The President can best serve his country and its future by announcing soon that he’ll step aside in 2024.

By Christopher D. Cook, The Progressive Magazine

Teetering on the brink of failure, President Joe Biden may be approaching even rockier roads this November, as congressional midterms threaten to upend what’s left of his modest, moderate agenda and his approval ratings hit an all-time low.

Facing increasingly worse Republican obstruction and the frightful resurrection of Donald Trump and other rightwing GOP candidates, Biden can best serve his country and its future by announcing soon that he’ll step aside in 2024—a move that could help Democrats in the midterms.

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This isn’t about Biden’s near-octogenarian age or his grimly low popularity, reasons most pundits and Washington insiders give for Biden not to run. Instead, crucially, Biden lacks the bold leadership necessary to tackle America’s urgent needs and prevent another authoritarian Republican takeover.

On profoundly pressing crises such as climate change, reproductive healthcare, economic inequality, voting rights, gun control and more, Biden has been unable to inspire the nation or overcome the legislative stalemate enforced by Republicans (and two conservative Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona).

To enshrine these vital protections for the American people into federal law—and avoid a repeat of 2016 in 2024—Biden should clear the path for a viable and inspiring progressive to run and win. The sooner Biden opts out, the sooner those promising alternatives can rise up.

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