The manipulative yet charismatic Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is emerging as a potential strong contender for the U.S. presidency in 2024. That’s what some people are saying, at least.
Even though Newsom has not officially entered the race, there is some noticeable excitement and “hope” stirring up around Newsom (obviously, all that excitement is coming from the left.) Recent developments suggest that Newsom, who secured re-election without actively campaigning, is accelerating his political ambitions for a potential run in 2028.
Concerns within the Democratic party about President Biden’s age and lack of ability have intensified, with some advocating for alternatives. Newsom seems to be gaining more acknowledgment now because liberals have noticed he’s the next most radical option in line that isn’t wholly senile yet—such a grand accomplishment.
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Newsom, at 56, represents a younger generation of extreme Democrats and has strategically positioned himself through bold and controversial moves. Even former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke about the idea, believing a Newsom presidential bid is inevitable.
While Newsom publicly denies presidential aspirations, his recent financial support for a Democratic mayoral candidate in South Carolina may indicate a more complex strategy. Political analysts view this move as an effort to raise Newsom’s profile on the national stage.
Despite Newsom’s public statements denying his interest in becoming president, heightened party nervousness about Biden’s popularity has fueled interest in alternative options. The Democratic landscape lacks a clear consensus, but Newsom’s actions position him as a serious contender for future presidential races— most likely in 2028.
Newsom’s $10 million investment in a political action committee targeting Republican-held states is also noteworthy, signaling his broader political ambitions. Newsom’s track record of strategic moves points toward a political figure actively preparing for higher office.
The many critics of Gavin Newsom often voice their dissatisfaction with various aspects of his leadership. One notable point of contention revolves around his handling of COVID-19 restrictions. Some argue that the measures forced upon them, such as business closures and lockdowns, were overly strict and inconsistent. These controversial moves contributed to economic challenges, particularly for specific sectors.
Another area of criticism centers on the persistent homelessness crisis in California, particularly in major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Critics agree that Newsom’s policies have not effectively addressed the issue’s root causes, leaving communities grappling with its consequences. Newsom should stick with his day job and focus on putting out the dumpster fire of a state he governs.
Business owners and conservatives express high discontent with Newsom’s regulatory approach. They argue that under his leadership, the state’s regulatory policies contribute to an environment perceived as less friendly to businesses. Another move that hinders economic growth.
The decision to close schools during the pandemic has also faced incredible backlash. Some parents and community members assert it has negatively impacted students’ education and overall mental health and well-being.
One significant incident that eroded trust in Newsom’s leadership was the famous “French Laundry” incident. Newsom decided to attend a dinner party at a high-end restaurant during a period when he advised Californians to avoid such gatherings. It led to accusations of hypocrisy and raised questions about his adherence to his own public health guidance.
Newsom’s imposition of a moratorium on the death penalty in California has drawn criticism from those who believe it goes against the will of voters who support capital punishment.
Despite liberals being excited about Newsom being a solid alternative to Biden, his standing among CA voters has hit an all-time low. According to recent polls, 49% disapprove of his performance as Governor.
If half of CA voters disapprove of him, the people firsthand experiencing his series of failures as Governor, it makes more sense for Newsom to try to take a different, more expansive approach to amplifying his national profile and campaign.
Newsom’s approval rating was 44% in late October, an 11-point drop from February when that number was higher at 55%. His disapproval rating has spiked 10% since earlier this year. His spiraling disapproval ratings may suggest that Newsom is probably not the formidable super-democrat they were hoping could secure the next presidential election— only time will tell.