Pundits Draw Knives After Shaky Biden Debate Performance | EUROtoday

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A less-than-reassuring debate efficiency from President Joe Biden Thursday evening sparked concern about his spot atop the 2024 Democratic ticket, from celebration operatives talking in non-public to political pundits in high-profile publications.

Friday’s New York Times opinion part was significantly brutal, with no constructive spin in any way for Biden coming from the paper’s marquee names.

“Joe Biden Is A Good Man and a Good President. He Must Bow Out of the Race,” wrote Thomas Friedman. Paul Krugman echoed that sentiment: “The Best President of My Adult Life Needs to Withdraw.” Nicholas Kristof added to the refrain: “Mr. President, one way you can serve your country in 2024 is by announcing your retirement and calling on delegates to replace you, for that is the safest course for our nation.” Frank Bruni declared that “Biden Cannot Go On Like This.”

A transcript of a podcast dialogue between Ezra Klein, Michelle Cottle and Ross Douthat bears the headline: “Is Biden Too Old? America Got Its Answer.”

The paper additionally printed an infographic for readers as an instance how poorly 12 different New York Times writers considered Biden’s efficiency. Of the 12, solely two argued the talk was even a draw between the 2 candidates.

The headline: “‘God Help Us’: 12 Writers Rate Biden’s Performance at the First Presidential Debate.”

Over at The Washington Post, alarm bells had been equally audible.

“Democrats panic over Biden, doubting his future,” reads the highest Election 2024 headline, on a narrative by Ashley Parker. “Trump is too dangerous for Democrats to stick with Biden,” wrote Ramesh Ponnuru.

The paper additionally printed a number of evaluation items pondering attainable subsequent steps. “So, uh, how would Kamala Harris do against Trump?” requested one, whereas one other supplied “10 options if Democrats actually try to replace Biden.”

Headlines at The Atlantic had been no extra encouraging.

“Someone Needs To Take Biden’s Keys,” wrote Franklin Foer. “Dropping Out Is Biden’s Most Patriotic Option,” reads the headline on a bit by Jerusalem Demsas. “Time to Go, Joe,” opined Mark Leibovich. “A Disaster for Joe Biden,” mentioned David Graham, who added that watching the talk was “almost physically uncomfortable.”

Only Peter Wehner supplied a (barely) softer letdown: “Biden’s Loved Ones Owe Him the Truth.”

The Los Angeles Times, the paper of file in California ― a state headed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), a Biden surrogate and potential Biden alternative ― was rather less shy about calling out each candidates’ ages.

“A tongue-tied octogenarian debates a pathological liar. Nobody won, but Biden clearly lost,” reads one column. Another asks “How’d the grandpa debaters do?” and supplied the takes of “three experts on aging.”

Talking heads throughout the cable networks voiced related issues.

“Is that how he is every day?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper requested Vice President Kamala Harris.

The hosts of “Pod Save America,” a left-leaning podcast piloted by a handful of former Barack Obama aides, supplied a blunt, dire evaluation. Co-host Jon Favreau (not that one) known as the occasion “a fucking disaster” and “maybe the worst debate I’ve ever seen in my entire life.”

Even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough known as into query Biden’s spot on the ticket.

Biden “can run the White House, he can run the country effectively, despite the barrage of lies that constantly come at him like Donald Trump’s lies last night,” Scarborough mentioned. “But can he run for president in 2024?”

An exasperated Jon Stewart, in the meantime, took a extra comedic method.

“Both of these men should be using performance-enhancing drugs,” he mentioned in a “Daily Show” phase that aired after the talk. “As much of it as they can get. As many times a day as their bodies will allow it.”

“They should be taking whatever magical drugs can kick their brains into gear,” Stewart continued. “Cause this ain’t Olympic swimming.”