SAN FRANCISCO, USA, July 15 (IPS) – Experts are focused on Joe Biden’s number of refuels, while progressives remain alarmed by his dismal job performance. Under the appropriate headline “President Biden Doesn’t Cut the Mustard,” The American Prospect summarized last week: “Young people are abandoning him en masse because he won’t fight for their rights and freedom.”
Ryan Cooper wrote that “at a time when Democrats are desperate for leadership — especially some sort of strategy to deal with a lawless and extreme Supreme Court — he’s lacking in action.” Yes, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are working with Republicans to thwart vital measures. But the president’s refusal to issue executive orders that could include popular measures like student debt forgiveness and many other policies was part of a shoddy approach as national crises worsen. Recent events have dramatized the downward Biden spiral. Biden’s slow and anemic response to the highly anticipated Dobbs Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade highlighted the magnitude of the stakes and the failure.
The grim prospects have been underlined by arrogance towards progressive activists.
Consider this statement from Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director last weekend, when she responded to widespread criticism: “Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to please a few activists who are consistently out of step with the mainstream. of the Democratic Party. It is to provide aid to women in danger and form a broad coalition to defend a woman’s right to choose now, just as he gathered such a coalition to win in the 2020 campaign.” The traditional response to such White House arrogance towards the incumbent party base is to grin — or, more likely, grimace — and put up with it. But that is a serious mistake for concerned individuals and organizations. It is not wise to serve as promoters of bad policy and bad politics. Polls released Monday by the New York Times highlighted that the bulk of Biden’s own party does not want him to run for reelection, “with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new flag bearer in the election.” the 2024 presidential campaign.” And “only 26 percent of Democratic voters said the party should reappoint him.” A former ambassador to Portugal appointed by President Obama, Allan Katz, has championed Biden by announcing that he will not stand for re-election. Katz wrote for Newsweek under the headline “President Biden: I Beg You – Don’t Run In 2024. Our Country Needs You To Stand Up,” Katz claimed such an announcement by Biden would remove an albatross from Democrats’ necks in facing difficult elections in the meantime. In short, to beat as many Republicans as possible this fall, Biden must be seen as a one-term president who will not aim for the Democratic nomination in 2024. Why continue with this goal? The #DontRunJoe campaign launched by our team at RootsAction this week offers this statement: “We felt compelled to intervene at this time because while there is a mainstream media debate over whether Joe Biden should re-enter, it is discussion too limited and lacking in substance — largely focused on his age or the latest opinion polls.”
“We object to Biden running in 2024 because of” his job performance as president. He has demonstrated his inability to effectively lead policies so desperately needed by working people and the planet, including policies he pledged as a candidate.” It’s no secret that Republicans are very likely to win the House in November, probably by a wide margin. And the neo-fascist GOP also has a good chance of winning the Senate, although that could be very close.
Defeating Republicans will be hampered to the extent that progressive and liberal forces circle the political chariots around an unpopular president in defense of the unacceptable status quo. While voters should be encouraged to back Democrats — the only way to beat Republicans — in key congressional races this fall, that shouldn’t mean they should sign up for a quest to renew Biden’s lease with the White House.
RootsAction has emphasized: “As we now announce the Don’t Run Joe campaign, we are urging progressive, anti-racist, feminist and pro-working class activists to focus on beating the right wing in the November election. Our total launch will be on November 9, 2022, the day after those midterm elections.” With all the bad news and negative polls about Biden in recent weeks, the folly of promoting him for a second term has come into sharp focus. While the president insists he plans to flee again, he has left an escape hatch for himself, saying it will happen, assuming he is in good health.
But what we need to do is insist that – whatever his personal health – the health of the country comes first. Democratic candidates this fall should not be bothered by the pretense of asking voters to support a six-year scenario for President Biden. It’s time to create a grassroots tidal wave that could force Joe Biden to publicly announce — preferably soon — that he won’t help Republican troops by trying to extend his presidency for another four years.
A pledge to voluntarily retire at the end of his first term would increase the Democratic Party’s chances of a stronger and more progressive ticket in 2024 — and in the meantime make it clear that the Democratic candidates and the Biden presidency are not. be one and the same.
Norman Solomon is the national director of RootsAction.org and the author of a dozen books, including Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State, released this year in a new edition as a free e-book. His other books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California to the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions. Solomon is the founder and director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
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