According to a Wednesday report, senior establishment members of the Democratic Party are aligning against Biden in order to prevent him from running again.
During a televised debate, Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, two powerful committee chairs from the Democratic Party’s establishment wing who are vying for a New York-area House seat, refused to support Biden when asked on national TV if the incumbent should seek reelection.
Both see Biden as ineffective in assisting their campaigns, which are caught up in partisan redistricting.
“It’s too early to tell,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said of the report. “The Democratic Party should not deal with that until after the midterms,” he added.
“I don’t think he is going to run for reelection,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who chairs the Oversight panel.
The AP article continues by stating that they are not the only ones.
West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, a moderate Democratic senator, has also refused to back the president for a second term, telling CBS News on Sunday that he wouldn’t get into it.
Meanwhile, on the left side of the political spectrum, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been dubbed the future over 79-year-old Biden:
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips recently told a radio show that Biden should not seek another term because, “the country would be better served by a new generation of well-prepared, compelling, dynamic Democrats who step up.”
Biden has stated that he will seek reelection. However, given his age—the oldest person to ever take the presidency—he has been subjected to numerous concerns regarding whether he is fit and ready for another campaign.
Any Biden run for reelection would certainly be opposed by establishment media outlets.
“Many in the party will be quietly and not-so-quietly urging the 46th president to retire at the end of his term if events unfold as badly for Democrats on Election Day as expected. But what happens next? Are Democrats stuck with Biden-Harris ’24 no matter what? It’s strange to say, but they might be.”
Biden is, according to polling, out of step with his senior leadership and its voter base.
According to the Times, just 26% of Democrat voters back Biden’s possible return, while 64% want a Biden replacement.
Last month, when asked if she would support Biden should he enter the race, Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota said that “Democrats need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot.”