Clyburn says quiet part out loud on not ‘ditching’ Joe Biden in 2024: People vote party, not the person

Democrats continue to refuse to acknowledge the fact that a majority of their own base doesn’t want President Joe Biden running for reelection.

Case in point: During an appearance last week on Chris Wallace’s HBO Max/CNN show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” the host confronted House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn with data showing Biden’s lack of popularity vis-a-vis the 2024 race, but Clyburn reflexively dismissed all of it.


“The Washington Post has a recent poll out that shows that Joe Biden is in serious trouble as he seeks reelection in 2024. Let me put some of this on the screen. Does Mr. Biden have the mental sharpness to serve effectively as president? 32 percent said yes, 63 percent no,” the host said.

“And when Democrats were asked who they want the party to nominate in 2024, 36% said Biden, while 58% said someone else. Congressman, wouldn’t Democrats be better off picking another person as their nominee next year?” he added.

Well, I don’t think so,” Clyburn promptly replied, signaling that he disagrees with the majority of the Democrat Party base.

Why not? Because evidently, to Clyburn the presidential election is all about the parties and not the individual persons actually running for office.

“When you go into a general election, it’s gonna be Democrats against Republicans. What’s the Democratic agenda? What’s the democratic vision for the future? And what’s the Republican agenda and vision for the for the future? And then you look at the candidates, and you compare your candidate against their candidate. That is when it comes to fruition,” he said.

Wallace wasn’t impressed by this answer.

“But let’s take a look at these recent horse race polls, candidate versus candidate. Washington Post, Trump plus six, the Wall Street Journal, Biden plus three. For all of Trump’s baggage and, he’s got a lot, this race is essentially even,” he said.

“I mean, isn’t there a real risk? Don’t Democrats risk, that if you nominate Joe Biden with all the concerns, particularly about his age and his competence over the next six years that the country has … there’s a real chance that the country ends up with President Trump again,” he added.

But again Clyburn refused to acknowledge reality.

“I don’t think so, not in the least. And I’ve seen the horse races and when you put Biden up against Trump, Biden does very well,” he claimed, prompting a fact-check from Wallace.

But Clyburn skipped right over the fact-check.

“Yeah, one poll may say one thing, and one poll will say another. I’ll go over the average of those polls. And Biden is four to eight points in the lead. And that’s before people really get a chance to look in on their performances and their vision and listen to their vision for the future,” he said.

Actually, according to polling averages maintained by RealClearPolitics, at the moment Trump is ahead by 1.4 percentage points. Furthermore, he’s even out-performing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s only tying with the president.

During Clyburn’s appearance on Wallace’s program last week, he also sought to explain why the president had supported the Democrat National Committee’s decision “to move up South Carolina, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan in the 2024 Democratic calendar, breaking with decades of tradition of Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two states to hold nominating contests,” according to CNN.

Recall that it wasn’t until Biden’s decisive victory in South Carolina during the 2020 Democrat presidential primary election that his campaign really took off.

With this in mind, Wallace asked Clyburn whether the president is “stacking the deck” against his primary opponents by moving South Carolina to the front of the line.

“I don’t think you’re stacking the deck. I think you’re avoiding embarrassment, that is what he is attempting to avoid here. And I would expect anybody to do the same,” the Democrat lawmaker replied.

“You do not have the demographics as required for Democrats in the general election, and neither one of those states (Iowa and New Hampshire) have the demographics that are favorable to Democrats in the general, I think we know that,” he added.



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