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Biden Panders to Far Left to Avoid Seismic Polling Collapse

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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by Aaron Flanigan
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With Joe Biden lagging behind Donald Trump in virtually every national and swing state poll, crisis raging on the southern border, and a suffering national economy, logic would dictate that the president would be doing everything in his power to win over much-needed support from the on-the-fence and independent voters he needs to propel him to a second term. Instead, however, Biden and his campaign seem to be sprinting to the far left in a bid to reassure progressives and the left-wing activist class that he is up to the task of facing Trump this November and advancing their priorities in a hypothetical second term.

This apparently counterproductive approach to retaining the White House may be a matter of political necessity for Biden. While it’s true that appeasing the far left won’t help the president’s poll numbers, now in the low 40s, rise to the level that experts believe he likely needs to win re-election, it might help Biden stave off an all-out mutiny on his party’s left flank that would see his poll numbers drop into the 30s or even 20s.

If that were to happen, Democrat Party leaders would face immense pressure to boot Biden from the ticket at or before the DNC Convention this August. While Biden faces a tough race this November regardless, his chances of winning are essentially zero without near-unanimous backing from his party’s left-wing base – support that he cannot now take for granted.

Biden’s lurch to the left in recent weeks has been on full display in a series of politically puzzling decisions. From his relentless kowtowing to pro-Hamas protesters, to his full-fledged embrace of extremist gender ideology in K-12 schools, to his flagrant pandering to Black Lives Matter activists, Biden is bending over backward to appease a bloc of voters that—at this point—he should already have in his camp.

Biden’s struggles among the Democrat base are clearly seen in the lingering enthusiasm gap between Biden and Trump. As even the left-wing Washington Post has been forced to acknowledge, Democrat enthusiasm for Biden’s campaign stands “at a low point.” According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll from earlier this year, the Post reports, that when voters were asked to rank their enthusiasm for each candidate, “44 percent of GOP primary voters gave Trump a 10 (‘very enthusiastic’),” whereas only 18 percent of Democrat primary voters gave Biden a 10. “Nearly half of Democratic primary voters were at a 6 or lower,” the report states.

A wide array of factors could be influencing Democrats’ lack of excitement for a second Biden term. From the growing left-wing mutiny over Biden’s attempt to pander to both sides of the Israel-Hamas war to recent polling with Biden down in nearly every swing state (and deadlocked in blue-leaning Virginia and struggling in historically safe blue states like Minnesota) and losing ground with young, black, and Hispanic voters, to an increasingly humiliating series of gaffes in his public appearances, progressives understandably view Biden as a major liability.

From the onset of Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020, he was primarily useful to Democrat leaders as a trojan horse who could appeal to Americans as a moderate, but advance radical leftist policies in office. With Biden’s poll numbers now in the tank and his electoral viability increasingly in question, the progressive base has little incentive to enthusiastically support his candidacy.

For this reason, Biden’s lurch to the left is wholly understandable. If Biden were to lose the support of the progressive left, his campaign would no longer be recoverable—and making gains with independents and undecided voters might ultimately be immaterial. Biden is likely seeking to avoid the political fate of President George H.W. Bush, whose approval rating fell to the high 20s in July of 1992 when Republicans were angry that he wasn’t doing enough to fight back against the left and resist attacks from the Bill Clinton campaign.

Of course, whether Biden will be able to succeed in reassuring the progressive base enough to retain their support in the weeks ahead remains to be seen. But in the meantime, Biden’s attempt to walk a razor-thin tightrope between appeasing progressives and moderates is welcome news for Donald Trump, who is already making significant gains with independents and now has an even wider opening to expand his lead in national and swing state polls.

For now, however, Joe Biden is desperately clinging to his political lifeboat—hoping that his own far-left base will save him from drowning.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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Max
Max
1 month ago

Like the last sentence. The real question is the “cheating at the polls” or “stuffing the box” be decisive enough to put the current Pres. and cronies back in to finish off this country? I hope not, but the situation is still “Good vs. Evil”. Will the people wake up?

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Apparently the primary demographic of the Democrat Party is a drug-dependent, antisemetic, illegal immigrant, transgender deep in debt from ivy league student loans…

Louis Shine
Louis Shine
1 month ago

Bafoon Biden is not the president, never was never will be. It is a circus act of a dying corporation. It is better to acknowledge those facts than perpetuate the delusion of he (and all the rest of the pretenders) having any merit or legitimacy.

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
1 month ago

I like the “Trojan horse” analogy. That is exactly what happened. From day 1 he has been catering to the far left Progressives in his party. Democrats are despicable.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Biden also has the lamestream media hard at work for the liberal cause. Conservative media isn’t much better. I was very frustrated to see on Newsmax 2 that political advertisements for liberal candidates were being aired during Ed Henry’s show, so even the “conservative” networks care more about advertising revenue than the conservative cause.

Thinking
Thinking
1 month ago

Ole Joe has got to go. He is just a leftist puppet that has been playing both sides of the street. For the past 4 years and brought nothing but division and downfall to the US. Voting against Joe is a vote against the ultra left. Who want to control everything especially us reps. And destroy us from within.

kom
kom
1 month ago

And if Biden is elected again, watch how far left he goes! It will be frightening.

At a place where truth rules
At a place where truth rules
1 month ago

“Of course, what else is there?” That miscued” entire political life has never been right on target and now used by OBama and others is a total failure.

