New York Times columnist David Brooks has emphasized the importance for Democrats to recognize and be grateful for the fortune of having President Joe Biden as their candidate. In a discussion on “PBS Newshour” with Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus about the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate, Brooks acknowledged concerns within the Republican Party but also pointed out the uncertainties among Democrats regarding President Biden’s election prospects.
Brooks argued that despite worries about Biden’s age and approval ratings, Democrats are incredibly lucky to have him as their candidate. He highlighted Biden’s successful management of the economy, effective efforts in international peacemaking in Asia and Europe, and anticipated improvement in his approval ratings as inflation subsides. Brooks further noted that Biden’s appeal extends beyond typical party lines, making him relatable to independent voters without college degrees. He urged Democrats to recognize the cultural messages that Biden conveys to this demographic and to show greater appreciation for his contributions.
Ruth Marcus echoed Brooks’ sentiment, emphasizing the potential for division within the party if another Democrat were to challenge Biden’s candidacy, particularly at this stage in the campaign.
Contrary to these optimistic perspectives, a poll conducted 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, 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, though 82% stated they would vote for him if nominated.
As the Democratic Party grapples with these dynamics, it is crucial for Democrats to recognize the strengths of their current candidate while considering the broader sentiments within their base.