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NBC News Is Worried Democrats Could Lose in 2024

This NBC News article is not an opinion piece so far as I can tell. Titled “5 twists that could upend Democrats’ best-laid plans for the 2024 election,” it’s intended to be a combination of prognostication and analysis, but the framing of the piece is clearly one-sided. It might as well be headlined ‘How Democrats Could Lose’ which sort of implies that Democrats aren’t supposed to lose. The natural order is for them to win. As a matter of setting up this concept, the article opens with what Democrats expect to happen:

Recognizing the stakes, and appreciative of strong economic growth on Biden’s watch, Americans dutifully put aside any misgivings about the president’s age and give him another four years in office.

But the remainder of the article explores how this could all go wrong because clearly if Democrats lose it’s because something has gone wrong. Scenario #1 is that Biden suddenly drops out.

…what if Biden takes a hard look at his poll numbers and concludes he’d rather bail than risk losing to Trump, the GOP front-runner? Or if he is feeling every bit his age (81) and no longer wants all the travel and stress that come with the job? Or if he decides the negative attention heaped on his one surviving son, Hunter, would subside if he just took himself off the ballot and retired from politics?

This would be a disaster, the piece explains, because “Vice President Kamala Harris would surely make the case that she is the heir apparent.” But the authors predict that a “white male candidate” might be tempted to challenge her and the result would be party-wide chaos. Scenario #2 is equally troublesome. What if Biden stays in the race and has a medical issue?

What if something similar were to happen to Biden? A brain freeze of some sort, a bad fall on the steps of Air Force One, a speech that devolves into gibberish — any fresh sign of frailty would reinforce Americans’ impression that Biden is too old for the job.

I’ll give NBC this much. That’s not a far-fetched scenario. It could happen before the election but I think it’s almost guaranteed to happen in the four years after the election if Biden wins. Scenario #3 is a bit strange. The authors predict Elon Musk could start a SuperPAC to take down Biden. The basis for this is this tweet from Elon’s mom.

Seems far-fetched to me but I guess it depends on how aggressive Biden’s minions are toward Musk in the next few months. Scenario #4 involves “housing gridlock” the idea that the tail of high inflation gets felt in the housing market this spring and that results in a lot of unhappy voters who decide to take it out on Biden.

Finally, scenario #5 is that an army of foreign hackers will somehow work to take out Biden, i.e. China, Russia, Iran and others all gang up on him. Again, it’s possible. Those three countries are working together against the US these days so the collaboration seems possible. I can see how Russia and maybe China would prefer Trump or another isolationist Republican to Biden.

But I’m not convinced hacking really has the power to change a US election. This feels like a holdover from 2016 when Hillary Clinton and many other Dems convinced themselves that hackers played a role in her defeat. But the evidence was always pretty thin. Whatever impact hackers had was probably more than drowned out by the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by both sides on political advertising.

Again, the point isn’t that any of these things are impossible it’s really just the sense that a major news organization is framing the 2024 election as one Democrats should win unless something terrible and unexpected happens. Nowhere in this piece is the suggestion made, even in passing, that voters simply decide Joe Biden isn’t up to the job. Biden’s loss can only be the result of bad actors interfering with what ought to happen. This feels like a very partisan take.

And needless to say, there’s no companion article titled “5 twists that could upend Republicans’ best-laid plans for the 2024 election.” And really, you could easily write such an article if you were interested. Scenario #1: The economy improves and people forget about inflation enough to see a bump in Biden’s approval rating. Scenario #2: Trump is convicted of a crime prior to the election. And so on.

READ 29 COMMENTS
  • G says:

    Want be long, and Biden will have to approve a democrat pooper scooper, and make it mandatory they clean up their own shit. Because they sure spit it out both ends in America. Let’s Go Brandon! Get that green new scooper on the market. If not your gona have to issue green new waders. Cause democrat poo! is sure getting deep. 2024 America gona be shit covered by democrats..lol..✔

  • Mario Lozano says:

    The plan!
    All 8 rules are currently in play.
    How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:
    There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.
    1. Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.
    2. Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible; poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
    3. Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
    4. Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the government. That way you are able to create a police state.
    5. Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
    6. Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
    7. Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the government and schools.
    8. Class Welfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more disconnect, and it will be easier to take (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

    Does this sound like what is happening to the United States of America?
    Saul Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin’s original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as “Useful Idiots”
    The Useful idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the US. “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere”.

  • Rick says:

    NBC isn’t news . It’s the propaganda wing of the Democrat party.

  • A. Michaels says:

    When democrats lose…..America wins!!

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