A prominent Washington Post columnist who is well-connected to influential actors within the top branches of the federal government is urging President Biden to step down and not pursue reelection. His main case? Biden can no longer stop Donald Trump.
David Ignatius, a foreign affairs writer for The Washington Post, called for Biden to drop out of the 2024 race in a column released on Tuesday while asserting with scant evidence that Biden had forged a substantial legacy of achievements in his initial years in office.
Ironically, Ignatius’ main praise for Biden has been that he had stopped Donald Trump — someone who had disrupted Washington D.C. from what he referred to as “regular order.”
“Biden has had a remarkable string of wins,” Ignatius wrote. “He defeated President Donald Trump in the 2020 election; he led a Democratic rebuff of Trump’s acolytes in the 2022 midterms; his Justice Department has systematically prosecuted the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection that Trump championed and, now, through special counsel Jack Smith, the department is bringing Trump himself to justice.”
So the political prosecution of Donald Trump and his supporters is obviously high on Ignatius’ list.
“In sum, he has been a successful and effective president,” he claimed.
“But I don’t think Biden and Vice President Harris should run for reelection. It’s painful to say that, given my admiration for much of what they have accomplished,” Ignatius continued. “But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement — which was stopping Trump.”
The Washington Post writer characterized the drafting of Kamala Harris as vice president a mistake.
“Because of their concerns about Biden’s age, voters would sensibly focus on his presumptive running mate, Harris. She is less popular than Biden, with a 39.5 percent approval rating, according to polling website FiveThirtyEight. Harris has many laudable qualities, but the simple fact is that she has failed to gain traction in the country or even within her own party,” he wrote.
“Biden has never been good at saying no,” Ignatius added. “He should have resisted the choice of Harris, who was a colleague of his beloved son Beau when they were both state attorneys general.”
He also rattled off a short litany of issues for the sitting president, which is by no means comprehensive.
“He should have blocked then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which has done considerable damage to the island’s security,” Ignatius said. “He should have stopped his son Hunter from joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company and representing companies in China — and he certainly should have resisted Hunter’s attempts to impress clients by getting Dad on the phone.”
This short-list is more cherry-picked than a Ridgewood Farm orchard. Not mentioned: Rampant inflation, higher gas prices, reduced energy security, the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, infrastructure disasters, endless vacations, daily embarrassing presidential moments, and an unconstitutional proxy war with a nuclear-armed power.
Ignatius, in true elitist fashion elides the Biden catastrophe by alluding to his poor approval numbers without exploring why most of the country may want ‘anybody but Biden’ to win the Democratic nomination, if not the White House. In a sense, he confesses it with his doubts that Biden can prevail.
“Biden would carry two big liabilities into a 2024 campaign. He would be 82 when he began a second term,” he wrote. “According to a recent Associated Press-NORC poll, 77 percent of the public, including 69 percent of Democrats, think he’s too old to be effective for four more years. Biden’s age isn’t just a Fox News trope; it’s been the subject of dinner-table conversations across America this summer.”
That’s reassuring that Americans’ concerns about Biden’s age aren’t just a “Fox News trope.”
Ignatius, in his circumlocution around Joe Biden’s glaring issues, finally gets to the gist.
“Biden has another chance to say no — to himself, this time — by withdrawing from the 2024 race,” Ignatius wrote. “It might not be in character for Biden, but it would be a wise choice for the country.”
As one political commentator on X put it, David Ignatius’ clarion call to the White House is a signal that Biden’s ‘time is up’ in the strongly influential D.C. intelligence community.
“When the FBI or the CIA wants to feed something to the media, they give it to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius,” Real Mac wrote. “The fact that Ignatius put out a piece telling Biden not to run again, summarizes that US Intelligence is worried about the impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden and his dirty hands on foreign actors.”
This is much more to the point: Biden’s opponents “have the goods” on the president and it is just a matter of time before the truth reaches even the most obtuse of his supporters.
A recent CNN poll suggests that the jig is up on Biden’s attempt to hide his corruption scandal.
“A majority, 61%, say they think that Biden had at least some involvement in Hunter Biden’s business dealings, with 42% saying they think he acted illegally, and 18% saying that his actions were unethical but not illegal,” the poll found. “Another 38% say they don’t believe Joe Biden had any involvement in his son’s business dealings during his vice presidency. Just 1% believe Biden was involved, but did not do anything wrong.”
Again, this is a CNN poll. And furthermore, most people surveyed believed that the president is implicated in a cover-up of his son’s wrongdoing.
“A 55% majority of the public says the president has acted inappropriately regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden over potential crimes, while 44% say that he has acted appropriately,” the poll added.
This all adds up to presidency-ending issues for a Democratic candidate who stubbornly wants to return to the White House. But even if the president himself is blind to it, the Washington Post has put the writing on the wall for the American public to see.