When President Joe Biden retired in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday night, he likely did not expect to find a severed horse’s head under his bed covers.

But there it was, courtesy of The New York Times.

“At 79, Biden is Testing the Boundaries of Age and the Presidency” ran the headline over Sunday’s devastating front-page story.

Message: Time’s up, Joe. Time to go. Second term is out.

Biden officials and White House aides acknowledge, the story ran, that, “Mr. Biden looks older than just a few years ago … His energy level … is not what it was, and some aides quietly watch out for him. He often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.”

On and on it went, the Times tale of Biden’s cognitive decline:

“Mr. Biden’s … speeches can be flat and listless. He sometimes loses his train of thought, has trouble summoning names or appears momentarily confused. More than once, he has promoted Vice President Kamala Harris, calling her ‘President Harris.’ Mr. Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, stumbles over words like ‘kleptocracy.’ He has said Iranian when he meant Ukrainian and several times called Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, ‘John,’ confusing him with the late Republican senator of that name from Virginia …

“The White House has had to walk back some of his ad-libbed comments, such as when he vowed a military response if China attacks Taiwan or declared that President Vladimir V. Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ in Russia.”

It is not too much to infer from this stunning piece on the front page of the Times that America’s newspaper of record, a citadel of liberalism, has decided it is now fair game to confront Biden on the age-and-infirmities issue.

Nor is it too much to say that the Times is giving its own belated validation to claims made for many months by conservative media that Biden is neither physically nor cognitively capable of handling the duties of his office, let alone to serve a second term, which would end in 2029 with Biden at 86 years of age.

Yet, make no mistake.

With this article, the Times has provided cover for, and given sanction to, ambitious Biden rivals to take on the Democratic president in the way Sens. Gene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy took on Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and Ted Kennedy took on Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Not only did the Times’ decision to lend credibility in its Sunday edition to the charge that Biden has lost the capacity to serve as President, Monday’s lede story drove the message home:

“Democrats Sour on Biden, Citing Age and Economy,” was the top headline. The sub-head read: “Polls Show Most Want New ’24 Candidate, as Pessimism Becomes Pervasive.”

A New York Times-Siena College poll of all Democrats had found that only 33% approve of the Biden presidency and 64% want a new nominee in 2024.

“The backlash against Mr. Biden and desire to move in a new direction were particularly acute among younger voters,” said the Times. “In the survey, 94 percent of Democrats under the age of 30 said they would prefer a different presidential nominee.”

These twin stories, coming as they do, back-to-back in the Times and placed so prominently, are certain to have impact. Democrats will not miss the message that the Times is ready to bolt on Biden, and if Democrats wish to win and keep Donald Trump out of the White House, they need a new horse to ride. This one is lame.

Ironically, on the op-ed page of Sunday’s Times, columnist Frank Bruni seemed to be warning against a wide-open race for the nomination, which the Times news division seemed to be encouraging.

Wrote Bruni:

“Biden’s age, dismal approval rating and seeming inability to inspire confidence in the party’s ranks have created an extraordinary situation in which there’s no ironclad belief that he’ll run for a second term, no universal agreement that he should and a growing roster of Democrats whose behavior can be read as preparation to challenge or step in for him. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”

“Democrats can’t have their knives out the way they do now. Our president is already bleeding plenty.”

Bottom line: The stories in Sunday’s and Monday’s Times detailing the physical and political disabilities of Biden suggest that establishment Democrats are of a mind to say to Joe:

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, but, go, man, go!”

Moreover, the longer Biden delays an announcement that he is not running again in 2024, the more he will appear to have been pushed out when he does make it, as he will.

Why? Because his competitors and rivals, not to let someone else steal a march on them, are going to begin behaving as what they are: contenders for Joe’s job, whether he runs or not.

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Capt Rich
1 month ago

Impeach the demented Fool Now

1 month ago
Reply to  Capt Rich

I think he is just mean.Allie Matthews

1 month ago

The time to go was before the election!! No way should this doddering mentally incapacitated fool have been allowed anywhere near the White House. Of course, as we know, it was intentional because the puppeteers running our country knew he would be the perfect puppet!! May God help us!

Randy
1 month ago

Anyone who voted for Biden has no right to say a word.

19 days ago
Reply to  Randy

AMEN!!!!!

Leah Kabaker
1 month ago

Duh, the NYT has discovered what many of us have known for a while. But he served their purpose to get rid of Trump. Now he is a liability – he must go. Problem is, the VP is a disaster and DR Jill Biden who is more like a nurse Ratched isn’t much better

19 days ago
Reply to  Leah Kabaker

They have snared themselves on their own trap!!! We will have our real president back and that is DONALD J TRUMP!!!!!

Hurricane
1 month ago

It isn’t just Biden that has to go – most of the Demorats in Congress have to go as well. And Jill Biden should be arrested for Senior Abuse.

charles A wilkins
28 days ago

Benedict Arnold the most infamous traitor of America until current times. We now have someone in our highest office who hates the American people, attacks American employment, attacks out energy sources, threatening our food chains, trying to bankrupt our economy with socialist idealism, and really has sold his soul to all foreign powers. Mr. President what do you think how the Biden name will be remembered in history? Our great border protector? Loved by all Americans? That bust you have in your office of John Kennedy who said “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” Put it away please you do another disservice to our Country, memories and you own fake put on demeanor. Your policies do not represent Democrat or Republican or any American values. The Biden family will be forever known as the family who enriched themselves at the expense of the American Tax payor. That’s how 78 million plus American voters will remember not only you but also your entire family.

Corner boy
28 days ago

What the Biden family does not realize that all the money and else they have accumulated There Will Not Be a U Haul Behind there HEARSE

Don H Pennington
28 days ago

I could not have said it better! What happens when a candidate would not come out to campaign . The 4 years leading up to this nightmare with all the false impeachment , snd not letting the former White House cabinet do their job. The American people are paying a very high price with Biden snd his band of anti American!

19 days ago

That’s what they get for cheating that fool into power that God has not given him!! He will not be around much longer and the 2024 is not within his reach!!!