NYT columnist floats Biden-Cheney ticket in 2024

A New York Times columnist is suggesting President BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE team up with Republican Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression Cheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe MORE (Wyo.) for a bipartisan presidential ticket in 2024. 

"This is the democratic way of defeating a threat to democracy. Not doing it is how democracies die. I am quite aware that it is highly unlikely; America does not have the flexibility of a parliamentary, proportional-representation system," columnist Thomas Friedman wrote Tuesday. "And yet, I still think it is worth raising. There is no precedent for how close we’re coming to an unraveling of our democracy, either." 

Friedman pondered if the United States should borrow a page from the Israeli-Palestinian arena, where, he wrote, a diverse national unity government has recently been formed. 

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"Is that what America needs in 2024 — a ticket of Joe Biden and Liz Cheney? Or Joe Biden and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law There is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections Trump sold off the Arctic Refuge — Congress must end this risky boondoggle MORE, or Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom Officer who directed rioters away from senators says Jan. 6 could have been a 'bloodbath' Trump and Biden should stop denigrating US elections MORE and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOfficer who directed rioters away from senators says Jan. 6 could have been a 'bloodbath' Ukraine's 'Back to the Future' scenario: Deploying troops is a Cold War solution Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE, or Stacey Abrams and Liz Cheney, or Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Biden celebrates 'right to repair' wins Advocacy groups urge Congress to tackle tech giants' auto industry focus Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE and Liz Cheney? Or any other such combination," Friedman wrote. 

Cheney has emerged as a leading critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE and his allies since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Cheney, like the Democrats she serves with on the special congressional committee investigating the attack, has said Trump's repeated false claims about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election caused the attack and continue to pose a threat to public trust in elections and increase the risk of political violence. 

"We should be ready to talk about Liz Cheney as part of a blow-your-mind Israeli-style fusion coalition with Democrats. It is a coalition that says: ‘There is only one overriding goal right now — that is saving our democratic system,'" political scientist Steven Levitsky told Friedman. 

“If we treat this as a normal election, our democracy stands a coin flip’s chance of survival. Those are odds that I don’t want to run. We need to communicate to the public and the establishment that this is not a normal donkeys-versus-elephants election. This is democracy versus authoritarians,” Levitsky continued.

Friedman is one of the figures in media Biden reportedly follows regularly. He wrote last summer that the president could win a Nobel Peace Prize if he successfully helps deescalate the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.  

Friedman's column published on the same day as a widely-shared op-ed in The Wall Street Journal suggesting former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE running for president in 2024 is a "plausible" scenario.