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Democratic Party ‘Clans Clash’ in Wake of Biden’s Debate Performance

© AFP 2023 / SAUL LOEBA supporter of US President Joe Biden holds a sign that read "Pass the torch Joe" during a campaign event in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 5, 2024.
A supporter of US President Joe Biden holds a sign that read Pass the torch Joe during a campaign event in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 5, 2024.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.07.2024
A Wall Street Journal poll conducted in the wake of Joe Biden’s debate against Trump - his first of the 2024 election cycle - showed that 80 percent of the nation’s voters think the Democrat is too old to run for a second term.
Fissures are growing within the Democratic Party’s three leading clans as Joe Biden refuses to give in to demands to drop out of the 2024 race, the Financial Times has reported.
An “already-fractured” Democratic Party is reportedly trying desperately to carry out damage control in the wake of the 81-year-old president’s debate against Trump. But the “historic crisis” that has led to increasing questions regarding his mental acuity has opened up “old wounds and rivalries,” noted the FT.
The Democratic Party is described as witnessing a raging battle between “three leading clans,” while the Republican Party “has appeared ever more uniform” under Trump.
Some Democrats are ostensibly hoping Biden’s once boss, ex-president Barack Obama, could “usher Biden aside.” However, the outlet cites those from the inner Biden circle as warning that such a step would be “counterproductive.”
The reason is that there is supposedly a lingering bitterness among the Bidens after Obama backed Hillary Clinton, and not vice-president Biden to be his successor in 2015. Clinton went on to lose that presidential bid to Trump in 2016.
“I think the thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that Barack Obama and the Clintons and Biden don’t have a great relationship,” one Democratic lobbyist was cited as saying.
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As for Obama himself, during his debut stint as senator representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008 he inflamed the Clintons after he “had the audacity” to challenge Hillary Clinton for the party’s 2008 nomination, reminded the outlet.
There is no unity among Democrats because, basically, the Democratic coalition’s pieces do not share the same values,” party strategist Hank Sheinkopf was cited as saying.
The various degrees of resentment nursed overtly by the Bidens, Obamas and the Clintons come amid a flurry of Democratic politicians, donors, and other supporters calling for the removal of Biden as candidate.
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Biden - appearing to be confused and incoherent throughout his debate with the Republican frontrunner last Thursday - reinforced ongoing concerns about his cognitive abilities.
The president has taken a defiant stance, claiming his debate performance was just a "bad episode." But 80 percent of the nation’s voters insist that the Democrat is too old to run for a second term, according to a Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday. Amid a flurry of reports attempting to suggest possible replacements for Biden, a new campaign has been imploring him to "Pass the Torch."
Hours before Biden was interviewed by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, where he insisted that he will stay in the race, Democratic activists launched a grassroots campaign begging the president to step aside. They urged him to act on a 2020 pledge to be a "transition" president.
"Democrats need the strongest possible ticket to maximize our chances of winning in November. It has become very clear, based on both long-term polling and the recent debate, that Democrats' current ticket is not the strongest one we can put forward," said the campaign.
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