Who Is Running for President in 2024? Biden Again
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Commentary that gently—and not so gently—implores President Biden to act his age and step aside never ceases. If everything else is equal, I agree with that sentiment. We would not want a president to complete his second term closer to 90 than 80, in my opinion. However, nothing is ever equal. Additionally, the commentary that focuses solely on Biden's primary weakness, which is his age, overlooks his growing strengths.
I didn't want to declare Biden too old to run in 2024 because I thought he would have a problem in 2020 as well. When he was his age, what people now say about him was true. On the stump, he was stumbling. He stumbled over phrases and words. However, I would argue that the issue was even worse back then.
An aging outlook was paired with linguistic blunders. Biden seemed to believe that the bipartisanship of the past could be restored in the present by recalling fondly his relationships with segregationist senators. It was his case for his candidacy and his all-purpose defense against attacks that he used his connection to Barack Obama as both a spear and a shield.
However, the Senate of the 1970s is long gone, and Biden was not Obama. In other words, Biden's issue in 2020 was not just his age. He seemed to be stuck in the past.
But Biden dispelled my doubts and continues to do so. Despite the fact that there were plenty of younger candidates to choose from, he prevailed in the Democratic primary. Despite Donald Trump's lauded abilities as an insult comic and a social media force, he easily won the general election. With Biden as a communicator, voters appeared to be completely satisfied.
However, leadership is a marathon. I was once more concerned about Biden's vim last year as his agenda languished. If Biden had been younger and more enthusiastic, perhaps he would have been better at managing relationships in the Senate.
But after that, he passed a slew of important bills, including the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, which was remarkable given the small Democratic majority in Congress. In the midterm elections, his party defied expectations by holding losses in the House and gaining a little more power in the Senate. He received high praise for his State of the Union address from all quarters.
Those of us who keep saying that Biden is too old to be in charge need to think about what they might still be missing at some point.
I'll give it a shot: We overestimate the significance of eloquence because members of my profession have constructed our lives around their command of language.
We like politicians who talk like they were written by Aaron Sorkin. However, unlike us, voters do not view malapropisms, long sentences, unfinished thoughts, and occasional fabulism as disqualifying characteristics.
That was demonstrated by George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, respectively; Biden is now taking his turn to teach us the same lesson that Trump attempted to teach us.
Additionally, Biden's age has come with a few hidden advantages. One is that he has skillfully bridged the generational and demographic divides among Democrats. In recent years, the Democratic Party has become younger, more liberal, educated, and more online. In the past, when liberal was frequently used as an epithet, blue-collar workers were still a core constituency and Biden's politics were formed.
Biden may have attempted to eliminate the left wing of his own party when he was younger and more combative. Instead, he has accepted them into his administration and led a team that has come together in some way. The younger, more liberal wing of the party is home to a significant portion of Biden's staff. Long-time supporters from the same era make up his core group of senior advisers.
The outcome has been a policy agenda that reflects the Democratic Party of today and a more retro political style. If Democrats had the political ability to bridge their current divisions, it would be ideal; however, in the absence of that figure, a leader who can do so is no small feat. In being that leader at the moment, Biden may be the only one.
The 2024 presidential election is still years away, but it's never too soon to start speculating who might be in the running. Although President Biden has not yet announced whether he will seek re-election, his name is likely to be among the top contenders if he does decide to run again. There are also a few other names that have been floated as possible president
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