Joe Biden has a presentation problem: He talks down to voters. It is worthy to note, writes Peggy Noonan in the WSJ. Joe’s entire career has been about presentation.
Joe Biden’s entire career has been about presentation, specifically representing a mood, continues Ms. Noonan. He should stop talking down to voters and be “straightforward and modest.”
In 50 years (Biden) has cycled through Dashing Youth, the Next JFK, Middle-Class Joe and Late-Life Finder of His Inner Progressive. But the mood he represents now isn’t a good one. It’s there in the New Hampshire poll.
What Happened to Joe?
First, there’s Joe Biden apparently throwing himself in with Democrat’s “weirdo quotient,” e.g., extreme culture warriors, members of the Squad.
Next, Afghanistan blind-sided the President.
And Then Along Came Inflation
Finally, Biden has been walloped with inflation.
In a little-noticed poll from the New Hampshire Journal the source of the poll seems startled by the answer to its question: If the 2024 election were held today and the candidates were Joe Biden vs. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who would you back?
Asked if they thought Biden was “physically and mentally up to the job” if there’s a crisis, “not very/not at all” got 54% and “very/somewhat” 42%. Here we all use euphemisms: “slowing down,” “not at the top of his game.” If Mr. Biden’s policies were popular, nobody would mind that he seems to be slowing. But they aren’t.
Mr. Sununu trounced the president 53% to 36%. Mr. Sununu is popular and that unusual thing, a vigorous moderate conservative who appears to have actual intellectual commitments. But Mr. Biden carried New Hampshire in 2020 with 53%. He’s cratering.
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