Joe Biden: You Are Great, But Please Don’t Run Again: At least one pundit is saying Joe Biden is a great president. Journalist and author Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times lists a litany of reasons that show Biden has been terrific.
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That’s not what many voters think, though.
His approval rating is in the low forties, and a majority in his own party do not want to see him run again.
Goldberg surprisingly agrees with that sentiment even though she clearly admires Biden anyway. But should he run for President again in 2024? Well…
Democrats Still Have Hope
We get that Joe Biden is old, and people hold their breath (and their noses) whenever he speaks in public.
This is a man who once tried to shake hands with an imaginary person on stage.
If you are a Democrat, Joe Biden has many policies and legislative achievements that make you smile. There is the Inflation Reduction Act that will spend billions on climate change initiatives. He has answered the call for the United States to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. Biden ended the war in Afghanistan. He helped codify gay marriage. He worked to reduce the level of insulin prices for the elderly. But…
Conservatives Sense Weakness When It Comes to Joe Biden
Republicans are shaking their heads with wonder at this list of dubious achievements.
The withdrawal from Afghanistan was terrible, according to the right. The economy has been hobbled by high inflation and expensive gas prices. Interest rates are high too and this has resulted in lower home values. Americans are living off their credit cards – 46 percent of Americans have outstanding balances. They barely survive from paycheck to paycheck. The southern border and illegal immigration is a ghastly crisis. The deadly drug fentanyl coming from China and Mexico is a result of Biden’s open borders policy.
The Survey Says: Biden Just Quit
Conservatives would laugh at Goldberg’s assessment that Biden is great. But at least she admits that he should not run again.
Recent polls reveal this sentiment. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that only 37 percent of Democrats want him to run again. When it comes to a survey of all Americans, a CNBC All-American Economic Survey Poll concluded that 70 percent of voters think that Biden should hang it up.
Who Else Among Democrats Can Win?
We have covered who could replace Biden on the ticket extensively. I can summarize the following potential candidates quickly, and it doesn’t look good for Democrats.
Kamala Harris lacks basic political skills and communication ability.
Pete Buttigieg is a lightweight with few accomplishments.
Gavin Newsom prefers running in 2028.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too young and better suited to try for the Senate.
Few others have the right stuff.
Down But Not Out
People have written Joe Biden off before. The 2022 midterm elections were predicted to bring a red tsunami of Republican wins. This did not happen. Joe Biden is in charge of his party. He could still win re-election. Trump is hated by many, and some people would move to another country if he became president again.
Fix the Fears and Concerns that People Have
But Biden has much work to do if he is to regain the trust of the American people. His age and cognitive skills are an issue. He needs to inspire confidence and show that he can communicate without a hitch. He requires better surrogates other than the usual Democrat cheerleaders in the Washington Post and New York Times. He should work on the border crisis and show sympathy with those who can’t make ends meet. He must also reinforce the idea that Democrats are the party of the working class not just a collection of coastal elites.
These inroads are all possible. He has plenty of time to rectify his image and improve his leadership ability.
But if he continues to engage in gaffes and missteps, looks lost during crises, and peddles in tall-tales and falsehoods, the American people may resort to Trump or another Republican candidate and wish that Biden finally retires.
Author Expertise and Experience: Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.