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Calls for Biden not to run again grow louder and more frequent

by | Jul 3, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

The move to replace pro-abortion President Joe Biden is assuming avalanche proportions. It began couched in “do it for the party”; “do it to save democracy”; or “do it to save your legacy.”

That gentle call has turned urgent, as for example, “Mr. President, do it quickly enough so that Democrats running downstream don’t get caught up in your impending disaster.”

The headline in this morning New York Times read “Biden Told Ally That He Is Weighing Whether to Continue in the Race” []. Katie Rogers begins her story, “President Biden has told a key ally that he knows he may not be able to salvage his candidacy if he cannot convince the public in the coming days that he is up for the job after a disastrous debate performance last week.”

Andrew Bates, a White House spokesman, “said the report was ‘absolutely false.’”

Here are a few additional quotes to ponder the day before Independence Day, a time in which more and more Democrats are asking Biden to free them from impending disaster.

The New York Times:

Andrew Ross Sorkin, under the subhead “Plan B talks get louder,” writes, “The Biden campaign’s attempts to soothe panicked Democrats and donors after the president’s calamitous debate appear to have cratered.

“One Democratic lawmaker has openly called on President Biden to withdraw from the race, while others are sharply criticizing his campaign’s response. Polls show his approval ratings are falling. And many party backers remain as nervous about sticking with him as they were as they were last week — but also worry about the alternatives.”

Pro-abortion Vice President Kamala Harris has the inside track because (a) “She is the only potential candidate who could directly assume the Biden campaign’s $240 million in funds, since she’s his running mate”; and (b) does just as well in early polling against pro-life former president Donald Trump as Mr. Biden.

CNN

 Under the headline “CNN Poll: Most voters think Democrats have a better chance of keeping White House if Biden isn’t the nominee,” Jennifer Agiesta and Ariel Edwards-Levy write, “Three-quarters of US voters say the Democratic Party would have a better shot at holding the presidency in 2024 with someone other than President Joe Biden at the top of the ticket, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. His approval rating also has hit a new low following a shaky performance in the first debate of this year’s presidential campaign.

“In a matchup between the presumptive major-party nominees, voters nationwide favor former President Donald Trump over Biden by 6 points, 49% to 43%, identical to the results of CNN’s national poll on the presidential race in April, and consistent with the lead Trump has held in CNN polling back to last fall.”

 The Washington Post

This story, written yesterday by Mariana Alfaro, is already outdated. While Rep. Lloyd Doggett remains the only Democratic office holder asking that Biden step down, the rumble of discontent/panic only grows louder.

Alfaro begins her story

President Biden’s performance during the first general election debate against Donald Trump last month left many in the Democratic Party wondering whether the 81-year-old is up to the challenge of winning November’s election. While Biden, his campaign and numerous top Democrats have insisted that the president is fit for office and will remain at the top of their party’s ticket, a handful of Democrats have started calling for Biden to step aside as the party’s presidential candidate.

‘So far, only one elected Democrat — Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.) — has directly pushed for Biden to leave the ticket. Other Democrats who previously held office also made that demand, and have suggested that, privately, other Democrats are worried about the future of the ticket if he remains on it.

“Since the debate, the Biden campaign has sought to tamp down Democratic fears — and potential defections — with a flurry of polling and fundraising data.”

 

By all accounts, Democratic fears have not been “tamped down,” just the opposite. CNN cranked up the panic button with a story under the headline “As Biden digs in, some top Democrats want him out of the race this week.”

“CNN talked to more than two dozen current and former Democratic officials, as well as donors and longtime Biden allies, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid alienating Biden. Many of these people say they have already made up their minds that the president should quit his campaign, a decision some of them think he needs to announce this week.

“They have held off going to Biden directly, hoping he would make the decision himself, but patience is wearing thin, multiple Democrats told CNN, amid signs that Biden has taken no steps to seriously consider the mounting concerns. He is poised to travel to swing states this weekend, aides said, a sign that he has no plans of changing course. On Tuesday, ABC News announced Biden will sit down with George Stephanopoulos for his first interview since the debate, with clips airing on Friday.”

If Stephanopoulos actually asks some tough—if obvious—questions, that could be the kiss of death.

Post-script. As I was about to post this story, CNN went into full blown sky-is-falling mode. “Every effort the president and his White House and campaign teams make to fix the problem end up exacerbating it,” Stephen Collinson writes. “Biden, for instance, on Tuesday evening joked to donors that he ‘almost fell asleep onstage’ with Trump after two grueling trips to Europe last month. It was an odd way to parry claims that he is no longer fit for the demanding duties of his office as he asks for a second term at age 81.”

Categories: Joe Biden