Republican Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin After Trump and Biden, the nation needs new leadership, and the Republican Party must lead the way Democrats bend to the extreme: New plans could wipe out essential energy infrastructure Balance / Sustainability – Presented by Altria – Cotton farm accused of firing black workers MOREThe staggering victory in Virginia Blue and Jack Ciattarelli’s near miss in Deeper Blue New Jersey have put Biden’s presidency in jeopardy in less than a year.
Things are looking so bad that a serious primary challenge may be in the works against Biden – that is, if the future 79-year-old president decides to run again.
As you may have heard, the president’s poll numbers, even among Democrats, are horrible.
His approval rating is well below water in all the key battlefield states he captured in 2020 (Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire) and, in some cases, by double digits. .
A whopping 71 percent of voters, including half of Democrats, believe the country is on the wrong track. A surprising 64 percent of Americans don’t even want Biden to seek a second term.
– Steve Herman (@ W7VOA) November 8, 2021
Another poll shows that only 36 percent of Democrats want him to run again.
I just heard the NPR / PBS poll this morning. Apparently, Democrats want Biden to be replaced by 2024.
44% love someone else
36% want Biden
With numbers like this, I think 45 will run again.
– Brandon Brice (@Iambrandonbrice) November 2, 2021
Biden and vice president Kamala harrisKamala HarrisBiden Expresses ‘Great Concern’ Over Belarus-Poland Border Crisis Harris Commemorates 2015 Paris Attack With Flowers Harris Frustrates Paid Leave Not Part Of Spending Package MORE They are doing surveys in the 1930s on the economy and crime, and in the 1920s on their handling of the border and the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Speaking of polls in the 1920s, that’s where Kamala Harris’s numbers are: with a 28 percent approval rating.
The president’s approval rating is just above a record low, with Harris at just 28 percent, according to a USA Today-Suffolk University poll. https://t.co/eirDxHoYUy
– Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 8, 2021
Most Americans believe that the administration as a whole is not competent, focused, or effective enough to run the federal government.
– Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) August 22, 2021
The management competency survey result may be the most damning of all, because it’s hard to change people’s perception of you once they think you’re over your head.
The economy is not improving anytime soon, either. Inflation in all accounts is not transitory. Supply chain crisis may last until 2023, according to Secretary of Transportation Pete buttigiegPete Buttigieg In the White House, frustration over who can ask questions Harris’s frustrated paid leave is not part of the spending package Voters are right: Biden is to blame for inflation MORE. Ask for Jimmy carterJimmy Carter After Trump and Biden, the nation needs new leadership, and the Republican Party must lead how Christmas could come early for Joe Biden Press: In the war between Catholics, Pope Francis sides with Biden PLUS what prolonged inflation and high gas prices can do to a presidency.
Speaking of Carter, he was the last sitting president to be seriously challenged in the primaries. He is also the last Democratic president to serve a single term.
So who could step out of the Democratic bench to help the party maintain the White House, an especially important task given that the House and Senate will likely return to the Republican Party in 2022? Here are two obvious alternatives and a dark horse that may be the Democrats’ top pick.
1. Pete Buttigieg: The former mayor of South Bend’s donors are supposedly positioning it like a Plan B in a scenario where Biden doesn’t run again and Harris isn’t elevated to the top of the ticket. With a 28 percent approval, it’s hard to see the party rallying around Harris in the way Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreMedia’s Narrative Rolled Back the Role of Education in the Virginia Elections Five Things to Consider in the Run for Virginia Governor McAuliffe in the 2000 Election: ‘Hopefully the United States Supreme Court United would have let them finish counting the votes’ MORE he came to the nomination after eight years as President Clinton’s vice president.
But Buttigieg is only 39 years old and looks even younger, which will have many wondering, “Can this boy who was mayor of a college town really be the leader of the free world?”
- Stacey Abrams: The rising star of the Democratic Party narrowly missed her run for governor of Georgia in 2018, but she checks the same boxes as Harris in terms of race and gender. She is infinitely better than Harris on the stump and in interviews. Agree or disagree with Abrams, she is relatively authentic (unlike Harris) and has a talent for fundraising. But like Buttigieg, he lacks experience.
- Andy Beshear: As seen in Virginia earlier this month, the Democratic Party is suffering a hemorrhage of independent voters as it continues its march away from the center and towards the AOC / Squad wing of the party. Beshear won his gubernatorial race in deep red Kentucky due to moderate policies, particularly on police and crime. For example, Beshear’s budget proposes a $ 15,000 increase for state troopers and an $ 8,000 increase for dispatchers, defying calls by some Democrats to defund police.
Unlike Biden, Beshear is a unifier who worked with state Democratic and Republican leaders to pass laws to appropriate funds to build better schools, expand broadband, and invest in infrastructure improvements, including clean water.
It can also point to a successful economic record: At 4.3 percent, Kentucky’s unemployment rate is well below the national average. Kentucky is also in the top 10 states in which they are found moving to.
It’s a long way to Election Day 2024 – 1,087 days to be exact. But given the uphill struggle for Democrats to stay in power, it’s never too early to start planning.
Democrats would do well to support Beshear. But given how awake the party has become, it’s hard to see a moderate white boy from a red status get the nod.
Joe Concha is a political and media columnist for The Hill.