Some believe Israel/Hamas war could change Biden's 2024 campaign dynamic

 October 22, 2023

President Joe Biden's prospects for 2024 aren't looking good, and a growing number of Democrats have said as much, sometimes anonymously and sometimes on record. 

In an interview with Politico, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), one of Biden's closest allies in Congress, believes that the unfolding situation in Israel could mark a kind of reset for Biden's image.

Reports indicated that Biden's campaign team have been "leery" of politicizing the Israel vs. Hamas war, but noted that it's not lost on them that they could use it to their advantage.

That's likely because Biden's polling numbers are flaming hot garbage, and his own base can't even get remotely excited about him.

What did he say?

Coons, a co-chair of Biden's 2024 campaign, pointed to the situation happening on the Republican side of the aisle in the House of Representatives as a contrast to Biden flying to Israel and giving speeches of support.

"The contrast with Republicans could not be sharper," Coons told Politico.

Coons took shots at former President Donald Trump's recent comments about Hezbollah and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and added that a "paralyzed" House is not helping matters.

The Delaware senator claimed that Americans do not want an "erratic" president who is a "distruptor."

"I don’t think your average American wants that," he said. "Having a president who is presidential, solid and trusted around the world is important to the American people and will play an important role in their [2024] decision."

The left-leaning publication sang Biden's praises, as expected, though many believe Biden's response to the Israel/Hamas situation has been an utter disaster, especially during press gaggles where he looked as though he was close to falling over and going to sleep on the spot.

Could it change things?

Some political experts, including Sidney Milkis, a scholar of the presidency at the University of Virginia, believe the Israel/Hamas war situation could change the dynamic of the president's campaign over the next year, for better or worse.

"If it looks like he’s being pulled into a vortex, it’s going to be disastrous for him. But if he performs well on the world stage, then people may forget about the bumbling in Afghanistan and want to stick with his leadership,” Milkis said.

Biden was recently torched for a recent Israel speech during which he tied in Ukraine, which is apples and oranges, conflict-wise.

Only time will tell if Biden's campaign team figures out a way to capitalize on the horrific events that unfolded in Israel earlier this month, but they should first focus on getting American hostages freed, above all else.

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