by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Vivek Saxena reports for Biz Pac Review about one major publication’s response to President Biden’s likely re-election bid.
The Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial board is out with a scorching column recommending that President Joe Biden not run for reelection in 2024.
Their nearly 1000-word column begins with the board pointing to polls showing that most Democrat voters hope the president doesn’t run for reelection.
“The public understands what Mr. Biden apparently won’t admit: that electing an octogenarian in obvious decline for another four years could be an historic mistake,” the board writes.
The president is currently 80 years old. If he were to win reelection, he’d be 82 by the time his second term were to begin.
The board continued by acknowledging the temptation for continued power that the president faces.
“No doubt it’s hard to walk away from the Oval Office after working for five decades to get there. Flying Marine One home for the weekends beats Amtrak. The chance to pull the levers of power is intoxicating, and that’s also true for the advisers who have pushed him in such a sharply progressive direction in his first term. They know Mr. Biden will lead wherever they want him to go,” the board writes.
But, the board notes, the president will be 86 by the end of his second term, assuming he’s reelected.
The board further points out that, even at the age of 80, the president is already showing very blatant signs of cognitive decline.
“It’s impossible to know Mr. Biden’s real physical and mental state because the White House goes to great lengths to hide it. But his decline is clear to anyone who isn’t willfully blind. He rarely holds a press conference, and his words are as scripted as possible to avoid embarrassing stumbles that he nonetheless continues to make,” they write.