In American politics, Joseph R. Biden has never been a shining star. His first attempt at the presidency in 1988 was cut short due to plagiarism allegations. His second attempt in 2008 saw him trailing behind, only to be rescued from obscurity by Barack Obama, who chose him as his vice-presidential running mate. This partnership led to an eight-year tenure as Vice President. This period was notably unremarkable, as evidenced by the Democratic Party’s choice of Hillary Clinton over him for the 2016 presidential nomination.
Fast forward to 2020, Biden’s presidential campaign started on shaky grounds, only to be steadied in South Carolina by U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC). The Democratic Party rallied behind him, fearing the radical ideologies of his primary opponent, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Biden clinched the presidency amid a storm of COVID-19 concerns, social unrest, and controversial voting procedures.
However, Biden’s presidency has been nothing short of disastrous. Despite some legislative victories, the lives of everyday Americans remain unimproved. The nation now grapples with a staggering $33 trillion national debt and a 3.7% inflation rate, a stark increase from the 1.4% rate at the onset of his term. Mortgage rates have soared to nearly 23-year highs, devastating the real estate market and burdening Americans with higher credit card debt payments.
The economic downturn under Biden’s watch, dubbed “Bidenomics” by critics, has left only 20% of Americans feeling better off than in 2020. This dismal economic performance is exacerbated by Biden’s declining physical health and public gaffes, which have left only 34% of Americans confident in his ability to serve a second term. A recent ABC News poll revealed that 74% believe he is too old for a re-election bid, while 51% favor former President Donald Trump over Biden’s 42%.
Biden’s plummeting approval ratings, currently at 37%, with only 30% and 23% approving his handling of the economy and immigration, respectively, spell trouble for the Democratic Party. The party faces a dilemma as Vice President Kamala Harris, with a mere 39% approval rating, isn’t a favorable alternative either. Her appointment as “Border Czar” has seen a record 5.8 million illegal immigrants enter the U.S. in the last 32 months. Yet, she has made a single visit to the border.
The Democratic Party’s predicament is a golden opportunity for the GOP, with Trump leading the charge. Trump continues to dominate the GOP landscape, bypassing the recent Republican Party presidential debate to address 500 striking United Auto Workers, showcasing his connection to the American workforce.
The contrast is clear: while the GOP rallies behind a leader who resonates with the masses despite his challenges, the Democrats are in disarray, desperately seeking a viable candidate as Biden’s presidency crumbles. The political landscape seems to be tilting in favor of the Republicans, setting the stage for a potential GOP victory in the upcoming elections.
As the Democrats scramble for alternatives, names like Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have surfaced. Still, none hold the moderate stance needed to steer away from the radical left trajectory set by the current administration. The only diverse voice, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., faced opposition from his party due to his contrasting views on pivotal issues.
The unfolding scenario is a testament to the GOP’s strengthening position and the unraveling of the Democratic hold. The road to the next election is becoming a promising journey for the Republicans as the Democrats grapple with the fallout of Biden’s faltering presidency.