As President Joe Biden Faces Fallout from Debate, Democrats Left Uncertain About Next Moves

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The aftermath of President Joe Biden’s subpar debate performance continues to unfold, with some Democrats calling on him to drop out of the race. In recent days, Biden has appeared to make a comeback, delivering strong addresses at NATO and rallying support within key Democratic circles. However, there are still concerns about his ability to recover and win in November.

Congressional Democrats have yet to coalesce around a unified approach to Biden’s campaign. While some lawmakers have publicly criticized him, others have rallied behind their leader. The Congressional Black Caucus and influential progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have voiced support for the incumbent president.

Meanwhile, the number of anti-Biden Democrats has reached seven House members, with multiple lawmakers reportedly telling their party’s leadership that Biden cannot win. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has expressed support for Biden, stating “I’m with Joe.” However, some leaders appear to be wavering.

Democratic strategist and others close to the campaign have expressed concerns over the timing of any potential challenge to Biden. If the party fails to consolidate support, it may be too little, too late. With the Republican National Convention fast approaching, the spotlight may shift away from Biden and onto former President Donald Trump.

The Cook Political Report shifted six Senate races toward the Republicans this week, and CNN’s Harry Enten projects that a Democratic loss in November would result in widespread defeats down the ballot. The House is particularly vulnerable, with the potential loss of the entire Democratic majority. However, it remains unclear whether internal pressures will ultimately force Biden’s removal or if he will remain the nominee.

Biden himself is committed to his reelection bid and Democrats seem reluctant to challenge him decisively. Any move to oust him would require significant consensus, not just among lawmakers but also big donors and delegates. The party needs a sudden and drastic shift before Biden can be dislodged.

As the nomination process rapidly approaches, Democrats are still without a clear plan B. The election looms large, and without decisive action, the party may ultimately face the consequences of its indecision.

W. James Antle III
W. James Antle III
Executive Editor. He was previously politics editor of the Washington Examiner, managing editor of the Daily Caller, associate editor of the American Spectator, and senior writer for the American Conservative.

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