Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is challenging the President in a formidable manner. What is not clear is, what can Joe Biden do about it?
A Formidable Challenger
In a new poll, (Echelon Insights) James Freeman reports in the WSJ that “likely voters have a remarkably positive view of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,” the “kooky” environmental lawyer blessed with a cherished family name challenging Mr. Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In fact the Echelon survey suggests that Mr. Kennedy may have the best nationwide favorability rating of any politician in the country. Perhaps it’s no surprise given his name and family history that Mr. Kennedy is extremely well known, but the relative paucity of people with an unfavorable view is striking among current politicians.
At KFMB (CBS), Richard Allyn reports on Mr. Kennedy’s Memorial Day speech in San Diego, in which he echoed his uncle John F. Kennedy:
The most important way for us to honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country is to protect the rights that they died to give us.
Is Kennedy concerned that Americans are in danger of losing some of those rights that are guaranteed under the Constitution?
I feel like I am losing my country. I feel like my party has gone off the rails.”
It’s become the party of war, and the Democratic party was always skeptical about war,” he added. “It’s become the party of censorship, which is antithetical to the definition and tradition of liberalism.
“The Covid lockdown… what they supported was a war on the poor, a war on minorities… this country really suffered deeply during that period.
Will Joe Biden Have to Debate Contenders?
Earlier this spring, Mr. Freeman noted in the WSJ:
It’s Joe Biden’s weakness that is inviting Democratic voters to consider such alternatives… What’s also unsettling for the White House is that if Mr. Biden is unable to execute on his strategy of ducking debates and somehow ends up on a stage with the fringe rivals, he could easily come off as the strangest of the three.
Whether or not Mr. Kennedy is a serious challenger, many Democratic voters are rejecting the view that they are stuck with another four years of Joe Biden.
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