, despite her continual and sometimes impassioned assertion that she was not interested, it turns out that, had he offered her the post, she would have said yes.

To add even more intrigue to the story — and none of the principals have discussed this in public — Whitmer may have been Biden’s first pick in the first place. And it was only after a whole raft of folks, many from the African American female community, got on his case. They all but threatened him to forget about the governor from Michigan and find a woman of color to fill the slot.

Bingo. Whitmer’s out and Sen. Harris is in.

Now, in an ironic twist of things, the next story could be Harris out and off to the high court and Whitmer is in as the next vice president of the United States.

A ridiculous story?

Of course.

Out of the question?

Of course not.


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