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Biden’s three losing issues.  Age, age and age.

Biden’s three losing issues.  Age, age and age.

In a previous commentary, I promised to cover the growing concern among Democrats over President Biden’s age and mental acuity.  Most folks are probably aware that age is an issue.  After all, more than 80 percent of voters believe Biden is too old to serve as President for four years.

As expected, most of that is coming from Republicans and those on the right.  But Democrats and those on the left are joining the chorus in no uncertain terms.  If you do not know that there is a massive effort by those on the left to have Biden withdraw from the presidential race, you have not been paying attention.  Allow me to enlighten you.

It may have begun when David Ignatius, the liberal columnist for the Washington Post, broke ranks with the Democrat establishment in a September 2023 opinion piece.  He called on Biden and Vice President Harris not to run for reelection because of Biden’s age and growing vitality issues and Harris’ unpopularity.

Since that time, there have been a bevy of hardcore Democrats and leftwing icons calling on Biden to withdraw from the race.

  1. Ezra Klein, an uber leftwing editorialist for the New York Times, suggested that Biden withdraw and allow the delegates to the National Democratic Convention to choose a younger candidate with a better chance of beating Trump.  He wrote, “We had to wait till this year – till now, really – to see Biden even begin to show what he’d be like on the campaign trail.  And what I think we’re seeing is that he’s not up for this.”  In his podcast, Klein said, “I think Biden, as painful as this is, should find a way to step down as a hero.” 
  2. Following Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report, describing Biden as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” New York Times Ross Douthat wrote, “Joe Biden should not be running for reelection.  That much was obvious well before the special prosecutor’s comments on the president’s memory lapses …”.  He added, “The impression the president gives in public is not senility so much as extreme frailty, like a light bulb that still burns so long as you keep it on dimmer.” 
  3. Democrat strategist James Carville said in a CNN interview, “You can’t look at this (Biden’s age) and not say that you’re concerned.  For me to come on television and say I don’t find this alarming and troubling at all, it would be stupid of me.”  Carville had also said that Biden’s skipping a Super Bowl interview was a “sign that he has a problem.”  Keeping Biden away from unscripted moments shows that the White House does not “need to be told that the President has an age problem,” according to Carville.
  4. Former President Obama advisor David Axelrod has expressed his concern over the age issue as a liability in the campaign in several media appearances.  In a posting on social media, he went so far as to say that Biden “should consider whether to stay in the race.”  Axelrod subsequently said he was not calling for Biden to suspend his campaign – but merely something worthy of discussion. 
  5. A New York Times editorial addressed Biden’s age problem by noting that “he has less substantive, unscripted interaction with the public and press than any other President in recent memory.”
  6. Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson – who chaired the January 6th Select Committee – said “Those of us who helped Joe Biden get elected President are not real comfortable with what we are seeing.”
  7. Democrat Congressman and former member of the House leadership team Steny Hoyer expressed reservations about Biden’s re-electability when conceded, “We all have our concerns.  We want to make sure it’s a victory campaign.”
  • FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver said that he personally “crossed the Rubicon in November, concluding that Biden should stand down if he wasn’t going to be able to run a normal reelection campaign.”  Silver added that if Biden was not able to sit for the Super Bowl interview, “It is awfully audacious to ask Americans to make him President for another four years.”
  • New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger said that his newspaper has raised the Biden age issue so many times that the “White House has been extremely upset about it.”
  • Writing for an Axios editorial, Hana Nichole, reported on the concern expressed by major donors over Biden’s use of “cheat sheets” when addressing them informally “to help explain his own policy positions on questions he knows are coming.”
  • Appearing on CNN’s “Smerconish,” sportscaster Bob Costa – a harsh critic of Trump — said that “it is very unlikely that he (Biden) can complete a second term” and that “Biden is incapable of uttering two consecutive sentences” when compared to the rhetorical skills of California Governor Gavin Newsom.  Costa said, “His (Biden’s) own staff knows he has to be bubble wrapped,” and added that “Biden is not a compelling figure anymore.” Costa said that If Biden’s “hubris” will not allow him to depart the campaign on his own, “then he has to be shown the door.”
  • Writing in Newsweek, journalist Dan Perry called on Biden to step down and endorse Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  He wrote, “Fairly or not, many voters believe Biden, already the oldest president, is too old. Maybe the televised glimpses of him sounding confused, seeming frail and looking tired are not representative. Maybe hostile media (and the mob on social media) are overly focused on it. But this is the time we live in.”

