President Joe Biden may now be facing an impeachment inquiry but his greatest adversary isn’t House Republicans but rather Father Time and it’s no longer possible for even his staunchest allies to pretend that his advanced age isn’t a big problem for the Democratic Party.
MSNBC political commentator Joe Scarborough admitted that “every” Democrat whom he has privately spoken to has expressed the opinion that the rapidly declining leader is “too old to run” although they would never dare to say so publicly.
On Wednesday’s edition of “Morning Joe” the show’s namesake along with his spouse and co-host Mika Brzezinski chatted with Washington Post senior columnist David Ignatius about a recent piece that he penned calling for Biden and Harris to step aside next year in an election that is pivotal for Democrats to finish the job of permanently transforming America.
After rehashing his praise of the nation’s 46th president from the column, Ignatius seemed to express doubt that a deteriorating Biden is up to the task of stopping former President Donald J. Trump and the reckoning that he has vowed if he returns to power.
“Is Joe Biden the person who can stop Donald Trump or somebody like Trump who gets the Republican nomination?” Ignatius asked. “He’s gotta look in the mirror, search his soul, and make that decision and I wanted to raise that question, I’d like him to think that through carefully because I have my concerns.”
“Just to answer David’s question,” Scarborough said “Mika and I, everybody, we talk to, every political discussion, it talks a lot about Trump, but when it comes to Joe Biden, people say, ‘Man, he’s too old to run isn’t he? I mean…he’s not really gonna run…”
“Every discussion,” he added. “When I say every discussion, I don’t mean 99% of the discussions — every discussion,” adding that even MSNBC co-host Reverend Al Sharpton is “hearing it as well.”
“So, you know, we often will complain about Republicans who will say one thing about Donald Trump off the air and another on air,” the host added. “Well, let me just say, Democrats, off the air, will say ‘Joe Biden’s too old. Why is he running.’ On the air? They won’t say that.”
“So I commend David for at least raising the question,” he said.
“I don’t think Biden and Vice President Harris should run for reelection. It’s painful to say that, given my admiration for much of what they have accomplished,” Ignatius wrote. “But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement — which was stopping Trump.”
Yikes! Ignatius drops the hammer on Biden and Harris both!
“President Biden should not run again in 2024” https://t.co/sdY2sjLvQF
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) September 13, 2023
Ignatius’s column is also notable for his low opinion of Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Biden has never been good at saying no. He should have resisted the choice of Harris, who was a colleague of his beloved son Beau when they were both state attorneys general,” he wrote. “Biden has another chance to say no — to himself, this time — by withdrawing from the 2024 race. It might not be in character for Biden, but it would be a wise choice for the country.”
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