Joe Biden’s recent fall at the Air Force Academy, combined with frequent evidence of his aloofness, has many Americans thinking twice about voting for him in 2024.
That, combined with his own alleged criminality, is likely why former President Donald Trump suddenly is competitive in trial heats for the general election.
A FiveThirtyEight poll showed Trump leading Biden following his second indictment 44% to 43%.
Also, the fact Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is polling around 20% against Biden expresses dissatisfaction with Biden as president and likely is connected to concern over the 80-year-old president’s age and health.
An Economist/YouGov poll released last week found that 45% of those surveyed think that Biden’s age and health “severely limit his ability to do the job.” Only 11% thought it had no impact on his ability to do his job.
Last month, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 33% of Americans think that Biden is in good enough shape to be president.
While 77% of Republicans think Biden’s age is a problem, only 13% of Democrats think so.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock fits in that 13%.
“I think [Biden] will go down as certainly one of the most effective presidents we’ve seen, certainly in my lifetime,” Warnock said, saying that Biden is doing fine.
Could Feinstein Offer Clue About Joe Biden?
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s return to the Senate after a health-related absence caused some to think about how Biden would be at age 86 at the end of a second term as president. Feinstein is 89.
Feinstein, who suffers from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, reportedly asked her colleagues why Vice President Kamala Harris was voting to break a tie.
“The reason Feinstein constitutes a risk for Biden, especially among independent voters, is that she provides a worrisome peek into what the future might hold for any octogenarian. That’s not to say Biden couldn’t successfully serve until age 86, and it’s not to overlook his many accomplishments. But the president’s supporters tend to defend his decision to seek a second term by citing the wrong metrics,” USA Today columnist Peter Funt wrote. “In 2020, Biden might have been the only Democrat who could defeat Trump. In 2024, because of his age, he might be just about the only Democrat who can’t.”
Will Re-Electing Joe Biden Lead to a President Harris?
Former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard theorizes that the Democratic National Committee’s goal is to get Biden across the finish line and install Vice President Kamala Harris as president.
“The DNC’s strategy to ensure the Democrat establishment remains in power is to re-elect Joe Biden, no matter how old or capable he is, and then get him to resign or step aside and install Kamala Harris as president,” Gabbard said. “She will be untested and unelected, and ready to act as the Democrat Establishment’s puppet president. She will then have the advantage and power of incumbency to run in 2028.”
Republicans likewise have raised the specter of a President Harris arising should Biden be re-elected.
“Let’s be very clear. A vote for President Biden is actually a vote for President Harris. We are running against Kamala Harris,” GOP presidential contender Nikki Haley told Fox News in June. “Kamala Harris is going to end up being president of the United States if Joe Biden wins this election.”
John Rossomando is a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.