In a surprising turn of events, a recent poll conducted by the New York Times/Siena College shows President Biden trailing behind former President Trump in several crucial battleground states. Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona – all states that Biden won by narrow margins in the 2020 election – are now leaning towards Trump. The only state where Biden manages to hold a small lead is Wisconsin, by a mere two points. This new data has left many wondering if Biden’s popularity is plummeting and if he should consider dropping out of the 2024 race.
🚨BREAKING: David Axelrod suggests Biden drop out of 2024 presidential race, after poll shows Trump winning in a landslide in 2024. — The Hill
— Ian Jaeger (@IanJaeger29) November 5, 2023
Even more shocking is the fact that Trump is leading despite facing a staggering 91 criminal charges. Of course, Trump has dismissed these charges as politically motivated, viewing them as nothing more than a desperate attempt to undermine his campaign. Still, the fact that Trump is able to maintain popularity even with such charges is a testament to his resilience and appeal to his staunch supporters.
Unsurprisingly, Obama strategist David Axelrod has chimed in on the matter. In a somewhat hypocritical manner, he warns that if the American people elect Trump again, “democracy” may never recover. Axelrod’s words reek of irony, as it was during Obama’s presidency that many critics accused him of undermining democratic institutions. But of course, Axelrod conveniently ignores that fact.
Axelrod goes on to emphasize that ultimately, the decision to drop out of the race lies with Biden himself. As the potential Democratic nominee, it is up to Biden to determine whether it is in his own best interest or the country’s to continue running. However, time is running out for Biden to make this decision, as Axelrod points out.
While Biden has given no indication that he intends to step aside, the murmurs of doubt are growing louder. Frivolous primary challenges from Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips and self-help guru Marianne Williamson further contribute to the uncertainty surrounding Biden’s candidacy. Axelrod, who orchestrated Obama’s successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012, stated that this situation is vastly different from 2012. Biden is no Obama, and he certainly doesn’t have Obama’s charisma and widespread appeal. Added to that is the fact that he is now 81 years old and facing off against the formidable opponent of Donald Trump.
Despite these mounting concerns, the Democratic Party’s elites have largely remained loyal to Biden. Whether this support will waver in the face of the changing political landscape remains to be seen. One thing is for sure though, the 2024 race is shaping up to be a real nail-biter, and Biden’s chances hang in the balance.