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Even CNN Has to Admit Biden’s Losing

Posted on | May 13, 2024 | No Comments

Speaking as “someone worried about the prospects of a second Trump term,” Fareed Zarkaria yesterday told his viewers on CNN, “I think it’s best to be honest about reality,” i.e., Biden’s losing:

“The shift here is stark,” Zakaria pointed out. “On the question of whom voters trust more to deal with the economy, Trump has a 22-point lead over Biden, according to an NBC poll from January. This marks of a 15-point bump for Trump compared to the same poll in 2020.”
“Perhaps this is because inflation is a far more pervasive problem than unemployment, affecting all Americans every day,” he pondered.
You think?
Zakaria then admitted that even when it comes to cultural issues, Biden still can’t catch a break. Even though he thinks Democrats can benefit from the Republican Party’s position on abortion, Biden lags far behind on the issue of immigration, which polls indicate is a more concerning issue. Zakaria even doubts that abortion will be a significant issue in the race because the issue of regulating abortion has been brought back to the states.
But Zakaria is most worried about the lack of unity in the Democratic Party over the Israel-Hamas war, while Republicans “seem to be uniting behind Trump.”
“Whatever opposition he faced in the primaries has largely melted away,” he observed.
And then came Zakaria’s most significant admission.
“And the trials against him keep him in the spotlight, infuriate his base who sees him as a martyr, and even may serve to make him the object of some sympathy among people in general who believed that his prosecutors are politically motivated,” he said. “This happens to be true in my opinion. I doubt the New York indictment would have been brought against a defendant whose name was not Donald Trump.” . . .
Ultimately, Zakaria conceded that the “trendlines are not working in Biden’s favor.”
“He needs to do something bold and dramatic to seize the initiative, on asylum policy, for example, and reverse these numbers,” he suggests, but in light of the dramatic shift in the numbers since 2020, he believes “there’s very little that Joe Biden can do now to change that perception.”

Understand that Fareed Zakaria is not just a liberal, but a liberal who works at CNN, an echo-chamber/bubble/hivemind of Democrat partisanship, a media organization with zero balance. So if things look so gloomy for Biden that Zakaria is not only able to see it, but is allowed to say it on the air at CNN? Yeah, it’s very bad for Biden.

We are now 25 weeks — 176 days, to be exact — away from November 5. A lot could happen between now and then, so you can’t say that Trump’s got this in the bag. However, the possibility of a Biden rebound grows more and more unlikely, the longer the current polling picture continues. What I expect to happen (and I’ve predicted this recently in a memo to some well-connected acquaintances) is for the Democrats to do something like the 2002 Torricelli/Lautenberg switch.

Who will they pick to replace Biden? How and when will they make the switch? These are mere details. The point is that Biden increasingly looks like a guaranteed loser in November, and I can’t see Democrats just throwing away the election, which is what they would be doing if they keep Biden as their candidate. Therefore, expect some kind of medical emergency that will require Biden to step aside, and Democrats will slip Gavin Newsom in as their substitute 2024 candidate.


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