Biden must step down

The Undeniable Reasons Why Biden Must Step Down Now!

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the United States finds itself at a critical juncture. The potential re-election of Donald Trump poses a significant threat to the nation’s democratic institutions and global standing. President Joe Biden’s continued candidacy, however, may inadvertently facilitate this outcome. To safeguard the future of American democracy, it is imperative that Biden steps aside, allowing a stronger Democratic contender to emerge. This article presents a comprehensive analysis, drawing on recent polling data, historical precedents, and the current political landscape, to argue why Biden must withdraw from the race. I wrote about this in January and everything I feared is now coming true.

The Swing State Challenge

Recent polling data as of May 23  from key swing states highlight the precarious position Biden occupies. According to multiple surveys, Trump is leading Biden by varying margins in critical battleground states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. These states, which were pivotal in Biden’s 2020 victory, now show significant shifts towards Trump.

In Arizona, Trump leads Biden by 5 points, with a 49% to 44% advantage. Similarly, in Georgia, Trump has a 3-point lead, polling at 47% to Biden’s 44%. Biden holds a narrow 1-point lead in Michigan, with 46% to Trump’s 45%, and the race in Nevada is tied at 47% each. North Carolina presents a more significant challenge, with Trump leading 49% to 42%. In Pennsylvania, Trump has a 2-point lead at 48% to 46%, and in Wisconsin, Trump leads by 1 point, 47% to 46%. These figures illustrate the daunting challenge Biden faces. Despite his previous victories in these states, voter sentiment has shifted significantly, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with the current administration.

  • Arizona: Trump leads Biden by 5 points (49% to 44%).
  • Georgia: Trump leads by 3 points (47% to 44%).
  • Michigan: Biden holds a narrow 1-point lead (46% to 45%).
  • Nevada: The race is tied at 47% each.
  • North Carolina: Trump has a substantial lead (49% to 42%).
  • Pennsylvania: Trump leads by 2 points (48% to 46%).
  • Wisconsin: Trump leads by 1 point (47% to 46%).

The Flawed Electoral College System

The persistence of the Electoral College exacerbates the risk of a Trump victory. In 2016, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes but secured the presidency through the Electoral College. This system disproportionately amplifies the influence of swing states and can undermine the democratic principle of one person, one vote. The 2020 election similarly showcased the precarious balance of power, with Biden’s victory hinging on razor-thin margins in several key states. The latest polls suggest that the same dynamics could favor Trump in 2024, despite his overall unpopularity.

Biden’s Political Vulnerabilities

President Biden’s age and perceived cognitive decline are major liabilities. Polls indicate that 62% of voters have significant concerns about his mental and physical fitness for office, with an additional 14% expressing moderate concerns. These concerns are not unfounded; Biden’s public gaffes and struggles with delivering coherent speeches have fueled skepticism about his ability to lead effectively. Media portrayals of Biden as a “well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory” have only compounded these issues.

Moreover, Biden’s approval ratings have been consistently low, hovering around 40% for over a year. His administration’s handling of key issues such as the economy, immigration, and foreign policy has drawn widespread criticism. Notably, Biden’s response to the Israel-Hamas conflict has alienated Arab American and Muslim American voters, particularly in swing states like Michigan, where their support is crucial.

Kamala Harris: Not a Viable Alternative

Vice President Kamala Harris, while a logical successor, is not a viable alternative due to her unpopularity. Harris’s performance in the 2020 Democratic primaries was notably weak, failing to garner significant support and leading to her early withdrawal from the race. Her approval ratings remain lower than Biden’s, and she has struggled to establish a strong public presence or policy achievements that resonate with voters. Voters view her as flighty and unintelligent. This history indicates that Harris would likely face even greater challenges than Biden in a general election, making her an impractical choice for the Democratic nomination.

Historical Precedents: Lessons from LBJ

The political landscape today is vastly different from the era of Lyndon Baines Johnson, yet his decision to withdraw from the 1968 presidential race offers valuable lessons. Johnson faced immense pressure due to his handling of the Vietnam War and chose to step aside for the good of the country. Today, both Biden and Trump benefit from a primary and caucus system that heavily favors incumbents and well-funded candidates, making it nearly impossible for new contenders to gain traction late in the race. Johnson’s withdrawal allowed the Democratic Party to select a new candidate better suited to the political climate of the time, a move that Biden should consider for the sake of the country.

