New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman set social media alight on Tuesday after he suggested that President Joe Biden trade in Kamala Harris in exchange for the notorious Republican Never Trump congresswoman Liz Cheney for the upcoming 2024 Presidential election.
As Fox News reports:
Friedman wrote a piece extensively focused on Israeli politics and the “most diverse national unity government in Israel’s history,” something he suggested, “might be a harbinger for politics in the U.S.”
“Is that what America needs in 2024 — a ticket of Joe Biden and Liz Cheney?” Friedman wondered. “Or Joe Biden and Lisa Murkowski, or Kamala Harris and Mitt Romney, or Stacey Abrams and Liz Cheney, or Amy Klobuchar and Liz Cheney? Or any other such combination. Before you leap into the comments section, hear me out.”
The Times columnist elaborated on the mechanics that led to the 2021 ousting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and how an Israeli coalition across party lines elevated “rightist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and left-of-center Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid” into power.
He asked political scientist Steven Levitsky, who warned “democracy cannot afford for this Republican Party to win again” for failing to commit to democratic rules, if a Biden-Cheney ticket is “such a crazy idea.”
Needless to say Friedman’s proposal was generally not received positively by political observers on social media:
The most storied institution in American journalism has given this man a high-paying job for life. And he farts this out. https://t.co/WQmO6MKpTT
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) January 12, 2022