Are Any Dem Challengers Capable of Taking Joe Biden Down?

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It’s now less than a year before the 2024 election. As the list of Republican challengers to frontrunner Donald Trump gets culled — it’s now down to Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Chris Christie — Democrats are dealing with some drama of their own. Namely, that huge swaths of its voter base think Joe Biden is too old and too incompetent to remain as president and want a viable alternative.

So, who could replace The Big Guy as the Democratic nominee? Right now, only three candidates have thrown their hat in the ring.

Dean Phillips
If you had to Google him, you’re not alone. Phillps is a former businessman and current congressman representing a suburban Minneapolis district. He’s also the most moderate and sane of the Biden challengers, which is kind of like having the best body at fat camp.

Ideologically, Phillips is the kind of candidate who could have broad appeal and win back some of the moderates who seem to be abandoning Biden. His problem is little name recognition and an even smaller war chest.

Marianne Williamson
It’s not a Democratic primary without one bona fide crazy in the mix, and Williamson is back to reprise that role for the second straight election. The former “spiritual advisor” to Oprah never made it above 5 percent in the 2020 primary, and that was with more media coverage than she deserved. Without a debate stage to put her crazy on display this time around, it’s hard to imagine her as anything more than an afterthought.

Cenk Uygur
Unless you enjoy cheaply produced YouTube talk shows, the only place you’ve probably seen this guy is getting his rear end handed to him in a bag by Ben Shapiro during their handful of debates. Despite having no credentials, no name recognition, no money, and possibly no brain, this oaf apparently decided he was ready to be president. He shouldn’t hold his breath.

Given this sorry slate of challengers, it’s a pretty safe bet Joe Biden will be the 2024 Democratic nominee. Let’s hope his basement is well-stocked for the long campaign season ahead.