Joe McHugh
Joe McHugh
1 month ago

Joe Biden has more than enough delegates to win nomination as being the Democrat candidate for the Presidency. The Democrat elite can have a heart to heart talk with Joe and explain that it would be in the best interests of the party for him to drop out before the Democrat Convention. The following day Joe would continue to campaign as though the previous day’s meeting never happened. Why would he do so? Joe’s dementia has compromised his short term memory to the point that he would simply forget everything in recent memory. He obviously has no recent memory.
The next four and a half months should be rather entertaining. The Democrats have no way to avoid looking like absolute fools. Worse, they have no credible alternatives to a looming general election debacle for the Democrat Party. Relying on hate for Donald Trump will not cause the moderate and independent voters to elect the faltering vegetable back into the White House. They only have to compare their individual economic situations between now, and four years ago to judge between the red haired guy, and the White House joke on the world stage. Worse, the Blacks and Hispanic voters are showing a lack of confidence that Joe will even be able to recall his name by November 5th.
Like I wrote, this summer will be entertaining. Let the Presidential debates begin!

pjd
pjd
1 month ago

The determinedly uninformed along with America’s enemies & his invading army is the last bastion of Biden support it seems.

mark
mark
1 month ago

In the position hes in you do what you are told,, esp. if you cant think for yourself

At a place where truth rules
At a place where truth rules
1 month ago

Being spoken loud and clear, increasing, and well-deserved criticism due to one person the hidden/hiding behind the curtain rulers of doom have ruined the country.
Terrorists came in, and some were caught (how many were not?), bankrupted the country, prices soaring, and gave away hard-working Americans’ money to satisfy the lazy, illegals, and mega selfish takers – all to get votes (disgusting), pay off school loans.
The rest of us had to pay our debt, and we absolutely cannot have our money used to pay off others’ (strangers) debt which we disagree with and have no obligation to do so, nor were asked???????. It is a misuse of one person’s pen and criminally illegal to do so, and lawsuits will seek damages. The misguided, uneducated, and destructive actions must be charged against criminal behavior, parents? Are you asleep? The criminal complicity of releasing criminals, and many more stunning misbehaviors exist at all levels! Suing the dweebs seems not enough but seems many seek that as a first step of many.
It must end! It will, and President Donald Trump will be elected [watch for cheating by the opposition]. Then the frustration of millions and millions of citizens will end this sick and twisted, chaotic behavior. A return to sensible policy, actions, enforcement, and all the other deviant twisted behaviors will either change, be prosecuted (preferred), or be tossed out!
We lived together in harmony (before this clandestine behavior by the elected), helping one another, working to resolve solutions, and having a sensible and stable country (now gone!!!!!!!). Eliminate political parties, run on who you are, verify what they say they will adhere to and do, put in a written contract, and those who do not live up to it will be immediately addressed and removed via the process stated if warranted. Citizen engagement is detailed by representatives and most citizens for that purpose. The representative nature of the elected has gone missing, with far too many now in DC). The must is now and is a priority by citizens. Why not? We are fed up and angry and want immediate change, sensible government, and the rule of law coupled with citizenship, and what is good for America and Americans!
Now, those who feel empowered are a destructive and selfish small part of the population;
it must end, and TODAY! Take your illusion and dump it for the end is not only being discussed but acted on. Patience has ended with most American citizens, and their demands are just beginning. Hear the ROAR?? You will!

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
1 month ago

The DIMMs are “strange bedfellows” indeed! They cater to the crazy LGBTQetc nuts and, at the same time, kiss up to the Muslim extremists. But the Muslim extremists would gladly KILL the sex nuts if they could get away with it! After all, they throw them off the tops of buildings in Iran (Joe’s favorite country). WEIRD!

Sara Fishersmith
Sara Fishersmith
1 month ago

Time and time again I must question the polls. How is it possible Biden’s polls remain so high? The left frequent the same gas stations as the right. They go to the same grocery and clothing stores. They are not different in daily activities than the right. They vie for the same jobs. HOW IS IT THAT THEY APPROVE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING. Alright. I will buy the MSM convinces them it is not the conservatives who are at fault for the state of the Union. Maybe the polls should be based on what those on the left are able to ACTUALLY and ACCURATELY describe the current administration had done for America. Now that would tell something different.

Norma
Norma
1 month ago

biden has nothing to worry about. His corrupt buddies already have the fix in. The obamas, clintons, and the rest of the rotten apples at the bottom of the barel will make sure of that!

John
John
1 month ago

It doesn’t really matter what “Biden the Inept” does. Even the loyal communist democrat party members that have been voting for the party candidates, simple because that’s the way they always have are deserting the Party and especially him.

JML
JML
1 month ago

And yet, his poll numbers are STILL closer than they should be!WHY!!!???

Sara Fishersmith
Sara Fishersmith
1 month ago

Correction to the below. MSM convince the left it is the right’s fault for the state of the Union

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

The only thing that matters is a clean election That will not happen Clean and honorable are not in dems vocabulary It’s anything goes

TPS
TPS
1 month ago

So, he’s too old to stand trial for having secret/classified documents but not too old to be President of our country, and all top of that, campaigning to be reelected. Hmmmm WTH am i missing and what’s wrong with the coward republicans!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

To ensure he loses

Ken
Ken
29 days ago

Of course it remains to be seen whether we have an election at all. With all of the Soviet battle wagons off of Cuba in Florida we may be speaking Russian before the election!

Salina
Salina
1 month ago

#FJB

TPS
TPS
1 month ago

You must have more money than brains because you apparently can’t see the devastating economy, we are trying to live in. IMO

scbubba
scbubba
1 month ago

I don’t know what you’re talking about, or to whom you’re referring; do you?

Phoenix
Phoenix
1 month ago

Joe will win with 80 quadrillion votes in a landslide! The fix is in! And if you question it well you are simply a right wing extremist magat loser and a bigot homophobe and maybe a few other things that they have not been told to say yet.

sheesh you bunch of bigots!

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