“I don’t know why alarm bells aren’t going off now, and they should be at a steady drumbeat from now until the election.”
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod is sending up flares for Joe Biden on third party candidates in 2024. Biden is facing political threats from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a possible No Labels candidate, but the person that Axelrod seems the most concerned about is Cornel West.
FOX News reports:
Top Obama strategist warns Democrats about another third-party threat to Biden re-election: ‘Alarm bells’
A previous senior adviser to former President Barack Obama is warning Democrats about a potential threat to President Biden’s re-election campaign from third-party candidates like Cornel West, a 2024 Green Party presidential candidate.
David Axelrod, who served as a top adviser to Obama for two years in the White House before becoming the senior strategist for Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign, is questioning “why alarm bells aren’t going off” for Democrats amid mounting concern over West’s candidacy in the race.
Ever since he announced last month he would make a run for the White House as a third-party candidate, West, a progressive activist and philosopher, has largely been dismissed by Democrats as a serious candidate as they work to shore up support for Biden ahead of the 2024 election.
“This is going to sneak up on people,” Axelrod, a CNN political commentator, said this week. “I don’t know why alarm bells aren’t going off now, and they should be at a steady drumbeat from now until the election.”
The folks at CNN also seem a bit concerned:
Democratic worries bubble up over Cornel West’s Green Party run as Biden campaign takes hands-off approach
Cornel West’s candidacy on the Green Party line confuses some of his longtime political allies and friends – while also alarming top Democrats and Black leaders as a potential ticking time bomb for President Joe Biden in next year’s election.
The political philosopher and proud agitator is tapping into his semi-celebrity to attack Biden from the left – where the president has never been fully embraced – and describing his administrations as a mere “postponement of fascism.” And as concerns over Black voter enthusiasm bubble among Democratic operatives, West is also making a deliberately race-based argument, accusing the Democratic establishment of treating the electorate like “a plantation where you got ownership status in terms of which way you vote.”…
… his decision to run on a ballot line which Democrats blame for spoiling both the 2000 and 2016 elections, when Green presidential nominees drew enough votes to help give Republicans key states in the Electoral College, has made his candidacy a running source of angst and, increasingly, a topic of private conversations among multiple Democratic leaders nationally and in battleground states.
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