(TheIndependentStar.com) – Showcasing the left’s hesitance to support a feeble octogenarian, David Axelrod, a key strategist behind former President Obama’s campaigns, recently expressed skepticism about Joe Biden’s prospects in the 2024 presidential election.
Speaking to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Axelrod assessed Biden’s chances as uncertain, with an even chance of success at best.
Axelrod’s comments come as Biden, who currently holds the distinction of being the nation’s oldest president, will soon turn 81. This age factor raises questions about the feasibility of his potential second term, by the end of which he would be 86 years old.
Axelrod articulated these concerns, stating, “I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse. He thinks he can cheat nature here and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too.”
Axelrod’s blunt assessment reflects the challenging political landscape confronting Biden, who has faced significant economic downturns and international conflicts in the Middle East and Europe. These issues have contributed to a growing sense of pessimism among the American public regarding a second term for Biden.
Adding to the complexity of the political dynamics is the reportedly strained relationship between Biden and Axelrod. According to Politico, Biden has privately referred to Axelrod as a “pr–k,” indicating a level of tension that mirrors the longstanding friction between the political camps of Obama and Biden.
Recent polling data further underscores Biden’s precarious position. A Bloomberg News/Morning Consult survey revealed that former President Donal Trump leads Biden in six critical swing states, regardless of the potential influence of third-party candidates.
This polling data, combined with Axelrod’s assessment and the internal discord within Democratic circles, paints a picture of uncertainty and mounting challenge for Biden as he gears up for a doomed re-election bid in 2024.