President Joe Biden has publicly fallen on multiple occasions, but perhaps never so heavily in the minds of prospective voters as when he dropped during the U.S. Air Force Academy's June 1 graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Vividly reminded of the president's decrepitude, which Biden's handlers have been struggling to rhetorically soften with self-deprecating humor in the 80-year-old's speeches, critics and allies alike have once again been confronted with the fact that the serially unlikable vice president "is a Biden fall away from being in the Oval Office."
Far-shot Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who tied with former Vice President Mike Pence in the most recent Roanoke College poll for a meager seven points, told "Fox & Friends" Monday that a vote for Biden in the upcoming election is "actually a vote for president Harris. We are running against Kamala Harris. Make no bones about it. The New York Times knows it. Every liberal knows it. They know that it's Kamala Harris that's going to end up being president of the United States if Joe Biden wins this election."
Greg Swenson, chairman of Republican Overseas UK, told GB News, "It's really not funny anymore and I think there's a great risk here. He's showing that he just doesn't have the cognitive ability to function and this is just another example of it. ... Again, it's not funny. He hits his head on one of these falls and we have President Kamala Harris and that should frighten everybody."
"Naturally, the far left would be celebrating the fact of the first female president, heedless of the risks of identity trumping merit," Michael Goodwin wrote over the weekend for the New York Post. "Meanwhile, the sensible Americans who make up a majority of the nation would be living in fear of the human word salad playing with the nuclear football and the possibility that her cackle could be the soundtrack of Armageddon."
While Biden's motor and cognitive challenges might present Harris with an opportunity she proved otherwise incapable of seizing by herself in the 2020 Democratic primary, Goodwin suggested they present Republicans with an even better opportunity to win: "If he falls and can’t get up close to next year’s election, they are almost certainly sunk regardless of whom Republicans nominate."
A recent NBC News survey of 1,000 adults, conducted April 14-18, found that 70% of respondents, including 51% of Democrats, don't think Biden should run again, with the majority citing age as a key reason behind their opposition.
TheBlaze previously reported that failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton admitted, "His age is an issue, and people have every right to consider it."
Even Biden has acknowledged he's leading on borrowed time.
The president told the host of MSNBC's "The Sunday Show," Jonathan Capehart, in October that "I think it's a legitimate thing to be concerned about anyone's age, including mine. I think that's totally legitimate."
"I could drop dead tomorrow," said Biden. "I think people should look and say, 'Is he still have the same passion for what he's doing?' And if they think I do and I can do it, then that's fine. ... If they don't, they should vote against me."
The prospect that a vote for Biden is tantamount to a vote for a possible-President Kamala Harris, whose average unfavorability rating is 52% according to RealClear Politics, may do little to sweeten the deal.
After all, not even the White House appears to be enthusiastic about Harris, with officials complaining about her not "rising to the occasion," her inability to take "things off his plate," and her propensity for "word salads" — and they are desperate for her to carry her weight going into the election.
Federalist editor in chief Mollie Hemingway appeared to agree with the critical elements of Biden's team, telling Fox News Sunday that "Democrats are in a conundrum because they really can't get rid of [Kamala Harris]. That would be something that would anger a portion of their electorate that they need, but she's not helping out the ticket in any way."
The Democratic field presently only offers the alternatives Robert F. Kennedy, polling at 20%, and Marianne Williamson, who is netting on average fewer than 10 points.
Goodwin indicated that if Kennedy is able to gain significant momentum over the summer, he might be able to compel Biden to engage him in debate, which Democrats previously banned allegedly for fear of the octogenarian "talking himself into deadends, lapsing into gibberish or doing a face plant in prime time."
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