Let’s say that you have two camps inside the White House
One camp is Biden loyalists, careerists who are probably able to exercise a lot of influence on an over 80 President who may be declining more than the public knows about; buttressed by the mind-guard mentality of Washington party loyalists.
The other camp is Democrats who actually want to win elections. These are the idealists. Maybe there are also some disaffected people in the administration, say, I don’t know, a certain sidelined token vice president.
Biden has been doing a lot of fundraisers within the past few weeks. Fundraisers also want to win elections. They may not like what they see when he comes to speak to them.
Now I have said the Republicans are going to swap out Trump for Nikki Haley for a while now. The polling of Haley versus Biden (15 in Wisconsin, which Democrats won by 0.6 points in 2020) was too alarming to ignore, as well as Biden’s own record low approval ratings.
The time for Biden to drop out and for Democrats to replace him is now or never. It has to be done within the next week in order for Democrats to be able to assemble at least two alternatives by Super Tuesday, March 5.
What if the idealist camp was able to get an upper hand, able to draw in some worried loyalists even, reach out to sympathetic voices in the media - who of course would love another candidate, because it gets them more ratings and clicks, and push everything to a head this week? The very last possible second? When Lyndon Johnson dropped out March 31, it was too late.
The media pivot against Biden because of his age began in earnest earlier this week, before the press conference, which I thought was a little too coincidental. It was like “Now, a warning?”