The Democratic Party may have just dodged a major bullet, and it took a bizarre, off-the-record conversation to break the news.
The Biden presidency has been in shambles almost from the start. The often-confused septuagenarian Commander in Chief has been unable to achieve much of his agenda throughout his first year and a half in office, and has seen his approval rating plummet to historic lows.
Add to that a seriously dire economic situation for which he appears to have no real answer, and it becomes easy to see that there is no hope for his reelection in 2024.
Now, one Democratic Representative is suggesting that he won’t even try.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who has represented parts of New York City since 1993, said in an interview with The New York Times editorial board published Saturday that President Biden is “not running again” in 2024.
During the exchange that preceded the question about Biden, the 76-year-old congresswoman seemed to become confused. “Should there be term limits for members of Congress?” editorial board member Eleanor Randolph asked Maloney.
“No,” Maloney said.
“Should there be an age limit for members of Congress?” Randolph asked next.
“Members of Congress have a term limit. It’s called an election every two years,” Maloney answered, apparently responding to the previous question.
The exchange about Biden began when Randolph asked Maloney whether Biden should run for a second term. “Off the record, he’s not running again,” Maloney said. She did not specify how she knew Biden would not seek a second term in 2024.
“Not off the record. On the record,” journalist Jyoti Thottam insisted. According to the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, journalistic ethics stipulate that a source cannot unilaterally go off the record. The reporter must agree.
“On the record? No, he should not run again,” Maloney said in response to Thottam’s prompting.
Maloney is just the latest in a long string of Democrats who’ve expressed doubt about the validity of a Biden reelection campaign, but it is unclear as to whether or not the White House can read the writing on the wall.