How thoroughly are the wheels falling off of the Biden White House?
Reports abound of progressive radicals amongst Democrats making arrangements to swap out their visibly faltering figurehead for a more effective vessel if his anemic polling numbers fail to improve.
Frankly, if the Democrats are unable to deliver meaningfully on legislative priorities, many of which are foreclosed by the razor-thin margin they possess in the hyper-partisan halls of Congress, then the more radicalized Democrat-Socialist grassroots and the old-guard who’ve allowed their party to be overtaken by them will move from quietly seeking a replacement to doing so openly. If Biden should decide to simply decline a second run, which seems highly possible, the field of possible candidates could erupt into chaos.
“It’s definitely something that’s brewing under the surface. It’s called the anxiety of the American people, which is causing this scramble in political bubbles about what the possibilities can be,” said Nina Turner, former co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) second presidential bid told The Hill,
“If President Joe Biden does not seek reelection for whatever reason, that makes this a totally open seat. Period,” said Turner, who is in the latter camp.”
“There is a strong possibility, obviously, that the current vice president may seek the presidency again,”
“And there’s an even stronger possibility that others will be seeking the presidency, including people on the progressive left.” Turner noted. But precisely what is that possibility? Not great it seems.
The Radicals Nightmare Scenario Of A Non-Incumbent Biden
According to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll, 36 percent of Democrats polled are “unsure” of who they would support if Biden isn’t an option. Only 13% would support Harris and a mere 10% would support Fmr. First Lady Michelle Obama, the second option on the poll. Every other candidate received less than 5% support. This included such notable names as Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, Fmr. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Yang, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
A Nov. 23rd CNN Op-Ed suggested that if Harris and Buttigieg could somehow bury the rather large hatchet between them, they could galvanize the party and avoid a painful primary that “could pit two key Democratic constituencies against each other: African Americans, particularly African American women, and LGBTQ voters.” But this seems more an act of desperation than anything else especially in light of the Hill-HarrisX poll released not three days later that showed the two combined would only net approximately 18% of those polled… not exactly a strong plurality.
The conclusion is inescapable: the Democrats have a non-viable incumbent and as a result of the twin, simultaneous implosions of rising stars embraced by radicals and the old guard alike: Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom… they have no bench to draw from.