President Biden’s re-election strategy has come under scrutiny as Politico columnist Jonathan Martin questioned its efficacy. In a recent opinion piece, Martin criticized the reported private comments in which Biden allegedly referred to former Obama adviser David Axelrod as a “p—-,” arguing that such remarks do not contribute to winning the necessary electoral votes. The columnist also took issue with Biden’s public disputes with the White House press corps over polling results, stating that these actions are unlikely to improve his prospects in the 2024 election.
Axelrod, a key figure in the Obama administration, has openly pondered the wisdom of Biden seeking re-election, citing challenging swing-state polls and Democratic concerns about the president’s age and ability to compete against former President Trump. During a recent interaction with Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, Biden dismissed concerns about trailing in polls by pointing to surveys where he claimed to be leading, emphasizing that there are multiple polls to consider.
Martin highlighted the prevailing concerns among voters and Democratic elites, particularly regarding Biden’s age and the increasing cost of living. He criticized Biden’s use of fundraisers to downplay difficulties and complain about press coverage, characterizing these actions as potentially therapeutic but unlikely to bolster his electoral chances against Trump.
As the 2024 election approaches, Martin characterized it as “extraordinary” due to Biden being the oldest president in history. He suggested that Biden’s campaign might adopt a “Rose Garden” approach, given alleged capacity issues and a reported lack of trust from his staff.
Axelrod, appearing on CNN, emphasized the significant concern of the “age issue,” noting that the president’s public image is causing apprehension among voters.
In addition to critiquing Biden’s re-election strategy, Martin offered diplomatic recommendations, suggesting the involvement of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Middle East peace process. He also advised Biden to address his son Hunter Biden’s legal problems proactively, recommending a transparent interview.
As of now, the White House has not responded to requests for comment on the criticisms raised by Martin.
🚨 REPORT: Joe Biden cussed out David Axelrod, the top strategist to President Barack Obama, in a private meeting after Axelrod suggested that it would be “wise” for Biden to not seek reelection given his faltering health and tanking popularity.https://t.co/FFTtOIAfLj
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