Dem Civil War Begins, Biden Looks To Quell Critics

[Office of Senator Joe Biden (D - Delaware), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

Yesterday, New Conservative Post explained that Democrats were on the verge of fighting against each other over whether or not Joe Biden should be the party’s 2024 nominee.

It only took one day for things to really get going.

CBS News reported that “House Democrats met Tuesday morning outside of the Capitol walls, gathering for a closed-door caucus meeting that Rep. Greg Meeks of New York described to reporters as a ‘listening session.'”

While many tried to put on a happy face, several Democrats left the meeting exasperated. The Daily Caller offered more details on the first battle between the pro- and anti-Biden Democrats.

Discord within the Democratic Party continued Tuesday as the House Democratic Caucus seemingly failed to reach a consensus on President Biden’s path forward during an all-hands meeting in Washington, D.C.

Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen told reporters that, not only are House Dems not on the same page, “we’re not even in the same book,” a video posted to Twitter by the Daily Mail’s Jon Michael Raasch shows.

One unnamed House Dem told Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman the meeting “felt like a funeral.”

Another Dem took it a step further, saying that comparing the meeting to a funeral was “an insult to funerals” and claiming, “The morale of the caucus is at historic lows,” Semafor’s Kadia Goba reported.

Although many rank-and-file members of Congress have expressed concerns over the health of Biden and his ability to take on Donald Trump,  The Washington Post reported that the anti-Biden faction may already be on their last legs.

“No additional House Democrats publicly called on President Biden to abandon his reelection campaign after an all-member meeting Tuesday morning, suggesting the ground may be subtly shifting toward acceptance that Biden will remain in the race.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) — who just two days ago privately called for Biden to leave the ticket — said that, while he still has concerns over the president’s candidacy, those are now ‘beside the point.’

‘He’s going to be our nominee, and we all have to support him,’ Nadler said.

Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) have publicly defended Biden and managed to tamp down much of the dissent roiling their rank and file, some of whom worry Biden can’t beat Trump and fret about the downstream impact on recapturing the House and maintaining the Senate majority in November.

On Monday, Jeffries told WaPo that his stance on the president’s renomination “has not changed.” He still supports Biden.

Schumer told reporters Monday: “As I’ve said before, I’m for Joe.”

The acceptance of Biden as their nominee has left Democrats in swing districts in tears—literally.

Axios wrote that “just before House Democrats’ Tuesday morning ‘come-to-Jesus’ meeting on President Biden’s path forward, a smaller group of swing-district Democrats held what sources described as a despondent gathering with ‘actual tears.’

The bloc of battleground House Democrats is one of the last firm pockets of a rapidly disintegrating movement on Capitol Hill to get Biden off the ticket.

One shell-shocked lawmaker who was present at the meeting would offer only one word to characterize it: ‘Intense.’

Another described the mood as “pretty much unanimous” that Biden has ‘got to step down,’ adding, ‘There were actual tears from people, and not for Biden.'”

There’s a reason the vulnerable Democrats are crying. Biden’s unpopularity is hurting his party’s congressional candidates in districts they have recently won with ease.

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