Politico columnist Jonathan Martin recently criticized President Biden’s re-election strategy, arguing that it may not be effective in securing votes. Martin also highlighted Biden’s decision to engage in debates with the White House press corps regarding poll results, suggesting that it would not contribute to his chances of victory in 2024.
Martin’s critique stemmed from reports that Biden had privately referred to former Obama adviser David Axelrod using a derogatory term. However, Martin emphasized that such behavior was not a winning strategy to secure the necessary electoral votes.
Furthermore, he noted that publicly expressing animosity towards Axelrod, albeit in a toned-down manner, while also disputing poll results with the press corps, would not improve Biden’s chances of re-election.
David Axelrod himself has raised concerns about the wisdom of Biden seeking re-election, given the grim swing-state polls and Democratic apprehension regarding his age and ability to defeat former President Trump once again.
During a recent press conference, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy questioned Biden about polling data that showed him trailing Trump in battleground states. In response, Biden refuted the claims, citing other polls where he was leading.
Martin identified Biden’s age and the cost of living as the primary concerns among voters and Democratic elites. He criticized Biden for using fundraisers to dismiss his difficulties and complain about press coverage, asserting that while it may be therapeutic, it does not increase his chances of defeating Trump in the next election.
According to Martin, the 2024 election will be extraordinary due to Biden’s status as the oldest president in history at the time of his inauguration.
He argued that Biden’s capacity to govern and campaign in the manner of previous incumbents is limited, and his staff’s lack of trust in his abilities is evident through their efforts to shield him from the press.
Martin suggested that Biden’s campaign would require an accommodation to this reality, potentially resulting in a “Rose Garden campaign.” During an interview with CNN, David Axelrod highlighted the “age issue” as a significant concern for the president.
He emphasized that regardless of Biden’s effectiveness behind the scenes, his public projection was causing concerns among voters. Axelrod stated that age is an irreversible factor, and it is worrisome for Biden’s re-election prospects.
While Jonathan Martin’s critique raises valid points about President Biden’s re-election strategy, it is important to note that political landscapes can change rapidly, and many factors will come into play leading up to the 2024 election.
The concerns surrounding Biden’s age and ability to campaign effectively will undoubtedly shape the narrative, but it remains to be seen how these factors will impact voter sentiment and the ultimate outcome of the election.