President Joe Biden is really playing a game of political chicken with the New Hampshire Democrats. He’s basically saying, “Hey, I know you’re mad at me for trying to take away your precious first-in-the-nation primary status, but will you still vote for me? Pretty please?” The New Hampshire Dems are not thrilled with ol’ Joe, to say the least.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 16, 2024
Biden threw New Hampshire under the political bus last year when he directed the Democratic National Committee to put South Carolina ahead of them in the 2024 primary lineup. This move didn’t sit well with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, to put it mildly. They’re feeling like they got shoved to the back of the line at a Black Friday sale.
And now, President Biden won’t even be on the ballot for the New Hampshire primary. The state’s Democrats are as mad as a wet hen about it. Former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan is so peeved, she’s running a pro-Biden super PAC but still can’t contain her anger. She’s like, “Sure, I love Joe and all, but I’m still ticked off about this whole primary mess. But whatevs, I’ll try to put my personal feelings aside.” That’s some serious political drama right there, folks!
The DNC and the New Hampshire Dems got into a real hissy fit over this whole situation, with the DNC even saying they wouldn’t recognize the winner of the New Hampshire primary. Ouch. That’s like getting a big “I don’t like you” stamp on your forehead. The state party fired back, accusing the DNC of “voter suppression” and calling the contest “meaningless.” It’s like a political showdown at the OK Corral.
But wait, it gets even juicier! Now Biden’s left with no choice but to rely on the very people he upset to pull off a write-in campaign for him. He’s in a real pickle, because even if he gets a bunch of votes in the primary, he won’t get any delegates from the state party. It’s like he’s playing a game of 3-D chess, but the pieces keep slipping out of his hands.
The New Hampshire primary is becoming a real nail-biter, with Biden sweating bullets over how he’ll perform against Rep. Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson. If he doesn’t do so hot, it could spell big trouble for his reelection campaign. Plus, Biden’s write-in campaign is being outspent by Phillips, who’s splurging on TV ads left and right. It’s like the political version of David and Goliath, but with less slingshots and more campaign funds.
Despite all the drama, the Democratic state establishment is begrudgingly trying to help Biden out. They know they need to keep their eye on the bigger prize, which is beating Donald Trump in 2024. Democratic state Sen. David Watters is all like, “We need to put our hurt feelings aside and focus on winning the general election.” It’s like a high-stakes game of political chess, and President Biden’s moves are being scrutinized every step of the way.
Biden might be in hot water with the New Hampshire Dems, but he’s hoping they’ll eventually come around and back him in the general election. It’s like trying to win over a grumpy cat who’s mad you forgot to feed them. The stakes are high, and the drama just keeps unfolding. Only time will tell if President Biden can smooth things over with the New Hampshire Democrats and come out on top in 2024.