One congressional Democrat described President Joe Biden as “rudderless, aimless, and hopeless” to CNN while speaking about the president’s administration.
“There is a leadership vacuum right now and he’s not filling it,” said Adam Jentleson, a former adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), to the Washington Post.
“He’s missing the boat here. This is our time to dig in and be absolutely furious because one-half measures are not working. He’s got a real excitability problem,” New Deal Strategies partner Camille Rivera told Politico.
Republicans have never supported Biden, and his standing with independents plummeted shortly after he promised a calm pullout from Afghanistan, which turned out to be an unprecedented disaster.
However, a spate of recent setbacks, capped off by a feeble response to the Supreme Court’s wholly predictable decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, have Democrats scurrying to the media with demands for a change in the party’s top leadership.
“In the view of many distraught Democrats,” the Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Matt Viser write, “the country is in full-blown crisis on a range of fronts, and Biden seems unable or unwilling to respond with appropriate force. Democracy is under attack, they say, as Republicans change election rules and the Supreme Court rapidly rewrites American law. Shootings are routine, abortion rights have ended, and Democrats could suffer big losses next election.”
Some Democrats, however, are more supportive of Biden: “He’s the president of the United States, he’s the leader of our party. He defeated Donald Trump,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a likely replacement for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), told the Washington Post. “There’s a tone in which to challenge the administration and offer new ideas, and that tone ought to be one of good faith to help the president, not throwing darts to weaken him when he’s the leader of our party.”
Expect less fidelity from Democrats like Khanna if Biden’s popularity persists by this time the next year, and increased Democratic opposition to Biden, such as that of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois.
“What the president and the Democratic Party needs to come to terms with is that this is not just a crisis of Roe, this is a crisis of democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez told NBC News. “This is a crisis of legitimacy, and President Biden must address that.” Later that same day, Ocasio-Cortez refused to endorse a 2024 Biden run.