On September 12, Washington Post’s David Ignatius offered a plausible suggestion to President Biden that he not run again.
Read it here.
Op-eds like these just don’t make sense to me. Biden has launched a reelection campaign and has not signaled in anyway, shape or form that he would consider dropping out of the race. So…why write this? https://t.co/MCXQU2YOjr
— Symone D. Sanders Townsend (@SymoneDSanders) September 13, 2023
His colleague, Colbert I. King’s 9/15/23 column entitled “Biden earned another term despite ageist calls for him to step aside”.
— Washington Post Opinions (@PostOpinions) September 15, 2023
While not fully on board with any of these authors’ either conclusions, my 9/13/23 op ed echoed many of their arguments.
Read again here.
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) September 17, 2023
On September 16 Peggy Noonan’s op ed entitled “Biden Can’t Resist the ‘River of Power’” repeated Ignacius’ and my concerns and added the proven “fibs” Biden has told over the years, while not mentioning the historic level of lying by Biden’s likely 2024 opponent Mr. Trump.
Read it in full here.
My primary criterion for determining fitness ultimately depends on the governing record of the candidate which should be admired in Biden’s first term.
It is worth reminding critics and supporters alike of the number of important programs Biden managed to get approved in a sharply devided Congress.
Read the specifics here.
Young people tend to tune out when it comes to politics so we must make them aware of what Biden has accomplished since taking office.
lower healthcare,drug costs &energy costs;mental health care;American manufacturing;infrastructure;fight climate changehttps://t.co/xJwo2AxEGs
— Dennis S Brotman 🇺🇸 🟧🟦 #DemCast #DemCastGA ☮️ (@DenbrotS) September 15, 2023
Despite the record of many unsuccessful 2nd terms, ageing was not the norm in those who stumbled. Remember Bill Clinton’s example as one of many whose personal behavior or bad judgement were his downfall.
Trump’s record in trying to move our democracy into an authoritarian or fascist regime has now been amply described by Robert Reich’s TV film shown multiple times here.
View again to see its relevance:
That ageing as the prime criteria is NOT the most vital in deciding the complex process of picking the best candidate as the above op ed views strongly suggest.
As I continued to reflect on the main point between Biden and Trump—“consider the alternative”—as not being enough to avoid a possible Trump victory, I am horrified but also aware Biden’s decision to run is not going to change as he contemplates factors in his favor such as Trump’s growing legal woes.
Possible small but significant consolation for my concern over a Trump win came to me in watching the PBS documentary on the career and life of Jerry Brown who served two 8 year terms as Governor of California, the last 8 years as Governor ending in 2018 when Brown was 83.
Jerry Brown found politics by eavesdropping on his father in the Governor's mansion. “There was a vitality and intensity, maybe like watching an exciting movie." "Jerry Brown: The Disrupter" premieres TOMORROW at 9/8c on PBS. #AmericanMastersPBS pic.twitter.com/eI99x8iVJS
— American Masters (@PBSAmerMasters) September 14, 2023
His second tenure was judged by many in both parties as historically successful and he is now enjoying retirement but commented on age in this article, again showing the complexity of the ageing question.
Complex choice?? I quote the beginning:
In a recent interview with Politico’s Jonathan Martin, former California Gov. Jerry Brown said he would mount a primary challenge to President Joe Biden if he were younger.
Brown, who turned 85 on Friday, told Martin of the presidency, “I can handle the job but I don’t think the politics can handle my age.” Throughout the article, Martin goes to painstaking lengths to show the reader how hard he had to work to extract answers out of a particularly crotchety Brown. About the Biden question, Martin wrote that it took a great deal of “pressing … to elicit his actual view of Biden, but it’s worth the effort.”
Brown said Biden is a student of “Eastern seaboard Catholic Democratic politics,” a group that holds a deep “respect for the verities that have made us what we are and hold us together,” but is unable to respond to “changed circumstances.”
The former governor declined to endorse Biden’s forthcoming reelection bid, stating, “Well, you know, it depends on what the alternatives are.”
Indeed!! Talk about the uncertainty of Brown who began his life as a Catholic priest in training, but is he certain about questioning the “alternatives”: Trump and fascism?
Read the entire Brown piece here.
Brown, who turned 85 on Friday, told Politico of the presidency, "I can handle the job but I don’t think the politics can handle my age." https://t.co/bnH6lBVUJj
— SFGATE (@SFGate) April 7, 2023
Biden recently had a complete medical exam and was declared sound in mind and body.
President Joe Biden had a routine medical checkup Thursday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a keenly watched exam as the oldest president in history makes plans for an expected reelection campaign. https://t.co/cCmXvWkLg6
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 16, 2023
If Biden’s decision stands, our daunting task must realize that our democracy hangs by a thread and that every vote for Biden will count.
“What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”: https://t.co/fHuh0CG6JD
“We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”: https://t.co/TA4j7cp1tE
“From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”: https://t.co/lkC2t3E1A9 pic.twitter.com/bQsL2mLBcO
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
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