It’s difficult to know how to take a report that a progressive left group plans to oppose President Biden running for reelection given that the doddering 79-year-old president rarely disappoints in carrying out their destructive agenda — climate change aside. On the other hand, it’s a safe bet the activist money on the left flows where the prevailing sentiment lies.
RootsAction announced a “#DontRunJoe” campaign that will launch on November 9, 2022, the day after the midterm elections, telling Fox News they expect “many allied groups and notable individuals” to join them in dissuading the president from a 2024 reelection bid.
“We object to Biden running in 2024 because of his job performance as president,” RootsAction co-founder Jeff Cohen told the network in an exclusive statement.
The goal is to assure that Biden is not the Democratic nominee who will take on the Republican nominee — largely expected to be Donald Trump, should he decide to run.
“Democrats would do better in this year’s midterms if the public knew Biden would not be heading the ticket in 2024. We believe that would shift voters’ attention away from Biden to the extremism of Republicans, on everything from abortion rights to voting rights to climate-change denial,” Cohen said.
The organization declared in a press release Monday, “Joe Biden should not seek it [reelection]. If he does, he will have a fight on his hands.”
RootsAction said it would call off the dogs IF Biden announces that he would not be seeking reelection before their scheduled launch date.
The best indication that the powers that be in the Democratic Party are not excited about Biden running for reelection may be a New York Times bombshell piece over the weekend.
Titled, At 79, Biden Is Testing the Boundaries of Age and the Presidency, the nation’s “newspaper of record” said Biden’s age was “uncomfortable,” that he “shuffles” when he walks and that the president’s energy is “not what it was.”
Clearly, the campaign to push Biden aside has already been launched.
On Monday, an article from New York magazine’s The Intelligencer site asked if Democrats are “stuck” with Biden in 2024. Author Ed Kilgore wondered aloud if the president can be “pushed aside” if he “doesn’t go away quietly,” suggesting that on Biden’s 80th birthday there may be a “powerful Democratic sentiment for sending him to the rest home.”
“Joe Biden is at present a very unpopular president whose performance has discouraged his party’s base. That’s a bad combination for Democrats, who are facing a 2022 midterm election with fragile control of both houses of Congress,” Ed Kilgore wrote to open the piece.
Suddenly, it’s acceptable to question Biden’s age, with Kilgore saying, “Just 12 days after November’s election, President Biden will turn 80, which is producing massive discussion about his age just as a new presidential-election cycle begins.”
Aside from being the oldest president in U.S. history and swirling stories about his mental acuity and whether he will be fit to run in 2024, there is also the problem of very low approval ratings, 40-year high inflation, skyrocketing gas prices and serious supply chain issues.
And just when you think it can’t get worse, a new New York Times/Siena College poll showed that just 13 percent of Americans believe that the country is headed in the right direction, Numbers that only get worse when you break it down by party affiliations, as just 27 percent of Democrats in the poll say the country is headed in the right direction — percent of Republican respondents and 9 percent of independent respondents say we are going in the right direction.
Biden’s dreadful approval numbers were the topic of discussion on a Fox News Specials Report panel Monday, with former South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy summing it up well.
“I don’t think there was ever a ton of enthusiasm about President Biden,” Gowdy said. “I mean he’s run for president before — it’s not Bernie-like enthusiasm. They wanted him because he could beat Trump and he did. But he didn’t deliver the progressive wish list and now they are not sure he could beat Trump and they are pretty sure he can’t beat a Republican not named Trump, so I’m not surprised. I mean, there has never been a ton of enthusiasm about Joe Biden.”
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