Reviews | Should Biden say he won’t be running again?


For the publisher:

Re “Biden shouldn’t run again, and he should say he won’t,” by Bret Stephens (column, December 15):

While many may agree with Mr. Stephens’ assertion that President Biden should not run again, my advice is, “Give this guy a break!”

We have not yet completed the first year of the Biden administration and have fully assessed the many positive aspects of his leadership as he tries to revive the economy, improve our communities, and tackle climate change.

At least wait until after the 2022 midterm elections before condemning the president and vice president to lame duck status. And don’t forget that in politics a month can seem like a lifetime.

Brian houseal
Brunswick, Maine

For the publisher:

Bret Stephens writes, “Things might be different if the Biden presidency got off to a good start,” and notes that “Mr. Biden’s poll numbers have been deeply underwater since August.”

This statement says all there is to be said about how success is measured in America today – not by the groundbreaking accomplishments of a president in less than a year, but rather by the polls. policies.

I don’t see the polls as the measure of the president’s success, but rather as the success of obstructionist and anti-democratic Republicans in establishing the narrative portrayed in the national media. I would rather success be measured by a comparison to the four years leading up to President Biden’s term.

Stephen F. Gladstone
Shaker Heights, Ohio

For the publisher:

I rarely agree with Bret Stephens, except with his principled opposition to another Trump presidency. But I completely agree with his argument that President Biden should not be running again.

Mr Biden’s agenda has been impressive, but its growing inconsistency is severely hampering its implementation. A second presidential term, probably unachievable anyway, would undermine any legacy he could still earn.

The main leaders of the Democratic Party must insist on Mr. Biden’s patriotism and encourage him to do as Mr. Stephens suggests. Perhaps the key Democratic leader in such an endeavor would be a man who helped save Mr. Biden’s presidential nomination in the first place, Jim Clyburn.

Thomas ramsay
Lafayette, California

For the publisher:

As someone born on November 20, 1942, the same day as Joe Biden, I feel qualified to refute the Bret Stephens column. I slipped, and no doubt Mr. Biden slipped, as the years have piled up, but I haven’t slipped so far that I can’t see how well he behaves, what what the polls say.

I am fortunate to remember President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was also ridiculed for his mistakes as he got older. But few thought his occasional mistakes were disqualifying.

Perhaps those who would urge Mr. Biden to call him a day after a term of office fear that he will continue to fight effectively for policies they dislike.

Bart Mills
Manhattan Beach, California

For the publisher:

Over the past year, child poverty has been dramatically reduced. We have created hundreds of thousands of jobs per month and we finally have an infrastructure bill.

Of course, the first year of this administration was not without its problems. We are outside Afghanistan, but the exit has been painful and messy. Inflation is skyrocketing. Crime is getting worse and the pandemic simply will not go away.

But we still have a democracy. If the Republicans were in power, it wouldn’t be safe.

Bret Stephens suggests President Biden announce that he will no longer stand for re-election and that Democrats engage in a mass melee to find a candidate. It is a terrible idea. Republicans are now firmly ruled by their anti-democratic wing. The stakes are too high and our nation is too fragile. We need stability at the top. Joe Biden is still the best person to deliver that.

Elliott Miller
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

For the publisher:

Re “On Abortion, Public Is Not as Polarized as Parties”, by Nate Cohn (news analysis, December 12):

In discussing the mismatch between voters’ views on abortion and their party’s position, you say that many people are “confused or in conflict” on the issue. While I wouldn’t use the word “muddled”, I am one of them.

My political position is definitely pro-choice. Although I think abortion would be morally bad for me in most circumstances, I don’t think my religious beliefs should be forced on others. That said, there is much we can do to reduce the number of abortions in this country, including improving funding for child care, support for families and the availability of reliable contraception.

Sadly, those most passionate about banning abortion in all circumstances also refuse to support the very measures that would allow more women to choose to carry a pregnancy to term. Apparently they would rather send the women back to the alley.

Anne-Marie Hislop
Chicago
The writer is a Presbyterian pastor.

For the publisher:

Discovering Jane Arraf’s (Baghdad Dispatch, December 19) “To a packed fair, reveling in literary traditions”, about the Baghdad International Book Fair, was an unexpected delight – a gem of hope in the midst of all the stories of war, pandemic, political strife and famine.

I have never been to Iraq, but I felt like I was there at the fair. It is inspiring to know the place that books and reading have in Iraqi society. I will think of the readers of Baghdad the next time I visit a bookstore. Thank you, Ms. Arraf, for making this international connection with book lovers all over the world.

Valerie Wilk
The Villages, Florida

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