For­get about it: Biden’s mem­o­ry prob­lems aren’t the only thing vot­ers are wor­ried about

Polit­i­cal ana­lysts spec­u­late that the chief hur­dle in Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s 2024 reelec­tion cam­paign may be that vot­ers do not see him as hav­ing the qual­i­ties of a capa­ble pres­i­dent.

Biden’s men­tal acu­ity has come into ques­tion fol­low­ing a spe­cial coun­sel report into his han­dling of clas­si­fied doc­u­ments found at the president’s pri­vate res­i­dence and his think tank at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia. Although the report did not sug­gest charges for Biden, it did serve a heavy blow to his cam­paign by high­light­ing his “dimin­ished fac­ul­ties,” call­ing him an “elder­ly man with poor mem­o­ry.”

Fol­low­ing the release of the spe­cial coun­sel report, Biden, age 81, react­ed angri­ly to the claims of his cog­ni­tive decline, say­ing, “My mem­o­ry is fine; take a look at what …