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Three reasons why RFK Jr. poses a real threat to Biden

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is giving Democrats fits. The son of former Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy recently declared himself an independent and is running for president. Why should that alarm his former Party? Three reasons:

  1. 1. Because they know that Joe Biden is a ridiculous candidate and undeserving of another 4 years in the Oval Office. His lame response to the horrific attack on Israeli citizens – a two-minute Teleprompter talk in three days even as Americans have been slaughtered – confirms what the majority of Americans believes: Joe is not up to the job. Party apparatchiks are panicked that given an alternative – any alternative — to Joe Biden, support for the sitting president will collapse.
  2. 2. Kennedy’s defection will convince many traditional Democrats that their concerns about the leftward lurch of the party are legitimate. Kennedy argues that this is not his father or his uncle’s Democratic Party and he is right.
  3. 3. RFK Jr. is switching parties partly in protest of the Democratic National Committee’s non-democratic behavior. The DNC has not allowed any debates among those vying for the nomination, and its decision to hold the first primary in South Carolina was clearly meant to tee Biden up for a second run. Calcification is not a great look for a major political party.

President Biden is vulnerable on many fronts. His policies on the economy, immigration and crime are unpopular, his approval ratings the worst in a generation, he is clearly suffering a decline in mental acuity and he cannot be trusted. This is the candidate former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders are protecting.

 The election is a long way off, and independent candidates rarely make much of a dent. This time could be different, in that the two leading contenders are both unpopular.  More important, and more worrisome for Biden, is that young voters age 18-29 appear to be drifting away from the Democrat Party, and becoming independents. These voters could latch onto RFK Jr.’s campaign.

Young Americans, analysts say, are “disillusioned” with Joe Biden. Who isn’t? 


Liz Peek is a Fox News contributor and former partner of major bracket Wall Street firm Wertheim & Company. A former columnist for the Fiscal Times, she writes for The Hill and contributes frequently to Fox News, the New York Sun and other publications. For more visit Follow her on Twitter @LizPeek.


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