How much longer can the global disaster that is Joe Biden’s presidency go on? Surely there comes a point when the Democrats do what the Tory party did to Boris Johnson last week – declare enough is enough and force him out? The odds of Biden running for a second term are shrinking dramatically – no matter how many times he insists he will go on. The more pressing question is whether he can even hold on for the remaining two years of his first four.
A miserable poll just published in the New York Times shows that only 13 per cent of Americans think their nation is on the ‘right track’. Among Democrats, 64 per cent said they wanted a new candidate for Democratic candidate in 2024 – and a staggering 94 per cent of Democrats under the age of 30 feel the same way. It’s hard to see how any leader can go on with such horrendous numbers. Biden’s approval rating is now 33 per cent – with more than two-thirds of independent voters disapproving. Forty seven per cent of African Americans want a different Democratic candidate in 2024 and 63 per cent of Hispanics. Among whites, the figure is 70 per cent.
The reasons for Biden’s collapse are manifold, but they start with a near-total loss of faith in the man himself. He’s just too old and it’s too painfully obvious. Two years ago, to suggest Biden was past it was to invite accusations of spreading Trump propaganda. Now, 33 per cent of Democrats cite the President’s ‘age’ as their reason for wanting someone else to stand (for 34 per cent, it’s ‘job performance’).
Only 3 per cent are blunt enough to say ‘mental acuity’ – but the normally lapdog loyal Democratic press now openly discuss his mental unfitness for high office. The Atlantic recently published a simple but effective essay explaining to readers just how old Biden will be by the end of his second term. Last weekend, the New York Times revealed that aides are concerned that Biden will ‘trip on a wire’ because he’s so doddery. His energy level is ‘not what it was’ and aides ‘hold their breath’ nervously when he talks. He works a five day week and rests up as much as he can.
As if to prove the point, on Friday Biden gave the world another viral proof-of-senility clip when he began reading out the instructions from his teleprompter: ‘End of quote. Repeat the line.’
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) July 8, 2022
Joe Biden finishes reading a sentence from the teleprompter with "...end of quote. Repeat the line."pic.twitter.com/haS5pIldDh
‘As Mr. Biden insists he plans to run for a second term, his age has increasingly become an uncomfortable issue for him, his team and his party,’ declared the Gray Lady’s White House correspondent, Peter Baker.
In other words, the Biden show can’t go on.
End of quote. Repeat the line.
The Biden show can’t go on.
If the American economy was singing, it’s possible to see how Biden might be propped up in office. But the economy is a top concern for more than 75 per cent of American voters – and only 1 per cent rate America’s current financial health ‘excellent’. Team Biden was eager to boast about the healthy US employment figures which came out last week. But this sliver of good news must be set against the continuing cost-of-living crisis, or ‘Bidenflation’ as some Americans call it, which is impoverishing everyone.
Moreover, Team Biden is falling apart as exasperated aides continue to quit. Last week, the White House communications director Kate Bedingfield announced she would stand down after the summer. That just weeks after Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, stood down, and a number of other more junior press aides have gone. Clearly, it's tough work trying to spin the idea that Joe Biden is working.
Other senior staff have bailed, too – Cedric Richmond, once a key adviser, left in May. And Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House Covid czar, sloped off in April. Biden, already the oldest US President, may or may not be able to stagger on until 2024. Yet with the mid-term elections coming up in November, and Democrats facing heavy losses, his deteriorating presidency will become more and more untenable.