Even as the party prepares for sweeping losses in the coming midterm elections, Democrats increasingly question the wisdom of supporting President Joe Biden’s reelection bid in 2024.
The New York Times published a report Saturday highlighting the belief of some party members that Biden is “an anchor that should be cut loose.”
It was just December when Biden assured voters that he intends to run for reelection if his health holds up. He will be 82 when the 2024 presidential winner is sworn into office.
Some in the party feel this is just too old, at least perception-wise. Democratic strategist David Axelrod told the Times that Biden’s age falsely feeds the narrative of his handling of the position.
The Times addressed the president’s standing with 50 elected Democrats and voters who chose him over former President Trump in 2020. Most refused to answer questions on record, but the general consensus was clear.
The party’s base is upset at low polling numbers and the perception of inaction and lack of leadership on key issues. With gas over $5 a gallon nationally and one crisis piling on top of another, successes to run on in November are few and getting fewer.
Examples of frustration are the sweeping Build Back Better spending package which was derailed by Democratic infighting. A package that undoubtedly would have made the four-decade high inflation mark even higher, but few mention this.
Another is voting rights legislation, a key issue for many of Biden’s Black supporters despite record voter turnout in this year’s primaries. This also faded away in the face of solid GOP opposition along with cracks in the Democrats’ ranks.
And the cracks in the party are getting wider.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gave an enlightening response on a Sunday talk show when asked about backing Biden in 2024. The “Squad” member told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she will “cross that bridge when we get to it.” As host Beth Dash reiterated, “that’s not a yes.”
Ocasio-Cortez said her focus remains on this year’s elections.
Interesting, but where would the Democrats go from Biden? Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval ratings are worse than those of her boss, so that’s not a solution. Perhaps a Bernie Sanders/AOC ticket? That would be a dream team — for the GOP.