President Biden turned 79 over the weekend and although he passed his physical exam, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll found that only 40% of Americans believe he is in “good health.”
Biden insists he will run for re-election in 2024, but The Washington Post surveyed 28 Democratic strategists and officials. Almost all of them expressed private worry about Biden running again. The Post concluded the consensus was:: “Another presidential bid would involve a much more rigorous schedule than the relatively calm 2020 campaign, which was largely conducted remotely because of the covid-19 pandemic.”
But Democrats have an age problem that goes well beyond Biden. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 81 years old and has been silent about her plans to run for Speaker again. Her deputy, Steny Hoyer, is 82 years old. The No. 3 House Democrat is Jim Clyburn, who is 81 years old.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is the spring chicken of the bunch. He turns age 72 today (Tuesday). Schumer’s deputy, Senator Dick Durbin, is 77 years old.
Senate Democratic ranks will see some fresh blood after next year’s midterms due to retirements. Vermont Senator Pat Leahy is leaving at age 81, after 48 years in office. His hand-picked successor will be Peter Welch, Vermont’s only House member. He is 74 years old.
The Democrats in power today came of age in the 1960s, when Great Society programs were popular and the radical counterculture reigned Supreme. They have learned nothing from those failures, and in their dotage they are trying to replay their greatest hits from that era for a country where we know they can’t work.