Jake Tapper, a CNN talk show host, issued a warning of sorts to Democrat ROTUS Joe Biden after Biden supported a decision by the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to move the coveted ‘first-in-the-nation’ primary from Iowa and to South Carolina- because New Hampshire doesn’t have enough Black voters for the best propaganda on race for the 2024 election.
Tapper said he would not personally support Biden over the move, which isn’t really a big deal because most people do not support Biden in a re-election effort at this point.
Jon Doughtery reported for Conservative Brief with more details of Tapper’s comments:
If the plan holds, South Carolina will hold its primary vote on Feb. 3. Three days later, New Hampshire and Nevada will hold theirs, “swapping the caucus it used to hold in favor of a primary.” Then comes Georgia’s primary on Feb. 13, followed by Michigan on Feb. 27, with most of the rest of the country holding primaries on Super Tuesday in early March.
During his Saturday show, Tapper played a clip of DNC delegate Steve Shurtleff, who said he won’t be backing Biden of the party replaces New Hampshire in the primary process.
“If people think that it’s cold in New Hampshire right now, wait until Joe Biden goes there after he’s gotten rid of them as the first-in-the-nation primary,” Tapper noted, playing a video clip of Shurtleff, who is a former New Hampshire House speaker, declaring he won’t support Biden if the changes go through.
“I’ll look for another candidate before I support Joe Biden if he should go so far as to take away the first-in-the-nation primary from the Granite State,” he said.
“That’s a Biden delegate,” Tapper warned ominously.
CNN Analyst Leigh Ann Caldwell said: “Two New Hampshire senators didn’t go to a party at the White House because they were so mad at President Biden about this. People in New Hampshire, politicos are saying it is going jeopardize him winning the general election in 2024 should he run again. New Hampshire’s taking this very, very personally.”
Speaking of Biden’s potential reelection bid, recent surveys have shown that most Americans don’t want him to run again due to his advanced age, mostly.
According to the results of a CNBC All-America Economic Survey in December, a majority of respondents do not want Biden to run again in 2024.
“The survey found 61% of the public think Trump should not seek the presidency, compared with 30% who believe he should. And 70% say Biden should not run for a second term with just 19% supporting a run,” CNBC reported, citing the survey’s results.
“Substantial numbers in each politicians’ own party prefer their names not be on the ballot, including 37% of Republicans who don’t want Trump to run along with 61% of independents and 88% of Democrats,” the report continued. “For Biden, 57% of Democrats say he shouldn’t stand for office in 2024 along with 66% of independents and 86% of Republicans.”
The report provided additional insights gleaned from the survey.
Biden has other problems other than age. Despite a stronger-than-expected showing by Democrats in the congressional elections and several legislative victories, Biden’s overall approval slipped to 41% from 46% in the October survey, with his disapproval rising to 54% from 50%. The President’s economic approval slipped to 38% from 40% and disapproval rose a point to 57%.
Just 20% of the public think the Biden administration’s efforts to ease inflation are helping, a five-point decline from October; 28% believe they are hurting, a two-point decline, and 49% say they’re not making much difference, a 7-point jump.
Local New Hampshire news reported on the story:
The Democratic Party on Saturday approved reordering its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa and New Hampshire with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support.
Although more changes are possible later this year, the formal endorsement by the Democratic National Committee during its meeting in Philadelphia is an acknowledgment that the start of the 2024 primary will look very different from the one in 2020. Hundreds of party stalwarts climbed to their feet and cheered after the easy passage by voice vote.
States with early contests play a major role in determining the nominee because White House hopefuls struggling to raise money or gain political traction often drop out before visiting states outside the first five. Media attention and policy debates concentrate in those areas, too.
The new plan was championed by President Joe Biden, who is expected to formally announce his reelection campaign in the coming months. The reconfiguring would have South Carolina hold its primary on Feb. 3, followed three days later by New Hampshire and Nevada, which is swapping the caucus it used to hold in favor of a primary.
Georgia would vote fourth on Feb. 13, followed by Michigan on Feb. 27, with much of the rest of the nation set to vote on Super Tuesday in early March.
Biden wrote the DNC rules committee in December, saying, “We must ensure that voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process and throughout the entire early window.” That committee approved the new lineup, setting up Saturday’s vote.
The move remakes the current calendar, which saw Iowa start with its caucus, followed by New Hampshire and then Nevada and South Carolina. The Republican Party has voted not to change its 2024 primary order, meaning the campaign has already begun in Iowa.
“The DNC has decided to break a half-century precedent and cause chaos by altering their primary process, and ultimately abandoning millions of Americans in Iowa and New Hampshire,” Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement Saturday.
Four of the first five new states under the Democrats’ new plan are battlegrounds, meaning the eventual party winner would be able to lay the groundwork in important general election spots. That’s especially true for Michigan and Georgia, both of which voted for Republican Donald Trump in 2016 before flipping to Biden in 2020.
The exception is South Carolina, which hasn’t backed a Democrat in a presidential race since 1976, leading some to argue that the party shouldn’t be concentrating so many early primary resources there. But the state’s population is nearly 27% Black, and African American voters represent Democrats’ most consistent base of support. Iowa and New Hampshire are each more than 90% white.
The revamped calendar could be largely meaningless for 2024 because Biden is expected to run for a second term without a major primary challenge. Also, the DNC has already pledged to revisit the voting calendar before the 2028 presidential election.
Still, this year’s changes could establish precedent, just as a new lineup that moved Nevada and South Carolina into the first states to vote did when the DNC approved a new primary calendar before the 2008 presidential election.
“These things may be symbolic, but they’re realistic,” South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, assistant Democratic leader in the House and a close Biden ally, told The Associated Press.