Matthew Yglesias argues Biden needs to announce 2024 plans 'soon', he's 'being reckless with politics'

“If Joe Biden wants to run for re-election, he should say so clearly and soon — and then start acting like it,” Yglesias wrote. “Alternatively, if the president is not sure he wants to run again, he should take that as a strong sign that he shouldn’t — and then make that announcement soon, too,” he continued, emphasizing the word “soon.” 

While Yglesias acknowledged it is still early for a typical incumbent president to announce his candidacy for re-election, he argued that, given Biden’s unique attributes, such an announcement is needed. 

“Yes, it’s abnormally early for an incumbent president to be making an official announcement. But for all modern incumbents, a re-election campaign has been a foregone conclusion. For Biden, it isn’t,” he wrote. 

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US President Joe Biden falls off his bicycle as he approaches well-wishers following a bike ride at Gordon's Pond State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022.

US President Joe Biden falls off his bicycle as he approaches well-wishers following a bike ride at Gordon’s Pond State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“And for many Democrats in Washington, the presumption now — partly because of his age and party [sic] because of his policies — is that he’s not running,” he continued. 

Yglesias noted, “Many Democrats see his tenure thus far as reflecting tendencies they usually see in a lame-duck president,” such as “prioritiz[ing] ambitious foreign policy goals … over domestic issues such as inflation,” along with “compromis[ing] his diversity goals to hand out senior jobs to old friends … while simultaneously outsourcing most of the staff work to the left wing of the party.”

Some Democrats who do not believe Biden will run for re-election “are currently casting around for alternatives to Vice President Kamala Harris,” Yglesias reported.

He recalled how “in March 2021 [Biden] convened a roundtable meeting with historians to discuss his potential legacy and his ‘think-big, go-big mentality’.”

“This is the kind of thing presidents normally do in the March after they get re-elected. That’s when they turn the page on practical politics in favor of efforts to define themselves in the eyes of history,” he noted. 

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: (L-R) Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, and U.S. President Joe Biden arrive for an event to mark the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on April 5, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 05: (L-R) Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, and U.S. President Joe Biden arrive for an event to mark the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on April 5, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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