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The Biden Plan B Delusion

for all the wish-casters waiting for Biden to drop out, there’s only 10 days remaining for the fantasy to take form.
For all the wish-casters waiting for Biden to drop out, there’s only 10 days remaining for the fantasy to take form. Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
October 5, 2023

Months of self-assured complacency have given way to serious panic in some corners of the Democratic establishment as a series of national polls put Joe Biden neck-and-neck with Donald Trump. Recent surveys from the likes of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN show Trump and Biden split nationally, hovering around 47 percent each. The latest ABC News/WaPo poll has Trump at 52 percent and Biden at 42 percent—an anomaly, sure, but still frightening enough to elevate Democratic blood pressure nationwide.