Politico editor suggests three-step plan for Democrats to ditch Joe Biden

 February 13, 2024

Most polls suggest that President Joe Biden is set to lose the popular vote to former President Donald Trump come November.

That fact has some Democrats contemplating mutiny, with Politico recently laying out a three-step process through which Biden could be replaced on the ticket. 

Biden must voluntarily step down

The article began by acknowledging that getting rid of Biden will be a challenging task as he is currently "on a glide path to the Democratic nomination."

What's more, having another candidate enter the primary race isn't realistic since "by the end of this month, filing deadlines for primary ballot access will have passed in all but six states and the District of Columbia."

Given these facts, Politico senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian argued that Biden could only be forced out if he became physically incapacitated or if delegates who already pledged to him staged a revolt at this summer's convention.

Mahtesian maintained that both scenarios are unlikely, meaning the one recourse discontented Democrats have is to convince Biden that he needs to retire.

Dealing with Kamala Harris would the "thorniest issue"

Should this first step be accomplished, then a "battle at the convention" would ensue with the president playing the role of "kingmaker."

Democrats would then have to resolve what Mahtesian characterizes as the plan's "thorniest issue," which is what to do about Vice President Kamala Harris.

While Harris's poll numbers are even worse than the president's, bypassing her runs the risk of alienating African American voters.

Whether Harris is nominated or an alternative is found, Democrats would finally be left with the task of restoring party unity just months before Americans cast their votes.

More questions about Biden's fitness following special counsel's report

Biden's fitness for office became even more of an issue last week after Special Counsel Robert Hur cited the president's declining mental prowess when explaining why he would not be prosecuted for mishandling classified documents.

Fox News quoted Hur as stating, "In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden's memory was worse. He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died."

"And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him," the special counsel explained.

Hur further noted that Biden was unable to recall when he assumed the role of vice president or when his time in office came to an end.

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