The Democrat machine and its media apparatus appear to have all but anointed Joe Biden the party's 2024 nominee, but he's continuing to face skepticism from voters in states like New Hampshire.
An article in the left-leaning Associated Press acknowledged that a majority of Democratic voters across the country have "concerns" about a second Biden term, as the 80-year-old continues to face questions about age.
Just 37 percent of Democrats want Biden to run again, a fifteen-point drop since November, an AP poll found.
While the party's voters are eager for someone new, the Democrat machine has embraced Biden, like it did in 2020. The party is even bending over backwards to shuffle the primary calendar to prioritize South Carolina, the state that paved a path to Biden's nomination three years ago.
New Hampshire, a state Biden fared poorly in back in 2020, has been knocked down from the top of the lineup. Oh, so convenient.
Biden's snub of New Hampshire isn't sitting well with Democrats there, the AP reported. But the outlet quoted only Democratic official who publicly questioned Biden, Steve Shurtleff, a New Hampshire Democrat who was a Biden delegate in 2020.
“In my heart of hearts, no,” Shurtleff said. “I think a lot of people just don’t want to say it.”
While there may be some disgruntled non-conformists left in the Democratic party, they appear to be a dying breed.
Spiritual self-help author Marianne Williamson is the only Democrat to challenge Biden in the primary so far, and the party isn't expecting many to join her.
“I don’t think there’s anybody that’s serious, that’s actually considering running against Joe Biden, because he’s done such a great job,” Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker (D) said.
What little skepticism of Biden there was in the media and Democratic leadership has largely evaporated since the midterm elections, when the party avoided a "red wave."
All the better for Biden, a president so unpopular that most of his own voters want him to step aside.
Democrats are clearly betting that their hyper-conformist base can be whipped into supporting Biden again, however humiliating it might be.
"Democrats came together once before in 2020 to ask him to do a job, and he accomplished it — he beat President Trump,” North Carolina governor Roy Cooper (D) said. “And now he’s gonna do it again.”