MOVING ON UP
The latest quarterly rankings of potential 2024 presidential contenders has just been issued by Aaron Blake at The Fix, part of The Washington Post. Although she has rebuffed past and current suggestions that she has any interest in running for the nation’s top political spot, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has moved up to the fourth position on the list from the eighth position last quarter. Blake says Whitmer is a “strong favorite to win reelection” and attributes that in part to Republican Tudor Dixon “not being a great candidate.” The number one spot on the list is President Biden, while the number two spot is held by Michigander Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation. In descending order, the remainder of the list includes Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In a separate aside, The Fix mentions New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.