In what common sense suggests is part of a coordinated strategy, the corporate mouthpiece for the Democrat Party has essentially concluded that a Joe Biden 2024 presidential campaign is a non-starter.
In the run-up to the November midterms that could see the GOP retake control of Congress, the New York Times interviewed about 50 “frustrated” and “pessimistic” party officials and voters who are “whispering” that Biden, 79, should drop any reelection plans.
The Times claims that the Dems are “universally grateful” that Biden prevailed over Trump in 2020, but it’s time for Joe to get off the stage, even though he has said he plans to seek a second term. Democrats are “quietly worrying about Mr. Biden’s leadership, his age and his capability to take the fight to former President Donald J. Trump a second time,” the news outlet said.
“Many any Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024,” the Times explained in the article published on Saturday.
The so-called newspaper of record also admitted that ambitious Dems have no intention of deferring to deeply unpopular and ineffective VP Kamala Harris as Biden’s presumptive successor.
“But the repeated failures of [Biden’s] administration to pass big-ticket legislation on signature Democratic issues, as well as his halting efforts to use the bully pulpit of the White House to move public opinion, have left the president with sagging approval ratings and a party that, as much as anything, seems to feel sorry for him,” the Times claimed.
“That has left Democratic leaders struggling to explain away a series of calamities for the party that all seem beyond Mr. Biden’s control: inflation rates unseen in four decades, surging gas prices, a lingering pandemic, a spate of mass shootings, a Supreme Court poised to end the federal right to an abortion, and key congressional Democrats’ refusal to muscle through the president’s Build Back Better agenda or an expansion of voting rights, ” the Times added.
It is the Biden federal spending spree (even without the Build Back Better program, which was blocked by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat) that has created the massive inflationary spiral, however, a “nuance” that seems to have escaped the Times.
Thus, at least in part, the subtext of the article in the New York Times, ironically enough, appears to be that Biden is not radical enough, even though he has rubber-stamped much of the far-left’s agenda so far, to the country’s detriment.
Whether the Dems and their allies in the Times newsroom are willing to admit it or not, the Biden administration’s obsession with reversing ex-President Trump’s America First policies — including curtailing domestic energy production — has been a disaster for America.
According to a Real Clear Politics aggregate of seven national polls, Biden’s disapproval rating currently clocks in at 55 percent. “[P]ublic polling shows that Mr. Biden is at a low point in his popularity among Democratic voters,” the Times noted.
Former Obama operative David Axelrod that Biden’s chronological age is also an issue, although it’s just based on perception.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue…He looks his age and isn’t as agile in front of a camera as he once was, and this has fed a narrative about competence that isn’t rooted in reality.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 12, 2022
Trump, like him or not, is roughly the same age as Biden, however, but their energy level couldn’t be more different.
“Biden doesn’t get the credit he deserves for steering the country through the worst of the pandemic, passing historic legislation, pulling the NATO alliance together against Russian aggression and restoring decency and decorum to the White House,” Axelrod also asserted, throwing Biden a bone.
“Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race. That can’t be Biden,” a DNC official separately told the Times about the gaffe-prone, teleprompter-dependent incumbent.
“Many Democratic leaders and voters want Mr. Biden to fight harder against Republicans, while others want him to seek more compromise. Many of them are eyeing 2024 hoping for some sort of idealized nominee — somebody who isn’t Mr. Biden or Ms. Harris,” the Times contended.
Back in April, Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted that the change in the tone of the coverage of the president by a typically compliant liberal media cohort sent a signal that the political establishment had already decided that it’s time for Joe Biden to go.
Tucker says Dems have decided to ‘jettison’ Biden, the only questions being how and with who? https://t.co/seWja20WkS
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) April 6, 2022
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