The New York Times and Washington Post published opinion pieces on Wednesday branding 80-year-old President Joe Biden as too old to run for re-election in 2024.
It comes at a time when Biden is facing impeachment proceedings and recent poll numbers show most believe the president is too old to hold office.
Ross Douthat, a conservative editorial writer for the liberal Timeswrote an article titled “2024’s Field of Nightmares,” a reference to the 1989 film Field of Dreams.
He said while his concerns about Biden were limited to everyday policy disagreements during his first term, Democrats were playing with fire by allowing the oldest president in American history to run again.
According to Douthat, the two risks of Biden running again are “the high stakes of the next election, where a health crisis or just another slip-up could put Trump back in the White House, and the different but also significant risks.” another four-year term.”
The New York Times and Washington Post published editorials on Wednesday branding 80-year-old President Joe Biden as too old to run for re-election in 2024
While Douthat argued that Biden could “limp to another victory” similar to Ronald Reagan’s second term – which was long rumored to have ended in presidential decline – he sees the current political era as instructive.
He compared it to liberals praying that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg could live long enough to see a Democrat replace her, only to see her die weeks before the election while Trump is in the able to appoint another judge to the Supreme Court.
‘TThe Trump era has been one of those times when providence or fate takes revenge on hubris more quickly than usual – when the long-standing freedom of American parties and leaders was enjoyed by our power and supremacy to work around our vulnerabilities and mistakes became significant reduced,” he said.
David Ignatius wrote a similar column in Jeff Bezos’ own magazine Washington Post with a more direct headline: “President Biden should not run again in 2024.”
Ignatius particularly praises Biden’s first years in office, claiming that the Democrat “governed from the center” and did a good job supporting Ukraine in foreign policy.
However, he says that not only Biden, but also Vice President Kamala Harris should avoid running in 2024.
“It pains me to say this, given that I admire much of what they have accomplished.” But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement to do – namely to stop Trump.”
He pointed to disastrous poll numbers for Biden in terms of approval ratings and the public’s opinion of his age.
The opinion pieces come as Biden is facing impeachment proceedings, and recent poll numbers show most believe the president is too old to serve again
A Washington Post columnist says not only Biden, but also Vice President Kamala Harris should refrain from running in 2024.
Columnist David Ignatius suggested US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo as a replacement for Harris
For Harris, he argued: “The simple fact is that she has failed to gain traction in the country or even within her own party.”
He even suggested Biden replace Harris on the ballot with Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass or Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
“At the moment there is no clear alternative to Biden – no obvious replacement waiting in the wings.” That could tip the scales for Biden as there appears to be no one else. But perhaps he will rely on democracy to discover new leadership “in the arena.”
Although the 80-year-old Biden is only three years older than the 77-year-old Donald Trump, there is a 26 percent difference between those who think Biden is too old and those who think the former president is too old for one another term of office.
A new Wall Street Journal poll The study, recorded Aug. 24-30 and released Monday, shows that only 36 percent of the 1,500 voters surveyed believe Biden is mentally fit for office, while 46 percent believe Trump is mentally fit for office suitable is.
The latest results show that 75 percent of voters think Biden is too old, compared to just 47 percent who feel the same about Trump.
There is a 26 percent difference between those who think President Joe Biden, 80, is too old for a second term and those who think the 2024 Republican front-runner and former President Donald Trump, 77, is too old for another chance at the presidency
A whopping two-thirds of the president’s own party think he’s too old — even though he’s running for re-election in 2024
Those who think Biden is too old include a whopping two-thirds of Democrats.
Author Franklin Foer, who wrote a biography of Biden’s first two years in office, said Sunday he wouldn’t be “totally shocked” if the president dropped out of the race before the end of the year.
Asked by NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday how he would react if Biden decided not to complete his 2024 bid, Foer said, “It would be a surprise to me.” But it wouldn’t be a complete surprise .’
The author, who according to publisher Penguin Random House had “unprecedented access” to Biden and his inner circle, noted that “one of the president’s biggest insecurities” “is that he doesn’t want to be perceived as stupid.”
Biden, 80, announced his bid for a second term alongside Vice President Kamala Harris in late April – but questions emerged last year about whether the president is too old or too unfit to serve four more years.
Only 40 percent of respondents to the WSJ poll say Biden has a strong track record. But 51 percent say the same about Trump’s first term.
Infrastructure is the only policy area where American voters approve of Biden’s job performance. Meanwhile, their disapproval outweighs approval in areas such as the economy, inflation and cost of living, border security, China and the war in Ukraine.
Age has become a key issue in the 2024 presidential campaign, with candidate Nikki Haley suggesting earlier this year that there should be an age limit on those who can run for the White House. She said 75 would be a good upper limit.