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Come 2024, We Could Do Without Any Incumbents Or Former Presidents Running for President

Please kick out the old guard and bring in some people with a future to work for.

4 min readJul 12, 2022


So I noticed a couple of converging trends. Both of them were headlined by the New York Times and confirmed independently by other news agencies. 2/3rds of Democrats don’t want Joe Biden to run again. Hallelujah! On the other side, Half of the Republicans in a recent poll said they are ready to move on from Trump. Huh. Someone is waking up.

I would love to see Biden and Trump retire with Obama in Martha’s Vineyard. I can just smell the barbecues now.

The fact that the polling is so dour for Trump and Biden is significant. Now I have hope that we’re finally seeing the end of the kids of “The Greatest Generation” and their unrelenting hold on national power. God forbid the Democrats or Republicans should try to eke out another dynasty kid campaign headed by someone with a last name like Clinton or Bush.

If the polling is accurate, Joe Biden would be doing all of us a favor by stepping down, despite his claimed intention to run. We don't need another 4 years of Joe Biden. Really.

And Trump? He’s mired up to his eyeballs in legal problems. He’ll spend the rest of his life fighting those to stay out of prison. As much as I would love to see him sharing a cell with Bubba, that would make him a martyr. And he’s worth much more money to both parties when he’s out on the loose than in jail. That’s why he’ll never go to jail.

My ire is not limited to Trump and Biden. They’re not the only politicians showing signs of mental decline. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, and Chuck Schumer have all gotta go. I’m so tired of reading about them in the news. All that scheming and plotting is like watching a political thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock from his grave.

Fortunately, there are political action groups mobilizing to ensure a clear field for younger people. On the left, we have the #dontrunjoe campaign brought to you by Roots Action. From their press release:

“In 2024 the United States will face the dual imperatives of preventing a Republican takeover of the…