Joe Gilbertson | Jun 20, 2022 | 12
Democrats Don’t Want Biden to Run for Re-Election
The Democratic Party is rapidly losing faith in President Joe Biden’s leadership abilities and would prefer if he did not run for re-election, suggests a report published by the New York Times.
The report includes interviews with nearly 50 Democratic officials including voters, county leaders, and members of Congress. Few if any of the elected officials interviewed made any comment about Biden’s future.
“Nearly all the Democrats interviewed” expressed “deep concern about his political viability,” notes the report. “They have watched as Biden has repeatedly rattled global diplomats with unexpected remarks that were later walked back by his White House staff, and he has sat for fewer interviews than any of his recent predecessors.
In addition, the party is growing increasingly frustrated with Biden’s inability to move forward with much of his agenda and fears he will be unable to defeat a GOP opponent in 2024.
“To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,” says DNC member Steve Simeonidis. “[Biden] should announce his intent not to seek re-election in ’24 right after the midterms.”
From Democrats’ perspective, defeating President Trump seems to be Biden’s only major accomplishment.
The NYT report coincides with the start of the January 6th hearings in Congress, an event that many officials view as Biden’s last chance to attract swing voters ahead of midterms.
The report notes “low enthusiasm” among Biden’s voter base and notes that his approval rating among his own party members is at a record-low of 73%. His overall approval rating fell from 42% to 39% this month as Americans struggle with record-high inflation and high gas prices.
Other factors include:
- The Biden Administration’s ongoing failure to pass big-ticket legislation
- Biden’s personal attempts to sway public opinion
- The lingering effects of COVID
- The recent series of mass shootings
- The Supreme Court’s expected reversal of Roe v. Wade
- A general perception of physical and mental weakness
- Negative portrayal by the media
“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,” adds David Axelrod, a strategist who worked for both of former President Barack Obama’s winning campaigns.
“Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race,” adds DNC member Sheila Huggins. “That can’t be Biden.”