According to a new article from The New York Times, Democratic officials, lawmakers, and voters are dissatisfied with Pres. Joe Biden and concerned about the Republican Party’s momentum going into the 2022 elections.
Some Democrats are beginning to wonder whether or not Biden can restore the party after a predicted “beatdown” in November, while others do not want him to seek re-election in 2024. According to recent surveys, Biden’s approval rating has dropped into the mid-30s.
“Throughout the 2022 primary season, a lot of the Democratic lawmakers and party officials are expressing their annoyance with President Biden’s inability to advance much of his agenda, doubting his capacity to save the party from a predicted midterm drubbing and increasingly seeing him as an anchor that needs to be let go in 2024,” according to a Saturday New York Times article.
The newspaper spoke with almost 50 Democrats, including local officials, members of Congress, and voters who backed Joe Biden in 2020 but are now unhappy with his performance.
Texas Democrat Jasmine Crockett, a candidate running for the House seat in Dallas, Texas, was frustrated by the Biden administration’s and Democratic lawmakers’ failure to advance more of their liberal goals. She also bemoaned the fact that Democrats were falling behind on voter enthusiasm.
“Democrats are like, ‘What the heck is going on?’” she continued. “The United States is coming apart at the seams. As a result, I believe we’re suffering from a lack of enthusiasm.”
In other words, the Democratic Party’s supporters are split on pursuing a extreme policy or compromising with Republicans in order to get things done. The similarity between these two groups is that many individuals do not want Biden to be the face of the party moving ahead.
“Many Democratic officials and supporters want Mr. Biden to fight harder against Republicans, while others urge him to seek more compromise,” the New York Times revealed. “Many of them are hoping for some sort of fantasy candidate – someone who isn’t Mr. Biden or Ms. Harris in 2024.”
According to Alex Wysyvanuk, a data analyst from Annapolis, Maryland, “I’m looking for someone who looks like the Democratic version of Ron DeSantis.” “I’m searching for a Democrat equivalent of Ron DeSantis that’s not 70 or 80 years old — someone younger,” he continued, “someone who understands what worked for you in 1980 is unlikely to succeed you in 2022 or 2024.”
“As previously said by Wyshyvanuk, Biden’s age is another worry for Democrats. The president, who is now 79 years old, will turn 82 during his first term; thus, voters interviewed by the Times were concerned about his ‘political viability’ as a result of this.”