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Democrats Might Need a Plan B. Here’s What It Looks Like.

The political and procedural steps for how to pick a new presidential nominee. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Special Counsel Robert Hur’s stinging description of President Joe Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” has highlighted the 81-year-old’s age in the debate over whether he should still be the Democratic nominee. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

 

So far, Democrats have vigorously avoided any discussion of a Plan B for their presidential nominee. But special counsel Robert Hur’s report may have forced their hand.

Fairly or not, Hur’s stinging characterization of President Joe Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” and “diminished faculties” has thrust the president’s age and mental fitness into the debate. Coupled with the widespread perception that Biden is too old for another term and the fact that he frequently trails former president Donald Trump in swing state polling matchups, it’s raised serious questions about whether Biden is positioned to lead the party in November — and whether Democrats need a contingency plan.

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