Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Real Reason Biden’s Closest Friends Aren’t Honest With Him

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The issue of Joe 's age is the darkest, most persistent cloud that hangs over his reelection effort. So widespread is the fear that the octogenarian president is well past his sell-by date, and so broad is the public sentiment that Biden is too old for the job that it's beginning to rattle – and rankle – Team Biden's boosters.

As the Washington Post reports:

…Biden's allies are frustrated by the hand-wringing from an anxious faction of the party, and even as campaign officials point to the president's record of defying skeptics, they are strategizing internally about how to best combat the unmistakable nervousness.

Such “Washington whispers” have become far too common among “bed-wetting” Democrats, said Jim Messina, who ran 's 2012 campaign and recently put together a 24-slide deck aiming to calm the jitters, which he sent to prominent Democratic officeholders.

Showing brass and flinging insults is one way to cope with an issue that won't fade. But it's also a sign you're worried, too. Deeply…though perhaps not quite enough (yet) to join the “bed-wetting” ranks.

What courtiers like Messina either cannot grasp or refuse to admit is that even Democratic voters have a problem with an aged Biden. They want someone new to carry the banner in 2024.

The major problem for all of them, however, is there is no single, logical, agreed-upon, formidable candidate waiting to take up that challenge and replace Biden (never mind challenge him for the nomination).

Yes, Gov. is seething with presidential ambition. There is even a (muted and uncertain) buzz for Vice President Kamala Harris. Others who rise every morning to the sound of “Hail to the Chief” on their alarm clocks would also run for the nomination.

But the inescapable fact is that unless and until Biden himself decides to step aside, those would-be nominees will have to wait until 2028. The current nomination is Mr. Biden's to lose, and he shows no signs of getting out – let alone a vestigial awareness that his time is past.

Back in July, Republican strategist Mike Murphy