Proposal to replace Biden as Dem nominee involves 'blitz primary' with candidate forums hosted by celebrities like Oprah and Taylor Swift

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 July 9, 2024

Following President Joe Biden's disastrous debate performance last month that exposed his diminished cognitive capabilities, desperate Democrats are scrambling to find ways to replace him on the ballot as the party's nominee before the general election in November.

One recently unveiled plan would involve a "blitz primary" of replacement candidates and a series of forum discussions hosted by prominent Democrat-aligned celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift, among others, according to the Daily Mail.

That plan seems unlikely to transpire, however, as it would involve Biden voluntarily stepping aside, which he has defiantly indicated he is unwilling to do, and would require the backing of Vice President Kamala Harris, who would not automatically succeed Biden as the party's standard-bearer despite her current position as the potential president-in-waiting.

A plan to replace Biden

Semafor first reported on the proposal to replace President Biden put forward in a memo by a pair of "well-connected Democrats" -- Georgetown University law professor Rosa Brooks, who worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations and advised Biden's 2020 campaign, and Ted Dintersmith, a wealthy Democratic donor and philanthropist.

The plan would require Biden and VP Harris to voluntarily step aside no later than mid-July, after which prospective replacements would announce their candidacy, and a brief "blitz primary" would commence after Democratic officials picked the top six candidates and last until the Democratic convention in mid-August.

Those candidates would be required to run "positive-only campaigns" and, in place of debates, there would be weekly candidate forums moderated by "cultural icons" like Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, and former first lady Michelle Obama, among others.

The eventual nominee would be decided by ranked-choice voting from all of the Democratic primary delegates and would be "unveiled on stage with Biden, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton" on the third day of the convention.

Biden doesn't deserve "blind loyalty" from Democrats

According to Semafor, the proposal from Brooks and Dintersmith is intended to "forge an uplifting path" out of the current "malaise and crisis," and both of them praised President Biden even as they sought to replace him to avoid what they believe would be a losing effort against former President Donald Trump if he remains as the nominee.

"We can limp to shameful, avoidable democracy-ending defeat. Or Democrats can make this Our Finest Hour. While we hope for help from Lord Almighty, the Lord helps those who help themselves," they wrote in the memo with an obvious dig at Biden's claim during an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos that he would only stand down as the presumptive nominee "if the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me that, I might do that."

"Will it happen? Probably not, absent a timely decision by Party leaders, including President Biden, who truly put country first," the memo stated. "Yes, President Biden has served his country with distinction for five decades. Yes, this honorable man deserves our respect, gratitude, and admiration. But not our blind loyalty. America desperately wants an uplifting choice."

Interestingly enough, Brooks told Semafor that she has received almost exclusively positive feedback and support for the idea from everyone who has seen her proposal to replace the incumbent president as the Democratic nominee.

Biden now trails Trump in fundraising plus the national polls

Democrats have become increasingly desperate to find a way to replace President Biden on the Democratic ticket, and while his horrific debate performance is a key driver of that sudden effort, it is not the only factor at play.

After enjoying a decided financial advantage since the campaigns began in earnest last year, the Biden campaign was recently surpassed by the Trump campaign in terms of both total fundraising and cash-on-hand, according to the Associated Press.

At the same time, Biden continues to trail Trump in nearly all of the general election polls, with his deficit growing worse after the debate, and with Trump holding modest to solid leads in all of the most important battleground states that typically decide presidential elections.

 

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