President Joe Biden continues to suffer from abysmal poll numbers, and the situation shows no sign of improving: a survey published by Civiqs this week puts his job approval rating at just 30%.
According to The Hill contributor Niall Stanage, that fact has some members of Biden’s own party considering whether to challenge him in 2024.
Several Democratic governors could have White House ambitions
“It’s in no one’s interest to scorn Biden’s chances of reelection just yet,” Stanage wrote in a piece published on Thursday.
“Open disloyalty to an incumbent president is almost sure to backfire,” he acknowledged before adding, “But the smoke signals are being sent coast to coast.”
One possible contender is California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who made headlines this week when he ran a television ad attacking Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 4.
“Your Republican leaders, they’re banning books,” Newsom said as images of DeSantis appeared on screen. He complained that the GOP is “making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors.”
Stanage said that other Democrats who may be eyeing Biden’s job include Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Another possibility is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In April, Politico published a memo written by a Sanders staff member which said that while the socialist lawmaker has no plans to mount another presidential bid, he may do so in the event that Biden does not seek a second term.
Rising inflation and Biden’s advanced age could be deciding factors
As Stanage pointed out, “Primary challenges to a sitting president are almost never successful. In living memory, they have almost always resulted in losses for the party involved.”
Still, Stanage pointed out that “some stark realities remain,” such as inflation being “at its highest point in more than 40 years” and Biden’s advanced age.
This led him to conclude, “It’s no surprise that other big names in his party are casting a wistful eye toward Pennsylvania Avenue.”