How Can Biden Win in 2024 When He is Viewed As Not Healthy and Not Worthy of Approval?
Especially after the ABC-Washington Post poll, it's time for the Democratic Party to produce an alternate ticket for the nomination next year for president and V.P.
Just a week or so ago, President Biden hit the lowest point ever in his job approval rating. The Gallup Poll put his approval rating at 37 percent.
But even worse: Americans not only disapprove of Biden’s job performance, but now they’re convinced Biden is not healthy enough to continue as president.
We’ll get to the health news in a moment. First, let’s remember the job approval news that was published about a week ago.
As for perceptions of Biden’s health, The Washington Post reported this week:
More than 6 in 10 Americans say President Biden does not have the mental sharpness or physical health to serve effectively as president, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll — a finding that underscores some of the stark challenges he is confronting at the outset of his campaign for reelection.
Though Biden, 80, and former president Donald Trump, 76, are close in age, the poll shows that Americans have strikingly different views about their capabilities, even as Biden’s doctor has declared the incumbent healthy. About a third of Americans (32 percent) say Biden has the mental sharpness to be effective in the White House, while 54 percent say the same of Trump. And one-third (33 percent) say Biden is in good enough physical health for the job; while 64 percent say that about Trump, the leading Republican candidate.
More WaPo reporting about the latest poll results:
“Because I have acquired a hell of a lot of wisdom and know more than the vast majority of people,” Biden said in an interview with MSNBC broadcast Friday, when asked why he is the right person for the job at his age. “And I’m more experienced than anybody that’s ever run for the office. And I think I’ve proven myself to be honorable as well as also effective.”
About 7 in 10 independents say Biden lacks the mental sharpness and physical health to serve effectively, and about 1 in 5 Democrats say the same. The vast majority of Republicans (94 percent) say Biden lacks the mental sharpness to be president. Of those Americans who say Biden does not have the mental sharpness to serve as an effective president, 12 percent say they would definitely or probably vote for him against Trump, 67 percent say they would probably or definitely support Trump.
Just where do these poll results leave Democrats?
The Moderate Democrat advocates for a healthy, trustworthy, centrist team of Democrats to be assembled and positioned to challenge Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris next year for the party’s nomination for president and vice president.
Or else, we Democrats are asking for trouble.
And Donald Trump will deliver it.