The Democratic Party finally admits its octogenarian standard bearer may not have what it takes to win
Citing “dozens of frustrated Democratic officials, congressmen and voters“, recognized the New York Times in a report published on Sunday that incumbent US President Joe Biden could be replaced as the party’s candidate in 2024.
The president is “Wrestle[ing] to advance the essentials of its agenda“, admits the article, indicating the party’s last chance to attract voters”focused on inflation and gas pricesComing back into the Democratic fold ahead of the midterm elections is to focus more on the already ubiquitous coverage of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearings.
After reassuring his readers that “most top elected Democrats were reluctant“to throw the incumbent under the bus, crediting him with expelling former President Donald Trump from the White House, the newspaper underlined the will of his administration”repeated failures” on “signature democrat stakessuch as abortion, gun control, voting rights and the costly Build Back Better program, as well as non-partisan issues such as record inflation and gas prices.
Steve Simeonidis, a Democratic National Committee member from Miami, was outspoken about his lack of confidence in Biden’s ability to win a second term. “To say that our country is on the right track would be a flagrant departure from reality. [Biden] should announce his intention not to seek re-election in 24 just after the half-terms,” he said.
Others were less direct. After a warning that as a new member of Congress she was not “allowed to have feelingsRegarding Biden’s eligibility, recent Democratic primary winner Jasmine Crockett pointed to a “enthusiasm gapbetween the parties. “Democrats are like ‘What’s going on?’ Our country is completely collapsing. And so I think we lack excitement.”
And even the president’s supporters admitted that some serious narrative manipulation might be needed to keep Biden in the White House. To complain about “party leaders” not “more aggressively touting the administration’s success“, former senior adviser to Biden, Cristobal Alex, called for a change in direction that could only be brought about by”a powerful echo chamber combined with action in Congress on remaining priorities.”
Given the powerful echo chamber of major social media platforms already largely in line with the administration’s desires, it’s unclear how any additional narrative muscle could be tapped short of deploying the very ridiculed the Disinformation Governance Council that the administration was shamed into taking a break last month after it was widely derided as an Orwellian assault on the First Amendment.
Biden’s approval ratings are at record highs, with even members of his own party reporting uninterested 73% support last month – the lowest point of his presidency – and just 48% of Democrats calling him out. stand for re-election in a January poll. National approval ratings are much lower, with just 36% of respondents saying they view his presidency favorably, the lowest score since he took office in January 2021. A shocking 83% of Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction.
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The party’s main constituencies are of particular concern for future Biden supporters. Recent polls show black voters shunning the president for his failure to follow through on “fundamental promises” fact about the election campaign. Less than a quarter of black voters”strongly endorsedof Biden’s performance in a poll taken earlier this month, and only 64% said they were “absolutely certainto vote midterm, a drop of 20 points from last June.
Given that Biden’s biggest selling point in 2020 was that he wasn’t Trump, strategists are also worried about how he will fare against any non-Trump Republican candidate, especially a younger face like the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is widely seen as a potential candidate. if Trump decides to stay in retirement. Given that Biden will be 82 in 2024, even the strategy of avoiding interviews that served him so well during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 is unlikely to hide his frailty from voters. However, The Times declined to release the names of any potentially winning alternative Democratic candidates who had not already lost to Biden in the 2020 primary.
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