The Democratic Path Forward

The Democratic National Committee has mechanisms to handle such scenarios. If Biden announces his withdrawal now, it allows for a vigorous primary contest to select a candidate who can effectively challenge Trump. Potential candidates such as California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, or former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg could step up to carry the mantle. These individuals have demonstrated strong leadership and have garnered significant support within the Democratic Party, positioning them as viable alternatives to Biden.

The Economic Argument

A significant portion of voters believes the economy was better under Trump. Polls indicate that 51% of registered voters in swing states feel the economy was more robust during Trump’s presidency, compared to only 36% who believe it is better under Biden. This sentiment poses a significant challenge for Biden, who has struggled to convey a strong economic message that resonates with voters. The perception of economic decline under Biden’s administration is a critical factor that could sway undecided voters towards Trump, making it essential for the Democratic Party to present a candidate with a compelling economic vision.

Immigration and Border Security

Biden’s handling of immigration has been another point of contention. His policies have faced criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, contributing to his low approval ratings. On one side, progressive critics argue that Biden has not done enough to reform the immigration system and protect immigrant rights. On the other, conservatives accuse him of being too lenient, leading to increased border crossings and security concerns. In contrast, Trump’s hardline stance on immigration continues to rally his base, making it a key issue in the swing states. A new Democratic candidate could potentially adopt a more balanced approach to address these concerns and win back support from disillusioned voters.

Climate Change and Environmental Policy

While Biden holds an advantage over Trump on issues related to climate change, with 47% of voters trusting him more compared to 34% for Trump, this alone is insufficient to sway the overall electorate. The environment remains a critical issue, but it must be part of a broader, more compelling campaign strategy to win over undecided voters. A Democratic candidate with a strong environmental track record and a clear plan for addressing climate change could galvanize support among younger voters and environmentally conscious independents, a crucial demographic for the 2024 election.

Foreign Policy Missteps

Biden’s foreign policy, particularly the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, has been widely criticized and has eroded trust in his leadership. This misstep not only affected his approval ratings domestically but also impacted America’s standing on the global stage. Comparatively, Trump’s foreign policy, despite its controversies, did not face the same level of immediate, dramatic backlash from voters. A Democratic candidate who can articulate a clear and coherent foreign policy strategy, emphasizing stability and international cooperation, could restore confidence in American leadership and attract voters concerned about national security.

The Role of Independent and Third-Party Candidates

The presence of independent candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and third-party contenders like Cornel West and Jill Stein complicates the electoral landscape. These candidates, while not securing significant percentages individually, collectively siphon critical votes away from Biden, further jeopardizing his chances. The Democratic Party must consider this fragmentation and how a new candidate might consolidate support across the broader left-leaning electorate. By presenting a fresh and unifying figure, the party could mitigate the impact of third-party candidates and strengthen its position against Trump.

Conclusion: A Call to Action

For the sake of American democracy, it is imperative that President Biden steps aside. The current trajectory suggests that Biden may not be able to secure the necessary support to prevent a Trump victory. By withdrawing from the race, Biden can facilitate a more robust and dynamic Democratic campaign capable of defeating Trump and safeguarding the future of the nation. The time to act is now. The Democratic Party must seize this moment to present a candidate who embodies the values and vision needed to lead America through these challenging times. President Biden’s legacy can be one of selfless dedication to the country, ensuring that democracy prevails over authoritarianism. The stakes are too high for anything less.

This comprehensive analysis underscores the critical need for strategic action. The evidence presented here is clear: for the good of the nation, President Biden must step aside and allow a new Democratic leader to emerge. The future of American democracy depends on it.

By Alan Wood

Musings of an unabashed and unapologetic liberal deep in the heart of a Red State. Crusader against obscurantism. Optimistic curmudgeon, snark jockey, lovably opinionated purveyor of wisdom and truth. Multi-lingual world traveler and part-time irreverent philosopher who dabbles in writing, political analysis, and social commentary. Attempting to provide some sanity and clarity to complex issues with a dash of sardonic wit and humor. Thanks for visiting!