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Democrats Question Biden’s Futurity After Latest Gaffe

You know it’s a rough week when even your own party starts seeing the writing on the wall, and it’s time to find a new face for the top of the ticket. In customary fashion, Joe Biden proved why that conclusion is rapidly forming among Democrats. The latest episode in this never-ending sitcom involved a failed attempt at humor that left onlookers scratching their heads and wondering if Grandpa Joe had finally crossed the comedic Rubicon.

In the middle of a week designed for Biden to bolster his standing with some good ol’ NATO camaraderie, he derailed the agenda faster than you can say “teleprompter malfunction.” Instead of shining a light on important commitments to Ukraine’s defense, Biden’s words were so mumbled and slurred that it sounded like he may have said something rather unpresidential about the NATO Secretary-General’s wife. This is precisely the sort of performance that makes you reconsider whether or not you can keep riding the Biden train all the way to the 2024 election.

As if his slurred delivery and lack of clarity weren’t bad enough, the bumbling joke became a social media sensation for all the wrong reasons. While addressing the Washington, D.C. audience, Biden tried to inject humor into an otherwise straightforward acknowledgement of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s service. This valiant attempt backfired, sending internet sleuths into a frenzy, speculating about what inappropriate comment he might have actually made. Did he really say he was doing something unspeakable to Stoltenberg’s wife? No, but the garbled words did little to prevent that assumption.

Poor Joe is trapped in a vicious cycle of embarrassing moments and failed attempts at clarity. During a rare moment of campaigning energy, he hoped to wow his audience with robust policies and a clear message on international alliances. Instead, viewers were treated to another round of questions: “Did Biden just say what I think he said?” This instance won’t help improve the already low confidence his party harbors about his ability to go head-to-head in a competitive election cycle.

Of course, the official White House transcript later clarified Biden’s rambling attempt at levity. According to the document, he merely meant to discuss Stoltenberg's sacrifices, backing down personal plans to continue his service. But by the time anyone thought to read the transcript, the damage was done. All anyone remembered was the viral video capturing Biden’s jumbled mess.

In an administration already fighting to stay relevant amidst rising doubts, Biden continues to be his own worst enemy. The Democrats find themselves precariously balancing on a tightrope, trying to decide whether to embrace the sinking ship just a little bit longer or expedite the inevitable transition to a new candidate. Biden’s continued public missteps prove that the latter might very well be a merciful pardon—for the party and the man himself. The real question is whether the Democrats can muster the backbone to make that call in time.

Written by Staff Reports

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