Clooney Discusses Decision In Op-Ed

Hello everyone! Today we’re diving into a political rollercoaster involving President Joe Biden and the rising tide of doubts about his re-election bid. Heavyweights like Nancy Pelosi and George Clooney are shaking things up, and it looks like Biden’s got some serious decisions to make.

On Wednesday, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hollywood star George Clooney expressed fresh doubts about Biden’s chances in 2024. Pelosi, a longtime ally, didn’t definitively back Biden on MSNBC, while Clooney withdrew his support in a scathing New York Times op-ed, saying Biden isn’t the same leader he was in 2020.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to Axios, has privately hinted he might be open to another Democratic candidate, despite publicly supporting Biden. Meanwhile, Senator Peter Welch became the first Democratic senator to explicitly call for Biden to step aside in an op-ed published late Wednesday.

One major donor revealed that Democratic leaders plan to issue statements of concern after the NATO summit. “It’s going to be a bloodbath,” the source said, highlighting the growing frustration among lawmakers and donors.

The Abandon Biden Campaign, opposing Biden’s candidacy due to his handling of the Israel-Gaza war, also urged Americans to call for Biden to step down. This sentiment was echoed by Pelosi, who urged her colleagues to keep their concerns private until the NATO summit concludes.

For the past two weeks, Biden, 81, has been trying to quell fears among Democratic lawmakers and donors following his lackluster performance at the June 27 debate. Despite this, Biden insists he’s staying in the race and can defeat Trump.

Pelosi’s remarks on MSNBC were a significant moment. She described Biden’s NATO summit performance as “spectacular” but didn’t definitively support his run, saying, “I want him to do whatever he decides to do.”

On Thursday, Biden’s campaign chair and senior advisers are set to brief Senate Democrats, trying to rally support. When asked about Pelosi and Clooney’s remarks, Biden’s campaign pointed to his commitment to staying in the race, as stated in a letter to Democrats.

Other Democrats, however, voiced their concerns. Senator Richard Blumenthal said he was “deeply concerned” about Biden’s ability to win. Vice President Kamala Harris, seen as a frontrunner if Biden steps aside, spoke to 19,000 people at an event, emphasizing the election’s existential importance.

Clooney’s op-ed painted a grim picture, saying Biden isn’t the leader he once was and predicting losses in the House and Senate if he remains the candidate. Public defections among Democrats are growing, with U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer being the latest to call for Biden to end his campaign.

Biden’s campaign is fighting back, surrounding him with strong supporters like Black Democratic lawmakers and voters. On Wednesday, he met with labor leaders, a crucial part of his base, to discuss their commitment to defeating Trump.

As Democrats remain divided over Biden’s candidacy, the pressure mounts.