Which Democratic Party leaders are going to finally tell president Joe Biden that he is too old to seek re-election? Time is running out.
Loyalty to the president is an admirable trait, but 80-year-old Biden has obviously lost more than a step or two.
He cannot use the same “bunker” campaign that he employed during the 2020 run during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He will be expected to launch an aggressive public campaign and press-the-flesh with voters throughout the land.
That’s especially true if Biden’s opponent is not 77-year-old Donald Trump.
The younger and more energetic Republican opponent will jump on every Biden “senior moment” and trash him as a doddering old fool hungry to hang on to power. The contrast between the two rivals will be sharp.
Mitch McConnell’s recent mental freezing episodes came at a very bad time for Biden. The Senate Minority Leader is 81.
McConnell’s health scare is providing good fodder for Republican presidential primary candidate Nikki Haley. “We can’t worry about Mitch McConnell being frozen at a podium,” she said. “We can’t have Joe Biden forget where he is.”
Haley, 51, makes a strong case for the need to overthrow America’s political gerontocracy. “Our enemies are watching all of this. And every time they have an instance like that America is less safe because our enemies think we’re out of control.”
The former UN ambassador doesn’t expect Biden to serve a full-term in office, campaigning that a vote for him is actually a vote for vice president Kamala Harris, who is not exactly ready for prime-time.
Biden is the most consequential American president of the 21st Century.
With little or no Republican support, he guided the country through the COVID-19 pandemic, crafted a huge infrastructure program, spurred the rebirth of the manufacturing sector, passed a comprehensive program to tackle global warming and rallied NATO allies to back Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
By running for a second term, Biden risks tarnishing his legacy of excellence? And what does he expect to accomplish? He’s got to say more than just “finishing the job.”
A feeble presidential campaign would result in the Democrats losing control of the White House, Senate and the opportunity to re-take the House.
Biden needs a political intervention. Democrats should follow the playbook used by Republicans to get Richard Nixon to resign in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.
On August 7, 1974, Republican Senators Barry Goldwater (AZ) and Minority Leader Hugh Scott (PA), along with House Minority Leader John Rhodes met with Nixon to inform him that he was likely to be impeached and removed from office.
Tricky Dick announced his resignation the next day, effective at noon on August 9.
Biden has a deep love and respect for the institution of the Senate. That’s why Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), Chris Coons (DE) and Chris Murphy (CT) should meet with him to tell the president that it’s time for him to announce that he is not seeking re-election.
The Democrats have plenty of presidential candidates on the bench, such as governors Gavin Newsom (CA), Gretchen Whitmer (MI) and Josh Shapiro (PA), who could mount a primary challenge to Harris. But they need time to set up a campaign apparatus and time is running short.
During the 2020 campaign, Biden ran as the candidate who was the bridge to the future.
It’s time for him to make good on his promise.
What a hypocrite! Shooting his mouth off is long-shot GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s way of drawing media attention to himself.
He has just achieved that. The 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur and founder of Roivant Sciences got some media notice for calling the Food and Drug Administration “corrupt” and in desperate need to be gutted.
FDA drug approvals are how Ramaswamy, who owns seven percent of Roivant, built his $1B fortune.
Mat Gline, Roivant CEO, distanced the company from Ramaswamy’s hit on the FDA.
“Vivek’s views on the FDA are different than my personal views on the FDA and different than Roivant’s views on FDA,” Gline told the Financial Times. “We have an enormous amount of respect for FDA as our regulator,” he said.
Ramaswamy resigned as Roivant chairman in February to run for president. He can’t vanish from the national spotlight soon enough.
Trump’s SPAC deal goes off life support. Shareholders at Digital World Acquisition Corp. voted on Sept. 6 to extend the deadline to Sept. 8, 2024 to complete the merger with Trump Media & Technology Group, owner of the Truth Social platform.
Eric Swider, DWAC CEO, said many headwinds are now behind the company as it works to complete the merger as quickly as possible.
He is overlooking the potential monster hurricane that could knock DWAC off course.
What if Donald Trump, the star of Truth Social, is denied access to a cellphone when he enters prison? Who is going to pick up the slack? Don, Jr.? Kimberly? Eric? Ivanka?