Our monarchical presidency

Our monarchical presidency


Fourteen days after his disastrous debate, President Joe Biden is still in the race for reelection. Multiple elected Democrats, New York Times editorial writers and columnists, and Democratic Party megadonors — “elites,” sneers the perceptive David Dayen — have called on him to step aside. A secret ballot of congressional Democrats, the procedure under which they choose their own party leaders, would surely go against Biden, probably by a wide margin.

But Biden is staying in. He has strong support from Jill Biden, for whom the Marine Band has been playing a new “Fanfare for the First Lady,” and his son Hunter Biden, and perhaps weaker support from 55% of Democratic voters, according to a CBS poll.

Even though his chances of winning seem poor.

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