Biden’s Re-Election in Doubt

On a recent episode of HBO’s “Real Time,” host and comedian Bill Maher expressed skepticism about President Joe Biden’s prospects of winning a second term. Maher recognized Biden’s capability to perform presidential duties but raised concerns about the impact of his age on his re-election chances.

In a discussion with former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile, Maher referenced Democratic strategist David Axelrod’s suggestion that Biden might consider not running again due to the risk of losing to a Republican candidate.

Addressing the age factor, Maher asked Brazile for her opinion on Axelrod’s comments and the idea of Biden either stepping up his efforts or stepping aside.

Brazile acknowledged the perception of Biden’s age being a potential issue but pointed out that age affects individuals differently. She illustrated this by mentioning Betty White, who lived until 99, and Mick Jagger, who continues to perform energetically.

Maher emphasized the need for a strong rationale behind any argument concerning Biden’s candidacy. He stated his belief in Biden’s ability to fulfill the presidential role but expressed doubts about his electability, citing public perception of his age as a significant factor.

Maher’s comments on Biden’s age aren’t new; he previously raised similar concerns. In late September, he voiced worries that Biden’s decision to run for re-election could lead to Donald Trump regaining the presidency, drawing a parallel with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg chose not to retire during Obama’s presidency and passed away during Trump’s term, leading to her replacement by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, nominated by Trump. Maher’s comparison implied potential negative consequences for the Democratic party and the country if Biden doesn’t assess the situation realistically regarding his candidacy.