Despite all the indications that virtually no one but “Dr.” Jill wants Joe Biden to run for president in 2024, he is hellbent on doing so. A recent New York Times poll showed that two-thirds of his own party don’t want him to run for president in 2024.
One might think this is obvious because Biden would be in the blossoming age of 82 years old by that time, but about half of them don’t want him to run because of his unpopularity and the poor job he’s done so far. In fact, it was always a tacit understanding that Biden would be a one-term president. Now, it seems so, but not for the reasons everyone initially thought.
Of course, this is a best-case scenario for Republicans. Biden is so unpopular, especially among key demographics such as Hispanics, that in a face-to-face against Donald Trump, he might lose, something unthinkable a few months ago. And he’d most certainly lose against Ron DeSantis. But he’s the president, so it doesn’t seem that anyone will publicly get in his way if he feels young and fresh enough to run.
Still, a lot of things can happen in two years. The New York Times is publishing articles calling Biden “weak” and polls that throw him under the bus, and Kamala Harris says that she’d run alongside Biden “if” he runs, despite him being unequivocal about his intentions, which probably means that the Democratic Party is ready to cut the malarkey with Biden.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, a question still remains: if not Biden, who?
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And two years now seem a short time.
This article originally appeared in El American’s newsletter on July 13, 2022.
Edgar is political scientist and philosopher. He defends the Catholic intellectual tradition. Edgar writes about religion, ideology, culture, US politics, abortion, and the Supreme Court. Twitter: @edgarjbb_ // Edgar es politólogo y filósofo. Defiende la tradición intelectual católica. Edgar escribe sobre religión, ideología, cultura, política doméstica, aborto y la Corte Suprema. Twitter: @edgarjbb_