It is almost February.
The Revenge Tour won by double digits in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mitch McConnell is now deferring to Donald Trump as “our nominee.” Trump’s power level is increasing with each passing day.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has spent January trying to pump air into the tires of his splintering coalition. He delivered that speech at Valley Forge in which he compared himself to George Washington. He released that first campaign ad which featured footage of Charlottesville and 1/6. He followed up the Valley Forge speech with a speech at Mother Emanuel AMC church in Charleston. It is an election year again which means it is time to run on the usual themes of abortion, democracy and white supremacy.
Currently, 33% of Americans approve of Joe Biden’s job performance, while 65% disapprove. Biden’s job rating has not been above 40% since April 2022.
Young adults are negative about Biden’s job performance. Biden’s job rating is low across all age groups, including young adults. Just 27% of adults ages 18 to 29 approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, while 71% disapprove. …
It isn’t working.
He has sunk all the way down to a 33% approval rating.
In the Biden White House, the assumption was that Israel’s war in Gaza would be in the rearview mirror well before the 2024 election and that all of those young Democrats who are mad about the genocide of the Palestinians would have time to forget about it after the pivot to “racism.”
President Biden last week pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scale down the Israeli military operation in Gaza, stressing he is not in it for a year of war, two U.S. officials told Axios.
Why it matters: Biden’s comments during the two leaders’ call last Friday reflect the growing U.S. concern about the continuation of the war and the president’s desire to see it end long before the November elections.
A Biden adviser told Axios the White House is very concerned about losing young voters, many of whom are opposed to the president’s policy on the Gaza war.
A source close to the White House said Biden can’t have the war and the growing death toll to continue dominating the news cycle as the elections get closer. …
See, the problem is not what Bibi Netanyahu and Israel have unleashed in Gaza. It is the optics of it dragging on in an election year and causing so much damage to Joe Biden with young voters that he loses key swing states to Trump. He needs those huge margins in places like Dane County, WI.