Joe Biden is bad for ratings. That will be a problem for him in subtle ways in 2024. I am not suggesting some stupid conspiracy wherein the media companies decide to help him get re-elected (not counting FoxNews, obviously). But they will chase Trump and hang on his every word because that gets eyeballs.
There are four things the Democrats should do if they want to hold onto the presidency. They must do a minimum of two of them. They need to do all four if they hope to mobilize voters in 2024 the way they did in 2020. If Trump runs again, they’ll need voters mobilized at that level. Those things are:
1. Pass a really substantial covid relief bill. That looks like it’s on track, though they should have done better than this.
2. Substantial student loan debt relief.
3. Pass the John Lewis Voter Rights Act
4. Raise the minimum wage to $15.
If they don’t do at least two of these things, they won’t beat Trump if he runs again. They need to do all four to be sure.