I’m surprisingly OK with the idea of President Biden running for re-election. Although not the second coming of FDR that his most fervent partisans predicted, Biden has been far more successful than I would have predicted. The giant climate and jobs bill, the rallying of NATO to help Ukraine (plus its expansion to heretofore neutral northern nations), the judges (on the whole), plus a lot of smart regulatory moves, all together it’s a remarkably good track record. I do worry about the upcoming debt limit fight, but that’s on Biden only to the extent that his team chose not to try to defuse the bomb during the lame duck session.
Anyway, despite all that, I thought this SNL bit was really funny:
“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” — West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 642 (1943) (Robert H. Jackson, J.).
I’ll tell you what you can talk about in school — DeSantis to expand ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law to all grades.
Justice Robert Jackson
Now’s about when you would expect serious candidates for 2024 Senate election to let it be known they have an interest. For legal reasons, it often makes sense to delay a formal declaration until much later, but you would expect to see subtle online campaigns, maybe an exploratory committee or three. Yet on the Democratic side it seems awfully quiet.
Although far from great, the general political picture is more mixed than it might seem:
That last point is in my mind the key: I can’t think of any Democrats with a statewide profile who’d be a plausible candidate. Val Demings lost to Rubio, and I’ve seen no sign she wants another Senate race. That means the best Democratic candidate will be someone with a strong local base. I don’t follow local politics outside South Florida to even have an idea what the field is–which is a sign of the problem.
I can’t recall the last time I saw an upbeat ad like this from national Democrats:
Bet no one puts it on TV….