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A defiant President Biden dares Democrats to come after him at the Convention

by | Jul 9, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Any lingering thoughts among Democrats that pro-abortion President Joe Biden would go quietly into the night after his calamitous debate with pro-life former President Donald Trump were answered in a defiant letter Biden sent to Congressional Democrats on Monday.

After opening with an acknowledgement that men and women of good will could ask him to step aside, Biden wrote, “I can respond to all this by saying clearly and unequivocally: I wouldn’t be running again if I did not absolutely believe I was the best person to beat Donald Trump in 2024.”

By the end of the two page letter, however, Biden took off the gloves. “The question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now,” he wrote. “And it’s time for it to end. We have one job. And that is to beat Donald Trump. We have 42 days to the Democratic Convention and 119 days to the general election. Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It’s time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump.” [Emphasis added.]

Take that, you weak-kneed scoundrels!

Later Monday morning, Biden upped the ante. He called into the “Morning Joe” program. According to Michael D. Shear of the New York Times 

President Biden on Monday dared his critics to “challenge me at the convention” if they want him out of the presidential race, refusing to step aside in a defiant letter to Democratic members of Congress and in fiery remarks on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

 

Declaring himself “frustrated by the elites” who have called for his exit from the race, Mr. Biden engaged in an offensive blitz aimed at saving his candidacy. But it also laid bare the fractures in his party over whether his position as the Democratic standard-bearer will help or hurt its fortunes this fall.

Many commentators took this to mean that if Biden was jettison, he was warning that he ready to take Democrats down with him. Others thought Biden was bluffing in hopes that by threatening disaster at the polls on November 5, fellow Democrats would line up behind the President.

Finally, Benjy Sarlin wrote that “New York Rep. Ritchie Torres summed up the situation on Monday with an unusual statement asking Democrats not to badmouth Biden on the basis of Cold War-style game theory.

Regardless of where one stands on the question of President Biden’s political future, the intra-party mixed messaging strikes me as deeply self-destructive,” he said. “Those publicly calling on President Biden to withdraw should ask themselves a simple question: what if the President becomes the Democratic nominee? The drip, drip, drip of public statements of no confidence only serve to weaken a President who has been weakened not only by the debate but also by the debate about the debate.”

We’ll talk about other developments in a separate post.

Categories: Joe Biden