In a recent discussion on “PBS Newshour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks expressed the need for Democrats to have greater gratitude towards President Joe Biden as their candidate. Brooks pointed out that the party is fortunate to have Biden and highlighted the positive aspects of his administration. He mentioned the successful economic recovery and the efforts made in international peacemaking, specifically in Asia and Europe. Brooks predicted that as inflation diminishes, Biden’s approval ratings are likely to improve.
Brooks also stressed the advantage of Biden’s appeal to moderate independent voters without college degrees. He emphasized that Biden’s cultural messages resonate well with this demographic and encouraged Democrats to recognize the strengths he brings to the table.
Echoing Brooks’ sentiment, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus emphasized the potential risks of replacing Biden with another Democrat, citing past instances of internal division within the party.
However, a recent poll by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that only 36% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, which is lower than his overall approval rating of 42%. The poll also indicated that 55% of Democrats do not want Biden to run for president again, although 82% would vote for him if nominated.
These observations highlight the internal dynamics and sentiments within the Democratic Party regarding Biden’s candidacy and his potential as a unifying force as they navigate the upcoming election cycle.