Published at 20:22 on 11 February 2024
I think they might have.
One of Biden’s big weak points the last time was his age. That problem has only grown worse, since none of us are getting any younger. The Special Counsel’s report certainly didn’t help in that regard.
Biden’s candidacy was defensible last time in part because he strongly suggested he would voluntarily choose to be a one-term president, and let someone new have a chance at it this time ’round. Whether it’s love of power, or a belief that he is special and the normal aging process doesn’t affect him, he changed his mind.
It wouldn’t be so bad if the Democrats didn’t cede the narrative-framing to the other party. But they do, so here we are.
None of this proves Trump is going to win this time. It just makes this outcome far more likely than it should be.