Joe Biden Not Fit For Debate – Joe Biden does not seem to be up for much of anything these days, much less a lively and heated debate in the face of his two democratic opponents over the country’s most pressing issues.
There are the obvious reasons for the DNC refusing to pit Biden against Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Marianne Williamson, Biden’s only two declared opponents.
His cognitive as well as physical decline and his inability to form coherent sentences and follow a logical train of thought are apparent to all.
However, even if he had strong faculties, Biden’s leadership and policies remain a major weakness.
Kennedy in particular – a candidate who has been able to generate some appeal across party lines via his positions on COVID-19, vaccinations, the elite cabal, and Ukraine – could press Biden on issues he will likely have to face in the general election against likely either Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis, both robust and feisty candidates.
In an interview with Harris Faulkner on Fox News the other night, Kennedy stated, “Staying in the White House and not really being out on the campaign trail is like asking a prize fighter to prepare for the big bout by sitting on the couch and eating Chik-Fil-A. He needs to be on his toes if he’s going to beat the Republican.”
Does Kennedy Have a Shot?
Blindly putting up Joe Biden for the democratic nomination is a mistake.
Currently, Biden’s approval ratings hover below 50% and are slipping by the day.
Kennedy’s numbers have been increasing since he announced his bid on April 19. His highest numbers come in at 20% among Democrat voters, according to a CNN poll.
No doubt, these numbers would increase with a live contest which would demonstrate just how fragile Biden is.According to Suraj Pate, a former Democratic congressional candidate, “Robert F. Kennedy Jr is a conspiracy theorist. He has zero chance of winning this primary.”
Kennedy doesn’t agree. He says he has a better shot than Biden at defeating the Republican nominee. “Our internal poll numbers are showing me stronger against both republican candidates than President Biden. When that kind of polling becomes public, Democrats are going to want somebody who can beat Governor DeSantis and who can beat President Trump.”
He retaliated against Pate directly. “If I’m a conspiracy theorist, show me something I got wrong.”
Criticism is coming not only from Biden’s opponents, but celebrities, who are better known for supporting Democrats and tend to only have something to say about politics when it concerns social issues.
James Van Der Beek, star of the 90’s teenage hit show “Dawson’s Creek,” ranted in a video last week: “There’s no debate over an 80 year old man who if he lives will be the oldest sitting president in the history of the country?”
He continued “This guy has obvious declining mental faculties. You’re putting him up in front of a podium with flashcards telling him who to call on and what the questions are going to be. You’re telling us there’s no debate? How is this democracy?”
He expressed the frustration many in the country feel regarding the futile effort of voting in elections.
“How do we have a democracy if we’re letting a small little back room of people make all the important decisions for us? It’s not a democracy and it doesn’t work.”
Marianne Williamson, while a nominee for the Democratic Party, has more notoriety amongst the west coast spiritual celebrity crowd. Few are taking her bid for the nomination seriously, yet she reiterated Van Der Beek’s criticisms.
In an op-ed piece in Newsweek earlier this week, Williamson contested:
“Candidate suppression is a form of voter suppression, and the party that purports to be the champion of democracy should not be so wary of it in our own house. The best way to protect our democracy is through practicing it.”
She even invoked a bit of Trump-like antagonism against the political elite:
“We’re told … that things are not like they were 100 years ago, that the DNC is not a group of men sitting around a table, smoking cigars, feeling themselves entitled to decide who the nominee will be. But it pretty much is: They are a modern embodiment of the arrogance of power we were warned about by President George Washington.”
At the outset of her campaign she called Biden a “weak choice for 2024.”
If there is one thing both members of the left and the right seem to agree on, it’s this.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor for 19FortyFive.com. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.