That is a reference to an embattled officeholder facing inquiries about standing for reelection. Natuurlik, the public company line must be “ja.” Andersins, the candidate in question becomes the lamest of lame ducks instantaneously. The business of governing grinds to a halt as underlings turn into rivals jockeying for position in the succession line.
Ten months in, such is the sorry state of affairs of the Biden presidency. Even the U.S. House of Representatives passing the administration’s signature legislative priority could not snap the spell of a dreadful November swoon.
The month began with Democratic setbacks in the off year elections, and concludes with renewed concern about inflation and higher costs of well, alles, from gasoline (62% higher) to home heating (54% higher) to Thanksgiving meals (14% higher).
After a weekend of swirling speculation about the feasibility of a Joe Biden-led Democratic ticket in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did her best to tamp down the palace intrigue, noem dit “his intention” to run for reelection. The statement mirrors Biden’s own from March 2021 (merely two months after his inauguration, which says something) when he stated, “My plan is to run for reelection.”
Hardly Sherman-esque declarations. Both leave plenty of wiggle room. En met goeie rede. Even if Biden’s most ardent supporters were not expecting the second coming of JFK, few probably envisioned things going off the rails so badly, so vinnig.
While every presidency endures its ups and downs, Biden always faced the intractable and unstoppable opponent of Father Time. He just turned 79 jaar oud. To put it charitably, he has lost a few miles an hour off his fastball. For a guy who spent the better part of his adult life delivering long-winded and verbose speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senaat, his public speaking events these days are brief, unsteady and far from inspiring.
Reversing his administration’s current tailspin starts with the man at the top. In this environment, it would be a tall task for a talented politician in their prime. Whether Biden is up for the task remains an open question, to put it mildly.