Aside from whether or not former President Donald Trump seeks a second term in the White House, arguably the biggest question ahead of 2024 is whether current President Joe Biden will run for re-election as well — and there appears to be growing Democratic doubt in that department.
In fact, out of all 50 Democrats currently seated in the U.S. Senate, only five responded affirmatively when asked recently if they would support another Biden run in 2024 when asked by the Daily Caller.
To be sure, most if not all of those Senate Democrats would ultimately fall in line behind the president if he were to be nominated by the party to seek a second term, but the hesitancy or outright refusal to commit to doing so at this point is rather telling.
Only five senators openly support a Biden 2024 run
The Daily Caller reported that it repeatedly contacted the offices of all 50 Senate Democrats and sought comment on whether those senators would support a Biden bid in 2024, and as noted, only five actually replied with a “Yes” to that question.
That included Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as well as Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jack Reed (D-RI).
None of the other 45 Democratic senators responded to the multiple inquiries from the Daily Caller, nor did the White House respond to a request for comment from the outlet on the results of its informal survey of the Senate Democratic caucus.
For what it is worth, though, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has in recent days repeatedly asserted that her boss intends to seek a second term, including in a tweet Sunday in which she wrote, “To be clear, as the President has said repeatedly, he plans to run in 2024.”
Democratic “whispers” have become much more audible
That message from the White House press secretary was quite possibly in response to a recent spat of, essentially, “will he or won’t he” chatter from left-leaning media outlets and pundits in recent weeks.
Vanity Fair reported Sunday how the once-quiet Democratic concerns over Biden’s presidency have grown louder, as evidenced by far-left progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) apparent refusal that morning to commit to supporting a Biden 2024 run, and instead punted and said she would “cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Also on Sunday came a piece from The New York Times about the growing “whispers” of “No” from Democrats with regard to the idea of Biden running for another term in the White House.
Just a couple of weeks earlier, New York Magazine’s Intelligencer had published a piece exploring possible alternatives to Biden that some Democrats and donors were quietly considering to replace the incumbent president as the party’s nominee in the next presidential election cycle.
Fueling all of this are growing concerns about Biden’s advanced age, his increased proneness for gaffes and misstatements, and his increasingly apparent cognitive decline, not to mention soaring gas prices and inflation, other economic turmoil, foreign policy fumbles, lack of achievements in terms of the progressive agenda, and the likelihood that he will be made an ineffective lame-duck once Republicans reclaim control of Congress in the imminent midterm elections.