American presidential race has exposed system’s weaknesses

Imran Khalid
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Joe Biden emerged from his clash with Donald Trump bruised and battered. Age, the relentless adversary, has certainly taken its toll, betraying him at the crucial juncture before millions of viewers. While Biden’s age, 81, is frequently cited, but it’s his visible mental and physical declivity that’s truly alarming. Biden struggled to fulfill both offensive and defensive roles, failing to demonstrate the sharp reflexes of a seasoned leader. The glare of the spotlight magnified his missteps, transforming setbacks into disasters. In the unforgiving court of public opinion, one misstep can seal a leader’s fate. Social media, teeming with ruthless and slanderous voices, offers no respite for the vulnerable. In a world where physical fitness and mental sharpness is essential, Biden’s quest for another term in the White House seems uncertain. In the final stretch of the debate, Biden appeared as a beleaguered contender, struggling to stay in the race. Now political analysts and influential American media houses are urging Joe Biden to bow out of the presidential race. This recommendation, though daunting, aligns with mounting concerns about his capacity to lead. A recent CBS News/YouGov poll starkly highlights the issue: 72% of registered voters doubt Biden’s mental and cognitive fitness for office, while only 27% believe he’s up to the task. Additionally, 63% of voters think Biden should not seek re-election, compared to 37% who support his bid. It’s unlikely that anyone’s opinion of Biden improved after his excruciating debate appearance.

Prominent Democrats are also openly discussing the urgent need to replace him to avoid a foreseeable defeat. However, replacing a sitting president at this stage is fraught with challenges. The process is complex, particularly if Biden remains determined to continue his campaign. The situation reflects a critical moment for the Democratic Party, which must handle this situation with both caution and decisiveness, ensuring they present a viable candidate capable of securing victory in the forthcoming election. Replacing Joe Biden at this critical juncture is fraught with technical complexities, particularly if he remains adamant about continuing his campaign. However, this challenging option is not off the table, especially if it’s the only way to prevent Donald Trump’s return to power. Some speculate that Jill Biden might step in to persuade her husband, thereby saving both the party and the nation from a Trump victory. Others believe Barack Obama could play a pivotal role in encouraging Biden to make this tough decision. Convincing a seasoned politician to step down is a difficult – and awkward – job. This task is even more arduous for someone like Biden, who has dedicated decades to public service, culminating in the presidency. His long tenure in prestigious positions and his accustomed life in the White House make this transition particularly challenging.

It is a harsh reality for any politician to admit their time has passed. Power, the ultimate allure, is seldom relinquished willingly, except by the most disciplined ascetic. In an era of rapid technological advances and artificial intelligence, it’s striking that America hasn’t rallied a younger candidate for the presidency. The debate showcased the deepening divisions within the United States, reflecting more internal strife and global instability. A new American president will face unprecedented challenges. Russia, China, Europe, and regional powers have all evolved, each now posing distinct geopolitical challenges. The debate highlighted a sobering reality: Donald Trump, with his unpredictable nature, looms large both domestically and internationally. His re-emergence as a significant political force is a scenario that cannot be ignored.  Unlike Biden, who embodies institutional stability, Trump represents a break from tradition. The prospect of his return to the White House brings uncertainty, amplifying global tensions. This unpredictability is troubling for a world that relies on stable and reliable American leadership.

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Imran Khalid is a reelance columnist on international affairs and I have been regularly contributing articles on international l affairs to some of the prestigious publications including the South China Morning Post, the Korea Times, the Jakarta Post, the New Straits Times (Malaysia), the Daily Sabah (Turkiye),the New Age (Bangladesh),the Oman Observer, the Guardian (Nigeria), the Ceylon Today (Sri Lanka) , the Geopolitical Monitor, the Manila Times, the AJU Business Daily and Mail & Guardian (South Africa) etc. He is based in Karachi, Pakistan.