Barack Obama threw his support behind Joe Biden in 2020, despite notoriously warning that no one should underestimate his Veep’s abilities to foul things up.
But now someone from Barack Obama’s inner circle who Biden gave endless headaches has had enough.
And this top Obama advisor just made one announcement to pay Joe Biden back for making his job hell.
Joe Biden is under the gun like never before, and now leaders of his own party are looking elsewhere for a 2024 Democrat Presidential candidate.
It may be “wise”
Now former Obama adviser David Axelrod has suggested it may be “wise” for President Biden to drop out of the 2024 race.
The advice comes fresh on the heels of a shocking new poll that shows Biden losing to former President Donald Trump by up to 10 points in five battleground states Biden won in 2020.
The New York Times-Siena College poll found Trump currently leads Biden by 10 points in Nevada, 6 points in Georgia, 5 points in both Arizona and Michigan, and 4 points in Pennsylvania.
These are all states most experts say Biden must win again in 2024.
And the poll’s findings prompted Axelrod to ask if it’s in the country’s “best interest” for President Biden to be the Democrat Party’s nominee next year.
Axelrod believes the threat of Donald Trump defeating Biden in 2024 is rising daily.
“Only @JoeBiden can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?” Axelrod asked in a thread on X.
Too much at stake to ignore Biden’s failings
Axelrod admitted it was already late in the game for the Democrat Party to put forward another candidate, but said this latest poll is an ominous sign for the party.
“It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict & Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm. He’s defied CW before but this will send tremors of doubt thru the party–not ‘bed-wetting,’ but legitimate concern,” Axelrod wrote.
Biden’s “biggest liability” with voters, according to Axelrod, is his age. While he should be “proud of his accomplishments,” the country has too much at stake to risk losing to Trump in the next election, the Obama strategist argued.
“The @POTUS is justly proud of his accomplishments. Trump is a dangerous, unhinged demagogue whose brazen disdain for the rules, norms, laws and institutions or democracy should be disqualifying. But the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore,” he warned.
The new poll revealed several serious warning signs for the Democrats, beyond Biden’s age.
Among the most concerning to many Democrats is that Trump’s support from Black voters has now reached unprecedented levels, with a record 22% of black voters supporting Trump over Biden across the five battleground states.
And not surprisingly, a majority of voters across all income levels admitted they have been “personally hurt” by Joe Biden’s policies.
Axelrod isn’t alone
A large percentage of these voters say they trust Trump over Biden to handle the economy.
“Discontent pulsates throughout the Times/Siena poll, with a majority of voters saying Mr. Biden’s policies have personally hurt them,” the Times reported. “The survey also reveals the extent to which the multiracial and multigenerational coalition that elected Mr. Biden is fraying. Demographic groups that backed Mr. Biden by landslide margins in 2020 are now far more closely contested, as two-thirds of the electorate sees the country moving in the wrong direction.”
And Axelrod isn’t alone in his concerns about Biden.
Democrat strategist James Carville has also warned his party about Biden’s increasingly difficult prospects heading into 2024, saying voters simply “don’t want” Biden as the nominee.
And left-wing Axios reported that major Democrat figures were “quietly boosting their national profiles” to set themselves up for a Presidential run in 2028, or even 2024, if Biden unexpectedly dropped out of the race.
Among some of the names being mentioned to replace Biden are California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, according to Axios.
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