The establishment media aired grievances against President Joe Biden this week, marking the failure of his leadership on a variety of issues throughout his tenure.
As Biden’s polls hit the lowest level of his presidency on Saturday (31% approval), Politico Playbook headlined Saturday that Democrats have “growing doubts” about Biden’s 2024 candidacy.
“Whether the specific issue is abortion rights, court reform, voting rights, filibuster, or DOJ’s investigation into DONALD TRUMP’s attempts to void the 2020 election,”[m]all Democrats share the sentiment that … Biden and his team followed, not led,” Playbook wrote, citing a Atlantic Thursday post.
The Atlantic article, written by Ronald Brownstein, slammed Biden for not pushing back against Supreme Court ruling Roe vs. Wade decision with a harder and faster backlash. It’s unclear what Biden can realistically do to thwart the court’s decision without congressional action, but the media seem to indicate that something more could be done:
A string of frustrated Democrats openly complained this week that Biden and other administration officials failed in their initial reactions to the decision to reflect the urgency and angst of right-to-right supporters. abortion. Although Biden was quick to denounce the decision last week, he avoided any broader condemnation of the court’s leadership or legitimacy and rejected proposals to change its structure. Biden aides have pointed to the limits of what the executive branch can do to soften the impact of the decision.
Those complaints echoed the frustration of suffrage activists last year, when Biden was slow to resist the red state’s broad push to pass laws making it harder to vote. And they recall the impatience of legal analysts who questioned the pace of the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. filibuster for the vote, and House hearings on Jan. 6 could soon galvanize the Justice Department’s investigation.
Even so, many Democrats share the sentiment that on all of these issues, including abortion, Biden and his team have been following, not leading. And that trend points to a lingering question about Biden, who was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and was shaped by a more clubber and cooperative Washington. Can he be the inspirational leader his party needs to counter aggressive moves by Republicans in Congress and in the states, and their representatives on the Supreme Court, to overturn long-standing civil rights and even threaten democracy itself? same ?
Polls show Biden losing his party’s support. Only 69% of Democratic voters approve of Biden, according to a June poll by Civiqs. And 85% of Americans think the country is headed down the wrong path, up 36% from January 2021, when Biden took office.
Doubts about Biden’s future political viability have reportedly struck a chord with the president. The Time reported that Biden was “irritated” by the “disrespect of their party and the press” while complaining of the lack of “signs of loyalty”, which “have been rare”.
If Biden stepped down in 2024 as the media suggested, it’s unclear who would replace him. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on who could defeat a potential third round of Donald Trump. The Time even issued a warning about Biden’s “ability to fight former President Donald J. Trump a second time.”