These are some of the most prominent of voices who have expressed serious doubts about Biden’s age and mental acuity – and the need for Biden to end his bid for a second term.  Many others are expressing similar fears and offering similar advice.  They fear that Biden will not beat Trump – and if he does, he will not be capable of completing a second term.  And those are only the tip of the iceberg.  Many others have the same fears and concerns but do not express their opinion publicly in the belief that if the “age problem” is not discussed in public, no one will notice it.

But the age problem will not go away.  Biden will not get any younger.  His signs of aging will inevitably worsen.  The fact that Biden is being kept “bubble wrapped” – to use Bob Costa’s term – is more than enough evidence that the age problem is extremely serious when considering giving Biden the most powerful and most demanding job in the world for the next four-plus years.

Trying to use Trump’s age and mental acuity as a comparison is doomed to failure.  The public has already considered that argument – and find it wanting.  The most recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that 67 percent of voters believe Biden is too old to continue to be President.  Only 41 percent of respondents say the same about Trump.  This is a case in which perception IS reality.

Age – more than any political issue – may be the deciding factor that prevents Biden from being reelected to a second term – or even continuing to run.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

8 Comments

  1. frank Stetson

    The best cure for fears about Biden’s age and accuity is to run Trump speeches.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/anafaguy/2024/03/03/trump-confuses-biden-for-obama-again-here-are-the-other-times/?sh=7b7f6d7522c9

    He sweats, his hair is a really funny color recently, as he dodders his morbidly obese fat ass around. I dunno, I think as we get closer, and more folks do a pair-wise comparison, Biden will look better than a business/tax cheating rapist does.

    Where’s Melania?

    • Dan tyree

      You noticed all of this about Trump? I wonder what you would think if you smelled his farts. By the way SCOTUS really came through for him.

  2. larry Horist

    Dr. Frank Stetson … Thanks for your diagnosis of Trump. LOL. On the other hand, the fact that Biden refuses to take the standard mental tests that doctors recommend to most older patients — especially those with initial signs of a developing issues (as does Biden) — says a LOT. Tie that to what we do see, and the fact that he is sooooo shielded from unscripted and prolonged exposure to public and press, and the concern by voters (as seen in the polls) is very legitimate. If you compare Trumps misstatements to Biden’s, do it by word count. Trump goes on for hours on a daily basis — mostly impromptu. A few slips are to be expected. I suspect, you will be singing Biden’s praises after his SOTU speech. It is not proof that he does not have a problem. I have seen folks “pull it together” with more serious mental problems than Biden has at this stage. Even with that in mind, I suspect his handlers will be watch the speech with crossed fingers.

    • Doug

      “Dr.” Stetson, huh? In the sense that Jill Bidet is a “doctor”?

      All you say is accurate and relevant. But even if it weren’t, Quid Pro Groper Joe Bidet would arguably face an uphill climb because of growing evidence of White House corruption, concern about foreign policy (particularly Ukraine, Russia, Israel and Afghanistan), the teetering economy, uberwokiness throughout the administration, deterioration of the armed forces, massive deficit spending and a multitude of other concerns.

      Groper Joe’s obvious senility amplifies all those other worries.

      • Doug

        And how did I miss the invasion across the southern border?

    • Frank stetson

      Yeah, Horist needs a doctor to diagnose sweat, funny hair color, and doddering. Of course, Horist diagnoses worse for Biden.

      Biden will will take the test when Trump releases his tax records. Not for either.

      Doug, Jill Biden has a phd. You don’t.

      As far as the rest, prove it. Your legal firm of Comer, Jordan, Biggs, Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe sucks pond water and hasn’t proved anything except their incompetence and ability to waste our tax dollars.

      Maybe you missed the border, illegals down in numbers fyi, because your head is up your, nah couldn’t be that.

  3. JoeyP

    Actually, it’s: Incompetence, unconstitutional action – and did I say INCOMPETENCE?!?

  4. Darren

    Actually it is the reverse. Biden has proven for Trump that Age is just a number.
    Incompetence can be created at any age.
    With age come wisdom ( For Most ) people.
    Biden’s wisdom has been spent learning the Old Dem trick of
    screwing the people of this country out of their money while he gets rich.
    Just fill your gas tank and let me know haw that works out.