A stunning article in The New York Times has revealed that President Joe Biden is the leader of the Democratic Party in name only.
Facing dismal polling, 50 top Democratic Party leaders have publicly expressed frustration with the White House and say they do not want Biden to run for reelection in 2024.
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In the highly sensitive political world of Washington, D.C., rebuking one’s political party’s top leader is almost unthinkable — but that’s exactly what these Democratic leaders did over the weekend.
“To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,” Democratic National Committee member Steve Simeonidis told the Times.
Biden “should announce his intent not to seek re-election in 2024 right after the midterms,” Simedonidis, D-F.L., said.
“Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race,” said DNC member Shelia Huggins, D-N.C. “That can’t be Biden.”
Facing a 2022 midterm defeat, Biden has focused on fighting against inflation to preserve the Democratic Party’s narrow hold of Congress.
“My administration is going to continue to do everything we can to lower the prices for the American people,” the president said after a worse-than-expected report on consumer prices on Friday while touring the Port of Los Angeles.
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The Labor Department reported Friday that consumer prices climbed 8.6% in May from a year ago. That’s the worst reading since December 1981 and a troubling sign for the economy as rate hikes by the Federal Reserve have yet to tamp down inflation as gasoline costs are surging upward.
These skyrocketing prices are imperiling the U.S. economy as well as Democratic control of the House and Senate, and Democratic leaders aren’t convinced that the 79-year-old Biden is up to the task.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Democratic strategist David Axelrod told the Times.
“He looks his age and isn’t as agile in front of a camera as he once was, and this has fed a narrative about competence that isn’t rooted in reality,” Axelrod said.
Biden’s approval ratings continue to fall as he struggles to handle multiple crises.
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Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the most recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from already negative ratings a month earlier.
Overall, only about 2 in 10 adults say the U.S. is heading in the right direction or the economy is good, both down from about 3 in 10 a month earlier. Those drops were concentrated among Democrats, with just 33% within the president’s party saying the country is headed in the right direction, down from 49% in April.
Despite his struggles, Biden has privately assured Democratic Party insiders that he plans to run for reelection in 2024.
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The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article