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Today’s Washington Post: “Biden Should Step Aside”

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on September 13, 2023

Today, the Washington Post published a lengthy editorial opinion written by columnist David Ignatius calling for Joe Biden – and Kamala Harris – to step aside in 2024 and allow someone else to become their Democratic Party’s nominees for president and vice president.

As Ignatius sees it:

“Biden would carry two big liabilities into a 2024 campaign. He would be 82 when he began a second term. According to a recent Associated Press-NORC poll, 77 percent of the public, including 69 percent of Democrats, think he’s too old to be effective for four more years. Biden’s age isn’t just a Fox News trope; it’s been the subject of dinner-table conversations across America this summer.

Because of their concerns about Biden’s age, voters would sensibly focus on his presumptive running mate, Harris. She is less popular than Biden, with a 39.5 percent approval rating, according to polling website FiveThirtyEight. Harris has many laudable qualities, but the simple fact is that she has failed to gain traction in the country or even within her own party.”

In other words, Joe Biden is too old, and Kamala Harris is too unpopular. Ignatius fears that these two liabilities would open the door to a second term for Donald Trump.

I agree!

On January 16, 2022, I published an article titled, “Democrats Must Dump Biden in 2024.” Here is what I wrote on why Democrats need to select someone else as their presidential and vice presidential nominees in 2024:

"Biden won the 2020 election primarily because former president Donald Trump demonstrated his colossal incompetence during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans were also tired of Trump's non-stop daily drama, buffoonery in office, braggadocios conduct, constant chess-pounding, narcissism, and megalomania. Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. The election was not stolen. There was no massive fraud in the nationwide voting, as alleged by Trump and his minions in over 60 court cases that he lost. In many of these cases, Trump-appointed federal judges ruled against him.

The qualities that made Joe Biden an unattractive presidential candidate in 2020 are worse today. Biden does not embody the presidential leadership qualities Americans need today.

Additionally, Biden is too old, slow, and weak to lead America in today's fast-paced, rapidly changing world. It is also apparent to me and other objective observers that Biden is suffering from senility, which worsens with the passage of time.

Biden's approval rating is underwater in 40 states. Here are some of the reasons why:

Inflation is out of control. The nation is on the verge of a recession. Gas, food, and housing costs are still sky high.

Biden’s absent mindedness caused him to leave classified national security documents at three separate locations. There is no excuse for this kind of reckless and dangerous conduct, whether it was perpetrated by Donald Trump or Joe Biden.

The Biden administration has offered no practical, workable, non-racist solution to the migration crisis at America's southern border.

Biden's hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 was an unmitigated disaster. Additionally, Biden's initial response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 was too little, too late.

Biden’s voting rights protection legislation sank like the Titanic in 2022. Long-established constitutional rights of women are being ripped from them without a real presidential fight to protect them. Biden's Attorney General is doing nothing to stop the wholesale dismantlement of constitutional protections for women.

Biden still has "burrowed-in" Donald Trump political appointees running the U.S. Department of Justice in Southern states, with no plan to replace them.

The list of Biden’s presidential leadership failures goes on and on.......

Vice President Kamala Harris is NOT the answer for Democrats in 2024. Harris has failed to deliver on every major initiative Biden entrusted to her. She failed to deliver the votes necessary to pass Biden's voting rights legislation. She has shown no ability to lead the Biden administration's efforts to solve the crisis at our southern border.

The same holds true for Biden's clean energy initiatives. Harris simply does not understand the world of clean energy or electric vehicles beyond what she reads from the teleprompter during White House press conferences.

If Kamala Harris has an area of problem-solving expertise, I have not seen it. Today, Harris functions more like a glorified Biden cheerleader.”

Now that the Washington Post has joined my call for Biden and Harris to step aside in 2024, the Democratic Party should push to find attractive candidates to run for president. Otherwise, America needs to brace herself for the return of Donald Trump to the presidency.


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