President Joe Biden, who often makes mistakes, turns 81 on Monday but might not have much to celebrate.
According to recent reports a number of big-name Democrats are still worried about how old he is and a new poll shows that younger voters are losing support for him. This could potentially impact his chances of re-election, as The New York Post reported.
A shocking report from the Washington Post on Sunday says that some of Biden's closest friends have tried to persuade big donors and other Democrats that Biden is the best candidate for the Democratic Party to run against a Republican next year, whether they like it or not.
However, a new poll from NBC News showed that even if Biden stays at the top of the Democratic ticket, Trump, the likely Republican nominee, would beat him.
This is one of, if not the first time, that Trump, 77, has done better than Biden in an NBC News national general election poll.
“The bad news is that everybody is wetting the bed inside of Biden world,” one fundraiser told The Washington Post.
“It’s really an unhappy confluence of Biden world donors’ cocktail party friends saying ‘Can’t you get him not to run,’ which is stupid and absurd if you know Joe Biden.”
Biden, who is already the oldest president in the annals of the United States, would be at the ripe old a ge of 86 at the end of a hypothetical second term.
The Democratic angst was on full display at a private power conference hosted by Ari Emanuel, brother of Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, in late September, according to the newspaper. One attendee expressed grave concern that Biden was in grave danger of losing the election and inquired about the Democrats' backup plan.
According to the report, former Biden chief of staff and steadfast ally Ron Klain swiftly replied, emphasizing that no alternative was viable and that the incumbent was a formidable nominee.
Reportedly, Klain's remarks splintered the audience, with some dismayed by the absence of a fallback plan and others appreciative of his defense of Biden.
After almost six weeks had passed, Biden's campaign staff traveled to Chicago for an intimate gathering, during which several attendees expressed their discontent with how former President Barack Obama had not done more to elevate his former veep.
"The takeaway of the weekend was not, ‘Hey team, we’ve got to get the band back together to help Biden out,'" one attendee told the Washington Post.