Commenting on Joe Biden, commentator Steven Hayward in his blog post on PowerLine is predicting that the US president in “finished” “done”.
He said, first, we can expect a steady drumbeat of media stories such as the latest from mainstream political reporter Ronald Brownstein. His latest headline: “Is Biden a Man Out of Time?” What Brownsteain’s article makes clear is that the media and the Democratic base wish Biden would be even more aggressively leftist and polarizing.
Regarding Joe Biden Steven Hayward wrote:
“It’s pretty clear that the left is organizing to dump Joe Biden when it becomes evident that he’s a certain loser in 2024. Rather that waiting for a Ted Kennedy-like figure to challenge him in the 2024 primaries, which would likely doom Democrats to certain defeat, the left will need to push him out early, and clear the calendar for one or more Democrats to organize a serious presidential campaign. (It goes without saying the Democratic Party intelligentsia knows that Kamala Harris is a hopeless candidate).
There really isn’t a towering Ted Kennedy-like figure in the Democratic Party today. It is worth recalling that in the summer of 1979, as Kennedy was considering a challenge to Jimmy Carter, a steady stream of Democrats all quietly urged Kennedy to run, including more conservative Democrats like Scoop Jackson and Pat Moynihan, to further left figures like John Culver and Frank Church. Their motive was the same—they wanted to save their own skins. (And in fact Culver and Church went down in the Reagan 1980 landslide).”
He said, there will be three “clear parts” for the left’s pincer to force Joe Biden to step aside from the 2024 election.
“First, we can expect a steady drumbeat of media stories such as the latest from mainstream political reporter Ronald Brownstein. His latest headline: ‘Is Biden a Man Out of Time?’ What Brownstein’s article makes clear is that the media and the Democratic base wish Biden would be even more aggressively leftist and polarizing”.
That report documented that Biden “and his team have been following, not leading”, on issues.
It continued, “To frustrated Democrats, the administration’s cautious response to the abortion decision is further evidence that Biden’s roots in an earlier political order have left him slow to acknowledge, much less respond to, the radicalization of the Trump-era GOP. The growing chorus among the president’s internal critics is that even if Biden was the right man for beating Trump, he has become the wrong man for combating Trumpism”.
But the commentary pointed out that Brownstein managed to avoid “any mention of Biden’s obvious age-related maladies”.
Then there also will be “indirect attacks” on the failures of the Biden White House, he wrote.
Secondly, there will be party insiders who dump on Biden in public, such as the recent comments from David Axelrod, who suggested Biden is “not in command.”
Third will be polling data, which recently found 71 percent of respondents don’t want Biden to run for a second term.
On that topic, Mark Penn, of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll, said, “President Biden may want to run again but the voters say ‘no’ to the idea of a second term, panning the job he is doing as president. Only 30 percent of Democrats would even vote for him in a Democratic presidential primary”.
Those agendas will be appearing soon, and often, he wrote.
“Look for the pace of Bad-News-for-Biden polls to pick up in frequency and intensity. It becomes a self-reinforcing feedback loop for party insiders like Axelrod and the media alike: every new poll gives them the opportunity to provide ‘analysis’ that all points in the same direction”.
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