A loud and terrible friction has been growing within the Democratic Party for years now, as the shifting tectonic-political plates continue to grind one another to dust deep within the organization.
It’s the age-old fight of the left: The centrists and the progressives going at it once again, trying to drag one another to their particular station on the political spectrum.
This time, however, as the Biden administration continues to flounder and flail, the stakes are much higher and the war is growing much hotter.
A progressive grassroots organization that supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2016 and 2020 White House bids announced on Monday that it will launch a campaign to oppose President Biden’s reelection in 2024.
RootsAction wrote in a press release that Biden has been “neither bold nor inspiring” since taking office early last year. And because his “prospects for winning re-election appear to be bleak,” it will launch the #DontRunJoe campaign on Nov. 9, one day after the midterm elections.
“In 2024 the United States will face the dual imperatives of preventing a Republican takeover of the White House and advancing a truly progressive agenda. The stakes could not be higher,” RootsAction wrote in the release. “The threat of a neofascist GOP has become all too obvious. Bold and inspiring leadership from the Oval Office will be essential.”
And then, bluntly:
“With so much at stake, making [Biden] the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 2024 would be a tragic mistake,” the progressive group added.
The maneuver comes as a number of Democrats are growing publicly uncomfortable supporting Biden’s purported plans to run again in 2024, and as new polling shows a majority of the party in favor of exploring other candidates.