Dems Openly Ditching Biden for 2024 as Popularity Plummets
The cat is out of the bag. The writing is on the wall. The ship has sailed.
Whichever colorful anecdote you prefer, the message is still the same: The Democratic Party is just plain over Joe Biden, and they’re ready to move on for the 2024 election.
Midway through the 2022 primary season, many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.Advertisement - story continues below
As the challenges facing the nation mount and fatigued base voters show low enthusiasm, Democrats in union meetings, the back rooms of Capitol Hill and party gatherings from coast to coast are quietly worrying about Mr. Biden’s leadership, his age and his capability to take the fight to former President Donald J. Trump a second time.
Just how bad is it?
Interviews with nearly 50 Democratic officials, from county leaders to members of Congress, as well as with disappointed voters who backed Mr. Biden in 2020, reveal a party alarmed about Republicans’ rising strength and extraordinarily pessimistic about an immediate path forward.
“To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,” said Steve Simeonidis, a Democratic National Committee member from Miami. Mr. Biden, he said, “should announce his intent not to seek re-election in ’24 right after the midterms.”
Biden and the White House press team have repeatedly suggested that the President would be seeking reelection, (with running mate Kamala Harris), but with his approval ratings circling the drain, there have long been concerns about the intelligence of that idea.