The calendar says that summer is coming to an end, the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to work. If you’re a Democrat, it’s also time to seriously consider ditching Joe Biden as your 2024 nominee.
It’s been ages since the President has enjoyed even decent poll numbers, but amidst the spate of bad ones, last week’s Wall Street Journal poll stands out.
With only minor exceptions, it shows that Biden and his policies, particularly on inflation and the economy, are hugely unpopular and that the vast majority of all registered voters do not want him to seek re-election.
Instead, they want him to turn off the lights and take a permanent vacation.
Meanwhile, a Journal poll of pure Republican voters paints such a rosy picture of Donald Trump’s support that he appears to be on an unstoppable march to the nomination.
The former president now has a 46-point lead over second-place finisher Ron DeSantis, with Florida’s governor’s support down to just 13%, continuing its month-long decline.
But it is among the larger group of registered bipartisan voters and independents for whom the Journal poll provides the worst news for Biden and the Democrats.
The key finding is that a staggering 73% of all respondents believe that Biden, at 80 and in apparent decline, is too old to run for a second term.
Remarkably, that number includes two-thirds of Democrats, the Journal says.
The contrast between the leading contenders for the Oval Office is striking.
Less than three years after Biden took the White House from Trump, the winner is in something of a free fall and the loser is on the move.
Terrible for Democrats
Though the poll showed them 46% in a head-to-head, some of the answers are more revealing and likely to terrify Democrats.
When asked about both men’s accomplishments as president, their vision for the future, and their mental fitness for the job, Trump does better, sometimes by a significant margin. Biden only has the edge when it comes to which man is more likeable and honest.
In one of the greatest oddities of our polarized era, Trump continues to benefit from the four criminal indictments brought by Democratic prosecutors.
As the Journal put it, “More than 60% of Republican primary voters said both [prosecution] was politically motivated and unfounded.
About 78% said Trump’s actions after the 2020 election were legitimate efforts to ensure an accurate vote, while 16% said Trump illegally tried to prevent Congress from confirming an election he lost.”
It adds that 48% of Republican respondents said the charges “make them more likely to vote for Trump in 2024,” while just 16% said the allegations made them less likely to vote for him in a general election would support.
These and other responses refute the assumption made by Trump’s Republican rivals that much of his support is weak and can be withdrawn.
The pollsters found that “about 76% of Trump supporters say they’re committed to him and won’t change their minds.” In contrast, 25% of DeSantis voters say they’ve made up their minds.”
For the White House, this trend suggests that it may face increasing pressure on the president to end his re-election bid.
In addition, two other negative factors must be considered.
With no one seeing Vice President Kamala Harris as a capable future president, selling a Biden-Harris ticket becomes increasingly difficult as the president goes down. Even in the weird math of politics, adding two negatives doesn’t add up to a positive.
In a vacation call with several staunch Democrats, I was surprised by how vehement most were that Harris was unfit for president if Biden couldn’t complete a second term.
If such concerns are widespread, given Biden’s age and his many mumblings and stumblings, they could become a voting factor.
Another sinister factor is that there will almost certainly be more revelations about Biden family influence later this year.
With the government and its armed vassals at the Justice Department refusing to release key documents, including the thousands of emails in which Joe Biden used pseudonyms as Vice President, a formal impeachment inquiry is likely.
Although there are political risks if the public tires of the issue and sees it only as revenge for the two Trump impeachments, a formal process has clear advantages over investigations by committees. One is that legal claims can be brought before the courts more directly, rather than being endlessly pinned down by partisan Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Although there is already ample circumstantial evidence that Joe used public office to fuel the corrupt schemes, definitive proof that the “big guy” received a cut would be game-changing – assuming voters know.
In that regard, the Journal’s poll found a significant gap in public awareness of Biden’s legal woes compared to Trump’s. “83 percent of voters said they pay attention to Trump’s legal issues, while 66 percent said the same about Hunter Biden,” the newspaper said.
Most notably, the gap reflects media corruption in the way the two men have been reported over the past eight years. Trump was “convicted” by the media in the Russia-Russia-Russia hoax long before he was acquitted in court.
On the other hand, media protection of the Biden family crime began when the Post’s first laptop stories of 2020 were censored by Big Tech and largely ignored by Big Media.
There are hopeful signs that the racketeering is reaching the end of its sordid life. Just as the Journal poll was making headlines, a Biden biographer said it wouldn’t come as a “total shock” if the president announced he wasn’t seeking a second term.
Looking for an alternative?
The fact that Franklin Foer, a Democratic apologist who has allowed wide access to the White House, provided the answer is only slightly more remarkable than the fact that it was NBC’s Chuck Todd who asked the question. If anti-Trump curmudgeon Todd is looking for an alternative to the president, as his question suggests, that could mean he doubts Biden’s ability to defeat Trump.
If that starts a trend, all that’s left is for Biden to end his campaign and the media to name his successor.
Tricks to the migrant budget
Reader John Frenett has good questions about the free gifts given to asylum seekers. He writes, “How exactly does New York fund various non-citizen entitlements? In contrast to the federal government, the state cannot show a deficit.
“So are funds being diverted from previously approved budget items to these entitlements? For example, could Thruway maintenance funds be used to fund non-citizen housing and health care?”
“ACL-lose” in trouble
Reader Anita Mule is on the lookout for good news, writing, “I’ve noticed that the ACLU is airing commercials and I’m wondering if that means they’re losing their membership and they’re in trouble.”
“I sincerely hope so.”