President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed his intent to seek re-election but has not yet officially announced a 2024 campaign, and that delay has led to “doubt” and a sort of “awkward deep-freeze” among some of his fellow Democrats, Breitbart reported.
The delay has left a lot of Democrats in limbo and quietly scrambling to develop last-minute contingency plans just in case Biden ultimately decides against mounting another run for the White House.
“An inertia has set in”
Politico recently reported on the growing “sense of doubt” among some Democrats that President Biden, despite his assurances to the contrary, may not actually for another term in 2024. A decision was supposed to have been announced in February, but has now been pushed back to April or even later.
“While the belief among nearly everyone in Biden’s orbit is that he’ll ultimately give the all-clear, his indecision has resulted in an awkward deep-freeze across the party — in which some potential presidential aspirants and scores of major donors are strategizing and even developing a Plan B while trying to remain respectful and publicly supportive of the 80-year-old president,” the outlet stated.
One unnamed Biden “confidante” told Politico that “An inertia has set in,” and added, “It’s not that he won’t run, and the assumption is that he will. But nothing is decided. And it won’t be decided until it is.”
To be sure, prepratory moves are being made to assemble a potential campaign apparatus for Biden, and the White House continues to insist that the president intends to seek re-election, but the delay has led to “nervous chatter” and set the stage for him to “leave the party in a difficult position should he opt against another run.”
It has also provided space for a number of “aspiring Democrats” to start making moves of their own to “keep their options open.”
Biden’s age certainly a factor
Though President Biden and his team would likely deny it, the ever-present concerns about his advanced age are likely a prominent factor in his delayed decision on a 2024 campaign, according to a CNN report.
In countless polls and focus groups, Biden’s age, as well as his perceived mental health status, are routinely mentioned as worrisome, and the outlet noted that many participants have assumed that the president is “ineffective or being puppeteered” and used words to describe him like “brain dead,” “mush,” and “dementia.”
Compounding that is the fact that Republicans routinely use Biden’s age as a cudgel against him, which has prompted Biden’s team to “focus on events that try to play up the president’s vitality, while trying to strike a balance in the schedule of a man who tends to make more blunders when tired.”
Trouble securing campaign leadership, choosing headquarters
Preparations are being made for an eventual 2024 announcement, however, but there remain a lot of unknown factors in that equation, according to a report from The New York Times.
President Biden’s people have reportedly struggled to assemble a full leadership team for his potential re-election bid and are said to have been turned down by at least three top campaign strategists who want no part in another Biden run.
The report also noted that Biden wants to do a repeat of 2020 and run the campaign out of his home city of Wilmington, Delaware — though he supposedly wouldn’t remain hidden away in his basement again — while younger staffers are urging him to establish the campaign’s base in a larger city like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
There are a number of prominent Democratic leaders, primarily governors and senators, who are angling to make a play for the presidency if Biden, for whatever reason, steps aside with regard to 2024, but they will likely all have to wait in limbo for another month or so until the indecisive president finally makes up his mind about what he will actually do.