“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
It’s no secret that Joe Biden isn’t riding high with voters—but a new poll shows he’s got one problem that concerns the vast majority of Americans more than anything else.
While polls show the lion’s share of citizens believe our country is headed in the wrong direction, and inflation eats away more take-home pay, that’s not the nagging doubt that has Americans thinking Biden should bow out of the presidential race.
What’s weighing heavily on most Americans’ minds is the state of Biden’s mind.
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A whopping 77 percent said they are worried about whether Joe Biden is mentally fit for office.
“How concerned are you about Joe Biden’s health and mental acuity?” asked a Yahoo/YouGov poll released Tuesday.
All told, 39 percent said they are “very concerned,” 21 percent were “somewhat concerned,” and another 17 percent were “slightly concerned.”
The poll grouped people who were only “slightly concerned” that the president had lost his mind in with people who were “not concerned at all” to boost Biden’s numbers a little.
But voters aren’t fooled—not even his fellow Democrats.
Less than one in three Democrats want to renominate Biden, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll early last month. Another survey at the same time found slightly higher support: 37 percent of Democrats backed Biden in the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Most of the Democrats’ problem with their president boils down to one three-letter word: Age.
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“Follow-up interviews with respondents from multiple recent polls have found that many Democrats think the 80-year-old Biden is too old” to be president for a second term, reported FiveThirtyEight blog.
To make Biden’s problem worse, it’s not just rank-and-file liberals who want Biden to think about moving to some other kind of long-term facility. At least one congressman has been willing to come out publicly and tell Biden to retire after one term.
Biden has got to go, said Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn.
To make sure his comments didn’t get missed by anyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Phillips shared his anti-Biden rhetoric in one of the ruling class’s favorite publications, The Atlantic… and he didn’t hold back a thing.
“Believe me, there are literally hundreds in Congress who would say the same thing. But they simply won’t f***ing say a word,” Phillips said.
The only other person willing to go public was his fellow Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Angie Craig.
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“I would say we need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot in the Democratic Party,” Congresswoman Craig said last August, while answering questions about whether Biden should run for reelection.
Phillips says Biden has something in common with moldy packages stuck in the back of grocery store shelves: Nobody’s buying.
“In the business world, if the dominant brand in a category had favorability ratings like the current president does, you would see a number of established brands jump into that category,” Phillips said. Of course, “this is not a knock on Joe Biden,” he added quickly, “just a wish for competition” in 2024.
But that more than enough to rattle people inside the White House.
The legacy media has stepped up, claiming “Biden sees surge in Dem backing for 2024 run, with support highest among the young.” A Marist poll reported that it found 50 percent of Democrats are now beghind Biden, just five points ahead of “someone else.”
Not to be outdone, an Emerson College poll claimed 71 percent of Democrats are all-in for Biden’s second term.
As Biden asked recently, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”
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Q: “Are you planning on traveling to East Palestine?”
BIDEN: “At this moment not. I was, I did a whole video, I mean, uh, you know, the uh, what the Hell? On Zoom. All I can hear every time I think of Zoom is that song of my generation, 'Who's Zoomin' Who?'” pic.twitter.com/tFo4zHhEkk
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) February 24, 2023
So far, few people say anything publicly, and nobody challenges the president. As of now, the only Democratic challenger is New Age speaker and author Marianne Williamson. While “she’s unlikely to give Biden a serious scare,” said FiveThirtyEight, “she could conceivably become the left’s protest candidate to Biden.”
She’s only 70, which makes her seem like a spring chicken compared to Biden.
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The blog thinks Williamson could soften up Biden until someone more electable jumps in, like Gene McCarthy jolted Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire primaries. After his surprise showing, Johnson dropped out of the race and Robert F. Kennedy dropped in.
Biden has compared himself to the Kennedys his political career; who knew he had more in common with LBJ?
Whether he faces a serious primary challenger or cruises to renomination, the polls make one thing clear: Most Americans seriously question whether he’s up for the job. The question now is whether he has the mental acuity to understand that.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”