Joe Biden, the President of the United States, had just signed a significant infrastructure bill into law. He achieved the milestone by bringing Democratic and Republican leaders together, as he pledged during the 2020 presidential campaign. However, when the president arrived in New Hampshire last week to promote his $1 trillion influential infrastructure package at the foot of a decaying bridge, not all of his Democratic VIP guests were in the mood to celebrate.
Former state House Speaker Steve Shurtleff also attended the ceremony, and he told the Associated Press that Democratic leaders have deep concerns about the president’s political standing. Further, he added that he has concerns about where Democrats may be in the upcoming few years when people really start to mobilize and start planning trips to New Hampshire.
Biden’s Political Standing is too Weak
He was openly saying what an increasing number of Democratic leaders have been whispering for some months: The president’s political standing is too weak less than one year into his presidency that Biden may not be able to win presidential reelection in 2024 if he wanted to run again. Such concern-fueled parlor games are common among the political class of Washington, but this one spread to the constituencies and states that will play a crucial role in the next general election.
Kamala Harris, the United States Vice President, is facing her own political challenge with polls’ results, revealing that she may be less popular than unpopular Bidden. An active leader made history by becoming the first South Asian descent and the first Black woman to become U.S. vice president. On Friday, Harris delivered her first solo speech to promote Biden’s new infrastructure law in the capital city of Ohio. She was addressing a primarily empty union hall mainly absent of political notables at nearly the same time the president was issuing the annual turkey pardon of the White House in Washington.
She said that the government dares to see beyond the crisis – to believe that the future they imagine is possible – and then to build the dream. For now, there is little to suggest the recent infrastructure law, and it will bolster countrywide infrastructure and possibly create a vast number of jobs that will instantly improve the political standing of Democrats.
As the president struggles, rumors increase about the shortlist of would-be successors should the president not seek 2024 reelection. However, the seventy-nine-year-old president said privately and publicly that he will. Kamala Harris led the list but included other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Democratic Obama Faced Headwinds at the End of His First Year
The approval ratings of Biden are hovering in the low 40s, and they are better than former Republican President Donald Trump at the same time of his presidency. However, the former Democratic President, Barack Obama, also faced headwinds at the end of his first year as a president. So, the Democratic party would go on to suffer significant losses in the midterm elections of 2010. But Obama and his allies recovered in time to win a second term. Similarly, Bill Clinton beat setbacks like the devastating 1994 midterm cycle to win reelection in 1996.
Biden is telling people he plans to run for reelection in 2024, despite concerns over his age and falling approval ratings.
Democratic donors meanwhile are “praying that Trump runs.”
“I think no matter who runs, a Democrat beats him,” Barry Goodman told WaPo. pic.twitter.com/Efo8Fa9WKg
— Eddie Du (@Edourdooo) November 21, 2021
Bill Burton, the Democratic strategist, noted that all factors could ultimately overturn the political climate, such as the reemergence of former President Trump, dramatically limiting abortion laws, or a Supreme Court decision ending the end of the coronavirus pandemic and an improving economy. Burton adds that there is such harmony around the idea that Democratic leaders are entirely hopeless. These are the same people who brought Democrats Hillary Clinton.
Furthermore, the White House is working to overturn speculation that President Biden may not seek reelection in 2024, given his present struggles. Noting that Biden declared his intention to run privately and publicly, his advisors say the Biden’s political team inside the White House and the Democratic National Committee are actively going ahead with the assumption Biden will reelect for the second time.
Will Biden’s position improve?
They believe the president’s position will improve as voters digest the new infrastructure law, the climate bill, and the $2 trillion social spendings currently moving through Congress. Already, the Democratic National Committee and its allies are focusing many sources on selling the accomplishments of Democrats in crucial states before the following year’s midterm elections – states such as Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Georgia that will also be top battlefields in the 2024 presidential election.
Nina Turner, Ohio Democratic leader, who served as co-chair of the 2020 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, said very little changed for the middle-class and poor since Biden took his oath. In addition, the infrastructure bill doesn’t change that. She also blasted the social spending package of President Biden and called it “build back less better,” instead of build back better.