Pelosi and Democrats to Biden: Maybe you should please take the hint?
Pelosi and Democrats to Biden: Maybe you should please take the hint?

The vast majority of Democrats in Congress are not calling on President Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race, even though about half of the party’s base wants him to do so.

What they are doing, however, is formulating a growing number of striking and carefully worded proposals in the hope that Biden might take the hint and reconsider his plans to remain in office.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Biden and his allies to portray these clues as “bedwetting.”

One of the clearest examples of this increasingly twisted dance occurred Wednesday morning. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged Biden to make a quick decision because time is running out.

The problem, of course, is that Biden has repeatedly said that his decision is already done: He’s running. He even sent a long letter on Monday saying so and explaining his reasons. It was addressed to the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives that Pelosi once led.

When the MSNBC moderator noted that Biden had made it clear that he was staying in the race and asked if Pelosi want When Biden took office, Pelosi avoided the issue.

“I want him to do whatever he decides. And that’s the way it is,” Pelosi said. “Whatever he decides, we’re going to go along with it.”

That’s not exactly a sign of trust. And it’s in good company.

It’s not the first time Pelosi has expressed the idea that Biden might need to reconsider his plans. But it’s one of the most significant statements yet, because Biden has touted his support among Democratic leaders like her — his strongest critics have largely come from the grassroots — and because for a while this week it looked like Biden might just put this whole thing behind him.

Yet all the while, we’ve seen a number of Pelosi-like statements from Democrats – particularly in the Senate. While they don’t join the 11 Democrats in the House who have called on Biden to leave, they’re saying things that are decidedly not true: “Yes, he should stay.”

Instead, the statements emphasize that it is Biden’s decision and that these Democrats are supporting the candidate without making anything that amounts to a positive argument for him. (This is somewhat similar to the statements Republican skeptics of Donald Trump have sometimes made.)

They express concerns about his prospects or even assume that he will lose:

  • Senator Michael Bennet (Colorado) said Tuesday night that Trump is on track to win, possibly “by an overwhelming majority and winning the Senate and the House of Representatives.”
  • When asked if Biden could beat Trump, Senator Peter Welch (Vermont) simply replied, “We have to beat Trump.” When pressed again, he said, “You know, the voters will decide that.”

And more and more Democrats in the Senate say he must prove he is up to the task – which clearly raises doubts about his ability:

  • Senator Mark R. Warner (Virginia) said Biden must “make his case to the American people more aggressively.”
  • Senator Patty Murray (Washington) called for “a much more energetic and powerful candidate to enter the campaign trail in the near future.”
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota) said Biden “has to show the American people that he can win.”

Of course, Biden has had nearly two weeks since his rocky debate performance to do just that. He has given interviews with ABC News and “Morning Joe” and has been hitting the campaign trail more frequently. Those appearances don’t seem to have allayed the concerns of many Democrats, but it’s clear that his campaign team still doesn’t want to send him out in public. to And in a way that will indeed provide a major testing ground. (A NATO press conference on Thursday is the next big event on that front.)

There is no doubt that these are politically difficult times for Democrats. It is no small feat to urge or even suggest that a president of your own party should resign, especially after he has won the necessary votes in the primaries. This discussion is even less fun when it involves a subject as sensitive as whether a president you really like has the necessary acumen and resources.

And if Biden continues to resist pressure, the mere fact that Democrats have had the conversation could prove damaging to him, because it could reinforce that even many in his own party doubt him. Democrats could also fear that they are only strengthening his resolve by making it seem as though he is being pushed out rather than making his own decisions.

For these reasons, it’s easy to see why a moderate, watered-down approach is so appealing. And perhaps some or many of these Democrats really aren’t sure what should happen next.

But the fact remains that Biden has tried to prevent this, and his party is not letting him. This is certainly an expression of the deep reservations that the Democrats continue to have, even if the number of lawmakers calling for his resignation remains small.

The problem for Democrats, as Pelosi noted, is that time is running out. If these comments are aimed at actually pushing him out of the race, there’s a risk he won’t get the hint.

And considering the fact that Democrats are avoiding publicly supporting Biden, it is clear that many of them are still not at all satisfied with his efforts to survive this critical moment.

By Everly