Calls for Joe Biden to Step Aside Continue – The reliably liberal Atlantic has a new column calling for Joe Biden to step aside. Columnist and prominent NeverTrumper Eliot A. Cohen opines that Biden is too old to be president at the age of 80. MAGA Republicans are not the only ones saying it.
His recent spate of gaffes, including claiming that Vladimir Putin was losing in Iraq instead of Ukraine and that inexplicably blurting out “God Save the Queen!” despite the fact Queen Elizabeth II died in September, has increased scrutiny.
Then you had the president fall last month during the U.S. Air Force Academy’s commencement ceremony. It marked the third time the president had fallen in public since becoming president in January 2021.
Biden’s Health and Age Disqualifies Him
“I am deeply grateful to Joe Biden. By defeating Donald Trump in 2020, he rescued this country from the continuing misrule of a dangerous grifter and serial liar, a man gripped by vindictiveness, lawlessness, and egomania. By contrast, Biden presented himself, correctly, as a decent, experienced, and entirely normal politician. He may even have saved his country. Americans owe him a profound debt of respect and appreciation,” Cohen wrote. “He also has no business running for president at age 80. I say that with considerable feeling, being in my late 60s and knowing that my 70s are not far off. I am as healthy as any late-middle-aged person (admittedly, I cringe at the word old, which tells you something right there) can be.
Cohen continued: “But I know that at this stage, I do not have the energy I had a decade ago. I forget more things, and if my body does not hurt when I wake up in the morning, a little voice in my head asks whether I am dead, and do not yet know it.”
He’s not alone. An NBC News poll found last month that 68% of Americans think that Biden does not have the necessary mental or physical acumen to be president. By contrast, only 32% said they had no concerns.
Liberal journalist Andrea Mitchell noted after the poll came out that she agreed with the sentiments.
“Joe Biden is now 80 years old, and, if re-elected, he would be the oldest president in American history, turning 86 by the end of a second term,” Mitchell, who turns 77 herself this fall, said last month.
Could Joe Biden’s Age Re-elect Donald Trump?
Biden’s age could be the Achilles heel that causes him to return the keys to the White House to Donald Trump on Inauguration Day 2025.
Others point to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein as a warning of what an 86-year-old Joe Biden could be like.
Feinstein returned to the Senate in May and appeared confused when Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the chamber. She has experienced declining health and increasing memory problems.
“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.”
Stewart Verdery, who served in former President George W. Bush’s administration, told The Hill that he thinks Trump’s personality and legal troubles could be Biden’s only salvation.
“The president’s age is certainly going to be a headwind on his reelection campaign. The polling says so, and the examples will certainly keep coming as he is in the public eye,” Verdery said.
Polling shows that Trump would return to the White House by four points today if the election were held, according to a new NBC News poll. That is no doubt due to concerns over Biden’s health outweighing voters’ feelings about Trump’s legal problems.
John Rossomando was a senior analyst for Defense Policy at the Center for Security 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.