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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like lately Joe Biden has been less “engaged” than ever. Of course, whenever he speaks it’s a cringe fest. But I was especially struck by his multiple vacation times at the beach in spite of a national disaster; by his seeming indifference over the Lahaina wildfire; by his increased unavailability (or so it seems to me). I began to wonder what would cause him to seem more withdrawn than ever, unless he’s speaking about his invisible accomplishments.
Then it hit me: is it possible that someone who has the power or influence to keep him from running has told him that he won’t be on the ballot in 2024? If I were Joe and were told that, I’d be pretty depressed and remote, too.
And at one of his latest press conferences, Biden asked in his favorite whispering voice (and I can’t find the exact quotation), Tell me the things I’ve done wrong, as if to challenge everyone to prove he shouldn’t be in charge, and running again.
The Democrats are acknowledging they don’t want him to run. The media is even saying he should bow out. The growing list of criminal accusations on his acts of bribery and the endless questions about Hunter could be wearing him out.
Still, I can’t imagine who would be prepared to tell Biden he’s not running, and for Joe to accept it. Would he listen to Jill? To certain aides? To powerful Democrats? And is there anyone prepared to replace him?
Then again, maybe I’m needlessly speculating.Published in