Biden's Foreign Policy Is Dragging Him Down
The war in Gaza is likely to be the biggest problem for Biden because it is high profile and it exposes him to charges of hypocrisy, cruelty, and recklessness all at once.
Mark Hannah wrote an interesting thread earlier today about Biden, foreign policy, and the election. He starts with this remark:
One might think a president with Joe Biden’s experience would perform well in a foreign policy election. So it’s surprising that his approach to the wars in Gaza and Ukraine instead appears to be endangering his reelection.
It is too soon to know how much of an effect Biden’s foreign policy will have on the election, but my guess is that it is going to be a significant liability for him. That is true whether the war in Gaza continues well into next year or not. One problem for Biden is that he campaigned on being a competent manager and as someone with extensive foreign policy experience. Now the first is being called into question, and he is being judged more harshly because of the second. Perceived poor handling of a foreign policy crisis is going to do more damage to someone like Biden because he ran on a platform of knowing what he was doing. If the public starts doubting that, one of the key political arguments for Biden falls apart.