The Corner

Politics & Policy

At 81, Patrick Leahy Announced He’s Retiring — That’s When Biden Wants To Run for Reelection

Senator Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 22, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Senator Patrick Leahy, at 81, announced on Monday he won’t stand for reelection, because he wants to “pass the torch” to somebody younger. But this is the same age at which President Biden wants to run for a second term as president.

Leahy, having been elected in the 1974 post-Watergate Democratic wave, is the longest-serving Senator. However, Biden was actually elected to the U.S. Senate two years earlier, in 1972.

Had Leahy decided to run for reelection, he would have been 82 at the start of his second term. Were Biden to run in 2024, as aides indicate he intends to, that would put him at 82 by the time he’s sworn into a second term, and 86 by the time he leaves office.

As things stand, Biden’s plunging approval ratings and incompetent management have already lead a majority of Americans to question his mental acuity. It’s staggering to think that Democrats might be trapped into running an even older Biden in 2024, given that Vice President Kamala Harris is performing even more poorly in polls.


The Latest